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    Try These Fluffy Air Fryer Doughnuts Next Time You Want A Sweet Treat

    Did you know the 2nd of June is National Doughnut Day? Ummmm, now that’s a holiday we can get behind! SO if you’re wanting to celebrate, why not try our delicious air fryer doughnut recipe? And Happy Doughnut Day! 🍩

    But First, 10 Things You Should Know About Your Air Fryer

    Whether your air fryer has a ton of fancy presets (like fry, dehydrate, roast, broil) or simply offers temperature and time controls, you can make tons of your favourite recipes with some basic know-how. Below are some helpful tips we’ve picked up along the way.

    1. It Crisps Up Foods Even Better Than The Oven Does

    Most foods baked or roasted in the oven at a consistent temperature (like salmon) work great in the air fryer, which locks in juiciness – while the convection airflow dehydrates the food’s exposed surface area.

    2. Get Deep-Fried Results Without Deep Frying

    If you’ve ever craved crunchy-coated fried fish tacos for dinner, only to get discouraged by recipes calling for glugs of oil, an air fryer is the answer. You don’t have to use much (or any) cooking oil for deep-fried results, so your recipes are lower in fat and, yes, still crispy.

    3. Grease Your Basket

    Although air-frying doesn’t require oil to cook with, a little grease can help keep your food from sticking. Dab a little on a paper towel and wipe it over the basket to help keep breaded items from sticking. Use aerosol sprays sparingly as they may cause the nonstick coating to peel off over time. For best results, fill a spray bottle with oil.

    READ MORE: Are Air Fryers Actually Healthy Or Am I Kidding Myself?

    4. Preheating The Machine Is Unnecessary

    Unlike the oven, you don’t need to wait forever for your air fryer to come to temperature. Just throw your food in the basket, set the temperature and let it go.

    5. You Need To Cook In Batches

    You have to air-fry food in a single layer to ensure that everything cooks evenly, so the size of your air-fryer basket determines how much food you can cook at a time. Basket sizes vary greatly, so check yours to see how many batches you’ll need to cook. Piling food on top of each other results in soggy, undercooked pieces and burnt, overcooked edges. Leave room in your basket so there’s plenty of space for the air to circulate around the food. 

    6. Air Fryers Can Be A Little Noisy

    Traditional frying submerges your food fully in fat; air-frying submerges your food in…hot air. The particular pitch and volume you’ll hear while cooking is dependent on the make and model, but most air fryers sound not unlike a hair dryer blowing inside a closed shoe box.

    READ MORE: You Need To Try This Easy Air-Fryer Milk Tart Recipe ASAP

    7. Parchment Paper Is An Air-Fryer Basket’s Bff

    Most air fryers have grates or holes on the bottom, and that makes wet battered foods tricky – they get stuck and create a big mess. The fix: parchment paper. 

    8. You Can Cook Almost Anything…

    We’re serious. Air-fried foods that we’re obsessed with? Vegetables, panko-breaded everything, burgers, chicken, pork, fish and even brownies!

    9. …But Don’t Expect Perfect Results From Everything

    Air-frying is not ideal for foods traditionally fried in a wet batter like corn dogs or onion rings. The drippy coating will sink through the air-fryer basket’s grills and solidify during the cooking process, effectively acting as a glue. Instead, make sure battered foods are as dry as possible: We love panko bread crumbs for the air fryer, which act as a barrier, preventing any drips.

    10. Avoid Cooking Tiny Items

    Because of the intense heat and air that the appliance uses, cutting foods too small can make them easily burn or fly around and get caught in the air fryer. Stick with average bite-size cuts and avoid anything super small.

    11. Air-Fry Your Leftovers

    The microwave usually zaps life (and crispy textures) from leftovers. The air fryer will revitalise leftover pizza or roast vegetables much quicker than the microwave oven can. The results? Crispy and never soggy leftovers.

    READ MORE: This Beetroot Chocolate Cake Is So Moist It Doesn’t Even Need Icing

    12. Clean Up Is A Breeze

    Forget scrubbing gunk off a large baking sheet. Due to their small size and often nonstick surface, air fryers are typically quick to clean. Make sure your air fryer is unplugged and totally cooled before wiping it down.

    Happy National Doughnut Day! Today, we’re celebrating the only way we know how – with a DOZEN reasons to smile!Get a dozen of your fave doughnuts today for only R150!😍— Krispy Kreme ZA (@KrispyKreme_ZA) June 2, 2023

    Celebrate National Doughnut Day With Krispy Kreme

    Okay so maybe you’re wanting to celebrate the day but you don’t have time to try this delicious and healthier recipe?

