Com­mu­nity gym gets ev­ery­one healthy

Vuk'uzenzele - - Local Government - Pankhurst Moth­iba

POLOK­WANE Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s open gym ini­tia­tive has had a pos­i­tive im­pact on res­i­dents.

Get­ting into shape has never been as easy for the com­mu­nity of Solomon­dale in Lim­popo, thanks to an open gym built by the Polok­wane Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. Sit­u­ated at a lo­cal park, the gym is open to peo­ple for re­cre­ation, sport and leisure pur­poses.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s Ndavhe Ra­makuela is pleased that the fa­cil­ity is be­ing used. “Phys­i­cal ex­er­cise brings over­all hap­pi­ness to an in­di­vid­ual and this trans­lates to health­ier res­i­dents. The pos­i­tive health ben­e­fits at Solomon­dale and Seshego will be a good mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor to es­tab­lish more gyms in the fu­ture,” he said.

El­derly res­i­dents like Maria Ramotl­hake (78) are see­ing the ben­e­fits of us­ing the gym.

“I was sickly three years ago and I strug­gled to even lift my hands. I de­cided to try ex­er­cise since the open gym was nearby. I am so happy now be­cause my health has im­proved,” said Ramotl­hake.

Elisa Se­foko (70) ju­bi­lantly said she used to visit the lo­cal clinic reg­u­larly with all sorts of ail­ments. Things changed when she started us­ing the gym.

“This gym is now my pill as I no longer rely on med­i­ca­tion only for good health. I come here ev­ery morn­ing to ex­er­cise,” she said with ex­cite­ment.

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