Gogos beat the habit; ease geriatric pains

2016-03-10 06:00
 Gogos Ntombomzi Tingwe, Thenjiwe Njokweni, Lulama Makiva and Lulama Silwana, who are members of Emthonjeni Wempilo gym club, sweating the pain out, in Langa.

Gogos Ntombomzi Tingwe, Thenjiwe Njokweni, Lulama Makiva and Lulama Silwana, who are members of Emthonjeni Wempilo gym club, sweating the pain out, in Langa.

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A group of grannies from Langa who have formed a gym club, say it is the best way to “divorce oneself from pain killers”.

The grannies, who are members of Emthonjeni Wempilo, said since joining the gym, which is based at the Langa Sports Complex, they feel a rejuvenation in their bodies, free from somatic pains, especially joints.

The club was formed when coach Nkululeko Sinxo approached four members in September and sold the idea of keeping their bodies healthy by exercising.

The club is open to everyone from the age of 60 upwards.

There are currently 35 members and more are expected to join in the future.

Lulama Makiva, 67, one of the members, said she was grateful for the idea.

She said she joined because she and others could see the benefits of exercise.

“He(Sinxo) has love for senior citizens, which influenced us to join the gym. We feel very fresh and energetic since we started the gym. I no longer have pains on my body. I am now able to cut my nails which I could not do before I joined the gym, because I would feel pain on my body when I bend. It really helped improve our health. We are happy for it(the club),” Makiva said.

Makiva has even been promoted to senior coach of the club.

Nomaindia Xothongo, 64, also said she has seen a massive change in her health after joining the gym in September.

“I divorced pain killers, because of the gym. I am so hyped-up now. We no longer take a taxi to Vanguard Mall, but we walk. I no longer have aches on my body. I am happy I joined the gym. I feel much healthier now,” Xothongo said.

The grannies took part in a five kilometre fun walk which was organised by Sunfoil, in Sea Point, on 28 February.

For them, taking part in the race was the first ever. They proudly hung their medals around their necks to prove the point.

They said they had prepared for the big walk by walking more than five kilometres between Langa to Bonteheuwel, Pinelands and Epping before they walked back to Langa.

Sinxo said it bothered him to see senior citizens not taking part in gym activities and decided to change that habit.

“I am happy and excited, because I always wanted to do something that will change the lives of senior citizens. They have never looked back after they joined the gym. It is good for their health. They surprised me when they all came back with medals from the big walk. I am sure they did not want to disappoint their coach,” he said.

He said they have been struggling to attract granddads to join them.

The gym starts from 7:30 to 8:30 in the morning, daily.

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