    Then Krispy Kreme has you covered with a dozen of your fave doughnuts for only R150 today! Looooove. Because we all need a cheat day sometimes right? And there’s no better cheat day than National Doughnut Day, we think.

    3 Air-Fryer Essentials Recommended By Us

    Living by myself, an air-fryer like this has completely replaced my oven. I use it every day!

    The most difficult part about using an air fryer? The clean-up process, of course. Not any more.

    If you’re just thinking of getting into air-fryer cooking, you can’t go wrong with one like this.

    Your Air Fryer Doughnut Recipe, Right Here:

    Fluffy Air Fryer Doughnuts

    Craving doughnuts but don’t want something totally drenched in oil? This air fryer doughnut recipe is the perfect solution, then!

    Total Time 2 hours hrs 40 minutes mins

    Course Dessert

    Servings 6 people

    1 air-fryer
    For The Doughnuts½ cup Warm milk¼ cup plus 1 tsp. granulated sugar, divided2¼ tsp Active dry yeast4 tbsp Butter, melted1 Egg, large1 tsp Pure vanilla extract2 cup All-purpose flour½ tsp Kosher saltCooking sprayFor The Vanilla Glaze1 cup Powdered sugar¼ cup Milk½ tsp Pure vanilla extractFor The Chocolate Glaze¾ cup Powdered sugar¼ cup Unsweetened cocoa powder3 tbsp MilkFor The Cinnamon Sugar½ tbsp Granulated sugar2 tbsp Ground cinnamon2 tbsp Butter, melted
    To Make DoughnutsIn a small bowl, combine milk and 1 tsp. sugar, stir to dissolve. Sprinkle yeast over mixture and let sit until frothy, about 8 minutes.In a large bowl, whisk together remaining ¼ cup sugar, butter, egg and vanilla. Pour in yeast mixture, add flour and salt, and stir to combine.Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until elastic and only slightly tacky. Form into a ball. Grease a large bowl with cooking spray, add dough, and cover with a clean dish towel. Let dough rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour.Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and grease lightly with cooking spray. Punch down dough, then turn onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out into a 5cm-thick rectangle.Using a donut cutter or 7cm and 2.5cm biscuit cutters, punch out your doughnuts. Knead the scraps together, reroll and punch out more doughnuts. Place doughnuts and holes onto baking sheet, cover with a dish towel and let rise again, 40 minutes to 1 hour more.Grease air-fryer basket with cooking spray, and add 2 donuts and 2 donut holes at a time, making sure donuts don’t touch. Cook at 190° Celsius until deeply golden, 6 minutes. Move to cooling rack and repeat with remaining dough.Dip doughnuts in glaze (see below) or follow instructions for cinnamon sugar. Return to cooling rack and let set for 5 minutes before serving.To Make Vanilla Glaze:To Make Chocolate Glaze:To Make Cinnamon Sugar: In a large shallow bowl, whisk together sugar and cinnamon. Brush doughnuts with melted butter, and then toss in cinnamon sugar.

    Keyword air fryer, dessert

    *This article originally appeared in Delish More

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    12 Foods That Will Make Your Period Cramps So Much More Bearable, According To RDs

    You usually have a general idea of when your period is coming. You may have been tracking it with an app to get to know your monthly cycle better and you know what to expect: bloating, cravings, and menstrual cramps. The pain can range from being mildly uncomfortable to downright debilitating. One way to soothe the ache: foods that help with period cramps.

    Why do some women get period cramps while others don’t? It all comes down to a type of chemical in your body called prostaglandins. This hormone-like substance can trigger the uterine muscles to contract during your period, according to the Mayo Clinic. Higher levels of prostaglandins are associated with more severe cramps.

    That said, multiple factors can affect how much pain your period causes, “including how heavily a woman bleeds, how tight her cervix is, how inflamed her system is, and her perception of pain,” says Wendie Trubow, MD, an ob-gyn.

    The good news is that certain foods can help ease cramps. Okay, they won’t make the discomfort go away directly, but they may have an impact on the body processes and hormones that lead to period cramps.

    Some pro tips on a relatively pain-free period: Avoid processed foods, get enough sleep, manage stress, and take supplements such as methylated B vitamins, which support hormonal balance, says Dr Trubow. To get the most out of these practices, do them over the entire course of the month, not just during your period.

    If you get really bad cramps, you may want to put down that bag of chips or pint of ice cream even when the cravings hit. Here are 12 foods that’ll help you feel better throughout your cycle.

