OurHealth: ‘Exercise keeps me young’

OurHealth: ‘Exercise keeps me young’

Story by Thamsanqa Majola, OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from Bethlehem in the Free State.

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BETHLEHEM. ‘€“ October is  International Elderly People’€™s Month and OurHealth visited  with the  energetic, active and healthy elders of Mphohadi Luncheon Club at Mphohadi Clinic in Bethlehem.

The group meets every day to exercise, do handwork (beading), and run a stokvel (soap and money) to keep healthy –  not just physically, but psychologically and emotionally too.

Petrus   Moloi (82) says that he has never been admitted   to a health-care facility as exercise and other activities keep him healthy and stress free. ‘€œThese exercises make me to be a young person again ‘€“ healthy, energetic and strong,’€ claims Petrus.

Lizzy Makhubo (69) says: ‘€œWe call the group our doctor, because unlike other grannies who don’€™t exercise, we don’€™t have many old-age problems or diseases. When we go for medical checkups we are disease free because we exercise and eat a healthy diet at the club.’€

Medical research has shown that inactivity in the elderly can lead to many diseases including diabetes, heart problems and osteoporosis.

Exercise and a healthy diet will go a long way to ensure you are healthy and happy in your old age.