The annual Flowers Sea Swim is just around the corner; a very popular
event that attracts swimmers from all over the world. Swimming is a
great sport and terrific exercise, and as we enter the hot summer months
it may just be the perfect way to stay fit and cool at the same time.
The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon
is about six months away, so with a little planning you too could be at
that starting line.
Every bride dreams of walking down the aisle looking fabulous from top
to toe. This often means commencing a strict diet and fitness routine a
number of months before the big day in order to fit into their dream
Cayman’s cricket fans are rubbing their hands together with glee at the
prospect of world-renowned Marylebone Cricket Club’s imminent visit.
The biggest and the best are back on Easter Monday, 1 April, 2013 for the 11th Annual Million Dollar Run.
Run/Jog/Walk, Boat Racing, Volleyball, Swimming, Tennis
Kwik Cricket is a fun and simple game for all boys and girls from five
years of age upwards. Every player has an opportunity to do everything –
bowl, field and bat.
The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation will
launch its 2013 beach circuit on Grand Cayman’s Public Beach on 22-24
The 21st annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Irish Jog will take place on
Friday, 15 March 2013 at 5.30 p.m. at Grand Cayman Beach Suites.
The annual Off The Beaten Track spins round for the fourth time this
month and weekend warriors are primed for Cayman’s most gruelling
Whenever we talk about wellness, and particularly skin care, it is
usually assumed that we are talking about women. Thankfully men in this
day and age are paying much more attention to their skin and well-being.
January 8, 2012
It is often said that what you put in your body is as important as
exercising regularly. Feed the machine the right fuel to keep it running
and you’ll find yourself to be more energised.
January 8, 2012
For some, living in the Caribbean means being able to exercise outdoors 365 days of the year as extreme cold is never an issue.
Are you one of those people who work out, eat properly, but can’t get
rid of that little paunch, love handles or other stubborn pockets of
fat? Cayman Doctors may just have the solution to your woes.
One of the items that consistently appears on New Year’s resolution
lists is a note to lose weight or get fit or do more exercise. After the
indulgences of the festive season, everyone wants to start the next
year raring to go and getting back in shape.
Let’s face it, even before the New Year starts, we all know that
‘getting in shape’ will be on 90 per cent of the lists out there. For
those who want to get a jump on things, there is no better time to start
burning off the Christmas turkey than Boxing Day.
It is a rare event that can draw the top 20 players in any sport, but
the WSA 2012 Cayman Islands World Open presented by BDO is just that
Taking up tennis
November 6, 2012
As it is one of the best lifelong sports out there, it is never too late
to get into tennis. Of course, getting to a level where you don’t send
every second ball flying into the nearest palm tree can take a bit of
time if you try to do it all on your own.
As the festive season edges closer, one of the best ways to kick your
celebrations off the right way is to take part in the Jingle Bell
Grand Cayman might not be the biggest island around, but in December all
eyes in the squash playing world will be focussed on Camana Bay as it
plays host to the 2012 Cayman Islands Women’s World Open presented by
The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon is celebrating its 10th birthday
this year, so there can be no better reason to get training and
celebrate with more than 1,000 other runners on Sunday 2 December.
Health and fitness is a complicated business, with diet, exercise and
health so closely intertwined that focussing on one but neglecting the
other could do more harm than good.
The Cayman Islands are consistently rising in stature in the sport of volleyball.
In many sports, once an icon has retired, your chance of seeing him
or her in action is gone, unless there is some form of ill-advised
comeback attempt, but that doesn’t really count.
Doing a one mile sea swim or running a half marathon have become very
popular challenges to take up, especially in Cayman where the outdoors
beckon every day. However, if you want a real challenge, how about
combining swimming, cycling and running?
Few people know that better than David Kirchhoff, president and CEO of
Weight Watchers International. After struggling with obesity for years,
Kirchhoff took control of his health and changed his lifestyle.
On the surface Cayman’s chief race body may be all about competition,
however the Cayman Motorsports Association has a wider goal of improving
local drivers. That fact should be welcome considering the amount of
accidents the Cayman Islands observe.
