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The Business of Health & Fitness

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Our latest feature on 99FM’s Master Your Destiny Smart series. Here is an excerpt, click the link to read more:

Being in the business of improved quality of life, Outfit Namibia is making its mark on the health, wellness and fitness arena in Namibia for their holistic view on how to live life to the fullest. 99FM’s MYD Smart sat down with entrepreneur and business owner of Outfit Namibia, Rowan Carstens, to find out how their approach to functional training makes business sense.

You are leaders in outdoor fitness in Namibia, why did you choose outdoor fitness?

“Many people are tired of conventional gyms and considering that we in Namibia have 300 days of sunshine a year, we have the perfect environment to train outdoors. Plus, there is something powerful about training outdoors, feeling the sun, the wind and the earth. We in fact encourage our members to kick off their shoes when they arrive at our facilities and feel your connection to the earth. Training is actually a very spiritual practise because it is firstly about connecting with yourself and your body, the benefits of exercise seen in the body are a by-product of training.”

99 FM MYD Smart Series Article: Outfit Namibia

Health Coach: Do you need one?

Dunja Berger Health Coaching Certificate

Outfit Health is a health & lifestyle coaching program provided by us at Outfit Namibia since June 2014. Dunja Berger, Managing Partner of Outfit Namibia, has a health coaching qualification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York. (IIN), where she studied integrative nutrition theories,coaching practices and has been exposed to all major dietary theories worldwide.

There is no “one size fits all” solution to eating. As IIN puts it, “one man’s food, is another man’s poison” and so it is for life. What works for you, might not work for your parents, your boyfriend/girlfriend or next door neighbor. We’re individuals, with complex bodies and varying nutritional needs. We can’t all follow the same diet, although diet authors beg to differ. So rather than following the latest fad in dieting, its best to go with what’s right for you and your body!

As health coaching is still relatively new in Africa, here is some more info relating to it’s definition, purpose and relevance to you:

What is a Health Coach?

A Health Coach specializes in empowering people to take responsibility for their own health and supports them to implement & sustain lifestyle and behavioural changes  that will contribute to the achievement of their personal wellness goals! (IIN, 2013)

Who Can Benefit from Health Coaching

Food Addicts

– The Emotional Eater : You know you’re not hungry, but food fills a void you’re only too happy to fill!

– The Addict : Sugary Treats/ Fast Foods /Toxic People – you know they’re bad for you, but you just can’t help yourself!

– The Adrenaline Junkie:  Addicted to the high that caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, prescription drugs or chocolate gives you?

– The Workaholic: To dedicated to your work for home-cooked meals & meditation and to busy to care…

– The Weight Watcher: You count your calories, you eat non-fat foods and you’re nowhere near your ideal body weight!

– The Victim: Everyone’s responsible for your life’s happiness or lack thereof, except you…

The truth is, we all love to indulge in unhealthy  foods & toxic relationships. We all love to use food to celebrate the highs and lows of life. We often grab convenience foods instead of preparing home-cooked meals for our families. And everyone has been on a diet to loose weight or gain control of bad eating habits, at one point in their lives. Only to realize that the weight isn’t disappearing and neither are the emotions that made one gain weight to begin with!

The truth is, we use food and bad lifestyle habits to avoid facing the emotions our thoughts are creating based on what we are experiencing in our reality. We choose to create these drama’s for ourselves, because it lets us avoid taking charge of what’s really bothering us. Sound familiar? You’re not alone, that’s why a health coach can help!

How is coaching different from seeing a psychologist/dietician?

A clear difference between psychotherapy and coaching is therapy focuses on a problem while coaching focuses on the solution, driven by the client’s inner strength and wisdom.(Wikipedia,2014)

A health coach doesn’t replace the role of a dietician, but has various differences in its approach. Health coaching fills the role of the mentor, is client driven, and doesn’t diagnose or treat, but rather assesses the overall wellbeing, incorporating factors like relationships, career, physical exercise, spiritual practice, education, finances etc in addition to the client’s health.

What a Health Coach Doesn’t Do

A Health Coach does not replace any medical practitioner, but acts as a missing link – the patient guide- that helps develop strategies to enact real, lasting lifestyle changes that address not only the diagnostic label (i.e. pre-diabetic ; obese), but also serve to enhance the person’s overall wellbeing. (IIN, 2013)

A Health Coach does not diagnose, treat, or take responsibility for bringing about wellness in a person’s life, but rather guides and supports the development & progress towards each person’s health & lifestyle  goals.

How Health Coaching Can Benefit You!

  • Health Coaching can identify why  your body is in discomfort & pain
  • It can detect food sensitivities and allergies, you didn’t know you had
  • It can help you take charge of your food cravings & figure out what they really mean
  • Health Coaching helps you to quit bad lifestyle habits that harm your health & happiness
  • A health coach motivates you to loose weight & teaches you how to keep it off for good
  • A health coach finds a diet/ eating plan best suited to your individual body & lifestyle needs
  • It focuses not only on eating habits, but also on how your relationships, career, spirituality,home environment, finances, joy, social life, creativity, health and physical activity influences your lifestyle choices!

More importantly, a health coach is your mentor, confidante and right hand in whatever health & lifestyle goals you wish to achieve and haven’t had the courage, strength or motivation to achieve on your own!

What are you waiting for?

Book your FREE HEALTH HISTORY consultation today and find out how health coaching can benefit you!

Contact outfitnamibia@gmail.com

Team Building with Outfit Namibia

OUTFIT NAMIBIA TEAM BUILDING

TEAM BUILDING with OUTFIT NAMIBIA

Team Building is the most effective way to build team spirit, interpersonal relationships and skills to manage

conflict, communication, trust and respect within a team environment.

Outfit Namibia’s team building focus is on achieving outcomes based on the your specific needs.

