The festive season is upon us, and many people who live healthy lives throughout the year are often tempted to cease their wholesome ways and feast in this period.To counter this way of living, Greenfields gym guru Masande Skelenge organised a boot camp for members of his club to remind them not to fall into this trap. The event was held at Strand Beach on Saturday (8 December). “The gym is closing for the year, so I wanted to show members they need to maintain their healthy ways during the festive season,” Skelenge (32) explained. The boot camp saw members take an early morning jog and participate in various exercises on the beach. Skelenge says a healthy body leads to a better life. “The aim of the club is to promote good nutrition and healthy living, making it easy for people to carry on with their daily activities with fewer worries about getting sick,” he said. Zingisa Haarhoff (23) lost 10 kg in two months thanks to the gym and regular boot camps. “It was very difficult at first, because I was very big, she said, “and it took more than just energy to lose weight. I had to have an honest conversation with myself, asking if I really wanted this. The more weight you lose the better life becomes.” Skelenge says anyone can join the gym club. “Age doesn’t matter, and we want to be a bigger team next year,” he said. “We train at Nomzamo Community Hall and Lwandle Sports Complex, so residents are welcome to join us.” Members are not required to pay when joining the boot camp but must follow the strict eating plan the team abides by. Last month the City of Cape Town launched a healthy lifestyle programme in Nomzamo to curb lifestyle diseases that claim the lives of millions globally every year.