Although swimming in the ocean or jogging down the road may seem
attractive fitness options, quite often you need something a little bit
more structured. Or maybe just a place out of the heat and rain where
you can train.
As more and more people realise that an active lifestyle is vital to
health, exercise is starting to play a more important role in daily
life. And while few will ever attain the fitness of an all-star athlete,
everyone can benefit from increased physical activity and improved
One of the highlights of the Cayman Islands social calendar, the annual
Breast Cancer Gala Dinner, is set to take place on Saturday 29
Stand up paddleboarding has really taken off in Cayman over the last
year or two, with the combination of warm, clear water and excellent
weather providing the perfect incentive to get out on the water.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution, which is why having access to a
number of different exercise modalities can make all the difference when
it comes to finding a fitness solution that works for you.
The idea of taking part in an event composed of three distinct sports,
all completed back to back (to back) certainly makes it a worthy
When it comes to fitness, finding something that you enjoy and suits
your personality and lifestyle is vital to a long and successful
The Caribbean has built a reputation for producing some of the best
track and field athletes in the world and Cayman is no exception.
The 10th Annual Million Dollar Run is scheduled once again for the
Easter weekend, allowing racing enthusiasts the chance to attend all the
events open to the public and get up close and personal with these
Weight loss is, quite simply, a mathematical problem. If you eat more
than you burn, you are going to gain weight. If you want to lose weight,
the answer is a balanced diet and exercise – as simple as that.
However, even once you have returned to your goal weight, there might
still be pockets of fat that do not respond and stubbornly refuse to
Strengthening the core has become a core principle of many exercise
routines over the last couple of years. At the centre of this trend has
Cayman’s beaches are world renowned, so when it comes to hosting
international sporting events, beach volleyball is the perfect fit.
For once, your mum was right, at least if she tried to drill it into you that you need to sit up straight, as sitting correctly at your desk is one of the key ways in which to avoid workplace-related injuries.
There is a very active road running scene on Grand Cayman, with events from two miles all the way up to full marathons, with a couple of relays thrown in for good measure.
Instant gratification is not a word that
should ever be associated with weight loss, at least not if you want it to be
sustainable. What is required is a change that can fit in with your current
Calendar of sporting events
The term ‘fighting fit’ was never more apt
than when applied to the training engaged in at Rogue Gym. Located behind Mezza
on West Bay Road, the gym is dominated by a boxing ring, which is used for
everything from boxing to Muay Thai to beginners Mixed Martial Arts training as
well as regular boxing.
Somewhere in the back of a drawer I have a
bunch of gym membership cards.
For many, exercise involves doing the same
thing over and over again, day after day, year after year. No wonder boredom
steps in after a while.
From the moment your alarm clock rings, the race is on. It’s a rush to get ready, a hurry to get to work and a hectic day at the office, all before the evening introduces its own laundry list of tasks.
After all, who wants to hit the new year carrying all the traces of the old with them? A Touch of Thai offers a range of treatments from massages to facials that promise to have you looking and feeling your best.
December is a time for great eating. With the memories of Thanksgiving still lurking at the back of the fridge, and the pantry already being stocked for Christmas, few things could be as far from the mind as staying in shape. Fortunately, there are a number of great running events coming up this month.
The government facility is known as the George Town Hospital and includes dental facilities. Faith Hospital is on Cayman Brac the Little Cayman Clinic services that Island.
our run will take you along the waterfront of George Town, the capital of the Cayman Islands, into the residential area of South Sound, which boasts multi-million dollar homes and dazzling views of the ocean and then into the financial district and along the waterfront once again.
If you are looking for a way to engage in an activity that is meaningful
and worthwhile this Christmas season, the Jingle Bell 5k/10k Run/Walk
is the ideal opportunity to do something which will directly benefit
people in genuine in need.
Health is not a one size fits all thing – far from it in fact. Over time our health concerns change, usually as our awareness of burgeoning health issues grows.
push themselves to go faster and longer, eventually graduating from two
mile runs to ten kilometre runs to half marathons and on to the full
marathon distance, with the Cayman Islands Marathon in December serving
as a beacon.
