Megan recently loaned her beloved Shire horse, Gift, to a physiotherapist treating a child with Spinal Bifida. Displaying impeccable equine intuition, Gift adjusted his natural gait and responses to suit his novice rider perfectly and this experience has proved to Megan that horseback riding can successfully leap beyond a competitive activity or casual fun to play a role in therapy.
There is good news for us normal people with acceptable circadian rhythms that peak in the afternoon, who press the snooze button and refuse to emerge from under the duvet to get active, or slump on the couch because hitting the gym after work is too exhausting. A lunchtime speed workout is actually more beneficial to our bodies because our muscles are warmer as a result of a higher body temperature at this time of day (less risk of injury and a greater range of motion) and, according to research the best time to do weights is around midday – the strength output of muscles is at least 5% higher at this time.
The real heartrate push is a late afternoon suburban walk with a friend. We klap almost 5kms at a brisk pace and must be getting fitter because we can now talk throughout the entire circuit, a feat impossible at the beginning. Those hills!
There is something for everyone at the Training Edge – with dedicated space for services such as circuit, aerobics, spinning, free weight- and cardio-areas, as well as a functional training area in the gym. Classes offered in their studios include Tae-Bo, Yoga and Pilates
Pilates@Casterbridge offers broad based Pilates, ranging from rehabilitation to advanced athletic conditioning. They have the full spectrum of Pilates equipment, specially designed for rehabilitation after spinal surgery, knee replacements, hip replacements and other orthopaedic surgeries from shoulder to foot.
The most exciting news of all is the cheerful, family orientated nature of the Club’s home games. Folk arrive on Saturday afternoons (keep an eye on We Are White River’s Events Calendar to find out when these are) with their braais and coolerboxes and park their bakkies around the field. As the first half gets underway, the tummy-rumbling aroma of sizzling boerie wafts over the stadium. Kids range free, ouma and oupa enjoy the outing and the sideline experts shout themselves hoarse. When the final whistle blows, the kids flood the field to play a mini game of their own and spectators repair to the Clubhouse to continue the party.
For three days, people gather to watch sport ranging from rugby, hockey and netball to horse riding. Market stalls selling a vast array of products to eat, drink, wear, read, look at, smear onto our bodies do a bustling trade. A secure playground for the little ones means that parents can enjoy the Festival for a bit, knowing Junior is having a ball on the slide and jumping castle, under watchful eyes.
Currently Rhythm Image has studios in Nelspruit, White River (Casterbridge, Uplands Prep & College) and Hazyview and cover all 26 styles of dance at each studio. The most popular styles are the solo styles such as Energy, Bhangra, Slow Style, Hip Hop, Cha Cha, Samba, Paso Doble, Jive, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet and Spanish.
Steve Cullen and his wife Laura moved to the White River Country Estate in January 2008 with their daughters Victoria and Jamie-Lee. They fell in love with the lifestyle, saying it’s a wonderful and natural environment in which to raise their family.