Aerobics keeps illnesses away

2018-04-19 06:00
The Sxolies Aerobics Club of Hermanus has spread its wings to women of Lwandle, some of whom are pictured here doing aerobics in the Lwandle Municipality parking lot on Saturday 16 April.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

The Sxolies Aerobics Club of Hermanus has spread its wings to women of Lwandle, some of whom are pictured here doing aerobics in the Lwandle Municipality parking lot on Saturday 16 April.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

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“To succeed in life, do something for yourself and do not worry about what other people think or will say.”

Those are words of Zizipho Ntulini (25), urging those interested in joining an aerobics group to come forward and not be shy of what others would say.

She and a group of women started aerobics in Lwandle on an open space to fight obesity and improve their health.

Ntulini said the class now has 20 women registered.

On Saturday 14 April they had their first classes with instructors from Zwelihle in Hermanus, who showed them how to do Taebo, Zumba, step, yoga and Catabox, among other fitness activities.

“Many women who gain weight easily acquire diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and many others, which can be prevented if they were active,” says Ntulini, who already says she has seen a great improvement in her own body. “So for my own health I decided to join these aerobics classes to gain control of my health.

“Our instructors also encourage us a great deal to look at what we eat, as this goes hand in hand with activities such as aerobics. To see good results we also need to eat healthily. They have told us to be wary of such things as cooking oil and better use of olive oil, which is much better for our health.”

Ntulini tells City Vision the aerobics classes have been marketed mainly through word of mouth and on their Facebook page.

Instructor Mkhanyiseli Cekiso told City Vision wellness awareness has begun in Hermanus in the Overberg, and was now branching out to other areas such as Lwandle. Cekiso, founding director of the Sxolies Aerobics Club, says the idea is to encourage people about their own health.

“We want to use these aerobics classes to fight many diseases that easily affect our people,” he said. “We want to be a stumbling block to diabetes, hypertension and many other diseases, by keeping the bodies of our people healthy, especially through these classes.”

Cekiso also started the classes as part of a wellness awareness in the Chris Hani Municipality in the Eastern Cape.

He says he was encouraged by the interest shown by the people.

Those interested in joining can also log onto Facebook and search for “Sxolies Aerobics Club”.

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