Some of the legends of world tennis will grace the tennis courts at The
Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman in November as the KPMG Legends Tennis
Tournament kicks off.
In fact, it might be just the perfect time to treat yourself to a relaxing treatment at the Da Vinci Centre, and with a range of summer specials you can now do so for less.
From an informal game of tossing a Frisbee to much more serious sporting events drawing top international competitors, Cayman’s beaches are a top spot to see what’s hot in beach sports.
October will see the return of Cayman’s most popular pink tie event. The annual Breast Cancer Gala Dinner will take place at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman on 15 October, and according to the organisers it will once again be a not-to-be-missed evening.
Relaxing on the beach, hiking through the mountains, trekking around a new city or just keeping up with all the kids’ summer activities - however you spend summer, your feet will carry you through it all.
When thinking about weight loss, most people are very aware of what they eat. However, what you drink can have a very big impact on diet as well.
Whether training for a marathon or simply hitting the gym in preparation for beach season, the decisions you make from the moment you wake up until your head hits the pillow affect your health and ultimately your performance.
Splash and Dash
August 3, 2011
Running can be hard work, especially in summer. However, combine it with a quick dip in the ocean, and it might not seem quite so onerous.
Ten years ago, core strength was not a part of most people’s fitness vocabulary.
Venture out of your climate controlled comfort zone in summer, and your body has just one simple response – sweat!
Let’s face it – spending time in a gym is not for everyone. No matter
how good the equipment or how helpful the staff, some people will still
find working out with weights and machines a drag.
With warm sunny weather pretty much all year round, Cayman is the ideal sport for anyone who fancies a bit of outdoor adventure. These can vary greatly, from deep under water to up in the sky, and everything in between.
Cycling has been picking up speed in
Cayman over the last couple of years, and although the halcyon days of Cayman
Cycling may be long gone due to changes in Olympic qualification requirements,
local cyclists are become more, and more competitive as well.
Cayman’s beaches and crystal clear waters are the greatest attraction
for tourists and locals alike, but when you add top athletes to the mix,
it becomes a potent combination.
I used to be an athlete - baseball, basketball, football, boxing - but
injuries from yearly, excessive weight gain have hindered my performance
World Kidney Day is celebrated on 10 March, and this year’s theme –
protect your kidneys, save your heart – is of particular importance in
Cayman where the high level of chronic kidney disease is a serious
As all rugby fans will be well aware, the IRB Rugby World Cup is coming up in September this year.
AIDS awareness can be a difficult subject to approach. For many, there
is still a stigma attached to the disease, which can make it tough to
have frank and open discussions about how to prevent the spread of the
disease as well as how to live with it.
When it comes to improving and maintaining health, there are numerous
paths one can follow. Over the years, complementary medicine has started
to take its rightful place alongside other forms of medicine as people
seek alternate forms of treatment.
The navel has a prominent place in many ancient forms of wisdom. Apply a
bit of modern knowledge to the matter, and it would seem the ancients
weren’t all that far off the mark.
With a busy schedule, packed solid from the moment you rise in the
morning until the moment you go to bed at night, it’s not surprising
that our modern lifestyle can leave us feeling tired. But for many
people, the feeling goes beyond just tired - it’s something stronger and
harder to shake, and it feels continuous. They’re stuck in the fatigue
One of the most popular events on the local road running calendar, the
St. Patrick’s Day 5k Irish Jog, will take place on 17 March.
There can be no doubt that the human body was not designed to sit behind
a desk for eight or more hours a day, never mind the amount of time
most people end up spending at their desks during the busier times of
Sometimes jokingly referred to as triathlon for those who cannot swim,
duathlon is a challenging sport in its own right. Combining cycling and
running, locals will get a taste of the sport on 27 March when the
annual Cayman Islands Duathlon rolls around again.
When it comes to sports that encourage lifelong participation, tennis is
quite possibly right at the top of the list. From youngsters barely
able to hold a racquet to players barely able to make their way across
the court, the game can be as athletic or relaxed as you need it to be.
