Discovery doc walks the fitness walk

2014-10-26 06:00

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The man behind Discovery Vitality’s new report into South Africa’s fittest and fattest cities takes his own health very seriously.

Dr Craig Nossel (43) is Discovery’s head of vitality wellness and was intimately involved in the company’s just-released ObeCity Index.

Other Joburgers who belong to the Vitality scheme are the second most likely to eat well, behind their Capetonian counterparts. But they are slack when it comes to getting up and exercising.

Nossel, however, considers his strict exercise regime “family time” – a chance to unwind with his wife and sons.

When City Press calls him, Nossel isn’t behind his desk. He’s standing up to take the call, saying this is something he does to ensure he doesn’t spend too much time sitting.

The Victory Park resident stands six feet tall and weighs 92kg.

“I go to the gym two or three times a week,” the father of twin boys says. He and his wife Debbie run “7km around Delta Park and Emmarentia Dam” at least four times a week. “We have very beautiful parks in Johannesburg,” he says.

“I walk a little during the day and I’m standing as we chat.”

“Exercise is family time for me. I’m generally with my wife because my teenage boys are too fast and get bored exercising with me.”

Like other Jozi residents surveyed, Nossel makes good food choices. He says he always eats breakfast and snacks on fruit between his many daily meetings. He drinks two or three cups of a coffee a day and lots of water. For dinner, the Nossel family eats cooked food and a salad.

The doctor’s not entirely without vices – although his single indulgence is enough to make most sugar addicts tremble.

“I have a small dessert on the weekend. I realised that eating sugary foods meant I lost energy during the day.”

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