    1) Avocados

    Avocados contain omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium, both of which may help reduce period cramps, says Alli Magier, the founder of Well by Alli. “Omega-3 fatty acids lower inflammation and help prevent excess prostaglandin production,” she explains. Magnesium, known as “nature’s relaxant,” can also help ease smooth muscle and lower the production of prostaglandins.

    2) Chamomile Tea

    Chamomile tea contains anti-inflammatory compounds and can help reduce pain by inhibiting certain enzymes known to cause pain, says Magier.

    Note that chamomile tea works best when you have it before the pain starts (so a few days before your period), according to a 2019 article published in the Journal of Pharmacopuncture.

    3) Cruciferous Vegetables

    Estrogen dominance and poor estrogen detoxification can contribute to endometriosis and dysmenorrhea (a.k.a. painful period cramps), says Morgan Goodstadt, the founder of Good Nutrition. “Broccoli and Brussels sprouts contain antioxidants and nutrients that help the liver detoxify excess estrogen. They are also high-fibre foods, which support estrogen clearance and elimination through the bowels,” she adds.

    Staying regular, which these veggies could help with, is super important for moving excess estrogen out of the body and supporting your gut too.

    4) Fermented Foods

    Fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi, kombucha, pickled vegetables, sauerkraut, and yoghurt contain probiotics that help keep your gut healthy, says Magier, which is important for estrogen balance and period pain. The good bacteria from fermented foods can balance your gut microbiome and regulate estrogen metabolism and elimination.

    In addition, low calcium intake can increase muscle contractions and cramping, so add fermented dairy to your diet for max relief.

    5) Salmon

    Prostaglandins are primarily made from omega-6 fatty acids, which are naturally inflammatory, says Goodstadt. “For optimal health, we want to consume a good ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids,” she says. One way to do that? Consuming lots of omega-3-rich foods like salmon and sardines. (Yum!)

    6) Flaxseeds

    Flaxseeds are one of Goodstadt’s all-time favourite foods for hormone health in general. “Not only are they a great source of fibre and healthy omega-3 fats, but they also contain compounds called lignans, which can bind to and detoxify excess estrogen,” she says.

    7) Ginger

    Ginger can lower the intensity of period cramps and pain, a 2019 study published in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology Science found. It has potent anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps soothe the stomach and reduce nausea, another common PMS symptom. Enjoy it as a spice in a dish or add slices to a steaming mug of tea!

    8) Leafy Green Vegetables

    Spinach and Swiss chard are full of anti-inflammatory compounds, fibre, manganese, and vitamin E, per Magier. “Adequate fibre intake is important for reducing PMS symptoms because it helps keep the gut microbiome healthy and supports normal estrogen metabolism,” she says. Vitamin E can tone down prostaglandin production, and low manganese levels are associated with more severe pain during menstruation.

    9) Almonds, Cashews, And Walnuts

    Nuts are a healthy source of minerals and unsaturated fats, explains Magier. In particular, walnuts are great sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lower prostaglandin production and combat period cramps. Almonds and cashews pack a ton of magnesium, which is associated with less period pain.

    10) Peppermint Tea

    Peppermint contains the active ingredient menthol, which has been shown to relieve pain. It can reduce the duration and severity of pain associated with periods, a 2016 study published in the Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research showed.

    11) Pumpkin Seeds

    “Pumpkin seeds are one of my favourite high-magnesium foods, making them excellent for reducing period cramps,” says Goodstadt.

    12) Turmeric

    Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is also a hormone modulator and pain reliever. It has been found to address some of the root causes of period pain, including estrogen dominance and endometriosis, per a 2020 study published in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine. More

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    This Quick Workout Works Your Entire Body

    If you’re a beginner to working out and are not sure where to start, this quick all-over body burner is for you. Pressed for time? Try this. Got excuses? This is the workout! If you’re sensing a theme here, it’s one that Johannesburg-based personal trainer Sherneal Joseph wants you to pick out. No excuses – just get your workout done in 15 minutes, and you’ll be better for it. “I’ve chosen this workout because it invalidates the most common excuses I hear for people skipping a workout or not training at all,” says Sherneal.

    And you’ll work all your most important muscles, from the core to your quads and back. “Apart from challenging you, torching calories and getting those endorphins flowing,” says Sherneal, “This quick workout will promote strength and muscular endurance in all major muscle groups while elevating the heart rate for cardiovascular benefits.”

    Want in? Perform each exercise for 45 seconds with 15 seconds of rest. Rest for 1 minute at the end of each complete round. Repeat for 3 rounds. Try it again the following week and see how long it takes you. You’ll up your endurance the more you go.