Although many people who take part in sport frequent physio therapists,
the range of people who can benefit from their services range from
people going through post operative rehabilitation to older persons who
need to recover their mobility after extended periods of inactivity.
It’s not often that Cayman plays host to the top sporting talent in the
world. In April, the best squash players from all corners of the globe
will flock to a glass court at Camana Bay for the Cedrus Investments
Cayman Islands Open squash tournament.
Cayman, being a group of three islands, is surrounded by water, so it
would be a shame not to make use of the opportunities for health and
fitness this provides.
Your health is one of those things you never truly appreciate until it’s gone, by which time it is quite often too late to start doing anything about it.
If used correctly, technology can help us keep track of our health in many often unexplored ways.
One of the most popular running events on Island, the Fidelity Cross
Island Relay, makes its return on 6 February. The event sees teams of
six runners take on a course that stretches from Gun Bay on the eastern
end of Grand Cayman all the way to Smith Cove in the west.
Sometimes the toughest part of getting into shape is stepping out the
Although running is a very popular sport in Cayman, the events tend to
stick to a number of well-trodden routes. There are few runners who
cannot run South Sound Road blindfolded, with the stretch along Seven
Mile Beach being every bit as familiar. However, the Off the Beaten
Track run is just a little bit different.
In recent years, the fitness industry has seen a shift from everything
being about strength and bulk to core strength, flexibility and balance
being viewed as the true measures of fitness. However, nowhere are these
new measures more apparent than in one very unexpected place –
6 January 2011
20 February: Reefathlon road ride. Complete anywhere from one to four loops of the 19 mile Reefathlon circuit. For more information, visit reefathlon.com
When you live on an Island surrounded by crystal clear tropical waters and powdery white beaches, spending time enjoying sun, sea and sand is a given.
Many of us will spend the whole year complaining that we cannot get into
shape because we just don’t have the energy to get out and exercise.
However, a workout doesn’t just burn energy, but also generates it – the
more you work out, the more energy you have to go back the next day and
do it again.
When it comes to the New Year, many add ‘get more exercise’ to their list. However, year after year, many people try the same things, with the same results. This year, how about trying something new?
The Festive Season is supposed to be a time of relaxation and family.
However, more often than not it ends up being one of stress. Between
finding gifts and planning Christmas meals, finding
Unless you want an uphill battle recovering after the festive season, a
bit of early season exertion could make all the difference. While you’re
at it, why not do it for a great cause as well?
The festive season can certainly take its toll on health and fitness.
Although most people wait until the new year to do something about it,
others start the morning after Christmas.
Whether you stay on Island for the holidays or not the hustle and bustle
of Christmas can be overwhelming for all of us. Shopping, baking,
entertaining, juggling children’s schedules and much more all contribute
to an even busier home life.
November and December promise to be two of the most exciting months ever for cycling in the Cayman Islands. One of the world’s top professional cycling teams, Garmin-Transitions, will be hosting its first training camp of the 2011 season in Grand Cayman.
Most veteran triathletes and marathoners have at some point or another
during their racing career “hit the wall.” For you newbies out there,
this is not referring to a physical wall-although that has also been
known to happen...
Legend has it that the first marathon runner dropped dead after
completing his epic run. Then again, he didn’t have access to water
stops every mile of the race, nor a dedicated team of volunteers helping
to make his run smooth and enjoyable
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year there is a couple more exciting events to add to the schedule.
When you combine three of the most popular participation sports on
Island, the result is the Cayman Islands Triathlon. With open water
swimming, cycling and running all wrapped up in one event, the challenge
is hard to resist. Even those who do not feel quite ready to take on
the whole thing can join a team and take on one or more of the events.
A month long celebration of the moustache, MOvember raises awareness of
men’s health issues, especially prostate cancer, while at the same time
raising funds for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
There is no more perfect way to experience these majestic mountains that
a visit to the Strawberry Hill resort. Situated at 3,100 feet,
overlooking Kingston way below, the resort is the epitome of a luxury
Attracting everyone from gourmands to kitchen novices, the Brasserie’s
Cooking Class Series seems to have perfected the right mix to keep folks
coming back for seconds. The classes, which started in April, are
hugely popular, necessitating a ‘reservations only’ policy.
