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Adjusting to a new way of life where minimal human interaction is a precautionary measure against a highly contagious disease, group dynamics have switched from analogue to digital.

Work meetings, birthday parties and even funerals have been held virtually in the past few weeks, proving that even while apart, people can still find a way to be together.

In the world before Covid-19, gyms were just one of those places where personal goals meshed with communal support.

Over the weekend, people would meet in the parks for an interactive workout session, boosting each other’s morale and holding each other accountable for their goals.

This is exactly what drew Lorna Chege, 30, to Strength Kenya, a fitness group founded by Isaac Hunja two years ago.

They would meet at the Nairobi Arboretum on Saturday mornings for a free workout.

The team last met physically on Saturday March 14, a day after the first Covid-19 case in Kenya was announced. The government had also issued the directive that would see many Kenyans work, and work out from home.

“When we were told to stay home, Isaac decided to come up with written home workouts for us. These keep us busy for at least six days in a week,” Lorna says

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However, the communal aspect was one of the most important parts of this dynamic.

At a time when social distancing is crucial, Hunja resolved this by convening the group session on the video conferencing app, Zoom.

“We started the sessions on March 21. The initial idea was to post a video of myself demonstrating the workouts of the day on our WhatsApp group, which has about 180 members from Kenya and parts of Europe,” he says.

After a while, one of the clients suggested using Zoom for the sessions, which would enable him to track the progress of his clients’ physical form as he would in person.

To his surprise, about 25 people tuned in for the first live session. He charges Sh100 per session during the week, with a free session on Saturday.

“Most of the clients have their laptop cameras on and I can see everyone’s video tile on my screen. At the beginning of the session, I share my screen with them, where I have the written workout displayed as a .png file. Once they’ve all read it, I switch back to the laptop camera and demonstrate the right form myself,” he offers.

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While a live training session involves him keeping each individual client in the right form, the virtual equivalent requires him to zoom into the client’s tile in the middle of the session.

This way, the client doesn’t miss out on his guidance. “I also do the workouts along with them and continue to advise them before moving on to the next set,” says Isaac.

While the WhatsApp group sessions may still provide the same benefits, Lorna says the Zoom ones are much better.

“You get to ask questions, see whether you are doing the right thing as you can see yourself on screen as well and there’s more psyche within the group,” she says.

Isaac says a few challenges accompany this medium, including unstable Internet connections that could freeze video streams during the session, causing a disruption between him and his clients.

“Relying on the laptop camera could also mean that the image might not be as clear as I would hope,” he says.

As the world looks to restructuring various sectors in hope of a solution for the Covid-19 pandemic, Isaac says this model for his practice will only go forward as a strategy for adaptability.

“We live in a different world now, even if the coronavirus is cured. This requires us to scale to the next level as we accept this new reality,” he explains.

The innovation necessitated by the cautionary measures taken to curb the spread of the disease prove that society can still care for each other, even from a distance.

However, interacting with his clients in this way has also pushed him to consider content creation as a long-term investment to engage them, should they fail to attend the physical sessions.

By Daily Nation

 


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World’s most-traveled man Fred Finn says Kenya is the safest place to visit during the pandemic

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Diani beach in Kwale County has played host to the world’s most traveled man, Fred Finn.

Finn has traveled to more than 150 countries at the age of 75 and holds the current Guinness Book World Records.

Finn, who is in the country until Monday, November 30 said Kenya is safe for holiday destinations.

He however noted that his visit at the moment is not for leisure, but to send a message that the country is safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says he has observed that Kenyans are following the protocols and guidelines than any other country he has traveled to during the pandemic.

“I did not come here on holiday, that is why my wife is not with me. I came because whenever Kenya has a little crisis I come and say Kenya is safe” he said

He said, during a pandemic, Kenya is the safest place to go on holiday.

Finn is scheduled to have his vaccine in December.

Tourism players say Finn’s visit to Kenya gives confidence to the international market that the country is an ideal destination.

“When you get an endorsement from the eyes of a traveler that is likely to carry the right persuasion to the potential travelers” said Kioko Musyoki, Leopard Beach General Manager.


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‘I regret…’ Anne Kiguta opens up about posting her daughter on social media

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TV news anchor Anne Kiguta has announced that she would like to share with her fans more about her life.

However, she draws a line on exposing her children to the limelight.

