Exercising for a strong immune system

2020-04-29 06:03
Bheki Memela.PHOTO: supplied

Bheki Memela.PHOTO: supplied

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WITH today being day 27 of the nationwide lockdown- most people have run out ‘fun’ things to do at home.

However, fitness trainer Bheki Memela has highlighted that exercising plays a part in building the immune system.

“I think that we really need to understand that exercise is a part of this, it has to be, you have to build your immune system,” said Memela, further suggesting that people should try to utilise even the little space they have at home by doing exercises that involve using the whole body.

“Exercises such as sprinting for 30 seconds and recovering for maybe 30 seconds, repeating the whole sequence three or four times (interval training),” said Memela.

Memela mentioned that his passion for fitness started in 2011 when he served as a maintenance technician at a local gym.

“Seeing the excitement in peoples’ faces with every progress they made in their fitness goals made me want to be a part of this. I knew I could offer more,” said Memela.

The former Haythorne pupil said he was also a fitness instructor in 2013, which is where he was offered a personal training course.

The trainer emphasised that his passion is seeing people make progress and becoming more confident in what their bodies can do.

“The idea of becoming a personal trainer meant I would be running my own business- meaning there will be no guaranteed salary and that was a very difficult decision to make; but it’s what I am passionate about,” said Memela.

MEMELA RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING EXERCISES:

Superset 1 (3 sets)

10 x burpees 45 seconds rest

25 x kickbacks each leg

Superset 2 (4 sets)

15 x squats

45 seconds plant

15 x tricep dips (using a chair)

Superset 3( sets)

20 x Mountain climbers

20-30 × Lunges

It has been reported that people need to have a strong immune system during this pandemic. The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country is 3 465 with the total death toll at 58.

The department of health is still urging individuals to obey all regulations given by the president and also to protect themselves and others from getting sick.

There are 1055 people who have recovered from Covid-19.

*Statistics provided by NICD on Tuesday, midday.

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