September 7, 2010
Reefathlon cycling event starting and finishing at the
Reef Resort in East End. A selection of a 19, 38 or 57 mile ride is
available, catering for all ability levels. For more information visit
Simply put, gluten intolerance is the body’s inability to digest a
certain type of protein commonly found in products made from wheat, rye
and barley, such as pasta, cereal and bread.
Take on the ocean
September 7, 2010
The Foster’s Food Fair Sea Swim is one of the biggest open water swims
in Cayman, with the 800 metre distance making it very achievable for all
fitness levels. The event is set to take place on 11 September and with
just short of 200 participants last year, the organisers are hoping to
break the 200 barrier with the 2010 edition of the event.
Cycling for all
September 7, 2010
The event will start and finish at the Reef Resort in East End and will
take place on a 19-mile circuit through the Eastern Districts. Starting
from the Reef Resort, the event heads out towards North Side, turning
left at the junction with Frank Sound Road.
A series of three two-mile races, held over three weekends on Saturday 11, 18 and 25 September, the Fidelity Fun Run series is a great way to track your fitness from year to year.
Improving your fitness can be a challenge, especially finding the
motivation to start a fitness regime. Yet with excellent year round
weather, excuses are hard to come by in Cayman. Yet lacing up a pair of
running shoes, jumping on a bike or trekking to the ocean might not seem
all that appealing. Fortunately there are a couple of tricks to
starting with (and sticking to) an exercise regime.
August 2, 2010
Cycling. cycling.ky: 8 August: Cayman Road Race championships.
The event will be contested over two loops of the East End circuit for a
total distance of 60 miles. Categories for men, women, veterans and
juniors will be contested.
With year round sunshine and warm weather, Cayman is perfect for those
who relish an outdoor lifestyle. However with that lifestyle comes sun
exposure and inevitable skin damage. In order to look your best, a
little bit of pampering every now and then can go a long way.
Cayman’s newest spa has opened its doors at Treasure Island Resort.
Serenity Day Spa on Seven Mile Beach is the perfect place to relax and
unwind from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Running around in circles is part of the daily rat race for many office
workers. No wonder then that by the time hump day comes around, many
people would rather go out to party than go jogging. However, no prizes
for guessing which will be better for your health in the long run.
For many, the greatest challenge to getting in shape is boredom. For
many, jogging for hours on a treadmill, walking around the same
neighbourhood blocks, repeating a fitness video for the hundredth time
or even following a planned weight lifting routine can get old really
Two of the most popular participation sports in the Cayman Islands are
running and open water swimming. The Ogier Stroke & Stride series
combines the two in a series of events stretching over three weeks in
Looking after yourself in the midst of a hectic lifestyle can be a
challenge, especially when you have to find the elusive balance between
mind and body.
Whether you look good in a bikini or not, or even if you have to borrow
one for the occasion, on Thursday 17 June, you can play a part in
getting Cayman’s name in the Guinness Book of World Records as the
Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association, with the assistance of
sponsors including What’s Hot, aims to claim the world record for the
world’s largest bikini parade.
For those who are serious about their fitness, nutrition is a vital
component. When Jason Smith started spending more time in the gym, he
found it hard to find the nutritional products he wanted.
Bars around the Cayman Islands get a welcome financial boost this month
with the start of the World Cup finals, the greatest sporting event on
Cayman has the most perfect open water swimming conditions in the world,
so it is little wonder that the Flowers Sea Swim has grown into a world
leading event during its 18 year existence.
Many problems originate with the feet. Your feet are your foundation,
and if something is wrong there, it often shows in the knees, hips and
With great weather year round, Cayman is a great venue for the sporting
enthusiast. Although some sports like cycling, running and open water
swimming are not limited to dedicated facilities, there are more than
enough choices available for other sports as well.
