Some members of Change is here exercise club during one of their sessions at Lesley Manyathela Stadium.
“Change is here. There is no one from afar who will come and effect change in your life. It is only you who can bring about change in your lifestyle because you are the master of your own destiny.” These are the encouraging words from Ornica Netshiozwi, founding member of the group called Change is here.
The group, comprised of 24 women from Musina Nancefield, converge at Lesley Manyathela Stadium every morning to participate in two hours of daily exercise sessions before they start with their daily chores.
The women start with one hour of running around the pitch and finish with another hour of aerobics at the grandstand. Their motto of ‘no pain no gain’ is paying off as they are now experiencing the positive benefits of exercise.
Netshiozwi said she and her colleagues realized that many local women were aging prematurely because they lived unhealthy lifestyles and did not exercise. “It was difficult when we started at first because people did not understand our goals. As time went by, some colleagues joined us, and the group grew to where it is today.”
She said although they did not have any sponsor, they contributed from their own pockets to buy some uniforms. “Lack of money and resources cannot stand in our way to better health. We try to maximize the little resources that we have in order to accomplish our gaol. We also have some few training equipment, but we will appreciate any assistance from Good Samaritans who would like to assist us with training equipment.”
She said that, since they had started with their initiative early this year, they had observed positive changes in their lives and they were happy with the progress.
Another group member and coach, Nokuthulo Booi, said she could not count the benefits of becoming a member. “There is no more going back. The fruits of our hard labour are paying off and we will continue our sessions because exercise is now part of our daily lives. When you exercise regularly, you are always fit and chances of being attacked by opportunistic diseases are very slim.”
Booi encouraged other local women to join the group. “We call upon local women to come and join us, so that we can continue to make positive changes in our lives. The more we grow, the more we can make a positive change in our lives.” Those who would like to join the group or assist with training equipment can contact Ornica Netshiozwi at 082 402 3338.