FIT Malaysia was launched by the Minister Of Sports & Youth Malaysia at Malaysia's very own Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur.
5 reasons the minister gave why Malaysians need this programme :
Our performance at the Commonwealth Games have shown us that we have a long way to go to competing at the elite level. Much of this is down to the fact that the base from which we draw our talent from is narrow. If we’re to ever improve, we’re going to have to widen that base by ensuring that more and more people get involved in sports and fitness.
Malaysia tops the SEA rankings for both obesity and diabetes. Almost 4.4 million Malaysians are obese, 15.2% have diabetes, 32.7% have hypertension, and 35% have high cholesterol. This has great impact not only on public coffers but our standard of living. To overcome this, changes have to be made not only to our nutrition and diet, but our way of life.
Sport is one of the great unifier in our country. Supporting Lee Chong Wei, Nicol David or our Malaysian football team bring us together in a way that few things do, in a non-superficial way (food, basically). Right now, people either operate in sporting silos where ethnicity don’t mix, or in the rare instances that they do, they tend to be forced and inorganic.
Most urbanites feel removed from their local communities and local facilities. Building legacies within communities are important to ensure a sense of ownership and continuity.
It’s important for sport and fitness activities to be inclusive, not only across ethnicity and income, but across gender and disability lines. Programmes done under the #FitMalaysia umbrella have to be accessible to these groups. Women’s fitness and sports for the disabled have to be important pillars of these programmes, which include women’s self-defense and paralympic sport programmes.
There will be a FitMalaysia event in each state, which will lead up to a National Sports Day in 2015.
These events comprise the following activities;
Walking/Jogging/Running – We’ll organise these across short distances; 5km and 10km.
Cycling – 15km cycle
Martial Arts – Traditional martial arts like karate, silambam, taekwondo, and contemporary ones like Urban Self Defense, with an emphasis on women’s defence.
General Fitness Activities – Among other, these include bootcamp, TRX training, crossfit, yoga, zumba, aerobics, tai chi, and bar-risan.
All these activities have the following in common; no additional equipment is needed, they’re easy to learn, they’re effective, can be done alone or in a group, they’re not time-consuming and they’re not costly.
These programmes will showcase elements of sports science and sports medicine, with health checkups, fitness tests, nutritional advice, and workout programmes all available for the rakyat to enjoy. We’ll also have sports equipment and apparel sales by our sponsors and invited partners.
The programmes serve a dual purpose; firstly, to bring people together to exercise and learn the latest ways to get/keep fit, and secondly, to facilitate community
A certified and qualified Fitness Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor with vast experience in the fitness industry. Committee member of Malaysian Health Promotion Board (Capacity Building) ,Technical Adviser to the National Fitness Council (NFC) Ministry of Youth & Sports and Ministry of Unity, Heritage and Arts – in the module development for Fitness Instructor’s and SenamSeni Instructor's certification and commissioning.
Ex-EXCO member of Women Sports and Fitness Foundation, Main Aerobic Instructor for SenamSehat segment for RTM1 “Selamat Pagi Malaysia”. and RTM 2. A Fitness Motivator for Fitness Talks/programs and judge/jury in various fitness & health competitions in the country including Sabah and Sarawak
Finally...after all the hassle and after consulting my daughters, (Johanna, the software engineer working in Singapura and the latter, Jihan an undergraduate (Uitm, Shah Alam) on how to create a blog, i painstakingly managed to create one on my own although i must say is not perfect yet. Mind you, i was born in the 60's, grew up amongst bellbottoms and later with 'Billie Jean' and the 'Material Girl'. Bill Gates was still daydreaming at his bedroom 'window' trying to figure out on how to be a millionaire! My last office adventure was in 1987. Computers were the BIG BOXES in the bosses' office while we were stamping our fingers on the keys of the Olympia. Internet excess were never heard of. I'm totally lost when in comes to the latest gadgets be it in the offices or handphones and watnots..
Anyways, what inspired me to have this blog done was because of 2 phone calls that i received back in December 08. One came from Benut and the other from Singapura. What amazes me was these ladies got my phone number from the internet, enquiring about having me to train them to be Aerobic Instructors. I didnt know an article written about me some years ago in Mingguan Malaysia still lingers in the virtual world. This gave me an idea on how, whoever out there, who needs my assistance regarding 'Group Fitness' to be able to contact me through the net and i am willing to share whatever little knowledge i have with them.
In this blog, i will update my progress from time to time and if theres any individual, corporate companies or government bodies who are interested to invite me as a speaker or trainer, please do not hesitate to contact me here or through my email. I will provide you with the course content if need arises. Hence, i will oblige with a minimal fee of course.
Why in English?? naa.... my blog is bilingual. All of you are welcome to write either in our lingua franca or the second language. Bahasa Rojak is also welcome as long as either of us understands what has been said.