Lockdown inspires fitness at Rundu
29 April 2020 | Sports
With sports events having come to a halt due to the countrywide coronavirus lockdown, scores of people have resorted to early morning and late afternoon jogging and outdoor workouts as a means to keep fit.
At Rundu, open spaces have turned into training grounds for people from all walks of life trying to stay active during lockdown.
Earlier this month, newly appointed Kavango East regional governor Bonifatius Wakudumo was spotted working out with his daughter, Johanna, at Rundu beach.
Wakudumo said keeping fit is part of his daily routine, before he does anything else for the day.
“The reason for being here is to keep fit, especially during this lockdown.
“You see, it is good to sit at home the whole day but, you know, sometimes our body needs these exercises to contribute to the proper flow of blood and give you a right mindset as you start the day.
“So, that is the logic. Exercise, keep your body and mind fit,” Wakudumo said.
A jog a day
Meanwhile, Atletico deRundu Football Club player Antonio Markus shared how the suspension of football activities has impacted his lifestyle.
Markus said prior to the pandemic, his afternoons were reserved for football training sessions, however, things have since changed.
He said he now jogs to keep fit, adding that once the football season commences after the state of emergency has been lifted, he will not struggle to play his beloved sport.
“As a sports personality, I cannot sit at home. I have to do something to keep myself fit because there were tournaments that were supposed to take place during this lockdown, but they have been postponed. We don't know yet when the tournaments will start once the lockdown is no more, therefore the best thing to do is to keep fit,” he said.
Also spotted working out at Rundu Secondary School's sports field was Elizabeth Mathews, who said she started jogging to keep fit after she observed others doing it.
“I was not a fan of keeping fit in public but after seeing a lot of people always coming to this field, I was motivated to join them. I must say, I love it. I will surely keep it up even when the lockdown is no more,” she said.