    15-minute quick workout

    Lunge to overhead press

    Start in a standing position, with your weights held at shoulder length. Lunge backwards, then step forward, simultaneously lifting the weights overhead. That’s one rep.

    Gorilla renegade rows

    Get onto all fours, with weight evenly distributed throughout. Now raise your knees off the ground and feel your core engage. Grip your dumbbells and lift one into a row. Switch hands and lift the other weight. That’s one rep.

    Push-up to burpee

    With your weights in your hands, get into a push-up position, legs hip-width apart. Bend into a push-up, then straighten all the way up to standing, holding your weights as you do. That’s one rep.

    Dumbbell snatch

    Let your weights be at your feet and start in the standing position. Bend down and snatch and grab one weight, then, in one fluid motion, raise the weight overhead, being sure to brace your core and keeping feet on the ground. Lower the weight back to the floor. That’s one rep.

    Overhead Russian twist

    Start in a seated position, with your legs in front of you and knees slightly bent. Pick up one weight and lift it overhead to lower on your opposite side, like a rainbow. That’s one rep.

    Watch Sherneal perform the moves here:

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    Ignite Your Culinary Journey: Unleash the Art of Cooking with B-well

    Are you ready to unleash your inner chef and transform ordinary meals into extraordinary culinary delights? Look no further than B-well, your trusted companion in the kitchen. With a diverse range of oils, B-well empowers you to take your cooking skills to new heights.

    B-well Canola Oil

    Locally produced B-well Canola Oil is a versatile and reliable choice for all your cooking needs made GMO (not genetically modified)-free. B-well Canola Oil is naturally cholesterol free, low in saturated fat and very high in Omega-3. The light and neutral flavour makes it an ideal companion for sautéing, frying, or baking. Elevate your favourite recipes with the smooth and consistent performance of B-well Canola Oil. B-well Canola Oil is endorsed by CANSA (Cancer Association South Africa) as well as approved by the Heart & Stroke Foundation South Africa. This is a cooking oil that cares for your well-being.

    B-well Extra Virgin Olive and Canola Oil

    For those who crave a touch of richness, B-well Extra Virgin Olive and Canola oil is a game-changer. With its versatility being perfect for use at all temperatures, whether sizzling in the frying pan or being drizzled over salads, B-well Blended Canola and Olive Oil is your perfect partner in the kitchen creating a delightful depth to your dishes.

    B-well Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Made from 100% olive oil and crafted from carefully selected olives and cold-pressed to perfection, B-well Extra Virgin Olive Oil brings a distinctive character to your culinary creations. Being an extra virgin oil, B-well Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains all the goodness naturally found in olives, which together with its high monounsaturated fat content, makes it a smart choice. B-well Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a smart choice.

    B-well Cooking Oil

    Lastly, B-well Cooking Olive Oil is your secret weapon for achieving perfect results in high-temperature cooking. With its high smoke point or the versatile functionality, B-well Cooking Olive Oil is the ideal oil for cooking exceptional dishes. Whether you’re frying up crispy delights or roasting a succulent chicken, this specially formulated oil ensures consistent performance and delectable flavours.

    Unlock your culinary potential with B-well and indulge in the art of cooking. From everyday meals to special occasions, B-well oils are designed to inspire and delight. Explore the range of flavours, experiment with new recipes, and let your creativity soar in the kitchen.

    Ready, steady, cook!

    B-well Canola & Olive Blend

    B-Well Canola Oil

    B-well Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1l

    Visit to learn more about B-well. More

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    How To Lose Weight If You Don’t Know Where To Start, According To A Dietician

    Weight loss. Just two words that carry so much, from the many, many (seriously, so many) diets to the multitude of mind-hacking that comes with it. A lot of work needs to go into it to try and shift kilos. But how to even begin to lose weight, if you’re not sure where to even start? As is our style, we turn to experts first. “As a registered dietician, I’m here to help you navigate a sustainable approach to achieving overall health and wellness that goes beyond short-term weight loss goals,” says dietician Gabi Meltzer. “I would love to help you shift your perspective from quick fixes and temporary results to building healthy habits that prioritise your well-being, both physically and mentally.”

    That means giving up fad diets, or quick fixes that promote a huge amount of weight loss in a short space of time. Per a dietician, here’s how to really begin your weight loss journey – and not have it end in tears of frustration.

