Group Sheds Pounds, Gains Passion For Workouts

Bandar Seri Begawan - Fifty participants of the Healthy Lifestyle Clinic got fresh motivation to work harder to lose the extra pounds yesterday after getting a taste of working out in a fully-equipped gym at Fitness Zone in Serusop.

The Healthy Lifestyle Clinic, formerly known as Health Body Clinic was introduced two years ago and Fitness Zone joined the effort, to promote a healthy lifestyle last June.

The programme helps the participants who have a Body Mass Index of over 30 to reduce their weight. And one of the components of the programme is physical exercise whereby participants are taught the correct way of exercising.

Previously, a gym instructor from Fitness Zone would go to Health Promotion Centre for the physical exercise programme but yesterday was special as participants went to the gym to exercise.

Dr Hajah Norhayati binti Hajah Mohd Kassim, Senior Medical Officer, in an interview said The participants have to complete a 10 to 12-week programme. There are four intakes each year and today's participants are the first intake for 2011".

In previous intakes, she revealed, "There was a high level of drop-out in the 10 to 12-week programme. This is because we followed strict rules in the programme. Anyone who didn't show up three times for the programme, we would terminate their participation".

She reminded that exercise alone is not enough to reduce one's weight. One needs to have self-discipline and motivation, especially in controlling food intake.

In addition to exercise, she revealed, "The Health Promotion Centre also provides a dietitian as well as personal counselling for the participants. We also provide a diary for each participant to record what they eat".

Dr Hajah Norhayati disclosed some of the problems faced by the programme, including participants coming back to the programme after three months to reduce their weight again after reducing their weight in previous programmes.

She said, "It is important for us to go back in 10 weeks time and review our participants to see how they are. To see if they learned the skills and knowledge to live a healthy lifestyle independently."

Wu Chun, the Brunei-born superstar and owner of Fitness Zone said, "Fitness Zone is happy to tie up with the Ministry of Health. This programme started last year in June and Fitness Zone helped to provide fitness training assistance.

"As we know, Brunei has a high rate of obesity and we hope to (help) make a difference step by step," he added.

Wu Chun highlighted, "Previously, overweight people may have felt shy to work out and now (this) is no longer the case as more people want to get healthy. In Fitness Zone, we are providing the participants with different classes. The classes can be fun with great music that could attract the interest of the participants to stay longer."

When asked about how he stayed fit, the superstar said, "It's about a balanced diet. It's very important to balance food with exercise."

Wu Chun met the participants to motivate them to work harder and reminded them to never give up on working towards a healthy lifestyle. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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