THE Seberang Prai Municipal Council’s (MPSP) free aerobics sessions are gaining popularity.
Council president Maimunah Mohd Sharif said there were less than 100 people when the council started the aerobics session in January but the crowd has since improved to about 500 persons.
“The growing response is because the participants found the sessions highly beneficial and have convinced their family members and friends to join in as well.
“Many joggers and walkers, who happen to be in the park during our sessions, have also become regular participants,” she said.
She was speaking after joining an aerobics session at Taman Tunku in Seberang Jaya.
Maimunah said the hour-long sessions were conducted by fitness trainer Aise Tan Seok Ai, on a voluntary basis.
The sessions are conducted on every first Sunday of the month at Taman Tunku (behind the Seberang Jaya Public Swimming Pool) at 7.30am.
Similar sessions are conducted at Taman Tugu Kota Demokrasi in Taman Cantik, Mak Mandin, every third Sunday of the month at the same time.
She hoped residents in housing schemes could initiate similar aerobics sessions in the parks of their respective areas.
“Aerobics promotes good blood circulation as it involves the movement of almost all body parts,” she said.
Maimunah said people of all ages took part in their public aerobics sessions.
She noted that the sessions also provided an excellent opportunity for people to interact and get to know one another.
Tan, who is also My Shape Fitness Centre principal, said it was essential for a person to do aerobics for at least once a week, adding that they could do simple body exercises at home.
“It is more fun to join a group of people and follow the different steps led by an instructor.
“I often use multi-ethnic songs, including Tamil, Hindi, Mandarin and Malay songs.
“I also arrange appropriate steps according to the different music tempo,” she said.
Tan said the next free aerobics sessions would be held at Taman Tunku Seberang Jaya on Dec 2 at 7.30am.