    Meet The Expert: Gabi Meltzer is a registered dietician in Cape Town

    To lose weight, prepare for a mindset change

    That means re-looking your ideas around weight loss and what that really means to you. Do you need to look hot for a date that’s right around the corner? Or do you want to feel better, move better? Either way, turn to sustainable approaches rather than quick fixes. “To break free from the vicious cycle of fad diets, a change in mindset is necessary,” says Meltzer. “Instead of fixating on the number on the scale, shifting the focus toward cultivating healthy habits that contribute to our overall well-being is the most sustainable.”

    Focus on your eating habits first

    Per one paper that evaluated different studies on weight loss, “Healthier eating, but not physical exercise accounted for goal-setting-induced weight loss.” To help, try writing down everything you eat. Is it a lot of pizza or late-night pies and fewer than the recommended five-a-day of veggies and fruits? Writing things down can give you that distance and perspective needed to alter your eating habits.

    See a dietician

    Professional guidance can help move the needle since they’re expertly trained to give you those tips and encouragement when trying to lose weight. It’s a big feat – and you don’t have to go it alone.

    Try intuitive eating

    Here’s a popular trend that could actually help. “This is a self-care and body kindness framework that can be helpful in reconnecting to our body’s innate cues,” says Meltzer. Eat when you’re hungry and not when you’re bored or overwhelmed. It’s also a way to rebuild trust in yourself, especially if you struggle with binges. “[It’s about] learning to trust our bodies to make choices that truly nourish us, both mentally and physically,” adds Meltzer.

    Find an exercise you actually like

    Moderate exercise goes hand in hand with slimming down. But the key to sustaining your regimen lies in finding something you like to do. “Engaging in activities we genuinely enjoy can transform exercise from a chore to a pleasurable experience,” explains Meltzer. “When you find the type of movement that makes you feel energised, less stressed, happier, and more connected to your body and what it is able to do, you are likely to want to make this form of movement a regular part of your life.”

    Be gentle with yourself

    Real, sustainable weight loss takes time, so allow yourself to go slowly. That means you’ll be in this for the long haul. One way to think about it? Instead of focusing on what you’re eliminating, focus on what you’re bringing to the table. “Rather than fixating on strict rules or demonising certain foods or food groups, focus on adding more opportunity for a wide range of nutrient-dense foods,” says Meltzer. Keen to try new veg? Explore new recipes! You’ll find yourself free from restriction and less bored.

    Learn to accept your body

    Hating yourself will get you nowhere, and any problems you think will be solved through weight loss will likely still be there when it’s all gone. “Learning to appreciate and respect your unique body is essential for mental well-being and sustainable healthy habits,” says Meltzer. More

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    Boost Your Mind And Movement With ASICS’ NAGINO™ Collection

    ASICS unveils a groundbreaking global campaign emphasizing the transformative power of exercise in empowering women to navigate everyday stresses. This momentous campaign coincides with the launch of ASICS’ revolutionary NAGINO™ Collection, spotlighting the profound impact that movement can have on our mental well-being.

    The campaign was developed in response to ASICS 2022 State of Mind Index, which revealed that globally, women tend to exercise less than men and, as a result, experience a lower state of mind.

    The power of movement on the mind

    In a world where stress and anxiety are at record levels, the campaign highlights the power of exercise to calm the mind. Contrasting the shortness of breath in stressed moments with the controlled, rhythmic breaths of a workout, the new campaign highlights the power of movement to offset the stresses and strains of everyday life.

    ASICS’ NAGINO™ Collection

    Designed by women for women. The new NAGINO™ Collection is created to support women to find their inner calm through movement. Each piece is purposefully crafted to inspire body confidence and support women to move undistracted and comfortably during their run and workout.

    “With the NAGINO™ Collection we wanted her to feel comfortable and confident before, during and after her training. We know that nothing frees the mind like exercise and so the new collection is designed to be 100% distraction-free, so the only thing she needs to focus on is herself and her workout.”
    Martina Jurcova, Product Manager for Apparel and Accessories

    The collection features pieces designed for running and training and is completed with colour-matching footwear. This includes the brand’s latest product innovation, the GEL-NIMBUS™ 25 running shoe. Each item is highly technical, providing storage and layering options for on-the-go adaptability. One of the apparel highlights is the NAGINO™ Run Unitard made from premium heathered knit fabric and designed in a body-hugging shape to help her feel supported.

    Shop The NAGINO™ Collection

    The NAGINO™ Collection is available online and in-store now. For more information, click here.

    Nimbus 25 Running Shoe

    Nagino Running Jacket

    Nagino Seamless Blue Tights

    Nagino Seamless Bra

    Nagino Blue Vest

    Nagino Blue Run Shorts

    READ MORE: Is This Really The World’s Most Comfortable Running Shoe?

