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Fitness is Lifestyle - Zenzele Fitness

April 2022

Setting realistic goals is key to achieving one's fitness goals, reaching peak performance and maintaining a healthy body are not achieved overnight. Others on billboards and television tend to embellish the truth a bit, and as human nature would have it, at times, we all yearn for a quick fix. However, fitness is a lifestyle and a lifelong partnership of healthy living. The realization that our bodies are unique and transform at different paces is crucial, with the name of the game being consistency.

Zenzele Fitness's CEO, Tumi Phake, is a firm believer in the realistic health journey through a lifestyle of wellness and a happy heart. For Tumi, the most important thing to remember when embarking on a fitness journey is that the focus should never be on weight; with him, offering the sound advice of “throw that scale away if you must.”

Achieving “peak performance” in life is acquired through a content heart, and for this, one needs to set achievable goals and stick to them without giving up and ensuring consistency.

There are so many excuses that one can choose from in the book, such as “I don't have time,” “I don't have space,” and “It costs too much,” but excuses get you nowhere. Digital platforms have filled the internet space with different workouts that you can do in the comfort of your home, and even so, without these, a mere walk down the road is exercise. Tumi advises one to find a group in the area, whether it be a running, swimming, or hiking group. The quickest way to enjoy an activity is to ensure shared vision and camaraderie, being part of society

Exercise is one of the rarities in life that doesn't come with a negative impact unless, of course, an unfortunate injury occurs. Still, exercise, in general, is designed to enrich the quality of life.
Here are just a few of the benefits and positive impacts that exercise can have on one's life, mental well-being, and overall performance.


  • It improves your mood and assists in stabilizing mood swings.
  • Reduces stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Increases self-confidence.
  • Improves your memory, attention levels, and ability to process information.
  • It gives you a sense of belonging to a community.
  • Encourages the development of social relationships.
  • Reduces the risk of mental illness or allows stability for someone with a mental health issue.
  • Increases your focus, concentration, and productivity.

Exercise is medicine, and a physically fit person often reaps the benefits mentally too and is less likely to fall ill and struggle with ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis. Others may find improved overall health and reduced ailment effects.

Tumi explains that sitting behind a desk, at home, or on a coach throughout the months of lockdown might have been beneficial for some from a work productivity perspective. Still, these long periods of isolation came with a lot of adverse effects, such as pronounced mental health issues in the form of isolation, anxiety, and depression, or physical effects such as unwanted weight gain. The prolonged global lockdown also brought attention to the much-needed and essential work played by the Corporate Wellness industry; this realization opened the door to Corporate Wellness opportunities worldwide.

Around the globe, corporates have implemented Wellness Programmes as a mandatory part of the work schedule. With staff now adopting a Hybrid approach to operating, particularly in South Africa, intervention is necessary to attain peak performance and greater employee productivity. Creating a conducive work environment that supports happier and healthier employees is crucial to the growth and well-being of an organization.

Zenzele Fitness rises to the challenge of Corporate Wellness with their 2022 Wellness Strategy, which incorporates a Social aspect, therefore strengthening the sense of belonging, with a holistic approach through an app that also offers nutrition advice and other mindfulness aspects. Customization through individually tailored programs for employees and location-free solutions that still use digital spaces to reach employees.

These aspects have deliberately been grouped to promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle for all employees adequately. The Corporate Benefits of this Wellness program include increased productivity, fostering a sense of belonging, staff retention, and many other benefits. Zenzele Fitness has more innovative products coming soon for the benefit of all organizations in their Wellness journey.

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