Residents of Lwandle on Human Rights Day, 21 March and promoting health wellness. PHOTO: supplied
Lwandle residents marked the Human Rights Day celebrations on Monday 21 March by walking 10 km for health.
The walk around the community was organised by 714Zerobix, a community club that advocates for healthy living.’
The club was established in February last year and has more about 30 people. They train as a group daily and encourage participants to live a healthy lifestyle.
Pumla Skunana, founder of the club, said it is important for people to start exercising as that will help them to fight obesity and other chronic illnesses.
Skunana said she started training in February last year. Since then, she has been joined by other people. “This started very small, as I wanted to train and shed off weight. One person, Buhlebekhaya Mavuso also wanted to join and since then we have not looked back,” she said. “As a number of people started joining me, I remembered I had a dream of starting a health club around my community. So, we are utilising a space in my yard to train, and we have about 30 people that train with us,” she said.
Skunana said many people were using medication for high blood, diabetes and all these chronic illnesses. She said some chronic illnesses were linked to people’s lifestyle.
“So, as many people were celebrating Human Rights Day, we saw it important to mark this day by walking for health. After walking we ended up playing some fun games at the stadium where and all this helps ones body. When you train it also helps clear your mind,” said Skunana.
Participant Vuyelwa Khonono said they are trying to maintain their weight to avert possible chronic sicknesses. “This is initiative was very fun because we have not walked for such long distance in years. The aerobics on the day was also fun, and the time seemed to move very fast,” she said.
Khonono believes keeping healthy meant keeping away diseases such as diabetes and heart attack.