    ASICS Commitment to Move Every Mind

    ASICS believes every mind deserves the right to be moved so we can all achieve a Sound Mind in a Sound Body. This is why ASICS is launching its mission to move every mind to help tackle exercise inequality and support everyone to feel the positive mental benefits of movement.

    This mission comes in response to ASICS State of Mind Index which uncovered a gender exercise gap, with women exercising significantly less than men, and potentially missing out on the mental benefits that exercise bring.

    As a first step to move every mind, ASICS is conducting a global live study. This is to better understand the environmental and societal barriers preventing women from exercising. Plus, what needs to be done to help them to move freely.

    Sign up here to learn more about move every mind. More

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    10 New Running Shoes To Help You Run Faster And Further In 2023

    The pair of running shoes you choose can make or break your run. You ever slipped on a pair only to feel that red-hot feeling of an incoming blister a few kms into your first run? Or you take your shoes off after a long run to find a blackening toenail? Whatever your woeful running horror story is, one thing is for sure, you need a solid pair of takkies to help you hit the tar, treadmill or trails. And we’re here to help.

    What To Consider When Looking For A New Pair Of Running Shoes

    There are a few questions you’re going to want to ask yourself before you head out to your nearest Sportsmans Warehouse one the next available Saturday morning.

    What will you mostly be using your shoes for?

    How far do you want to run?

    What kind of terrain are you going to be running on?

    Do you want to use them for other kinds of training (like HIIT or strength training)?

    READ MORE: The Top South African Road Running Events To Look Out For In 2023

    What To Look For In A Shoe

    Cushioning: This helps the ground feel softer and encourages ground-contact stability.

    Weight: Lighter shoes usually have less cushioning; they’re designed for your speedy runs. Heavier shoes tend to have more cushioning and are better for your longer runs.

    Drop: This is the difference in cushioning (or height) from the heel to the front of the foot. Basically, when you’re barefoot your heel and forefoot touch the ground so the drop is 0mm. Slip on a pair of particularly cushioned running shoes (or some serious heels) and the drop starts to increase. Drop tends to range from 0mm to 14mm, with 10mm being the most common heel drop.

    Pronation: Many shoes will state the type of pronation they are suitable for (but every person is different). Make sure you choose a shoe that’s suitable for you after doing a gait analysis with an expert (hint: they’re usually free). Not sure what these words mean? Keep on reading!

    Do You Need A Gait Analysis For Running?

    Many running coaches, trainers and running brands recommend getting a gait analysis. But what does that actually mean? In simple terms, your gait describes the way in which you walk. So a gait analysis is an exam that gives you information about your walking and running style.

    Everyone is different and knowing your gait is a huge part of knowing your running style. The more information you have, the more equipped you are to choose the right pair of shoes for you and ultimately prevent injury.

    “Knowing your gait can help you grow as a runner and help prevent injuries in the future. Each runner has a specific gait, and not knowing yours could result in an injury,” according to Asics.

    What Does Pronation Mean?

    A large part of gait analysis focuses on determining your pronation. When it comes to running, pronation refers to how your foot naturally rolls inward after your heel strikes the ground. Ideal pronation would result in this motion (the natural inward roll) absorbing the shock from the force of your heel coming into contact with the ground.

    Once your pronation has been determined, you want to try to match yourself to a running shoe that adjusts for your specific pronation. Wearing the correct running shoe will make you a more efficient runner and help you avoid those jog-ending injuries.

    3 Types Of Pronation:

    Neutral pronation: When your foot lands outside of your heel and then rolls naturally inward (about 15%), absorbing the shock and keeping your ankles aligned. If this is you, try the Under Armour FLOW Velociti Elite.

    Overpronation: When your feet roll inward too much. This requires a more sturdy running shoe so that your foot can be kept in place. Try the PUMA ​​ForeverRUN NITRO or Asics Gel-Nimbus™ 25 if you’re an overpronater.

    Supination or underpronation: When the feet don’t roll inward enough. This requires a shoe that has plenty of cushioning, like the Salomon Spectur.

    READ MORE: These Are The Stretches You Should Be Doing Before Race Day 

    5 Places To Get A Gait Analysis In South Africa?

    Sportsmans Warehouse

    Sportsmans Warehouse has RUN-id, an industry-leading advanced gait analysis technology developed by German engineer Jens Hellenbacher. It’s in selected stores around South Africa (Gauteng, Western Cape, Pretoria, KZN and Eastern Cape), is completely free and only takes a few minutes. Find out more here.

