Stay fit, reduce non-communicable diseases, elderly urged

By ZBC Reporter

COVID-19 induced lockdowns have affected almost every sphere of people’s lives. With people’s physical activities not spared, many are making efforts to ensure they keep fit during these difficult times and reduce risks of non-communicable diseases.

67-year-old Gogo Mabel Chinzvekure wakes up before sunrise every day to join her classmates in an aerobics class at the Chemhanza grounds in Harare’s Glenview suburb.

Having been at one point diagnosed with arthritis, Gogo Chinzvekure told the ZBC News that the daily physical fitness class has changed her life forever.

Just like Gogo Chinzvekure, other participants spoke on the benefits of attending the class of course under COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Of interest is the strong focus on improving the physical fitness of the elderly, with 67-year-old Teddy Mashungu being the coach.

“My aim was to assist the elderly and also save them from being affected by the Coronavirus.”

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), adults should among other things do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity in a week, or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity in a week.

These activities help manage weight and reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases, among them heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and various cancers – all conditions that can increase susceptibility to COVID-19.