Nigerian man born with sickle cell reveals how gyming saved his life

A Nigerian man who’s been battling with sickle cell disease since birth, has revealed how he discovered a secret way to fight the disease.

The guy known as @_iampoje on Twitter, revealed that he started visiting the gym to work out in 2014 and ever since then, he has not experienced any major sickle cell crises.

According to the fitness coach and gym instructor, the routine exercise saved his family a lot of money that would have been spent on medical bills.

He took to Twitter to share his lifesaving tip with others like him so that they could explore it to know if they will also have lesser battles with the life threatening sickness.

Poje wrote; “I am SS. (sickle cell anemia) but ever since I started going to the gym consistently from 2014 till date I’ve never had any major crisis.

This act of dedication saved my parents lots of money and I’m using this medium to encourage people who are SS to hit the gym for life.

Note: This is not a cure but a stepping stone. I don’t know about everyone going through it but a few people I’ve come across with share the same experience with me.

I’m a fitness coach and gym instructor, ever since I saw the light I’ve been consistent with my workouts. I don’t know if it’s a cure or if it works for everyone but it doesn’t necessarily stop some minor illness which I often get

Elbow pains, back pains, chest pains and feverish body including muscle loss but i keep hitting the gym and resting adequately. It’s just a stepping stone.

I had to fight for my life after my younger brother died from it. It was either the hospital or the gym and constant dumbbells was better than the constant drips and injections.”

Meanwhile in related news…

Nigerian movie star, Tonto Dikeh, recently stated that she is determined to live a long and healthy life despite her ongoing battle with a heart condition.

Tonto, in a post on her Instagram page ahead of her 38th birthday, decided to give some motivation to her followers.

The former deputy governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Congress in the Rivers state election, revealed that she has been facing medical challenges with her heart, so she signed up for gym membership to stay healthy.

The mother-of-one who shared a video of herself at the gym, talked about her strong will to persevere for the sake of her son and her overall well-being.

According to the screen diva, her primary purpose in life is to ensure she can be there for her son and witness his growth and milestones.

Speaking on her plans as her birthday comes up on June 9th, Tonto Dikeh said she will forgo the usual photo shoot with birthday party, and in its place, she will host a kids carnival, focusing on creating meaningful memories and prioritizing her son’s happiness over extravagant celebrations.

The Nollywood star also acknowledged her initial laziness towards exercise but expressed her commitment to making positive changes in her lifestyle.

She wrote; As part of my birthday gift to my self, have decided to LIVE A LONG LIFE by gifting me a membership to a gym.

l am a 38 years old woman with a bad heart, This is not fun, nor do I like it here but it’s my 3rd day and I can only say I breathe better, my pulse are open, my Blood is pumping and I am over all in pain.

But I have a GOAL. I have a dream “TO LIVE A LONG AND HEALTHY LIFE FOR MY SON.. I AM AND WILL ALWAYS BE A SURGERY GIRL(LIPO AND ALL), but I realize also that all the millions I put into making my body will be a waste without Exercise and Waist trainers, Faha etc..

If you are looking for motivation today #LET ME BE YOURS, I am the laziest woman on earth when it comes to fitness but what I have is EXTREME STRENGTH, I LOVE BEEN LAZY, it’s my comfort zone BUT I AM HERE TODAY.