Gospel artiste Evelyn Wanjiru has advised fellow Kenyans who are trying to lose weight to be careful with their spine when using a roller.
This is after her quest for a ‘perfect body’ left her paralyzed and hospitalized for an year.
According to her, the need to fit in with her peers is what pushed her into exerting herself to a point her body gave in.
Evelyn reveals that the stress of her dad’s death and peer pressure led her down a dark hole.
I lost my dad in 2006 and after that I got stressed because I saw the pressure my mum was under raising five kids alone.
I started getting stress in school because my mother was struggling to pay my fee.
The gospel star adds,
I tried to cut weight by using a roller at only age 16 because I wanted to fit in. My legs ended up becoming paralyzed.
I used to read the bible while in hospital but I still felt like my life had reached the end because I could not do anything for myself.
In conclusion she advises,
If you use the roller in the wrong way it can kill your nerves and what happened is that all my back nerves died.
I had to undergo physiotherapy because I was ill for an year.It was a miracle.That is why I did my song ‘Waweza’.
According to CNN, there are dangerous exercises that are likely to cause spine injury.
Lat pull-downs (behind the head)
The lat pull-down places a lot of stress on the anterior joint capsule of the shoulder and can eventually lead to impingement or even rotator cuff tears,” says Jessica Malpelli, a Florida Orthopedic
The kettlebell swing
If performed correctly, it’s a great exercise for the back and hips. However, dead lifts are one of the easiest ways to hurt your back
The overhead squat
Lifting anything overhead is challenging to your body, and even more so to the nervous system.