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Beginner’s take on functional fitness

‘This looks like a torture room,’’ I tell my personal trainer for the day, Arnold Oyuru.

It is my first functional fitness session at Alpha Fit Gym on Ngong Road, Nairobi. The very large non-partitioned gym in an industrial-garage-like building is quite intimidating. At one corner, a young woman with a body to die for lifts 40 kilogrammes of steel with little strain. There is a well-muscled man in rugby attire hitting a truck-sized tyre with a sledgehammer. A woman, very tall and perfectly toned, pulls two super-sized ropes anchored on poles and whips them creating many waves. She finishes the battle rope workout and hangs from the pull-up bar.

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Making Exercise a Habit That Sticks

It is a few weeks to February and some people have fallen off the exercising wagon. So how do you bridge the divide between wanting to exercise and actually exercising year in, year out? Some argue that scheduling the exercise with a friend, working out at the same time, setting goals or letting money to be a big motivator may help one eventually turn exercising into a habit.

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A gym for diabetes, asthma patients

Arnold Oyuru was asthmatic and suffered from incessant chest pains and breathing complications throughout his childhood. He had to rely on an inhaler for a good night’s sleep.

When he finished high school, Mr Oyuru began jogging daily so as to join the Armed Forces.

“Even though the exercises didn’t get me into the army, they changed my life. I began sleeping well throughout the night, the asthma attacks reduced and I stopped relying on medication,” he says.

“And just like that, I decided that this is what I wanted to do in life; help people prevent, manage and treat health problems using physical exercises.”

He opened Mofit, a health fitness and wellness consulting firm six years ago and works with doctors who send patients struggling with obesity, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, depression and bone or muscle problems like chronic back pain, a common problem among the working class.

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