Friday, July 05, 2013

200 staff sign up for a four-month ‘Gym Makes Me Fit & Healthy’ programme

Big support: Khairy cheering for a participant as she works out during the programme in Putrajaya.
Big support: Khairy cheering for a participant as she works out during the programme in Putrajaya.
PUTRAJAYA: The battle of the bulge has begun at the Youth and Sports Ministry as 200 staff signed up for a four-month programme to get fit.

Participants of the “Gym Makes Me Fit & Healthy 2013” programme will do everything – from working out to eating right – to shave off the pounds and improve their overall fitness between now and November.

“This is a little different from what you see in shows like The Biggest Loser, which focussed solely on losing weight. We want to also make sure their fitness improves,” said minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

“Our core business is sports and youths, so we need to set an example for fitness. I told the (ministry) staff that a fit body means a fit mind, and that improves efficiency,” he said yesterday.

Under the programme, 10 selected 1Malaysia gyms across the country will take on 20 participants each and they will compete to see who will be the fittest of the bunch by the end of the four months.
To measure their achievements, each participant will go through the National Physical Fitness Test before starting the programme and again at the end of the programme.

By then, each gym will select a winner who will go on to pit their achievements against winners from other gyms for the overall title at the National Fitness Carnival 2013.
To help them along, they will be given theoretical and practical training.

Academics and nutritionists will help them on what they should and should not eat, among other things, while strength training and fitness coaches will whip them into shape three to four times a week at the gym.

Participation, however, is voluntary, which means that participants will need to take their own initiative to attend gym training and fill out their own logbooks that need to be verified by the appointed gym instructor.

“We are thankful for the help from MySihat (Malaysian Health Promotion Board).
“This will also help the Health Ministry’s efforts in promoting a healthy lifestyle among Malay­sians,” he said.

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