Active Malaysians getting fit at home


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 21 Mar 2020

IPOH: Fitness buffs are not in despair despite the closure of their favourite gym, public park and swimming pool in compliance with the movement control order (MCO).

Gym trainer Brandon Lee, 27, said he keeps active by doing home workouts with whatever equipment he has.

“I use a skipping rope and resistance band,” he said. Gardening is also part of his routine.

As for public relations executive Tan O.S., he watches YouTube to find home workouts.

“I must admit home workouts are not the same as going to the gym. In a gym, the exact equipment is available,” the 32-year-old said.

“But I think as long as I sweat, it will be okay for the next two weeks.”

He will not miss going to the parks, though.

“I am not big on jogging, so I definitely will not go out for walks or jogs,” he said.

Teacher Zalinah Noordin, 39, said she would work out from home using dumbbells, barbells and doing a lot of housework.

“My normal routine before the order has not changed much as I usually wake up at 4am, have my coffee, run, lift weights, cook and then head to work,” she said.

British coach Dean Ratcliffe, who runs an exercise group in Ipoh, said the Covid-19 outbreak altered coaching dynamics somewhat.

“I give basic online group plans for all to follow on a private Facebook page,” he said.

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Sharifah Halimah Jaafar said cleaning and redecorating one’s house was exercise itself.

“There are many online exercises like planking, stretching and Tabata burpees which are helpful for the whole family.

“Also, families should take time to play board games, cards and congkak together.”

Consultant paediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist Dr N. Thiyagar said it was also advisable to carry out outdoor exercises within the house compound.

There should also be good ventilation in the house by opening the windows during the daytime, he added.

Another doctor said Malaysians could always exercise in the comfort of their homes during the MCO period.

“Exercise adds to good health and will boost your mood as well, but the trickiest part is finding the motivation,” said Dr Alex Khoo.

“That is where social media, online coaches and fitness sites will help. Dance and yoga are also perfect exercises that are fun.

“I would do stretching and other simple exercises in my clinic during short breaks.”

Dr Khoo reminded people to do warm ups and stretches.

“If any of you have a fitness programme, then follow it with squats, sit-ups and push-ups,” he added.

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