Anne has three children, one from her previous marriage and fraternal twins with Jomo Gecaga.

Responding to a fan who asked her about her babies, Anne posted a photo of her and her twins but blocked out the faces.

In her response she explained,

“Gosh, so many of you have said this… was the number one response. Well, I will have to let you down on that my loves.”

She added,

“I’m rather traditional (believe it or not) so I’m vehemently against it. My babies are are all still too young, including the eldest, to be on social media.”

Anne continued,

“In fact I really regret having posted my eldest at all. Mummy already has a pretty public life. They deserve their privacy.”

But not to break her fans hearts, Anne promised,

“A reference every once in a while but nothing more than that for a long long time.  Hope  you understand.”

In another post she still emphasized,

“That is my son. Quite the charmer. If only I could tell you half of what they say! But all these are are to me sacred moments…really can’t share much more.”

Not to be daunted though, Anne promised to talk about other aspects of her life.

Here are the various topics she is open to talking about.

By Mpasho.co.ke


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Shock as man ‘resurrects’ in a Kericho mortuary

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There was drama at Kapkatet sub-county hospital in Kericho on Tuesday night when a 32-year-old man who had been presumed dead and taken to the mortuary regained consciousness close to three hours later.

Mortuary attendants were getting ready to embalm Peter Kigen’s body when they noticed some movements.

Kigen, a resident of Kibwastuiyo village in Bureti Constituency, is said to have collapsed while at home before his family took him to hospital.

His younger brother, Kevin Kipkurui, said he was present when Kigen collapsed. With the help of their cousin, they took Kigen to the hospital at 5.30 pm.

“When we arrived at the casualty department, we met a doctor who asked us to register the details of the patient at the reception while he attended to him,” Kipkurui, who was still in shock, told The Standard.

After registering the patient, Kipkurui said he was again asked to the National Hospital Insurance Fund desk for further documentation of his brother.

Kigen reportedly suffers from a chronic illness.

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“When I went back to the casualty department at around 7.45 pm, I learnt my brother was dead. A nurse told me that he died long before we arrived at the hospital,” Kipkurui said.

He added: “The nurse later handed me a document to take to the mortuary attendant before my brother’s body was moved to the morgue.”

However, at 10.30 pm, Kipkuriu said, as they were waiting for embalming of Kigen’s body, they were informed that in fact, he was not dead.

Mortuary attendants who mummified the body told them that Kigen had regained consciousness.

“The mortician called me into the morgue and we saw him make movements. We were shocked. We could not understand how they could move a person who is still alive into the mortuary,” Kipkurui said.

Kigen, who spoke from his hospital bed yesterday, said he was shocked to learn that he was thought to have died and even taken to the mortuary.

“I cannot believe what just happened. How did they establish that I was dead?” he said.

Kirui, who donned his light-blue hospital uniform, was nevertheless happy to be alive and vowed to dedicate his life to evangelism once he’s discharged from hospital.

“I did not even know where I was when I regained consciousness, but I thank God for sparing my life. I will serve him for the rest of my life,” he said.

The hospital’s medical superintendent Gilbert Cheruiyot said Kigen was in critical condition when he was brought in.

Dr Cheruiyot said: “His relatives presumed he was dead and did not even wait for certification of death. They moved him to the mortuary, on their own.”

He said the clinical officers at the casualty were busy attending to other critically ill patients when Kigen was brought in, including an epileptic and a diabetic patient.

“They asked Kigen’s relatives to give them some time but they accused the clinicians of taking too much time and decided to take him to the mortuary. It was while the mortician was getting ready to embalm his body that she noticed some signs of life,” said Cheruiyot. He said the mortician informed the team at the casualty department which took Kigen back and begun resuscitating him. The process took three hours before the patient was stabilised.

“The patient was later taken to the ward and is responding well to treatment. We hope to discharge him in a few days,” Dr Cheruiyot said yesterday.

He added: “I advise those bringing their loved ones to the hospital to follow the laid down regulations. Before a body is moved the mortuary, it has to be certified by a clinician. In Kigen’s case, we can only say he was lucky, especially because of our qualified mortician who checked him before making any move,” said Cheruiyot.

The bizarre incident saw local MCAs, led by the Majority Leader Hezron Kipngeno, storm the hospital. This is after Chelanget MCA Hezborn Tonui demanded a statement from the heath committee over the incident that shocked the county.


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