Items filtered by date: Thursday, 12 December 2019

Five Healthy Benefits Of Practicing Taekwondo

For many people, the only time they see people practicing taekwondo is during international sporting events like the Olympics or in movies.

Not many people that sport of taekwondo is a great source of body wellness if done for leisure and under the watch of a professional trainer.

In Uganda, taekwondo is not a prominent sport and not many gyms offer to teach this art at a fitness and body shaping workout.

In Kampala, it is only The City Gym, located at Kampala Boulevard on Kampala road and Speke Apartments Gym, at Speke Apartments on Wampewo that offer professional taekwondo training for health benefits.

For this article, we sought out the experts at Speke Apartments Gym to tell as the core health benefits of practicing taekwondo and below is what they had to say.

  1. It Improves muscle tone and appearance
  2. Increases strength and stamina
  3. It improves confidence and self-esteem
  4. It improves agility and reflexes; and
  5. It improves concentration and focus.

The trainers, however, warn that to achieve the health benefits, one must be committed and adhere to the training schedule as agreed upon by the trainer.

And while other people might look at taekwondo teaches you to fight and a tool for violent fights, experts instead say that taekwondo in its true spirit teaches you not to fight because it is a peaceful sport. 


The City Gym Introduces Ballet Dance Programme For Holiday Makers

The schools' third term holiday is pretty a long one and it can be troublesome for the kids and parents alike. The children, on a break from school work, find themselves with a lot of time on them and TV or computer games can be boring because of monotony.

And for a parent TV or computer games don’t really offer the learning they wish for their children and for that reason they prefer to engage their little one in other co-curricular activities that offer more creativity.

 The good news is that The City Gym, premium wellness and health center, has introduced a ballet dance program for children of all ages.

The Dare To Dream Ballet Intensive Programme run Monday to Sunday will see children group in their respective brackets learn classical and contemporary ballet, modern dance, waltz, and hip hop dance.

The programme, according to management at The City Gym, a full-service health and wellness gym located in the heart of Kampala City, at Kampala Boulevard on Kampala Road, will run from 8:30 am to 10:30 am on weekdays and 10:30 am to 1:00 pm on weekends.

The programme will be conducted by Good Foot Ballet Dance Academy and The City Gym at the gymnasium of The City Gym at Kampala Boulevard building.

Ballet dancing has numerous health benefits because it helps to increase one's heart rate, improves cardiovascular health, increases endurance, and assist in improving stamina. It's a great exercise, especially for students.

Socially, ballet dancing improves Communication Skills, expression, sharpens the mind, reduces stress, provides a new cultural experience, builds interpersonal skills, strength, dancing skills, enjoyment, confidence, and body posture.


Uganda Embarks On Plan To Legalize Medical Cannabis Farming

Ugandans will soon start to legally farm medical marijuana on their farms, news reports quoting State Minister of Health for General Duties, Sarah Opendi has indicated.

Opendi told journalists that the government of Uganda is in the final stages of legalizing marijuana growing for mainly medical purposes.

The minister revealed that the cabinet has set up a subcommittee to look into a proposal of legalizing cannabis growing. The subcommittee is chaired by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda.

She said Rugunda processing the proposal that will soon be discussed by the cabinet to critically look at the issues of enforcement and regulation.

“We are hopeful that early next year we should be able to receive a report from this cabinet subcommittee and thereafter we should be able to make a decision,” Opendi told media.

Reports indicate that numerous local and international companies have applied to acquire a license to grow medical cannabis for export. This has triggered government interest in the herb.

The government recently authorized Industrial Hemp (U) Ltd, a private company working with another Israeli-based cannabis firm to grow marijuana in Kasese even though the laws forbid it.

Among the ministries that will be in charge of issuing licenses to marijuana growing companies include; Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Justice, Internal Affairs, National Drug Authority (NDA) and Uganda Investment Authority (UIA).

The National Drug Policy and Authority Act, 1993 provides that “No person shall, without the written consent of the Health Minister… cultivate any plant from, which a narcotic drug can be extracted.”

What is medical marijuana?

The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions.

According to the World Health Organisation, several studies have demonstrated the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids for nausea and vomiting in the advanced stages of illnesses such as cancer and Aids.

For instance, dronabinol (tetrahydrocannabinol) has been available by prescription for more than a decade in the USA.

Other therapeutic uses of cannabinoids are being demonstrated by controlled studies, including treatment of asthma and glaucoma, as an antidepressant, appetite stimulant, anticonvulsant and anti-spasmodic.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine even though a scientific study of the chemicals in marijuana, called cannabinoids, has led to two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form.


Achieve Your Fitness Goals This Xmas At The City Gym

The festive season is here and during this period many times people tend to eat not proportional amounts of food, drink a lot of alcohol and sit for long hours watching TV or doing nothing, maybe spend time on social media chatting with friends. 

This laziness exhibited during this time of year can have a negative impact on your fitness levels and general body wellbeing. This is why it is good to enlist in a professional gym to schedule a healthy workout routine.

And for that matter, The City Gym, a full-service health and wellness gym located in the heart of Kampala City, at Kampala Boulevard on Kampala Road, has come up with a Super Christmas Promo to offer discounted membership fees for new clients and those renewing.

“Buy two months and get one free,” the Gym said in a message to customers. It also added that customers will be able to get a 50% discount on monthly subscriptions during this festive season.

“You can get 50% discount on six months or annual subscription,” it added, going on to call members of the public to come and enjoy the discounts as they make merry.

 The premium gym also has weekend discounts where a customers’ pay only Shs15, 000 on Saturday and Sunday of the Shs20, 000 paid on weekdays.

Many people want to keep their bodies fit and in shape but the thought of going to the gym is most times a total turnoff, don’t be a victim, enroll at The City Gym today.

A trainer at The City Gym says one can move closer to his or her fitness dreams and have a proper body shape if they keep a workout schedule or timetable so that they don’t miss out on gym appointments.

“Working out with consistency is important for achieving fitness results. Creating a workout plan will help you to achieve greater consistency. Commitment to a regular workout regimen will increase your fitness level, improve your health and generate a greater sense of mental wellbeing,” the City Gym pointed out.

The City Gym, which offers gym services like Kick Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts, Dance Fitness, Zumba Classes, Body Pump, Yoga, Sauna and a fruit bar using state of the art equipment from Italy explains that regular exercise is a big part of a healthy lifestyle and people should commit to it for a longer and healthier life.



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