We specialize in problem solving and activity based team building.

Our team building is held all over the country, based on your venue of choice.

Whether you’re a small private business or a corporate multinational,

we can deliver a team building package best suited to your organizational requirements.

Our rates are affordable and competitive, ensuring that we can provide a package

that is personalized and specific – meeting budget demands.

Flexibility is key and we change our team building activities regularly to create a unique team building experience for

repeat clients, which we’ve been fortunate to have since we started our business in 2012.

We are a motivated, passionate and driven business and create this environment

with every team that we encounter at Outfit Namibia!

To book our services, send us a mail at outfitnamibia@gmail.com

Namibia: The Best Outdoor Fitness & Adventure Travel Destination!

Outfit Namibia
Namibia, a land of vast natural beauty, magnificent wildlife & the mecca of Adventure Travel! Outfit Namibia is proud to be located in a country that is a vast as it is beautiful. A land that is peaceful, unpolluted & has the second lowest population density in the world! You can loose yourself in this desert country, leave your troubles behind & reconnect to your soul! Namibia is the playground of adventure seekers & fitness enthusiasts & here is why…
Fun & Interesting Facts of Namibia:
1.  Location: Southwestern Coast of Africa
2. Area Size:  824,292 sq km
3. Population Size:  2.2 Million (yes, it’s that low!)
4. Languages:  English, German, Afrikaans, Bantu, Khoisan & Namlish (our own mix of English, German & Afrikaans;)
5. Currency: Nam Dollar (N$) or South African Rand (ZAR)
6. Sunshine: Average of 300 Days a Year!!!
7. Rain: Only in Summer (if we’re lucky!)
8. Capital: Windhoek (Africa’s Cleanest Capital City! & Outfit Namibia’s Base)
9. Literacy: One of the Highest in Africa!
10. Wildlife: We have “The Big 5” , The Largest Seal Reserve in the World & Our Elephants Roam Free!
11. Conservation: Namibia protects its habitat & natural resources in its constitution
12.  Nicknames: Namibia – Land of the Brave & Nam
13. Cuisine: Namibia is a haven for meat & fresh fish lovers! Our meat is exported to SA, UK & Norway etc.
14. Religion: 90% of the country is christian (yes, really)
15. People: Warm, Friendly & Multilingual People- Love Tourists!
Adventure Activities you’ll love in Namibia
1. Hiking
2. Cycling
3. 4 x4
4. Caving
5. Horseback Riding
6. Climbing
7. Photography
8. Stargazing
9. Camping
10. Quadbiking
11. Dune & Sandboarding
12. Flying & Gliding
13. Skydiving
14. Ballooning
15. Paragliding
16. Catamaran
17. Dolphin Cruising
18. Canoeing, Kayaking & Rafting
19. Diving
20. Windsurfing
21. Kitesurfing
To book any of these experiences, please check out the Namibia Tourism Site or get special deals on StayToday Namibia!
If you’re coming as a delegate to the Adventure Travel World Summit 2013 in Namibia, check out our link here!
Outdoor & Indoor Fitness
1. Outdoor Obstacle Course by Outfit Namibia at Heja Game Lodge, 15min outside of Windhoek
2. Outdoor Fitness Camp at Okonjima, North of Namibia
With so many reasons to visit Namibia, isn’t it time you came? You’re missing out 😉

Rowan Carstens – Why we founded OUTFIT NAMIBIA

Rowan CarstensI’ve always had an active life, even as a child I spent most of my time outside climbing trees, exploring the river beds and surrounding bush in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.

I was always intrigued by the Power of the Human Body and often questioned, what the limits to the human body really were. It wasn’t until later in life, that I discovered that these limits could be pushed further and further, the harder one trained.

Having participated in Karate, Hockey, Rugby, Cricket, Indoor Football, Sailing and a number of other sporting activities, I realized that the approach to training varied and in some instances, rather drastically. Although these variations had similar, if not identical underlying principles, “Train Hard & Get Results!”.

I felt this to be true to a certain extent, but I still realized that, at least in my experience, some training regimes became rather repetitive and didn’t quite challenge the human body outside the normal motions of that given sport.

This is the basis for us developing OUTFIT NAMIBIA. Not only to enjoy training outdoors and increase one’s appreciation of nature, but to construct a training program that will improve an individual’s performance through “Functional Training”. The unlimited obstacles, which the outdoors provide, is a perfect backdrop to achieve this.

Who We Are : OUTFIT NAMIBIA

Rowan Carstens & Dunja Berger Outfit Namibia

WELCOME

Welcome to Outfit Namibia, Namibia’s first health & fitness brand! If you love fitness, a healthy lifestyle, understand the need to eat well, live your passion, appreciate the  outdoors & are a team player, then Outfit Namibia is for you!

WHAT IS OUTFIT NAMIBIA

Outfit stands for “Outdoor Fitness” and we’re based in the natural paradise of Namibia!

Outfit Namibia is a proudly Namibian company that offers:

  • Outdoor Training Camps
  • Wellness Bush Retreats
  • Kids Adventure Camps
  • Cycling & Hiking Trails
  • School Camps
  • Team Building  (Sports & Outcome Based)
  • Corporate Fun Days
  • Adult & Kids Fitness Classes (Windhoek only)
  • Corporate Training Programs
  • Outfit Lifestyle Store (coming soon!)

We operate from a premises in Klein Windhoek & in locations all over Namibia.  To contact us, simply email us on outfitnamibia@gmail.com

WHO OWNS OUTFIT NAMIBIA

Outfit Namibia is owned and managed by Rowan Carstens & Dunja Berger. Rowan is a a talented athlete, passionate about health & fitness , whilst Dunja comes with a wealth of marketing, sales & business development expertise.

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