WHO else thinks Mzansi needs to relax more?
With news that 80% of Mzansi people over 50 years suffer from high blood pressure, we need some relaxation in our lives.
To help passengers destress on holiday, MSC, the holiday cruise company, has installed gyms in each of its ships.
SunWellbeing spoke to Andre van Rensburg, a gym manager on the MSC Musica, currently cruising between Mozambique and Durban, said it’s important to take care of your body even on holiday.
“On holiday, many people put their fitness plans on pause, devour junk food and are obsessively lazy. We want to remind people that the need to stay fit doesn’t stop when they board a ship.”
The gym is open for fitness junkies and regular people at all times. There are personal trainers who can customise specific exercise plans for visitors.
“I have noted that holiday makers from various countries put different values on physical fitness and health. Tourists from America and Europe put more focus on personal exercise, fitness and wellbeing than South Africans.
“They welcomed a ship with an equipped gym while they were on holiday.”
He said people in those countries treat exercise as part of their daily routine, like brushing their teeth or reading a book before sleeping.
“It also makes sense to exercise as you want to look good while relaxing on deck or diving into the pool.
“My advice is that, when you plan your holiday, whether you are going on a cruise or not, you need to invest a little time on your health. Visit a local gym or ask around for neighbourhood fitness programmes that will suit you, your lifestyle and time well,” he said.