    ASICS Mall Of Africa

    If you’re a runner, you’ll be familiar with Asics. They have a huge range of shoes to suit any type of runner. So if you’ve got your heart set on your next pair being from the brand, why not head straight to the Asics store at Mall Of Africa for a gait analysis? The analysis is free of charge. Find out more here.

    Total Sports

    Total Sports is really changing the game when it comes to getting active (have you seen their new TS-ACTV8 workout range???). Their free gait analysis is available at Totalsports in Sandton, Mall of Africa, Canal Walk, Cavendish, Gateway and more.

    The Athlete’s Foot

    You can pre-order your running and gait analysis at the shop over here. They also give an in-depth breakdown of what they will be analysing and why it matters here.

    The Sweat Shop

    Head to The Sweat Shop Dunkeld in Johannesburg or The Sweat Shop Claremont in Cape Town for shoe fittings, gait analysis and premium advice.

    Now that you know a little bit more about what to look for in your next pair of running shoes, you’re ready to shop. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced runner, hit the ground running with these newly-released running shoes.

    READ MORE: Beginners 5K Running Training Plan And How To Crush It In Just 6 Weeks

    PUMA ​​ForeverRUN NITRO

    We Love It For: Being A Solid All-Rounder

    Weight: 224g (women’s UK4.5)

    Drop: 10mm

    Good For: Overpronators

    Say hello to this fabulous addition to the Nitro family; the ForeverRUN Nitro. This stability shoe encourages an optimal running stride and runners have found it to be more stable, help reduce pronation velocity and reduce peak tibial shock/acceleration. It’s time to leave any niggling injuries in your dust.

    Asics Gel-Nimbus™ 25

    We Love It For: Its Marshmallowy Cushioning

    Weight: 255g

    Drop: 8mm

    Good For: Neutral pronators and overpronators

    This new iteration of Asics’ world-famous runner is ideal for long, slow, distance runs due to the max cushioning (you can thank the new PureGEL™ tech for that). But don’t take our word for it: a study of 100 runners testing 5 pairs of running shoes rated this the most comfortable shoe. Read our full review here.

    Reebok Floatride Energy 5 

    We Love It For: Affordable, Lightweight Training

    Weight: 210g (women’s UK4)

    Drop: 8mm

    Good For: Neutral pronators

    Designed to support women no matter their distance or pace (because running is for everybody and every body), the breathable, lightweight upper keeps your feet cool and comfy. It’s a shoe that punches well above its weight with Floatride Energy Foam for cushioning and a midfoot plate for torsional stability.

    Under Armour FLOW Velociti Elite

    We Love It For: Marathon PBs

    Weight: 213g

    Drop: 8mm

    Good For: Neutral pronators

    Meet UA’s first super/carbon race shoe. This highly-responsive and cushioned ride gives you everything you need to crush race day. And it packs some serious tech; a full-length thermoset carbon plate for snappy strides, a  WARP upper that  provides  lockout and lightweight containment and a Microperf tongue that’s breathable and lightweight for zero irritation.

    READ MORE: Long-Distance Trail Running: Here’s Exactly How To Prep And Push Through

    Salomon Spectur

    We Love It For: Speed Training

    Weight: 258g

    Drop: 6mm

    Good For: Neutral pronators and underpronators

    Wanna go faster, have fun and smash a new 5km PB? This snappy shoe is your best bet. With their signature rocker geometry, R.Camber, ensuring a quicker transition, you’ll spend less time on the ground and more time moving forward. You’ll be even speedier thanks to their lightweight and soft Energy Surge foam that evens out the impact and delivers a smoother foot strike.

    adidas Ultraboost Light

    We Love It For: Road Running

    Weight: 299g (UK8.5)

    Drop: 10mm

    Good For: Neutral pronators and light overpronators

    Made with 30% lighter BOOST material, this female-tailored shoe has a narrower heel fit and lower instep curve that’s designed to reduce blisters (eina!) and heel slip. It’s perfect for those runners who want to clock in kms a few times a week and need a reliable running buddy to do just that.

    PUMA Fast-Trac NITRO

    We Love It For: Doing It All, Literally

    Weight: 250g (women’s UK5)

    Drop: 8mm

    Good For: Neutral pronators

    Okay, so maybe you’re someone who likes to do a little bit of trail running, some road running and a social hike or two on the weekends. This is for you, girl! No matter the terrain, this shoe will tackle it with ease. We’re talking loose trails, gravel, you name it! You can thank the dual-foam midsole – combining full-length NITRO foam and a layer of ProFoamLite – and the durable PUMAGRIP ATR outsole, for that. Plus, the integrated eyestays allow for a snug fit and amazing lockdown. You’ll be wowed by how great it feels on the road.

