Visitors join exercise sessions that promote good health

A WIDE range of activities was offered for visitors to the Star FitForLife Penang 2017 fair at the SPICE Arena.

Among them were sessions to promote physical wellness and fitness such as qigong, yoga, Zumba and Tabata.

At the qigong session, Ip Man Wing Chun Penang, Master Instructor instructor Aaron Boey showed participants the ropes in practising the traditional exercise, including the correct breathing techniques.

“With the right breathing technique, it increases the qi in the body, making sure that one does not fall ill easily,” said Boey, who is the disciple of Sifu Ip Ching, son of Grandmaster Ip Man – Ip Chum and Ip Ching – in Hong Kong in the 1970s.

The yoga session was conducted by Pilates and Hatha yoga instructor Kitty Ng, who said she was happy that many people were following yoga and were consistent in doing the routines.

“We know that The Star’s FitForLife event will be followed by many so we thought it’s a good time for us to promote yoga as a healthy exercise and to address the misconceptions people have about it,” she said.

The Zumba session conducted by Lisa Lim attracted many participants.

“It’s always a joy to see people wanting to take care of themselves, regardless of how old they are.

“When I see them excited and happy, it gives me joy as well,” Lim said.

Tabata made a debut at the fair, with a session conducted by Kenny Teh.

Teh, 27, who started teaching the relatively new exercise a year ago, said Tabata originated from Japan and focused on cardio and endurance.

“The workout involves 20 seconds of exercise and a 10-second break.

“It really pushes people to reach the best results,” he explained.

There was also a talk on understanding vascular disease conducted by Owell assistant manager Veris Tay.

Tay said many people were not aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for healthy blood vessels.

“Taking supplements and exercising are important but if the blood vessels are not functioning optimally, then the nutrients will not be transported properly throughout the body,” he added.

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