Physical activity and sport has been associated with good health for many centuries. The body is designed for versatile use of the muscles.
Dr Joseph Nkurunziza, Never Again Rwanda Executive Director, says that there is a clear connection between being physically inactivate, disease and death. Inactive people are particularly prone to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some cancers, osteoporosis, and depression.
“Sports and games reduce scrolling, stress, depression, anxiety, headache, fatigue and muscle pain and keep people in a good health,” he said.
He stresses that sports help in dealing with personal challenges through networking with people sharing experiences and seeking advice. Sport is also an option to prevent drug abuse and youth crime by occupying children and youth with activities.
Additionally, Nkurunziza underscores that games have a correlation with academic achievement.
“If people are physically active, they have a greater capacity and ability to learn and retain information, this can at best lead to better grades,” he said.
Jean Claude Bizimana, 38 years is a waiter at Sports View Hotel. He says that people should always participate in sports activities to keep their entire human body in good health.
“As individuals, we have the responsibility over our own health and quality of life. Humans have always looked for sports and physical activities for a better quality of life,” he said.
“Diet and fitness should be given due importance in people’s lives, as they are the key factors that determine how long or how healthy one lives,” Bizimana said.
Yvette Mukabaranga is a 45-year-old entrepreneur who says that working out is enough to keep her weight under control and keep her in good health.
“I started engaging in sports after realizing that my body had lost shape and I had developed high blood pressure. When I starting jogging daily and swimming weekly, I am now feeling well and re-gaining shape,” she said.