An Oasis of Wellness
In these days of fast food, fast cars and fast living, it's reassuring to know that there's a place you can go to get away from life's stresses, strains, aches and pains.
Now into its second week, the Oasis Wellness Festival is responsible for the transforming air of calmness, relaxation and rejuvenation that has descended on the Oasis Centre over the past week.
So what is a wellness festival you may ask? It's a two-week celebration of healthy living that encompasses yoga classes, fitness sessions, cooking groups, health talks, competitions and a host of other initiatives, all aimed at improving people's health and general wellbeing.
We're all guilty of overdoing things at times: long days at the office, driving instead of walking, eating the wrong types of food. This is your opportunity to kick back, relax and let your body know that you care about it.
Supported by Beat Diabetes, Medical Partners and Zuleka Hospital, the festival runs from 15-29 February at venues throughout the Oasis Centre Mall. Fitness First gym has sessions aimed at beating the bulge, fighting the flab and generally giving excess weight a hard time. The Balance Wellness Club offers yoga sessions and guest speakers to instill a sense of harmony into our hectic lives, whilst the Balance Café focuses on food, food, food, all prepared in a healthy and wholesome way of course.
The Wellness festival classes and lectures are free, yes absolutely
free! It's the perfect opportunity to find out how to make a great
smoothie, or take advantage of family fitness sessions. You can delve
within yourself to rejuvenate through the power of the subconscious
mind, or put on some dancing shoes and Zumba till you drop. There are
even free glucose checks, so now there's no excuse to neglect your body.
Here are some simple tips for healthy living on the go:
- Enjoy an early morning pint of water - It rejuvenates the body's cells, replacing the oxygen lost through the night
- Grab some fresh fruit on your way out - They're full of essential nutrients, vitamins and sugars
- Avoid the lure of junk food - Fast food is full of "empty calories" and unhealthy fat. Go for the salad every time
- Exercise on the go - Don't be a couch potato, get your blood
flowing by taking the stairs instead of an elevator, or leaving your
desk for a walk now and then
- Drink herbal teas - They're good for you! Try to replace caffeine with your favourite herbal infusion
- Snack on a handful of nuts - A late afternoon mouthful of almonds,
cashews, pecans and raisins increases energy and productivity
- Say yes to freshly squeezed juices - boost your energy, body health and vitality with an intake of fresh fruit juice
- Make time for deep breathing - Inhale for 5 second intervals, hold then release: at your desk, in the car, when cooking food. It's great for your blood cells.