The fitness club in the vicinity of Tutungeni in Rundu is equipped to help residents of the town to get fit and stay healthy.
The gym, which is located opposite a supermarket and a service station in Tutungeni, opened in April last year and has been operational since, according to instructor Lewis Immanuel, but he says, the gym enjoys very little support from the local community.
Immanuel urges residents to come and support the gym and to enhance their fitness levels. “I know it is a process and takes a while to get the idea of coming to the gym, or for people to get used to the gym, or about fitness and how to go about it,” he said.
The gym offers aerobic and abs classes, for those who want to work on the abdominal areas to have a flat tummy, or six-packs and also arranges boot camps for weight loss.
It is equipped with gym equipment, including dumbbells, weight plates, decline beds, a power station for exercising the shoulders, back and the chest. The gym also has digital bikes, cross bikes and normal bikes, as well as a universal gym machine, to name a few.
“People with private medical aid can also use their medical aid to access the gym services. They can come in and ask for more information regarding the use of their medical aid at the gym. At Rundu Fitness Club you can come in at any time of the day, or whenever you have time. People can pay daily or at the end of the month and our prices are simply affordable,” says the gym instructor.
“It’s very important for people to come to the gym, as regular exercise will lower your risk of developing diabetes, metabolic syndrome and some types of cancer, such as colon cancer and breast cancer. Training at the gym helps your muscles, ligaments, joints and tendons remain in good shape, which will make you stronger and more flexible,” said Immanuel.
“Gym is a new thing for us and many of the people I know are not used to the idea of going to the gym. If one sees you doing that they start saying ‘you are a show-off’, or when they see you jogging it seems funny to them. Our mindsets are yet to change. People still think going to the gym is for whites,” said one resident of Rundu, Jerry Kauyu.
In the past several facilities of this nature opened in Rundu, but had to close down due to low turnout. “There were other gyms in Rundu before this and they closed down due to lack of support from the community, but we took up the challenge to open a gym which can cater for people from all walks of life,” enthused the gym instructor.
New Era also spoke to Dr Joseph Mukerenge from Rundu Medical Centre, who spoke about the benefits of going to the gym. He said exercising reduces stress levels. “You will be physically and mentally fit and your output at work will be more than someone who doesn’t go to the gym, because you are focused, stress-free and you won’t sleep in your office. Exercising daily strengthens your heart and allows it to pump blood more efficiently and with less strain,” he said.
Dr Mukerenge further said exercise lowers blood pressure. “It may lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, allowing blood to flow more smoothly through your arteries. Going to the gym for 30 minutes a day five days per week may lower your risk of developing heart disease, or having a stroke and going for a longer period often can lower your risk even more,” explained Mukerenge.
Going to the gym every day also puts a person in contact with people on a regular basis and can enhance your social life, as well as the way that you feel about yourself. You may also sleep better as a result of exercising each day; and more sleep means more energy and a more balanced mood, among many other benefits.