As a sporting destination, Cayman has grown tremendously over the last
couple of years and the Cayman Open, set to take place from 11 to 17
April will be ample proof of this.
The equipment requirements for duathlon are pretty simple – a
comfortable pair of running shoes, a bicycle and of course a cycling
There can be no more suitable venue for the annual St. Patrick’s Day
Irish Jog than the rolling green hills of the Britannia golf course.
Although describing the undulations of the...
For only the second time since its inception in 1972, Cayman will host
the CARIFTA Games from 3 to 5 April.
With abundant sun, sea and sand, Cayman is the ideal venue for beach
volleyball. A visit to Seven Mile Public Beach on a Sunday is ample
In Cayman, when running is mentioned, everyone automatically assumes it means road running. Ken Krys is hoping to change that.
For many, the gym can be an intimidating environment. Whether you feel
uncomfortable with your appearance, or feel that others might sneer at
your attempts to lift kid-sized weights, many people have their reasons
for wanting to avoid the crowds.
Different people thrive under different conditions. The same goes for
exercise, with some preferring the energy inherent in big groups while
others relish the personal attention that can only be given in a
Fitting a fitness regime into an already busy lifestyle can be a
challenge, especially for those who work irregular hours. finding a gym
that is open when you need it to be can also be hard.
Looking and feeling your best is a lifelong commitment, but there is no time like the present to get back on track. Quite often, years of bad posture and bad habits add up to cause pain
and premature signs of ageing. Although prevention is better than cure,
there is a lot that can be done to alleviate these issues.
For many, taking care of their health is one of the first things on the New Year’s resolutions list, and for good reason. “Your body is the only thing you really own,” says Jeanna Parsons of Mobile Fitness Solutions.
Chances are, at some time in your life, you’ve made a New Year’s
resolution and then broken it. This year, stop the cycle of resolving
to make change but not following through. Here are some tips to help
get you started.
Get everything ready for your starting date so you’re not rushing around
on the day trying to find workout clothes.
Every year I write a column for January’s issue of What’s Hot about New
Year’s resolutions – the most popular, some words of encouragement and
suggestions from the experts about how to stick to them.
La Belle International celebrated its recent birthday by giving itself what it has been giving Cayman for the last 10 years: a makeover.Renovating the spa meant an overhaul of the interior design, which now sports a Zen-inspired bamboo and natural Asian theme.
Although people tend to associate pharmacies primarily with prescription medication, Health Care Pharmacy in Grand Harbour has much more to offer.Of course the usual pharmacy staples are there, but the pharmacy also offers one of the biggest selections of Hallmark greeting cards on Island ...
With the signs of the festive season all around, it is time for the annual Jingle Bell Walk/Run again. The event, which will start at Kings Sports Centre, is set to take place on Saturday, 12 December, and is co-sponsored by the Caymanian Compass.
Keep on rolling
December 1, 2009
When naming sports associated with the Cayman Islands, hockey might not be first on the list. It might not even have made the list had it not been for the Ray Singh at Kings Sport Centre.
Breaking away from it all to head out to the Eastern Districts in an attempt to escape the rat race is a popular weekend pastime in Cayman. Yet racing is the very thing that draws cyclists out to the Reef Resort in East End for the Reefathlon – that and a great weekend getaway.
If Knackerfest, Cayman’s iconic oldies Rugbyfest Tournament, sponsored by RE/Max and Ogiers, had a motto it could be; ‘We may be old, but we’re not dead!’
Pregnancy is a time of promise and expectation, but it can also raise the possibility for some women that they will develop gestational diabetes mellitus.GDM, like other forms of diabetes, is defined as glucose intolerance, but with its first onset during pregnancy.
In Cayman, it is estimated that some 10 per cent of the adult population lives with diabetes. Although Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevents, Type 2 diabetes is another matter entirely. Lifestyle changes, especially in those at risk of developing the disease, can prevent the onset of diabetes.
The marathon remains one of the most respected endurance events and little wonder. The legend of Pheidippides’ run from the Battle of Marathon to Athens tells how the messenger brought tidings of victory, before he promptly dropped dead.