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Towards fitness and healthy living

- By Wits University

Fitness experts and those who like to live a healthy lifestyle, now have a great facility on campus to exercise.

The Wits Metro Wellness Gym, situated on the Parktown Education Campus, is the ideal place to work out, get your endorphins running and promote your health status. 

The gym, which has been operational in the Physical Education Building since 2003, is a fully fledged health facility and is a joint operation between Wits, the City of Joburg and Superhearts, a non-profit organisation, which manages the gym. 

The gym focuses primarily on individuals interested in maintaining and improving fitness for a healthy lifestyle under the supervision of health care professionals.

It also provides chronic disease rehabilitation including cardiac disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, vascular conditions, back and neck conditions, arthritis and mild neurological impairments.

In collaboration with the Wits Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (CESSM), members of the gym may have access to the multi-disciplinary team and facilities of the CESSM which includes a sports physician, biokineticist, physiotherapists, dietician, podiatrist, optometrist and access to the heated swimming pool. These services are available at a cost outside of the normal membership fee, which is R160 per month with discounts for staff members and couples.

The gym offers a range of other benefits: each member joining the gym has a medical assessment and a detailed programme of exercises is prescribed according to the individual’s fitness and specific needs.

The exercises are supervised and monitored while members work out in an air-conditioned space with state-of-the-art equipment. 

Adult members of the public, all Wits staff members and postgraduate students are welcome to join the gym.

The Wits Metro Wellness Gym is a registered Discovery Vitality Fitness facility and is open on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 6:00 to 18:30; and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 11:00.

To see pictures, read more about membership fees and other information on the gym click here, contact Liz or Nathi on (011) 717-3376 or email info.cardiac@wits.ac.za.

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