“I started exercising at RU Fit in March 2010. I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). In my mid forties I started to gain weight which was probably due to inactivity because of my RA and the weight gain was not helping my joints especially my knees.

My good friend who was looking slim and great and who had been going to RU Fit for a couple of years suggested that I give it a try. My first reaction was No! Boxing could not be good for my joints; I can barely walk let alone jump around hitting a boxing bag.

Thank goodness she kept nagging me as I finally made enquiries about the sort of exercises I could do.

The staff was great. I felt comfortable straight away that I would be trained doing gentle exercise and specific exercises for my condition and was encouraged to try. As the months went by my exercise regime was increased as my fitness level increased. I was stronger and had muscle tone and al of a sudden I found myself in this cycle of getting fitter, stronger and weight loss instead of the I am tires, in pain, can’t move, gaining weight and inactive cycle.

To date I have lost 11kg, I am in a lot less pain and the other day I surprised my friends when I ran to catch someone before they drove off!!! I ran without thinking about it.

Apart from boxing, I am using weights, a tread mill, cross trainer and bike to exercise. And I am loving it.

About 1% of the world’s population is afflicted by rheumatoid arthritis, women three times more often than men. Onset is most frequent between the ages of 40 and 50, but people of any age can be affected. It can be disabling and painful condition, which can lead to substantial loss of functioning and mobility if not adequately treated. It is a clinical diagnosis made on the basis.

Learn about the importance of exercise for rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis can safely provide pain relief and build muscle strength.

When joints are stiff and painful, exercise might be the last thing on your mind. Yet when you have rheumatoid arthritis, exercising regularly is one of the best things you can do to take care of yourself and your joints. Here is why exercise is so important.

People who exercise live longer, with or without rheumatoid arthritis.
Regular exercise can actually reduce overall pain from rheumatoid arthritis.

Exercise can keep your bones strong. Thinning of the bones can be a problem with rheumatoid arthritis, especially if you need to take steroids. Exercise helps bones keep their strength.

Exercise maintains muscle strength.

Regular exercise improves function ability and lets you do more for yourself.

People with rheumatoid arthritis who exercise feel better about themselves and are better able to cope with problems.


I really enjoy going to Zumba classes. It ticks all the boxes for me. Combining all three of the important activities of exercising, learning dance steps and having fun in the class is great. I found I could go at my own pace. So no matter what your age, you can gradually build up to go as fast as you want and the music is so catchy, in no time you are getting into the beat and doing salsa and the shimmy!

The other big plus is that you become fit and lose weight while enjoying yourself. I love it.

Sue Hatfield


“I am Allan Stewart, a farmer aged 64 years old. My farming activities have changed from predominantly physical tasks to increased sedentary tractor and other machinery driving, leading to less opportunity to stay physically fit. As a result, my weight increased to an uncomfortable level with consequences for my health.

On my doctor’s advice, I joined R U Fit to get myself fit and to lose at least 25kg. I weighed 134 kg when I joined in mid-September 2012. My next doctor’s appointment was in mid-December and my weight had reduced to 120 kg after a weekly program designed by Sue MacKenzie. Sue mapped out a personal training regime for me, highlighting the precise areas I needed to improve. She incorporated boxing, weights, abdominal exercises and mental application and the results have been nothing short of remarkable (with more to come).

Not only do I feel so much fitter, my stamina, intellectual focus, and energy level have lifted dramatically and a side result has seen my improve my diet to enhance the weight loss.

I owe all these results to Sue’s understanding of my age and physical abilities. She has facilitated my renewed commitment to fitness and health, without imposing injury or strain to my body. I have had to work hard to meet the outcomes she has set and I am now reaping the rewards and have enjoyed every moment of the program.

I really thank Sue for the time and effort she has contributed to improving my health. I intend to continue with R U Fit to lose a further 10kg and thereafter to maintain my fitness level.

Allan Stewart