    Skechers GO RUN Consistent – Energize

    We Love It For: Walking

    Weight: 213g (women’s UK7)

    You don’t have to be running marathons to enjoy the health benefits of increasing your step count. You can step up your cardio in these lightweight lace-up running style shoes. They’re crafted with 100% vegan materials and feature an engineered mesh upper, responsive ULTRA LIGHT cushioning and a Skechers Air-Cooled Goga Mat™ cushioned insole. Hot girl walks, incoming!

    Nike ZoomX Invincible Run 3 Flyknit

    We Love It For: Daily Training

    Weight: 258g

    Drop: 9mm

    Good For: Overpronators

    The ZoomX foam has a cult-like following from runners around the world and for good reason. The strobel lining underneath its insole gives it a firmer, more stable ride with less energy return – and there’s a longer heel clip to improve stability. Try before you buy though, some runners find the heel clip too intrusive for them.

    READ MORE: 5 Of The Best Post-Run Snacks, According To A Dietician

    New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Elite v3

    We Love It For: Race Day

    Weight: 179g

    Drop: 4mm

    Good For: Neutral pronators and underpronators

    New Balance promises big things, saying “It’s not just a running shoe. It’s a racing shoe.” So this is the perfect running buddy for marathon races and longer, high mileage runs. Comfortable, speedy and with a next-level carbon-fibre plate so you can run faster, for longer, new PBs are all but guaranteed!

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    One Dumbbell, Six Moves: The Ultimate Beginner-Friendly Full-Body Workout

    Load shedding putting your fitness goals on pause lately? Well, worry no more! We’ve got the perfect dumbbell workout to keep you in shape even when the lights go out. Best part: it’s also beginner-friendly.

    Designed by local Sport Scientist and personal trainer, Andile Peyi, this routine is guaranteed to get your heart pumping and your muscles working, no matter how dimly lit the room is. With just six moves, you’ll be targeting all major muscle groups while torching those stubborn calories.

    So, grab that trusty dumbbell, put on your gear and let’s make the most out of those load shedding hours. It’s time to turn darkness into an opportunity for a killer workout. Or at least give you something to do till the lights come back on!

    Meet The Expert: Andile Peyi is a qualified Sport Scientist and personal trainer at FitFreak Training.

    “My workout videos are mostly for beginners starting their fitness journey. There is no excuse not to get it done with the videos I make. You can do it anywhere!” says Andile. And as for her favourite fitness quote? It’s obviously this one: “You have to put the work in for it to work out”. Let’s get to it then!

    Equipment: Dumbbell | Good For: Total Body

    Try This Full-Body Dumbbell Workout

    Goblet Squat

    10 reps | 3 Sets

    How to: Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and then hold a weight against your chest. Always keep your core engaged and pelvis tucked in, avoiding an arched back. Lower your body by bending your hips and knees while keeping your chest tall. Avoid rounding your back as you descend. Pause briefly at the bottom of the squat, then push through your heels to raise back up.

    Static Lunge

    10 reps | 3 Sets

    How to: Begin in a split squat position with one foot forward and the other foot back. Hold a weight under your chin. Then raise your back knee up and squeeze your glutes as you come up. Ensure that your core is engaged and your body is in an upright position.

    Curl + Press

    10 reps | 3 Sets

    How to: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in both hands. Keep your core engaged and your back straight. Start by curling the weight towards your chest while keeping your body stationary. From the curl position, slightly dip your knees to generate momentum and press the dumbbell overhead, fully extending your arms and elbows. Slowly lower the dumbbell back to the curl position, then return to the starting position.

    READ MORE: Try This Tough-ish Workout To Really Build Your Strength

    Shoulder Taps

    12 reps | 3 Sets

    How to: Begin in a push-up position with your core engaged and your back straight. Then tap your left hand to your right shoulder and your right hand to your left shoulder.

    In + Out

    12 reps | 3 Sets

    How to: Place the weight in front of you. Start with your hands behind you, facing forward. Then slightly lean back. Bring your legs toward your chest and then push them out to each side of the weight.

    Plank Jack

    20 reps | 3 Sets

    How to: Start in a low plank position with your elbows on the ground. Ensure your core is engaged. Then jump your legs in and out without allowing your lower back to drop.

    Work Out With Andile

    Smashed this workout? Then follow Andile on Instagram for more beginner-friendly workout routines and advice. More