Fostering a happy, fit community

Sophie (in foreground) says gym friends can recommend suitable fitness exercises, through which a person can improve their health.

A GROUP of fitness enthusiasts enjoyed an active weekend moving towards a “Healthier U, Happier U” at a shopping centre in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.

The event in its third year is aimed at fostering a fit community, said 1 Mont Kiara Mall general manager Sylvia Low.

“This event is dedicated to promoting health and happiness through exercise,” she said in a media statement.

Part of the activities were four complimentary classes offered by gym group Fitness First, which was one of the event vendors.

One such class was Body Attack, a high-energy fitness session which attracted about 40 participants.

Membership consultant Jude Emanuel told StarMetro that Fitness First offered these free classes to create public awareness of fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

“Last year, we held eight classes throughout the two-day event.

“This year, we were prepared for even more participants in order to build stronger awareness,” he said.

Instructors guiding participants during the Body Attack session. — Photos: LEW GUAN XI/The StarInstructors guiding participants during the Body Attack session. — Photos: LEW GUAN XI/The Star

The three other classes were the martial art-inspired Body Combat, dance-based cardio workout Body Jam which tuned its moves to the trendiest music, and the dynamic workout Les Mills Dance which mixed different styles from hip-hop to contemporary.

Emanuel urged the public to allocate at least 30 minutes per day for working out to stay healthy.

Sophie Kim, 16, who took part in the Body Attack session, found that socialising with new friends during fitness classes could help a person maintain good health.

“I find it difficult to walk on Malaysian streets, which is why I signed up for a gym membership two years ago.

“This is where you can make friends who can recommend fitness exercises that are more suitable for you.

“In this way, you can improve your fitness plan and eventually your health,” said Sophie.

Another participant, Nicholas Ng, 36, who joined the Body Attack and Body Combat sessions, said, “As a regular member, I have also been following Fitness First’s cardio classes.”

Over the two-day “Healthier U, Happier U” event, visitors were also able to take part in other activities such as children’s colouring contests, health screenings, and station games.

They learned about mental health too, through a sharing session by traditional Chinese medicine group Xi TCM themed “Know Your Body, Know Your Mental Health”.

Visitors also enjoyed products and services from other vendors at the event that included Line Pilates Academy, mySihatPal, Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia and Gaia Health Malaysia.

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