MANY Ipoh folk are continuing to exercise outdoors despite the current hot spell.
One such person is retired businessman T.W. Ngoi, who despite the dry and hot weather in Ipoh for the past month, continues to walk at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreational Park every evening.
“The hot weather is not deterring me from exercising as I am afraid I may lose my momentum and the will to exercise if I take a break.
“I just make sure that I drink more fluids,” said the 61-year-old.
Ngoi added that the number of people who exercise at the park, better known as Polo Ground, was about the same compared to normal days.
For the same reason, C.Y. Goh, 65, continues to jog around the D.R. Seenivasagam Park each morning with his exercise buddies.
“We are regulars here. We start jogging at about 9am every day.
“I think the weather is not so hot in the mornings but even if it was, it won’t stop us from going for our regular jog,” he said.
He added that the jogging path at the park was quite shady compared to that at Polo Ground.
Society of Bukit Kledang Menglembu Nature Lovers chairman Loo Fui Ngean, 84, said no matter what the weather conditions were, Kledang Hill remains a popular exercise venue for locals.
“In the morning and evening, there are still many people hiking on the hill.
“I think they are more concerned about sweating it out and the weather does not bother them too much,” he said.
At various fields such as the one in front of the Perak Chinese Recreation Club and D.R. Seenivasagam Park, groups of people continue to play football in the mornings and evenings.
While adults have a choice whether or not to exercise in the heat, it is not unusual to see school children exercising and playing sports outdoors within their school compound and public parks under the hot sun at all times of the day.
Expressing concern that school children are being forced to undergo physical education classes in such extreme weather conditions, musician K. Ganesan, 54, said schools should stop all outdoor activities for the moment.
“We do not know how fit these children are and we should not take any risks by exposing them to too much sun and heat.
“It could be fatal,” he said, adding that he had seen children playing football in open fields at noon when the sun was scorching hot.
Voicing similar concerns for her children, businesswoman Rafidah Ismail, 36, said she has not allowed her eight children to play outdoors of late.
“It has been weeks since they have been to the park as I do not want to take the risk of them falling sick,” she said.
Likewise, driver Chan Wai Hong, 26, said he generally avoided taking his four-year-old son to open spaces during the hot spell.
Cardiologist and physician Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said people could still exercise despite the hot weather, provided that they drank lots of water.
“One must know his or her limit and should not over-exert themselves,” Dr Mah advised.