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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

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The Outfit Store – Market Day

The Outfit Store Market Day

IMG_4197 IMG_4211The Outfit Store: Home to Smoothies and Superfoods exhibited for the first time at the Windhoek City Market on the 25th September 2015 at United in Windhoek.

The Superfood Smoothies, Raw 70% Dark Chocolates, Superfoods and Smoothie Mixes were a huge hit with market goers and were a great way for us to introduce Namibians to a healthier and organic lifestyle through optimum nutrition!

Our stand was shared with our friends from MumsTumsAndBabyBums, Sabine and Daryn, who are on the forefront of baby essentials -selling eco diapers and eco baby products.

But the biggest hit at our stand was definitely our new range of destination caps, under our brand name “!NaCaps”. The caps entitled “WHK”, “NAM” or of the SWAPO icon, were popular with market goers and we look forward to expanding the range for upcoming markets. For more info check out www.nacaps.co

Whilst we do enjoy mixing with the locals and showcasing our products, if you’re not based in Windhoek, you can also purchase our products directly via The Outfit Store. Simply email us your order at outfitnamibia@gmail.com

Superfood Smoothie: Lucuma Ice Bomb!

Lucuma, “nature’s caramel”, is found in the highlands of Peru & Ecuador. Lucuma is a highly nutritious fruit, containing carotene, vitamin B3, and other B vitamins. It is especially rich in beta-carotene, niacin and iron with large amounts of calcium and phosphorus. It’s a natural sweetener with a low sugar content and a maple like flavour, used widely as a Superfood alternative to white sugar.

Lucuma

At Outfit Namibia, we try to find delicious ways to incorporate Superfoods into our diets! So it came as no surprise when our trainer, Josh, came up with the “Lucuma Ice Bomb” Smoothie! Perfect as a refreshing sweet drink pre- or post workout, here are the ingredients to make your very own Superfood Smoothie at home:

LUCUMA ICE BOMB

3x Bananas

2x Tbs Lucuma Powder *

1x Tsp Mesquite Powder*

1x Tsp Black/Sesame Seeds

0.5x Handful of Dates

2x Tsp Raw Cocoa Powder*

1x Tsp Hemp Seeds*

1x Tsp Chia Seeds*

Add a few ice cubes

Add 250ml cold water

Blend until Smooth

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*All Superfood ingredients are available at           The Outfit Store

For orders, contact outfitnamibia@gmail.com

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

Outfit Kids Adventure Camps in Namibia 2013

Outfit Kids Adventure Camps Namibia 2013
Outfit Kids Adventure Camps Namibia 2013

Outfit Namibia is hosting  “Outfit Kids Adventure Camps” in Namibia these school holidays in April & August 2013!

Here is more information on the Kids Camps:

OUR AIM

  1. TO TEACH NATURE PRESERVATION
  2. TO PROMOTE LIFE SKILLS
  3. TO FOSTER RESPECT
  4. TO  EDUCATE KIDS ON HEALTHY LIVING

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • BUSH HIKES
  • OBSTACLE COURSE CHALLENGE
  • SLING SHOT KETTY
  • RAFT BUILDING
  • WATER BALLOON FIGHTS
  • BASIC SURVIVAL TRAINING
  • FUNCTIONAL TRAINING
  • OPEN AIR CAMPING
  • COMMUNICATION & LIFE SKILLS GAMES
  • & MUCH MUCH MORE!

KIDS BUSH CAMPS – 3 DAYS, 2 NIGHTS (ALL INCLUSIVE)

  • KIDS BUSH CAMPS 23-25 APRIL & 17-20 AUGUST 2013
  • HOSTED AT HEJA GAME LODGE- N$1,650 PER KID
  • MEALS & ACCOMMODATION INCLUDED

DAY CAMPS – 3 DAYS, NO SLEEPOVERS (ALL INCLUSIVE)

  • 3 DAY CAMPS 20,21&22 APRIL 2013
  • HOSTED AT AVIS – N$1,050 PER KID
  • MEALS INCLUDED

WHO’S INVITED?

  • GIRLS & BOYS AGED 6+ FOR DAY CAMPS;                                              10+ FOR KIDS BUSH CAMPS
  • KIDS WHO LOVE ADVENTURE IN THE OUTDOORS!

 Need more info or want to book? Contact outfitnamibia@gmail.com 

How to loose weight & burn fat (the healthy way)

Outfit Namibia Weightloss 101

Congratulations on taking the first step to a healthier, happier you! Admitting to yourself that you need to change is the hard part, it gets easier from here onward.

There are various weight-loss techniques on the market, however what you really need is a change in lifestyle. There’s a reason you’re unhappy with your current weight and to change this, you will need to look at the following to see the results you desire:

A.) Your diet
B.) Your exercise / physical activity levels
C.) Emotional & mental health

I’m sure you’ve heard that a healthy, balanced diet is essential to weight-loss. But what does that entail? All it means is that you need to watch what you’re eating. Your stomach is not a waste basket. You are what you eat.
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What to Eat

Focus on eating fresh vegetables, fruit and protein like eggs, chicken,       fish. The less red meat you eat, the better for weight-loss. Meat takes on average 7 days to digest in your system and most of it converts to fat. The same goes for any sugars or carbs like white bread, cakes, biscuits, rice etc., limit these and you’ll see a huge improvement in your energy levels and you’ll see and feel the results in your body.

Outfit Namibia- Model with smart waterWhat to Drink

Water is essential, you need to drinks at least 2 liters a day. This is a secret weight-loss technique that most models and athletes use. It’s so simple and yet so few people do it. The water not only hydrates you, but also flushes out toxins in your body. Often when you think you’re hungry, it’s actually just your body craving water. Do not drink alcohol during your weight-loss program. Most alcoholic beverages add weight, because it converts to sugar in your body. If you’re serious about loosing weight, you can have a glass of wine/beer/ or whiskey on a night out, not more.

Exercising Your Way to Health
Staying active is key in weight-loss. You cannot expect to loose all the weight on eating well alone. You need to burn fat through regular exercise and build muscles, to get the lean and strong build your body was designed for. It’s not just about looking good, it’s about feeling good too. The stronger you are, the more capable you are of dealing with life’s challenges.

Regular exercise means that you’ll need to get your heartbeat going by doing 20 minutes of cardio every day i.e. running, cycling, skipping rope, swimming, walking up stairs or going for a brisk walk. This will kick start your metabolism and trick your body into burning fat.

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Besides cardio, you should also focus your workout on building muscles. Building muscles helps your body do the following:

1. Burn calories (by maintaining muscles instead of maintaining fat)
2. Increases your metabolism ( to burn more FAT)

Exercises to build muscles include: Lifting weights, push ups, sit ups, squats – ask your personal trainer to help you. Don’t have a personal trainer? contact: outfitnamibia@gmail.com (Namibians only, sorry 😉

 

Emotional & Mental Health Check

Emotional eating is the surest way to never see any results during your weight-loss regime. You need to be emotionally ready to make a lifestyle change, in order to eat right, be committed to training every day and achieving your fitness goals. Changing your lifestyle is hard, but the results are worth it. Silence the critic in your head and mentally and emotionally prepare yourself for a rough ride. To begin is always the hardest. Persevere, the devotion pays off.

Outfit Namibia- fitness motivationWhen will you see results?

It takes 4 weeks for you to notice your body is changing, 8 weeks for your friends to notice & 12 weeks for the world to notice.Give yourself 12 weeks to change your body, mood, health & your lifestyle!

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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