Govt must cre­ate more green ar­eas for work­outs

New Straits Times - - Letters -

AS a res­i­dent of Ta­man Tun Dr Is­mail, I fre­quently walk up the Bukit Kiara jog­ging trail. Some find the 5km cir­cuit chal­leng­ing as there are steep in­clines. But at the end of it, all agree that they, in­deed, get a good work­out.

Last week, I met a friend, a car­di­ol­o­gist who works at the Na­tional Heart In­sti­tute (IJN). He was my walk­ing part­ner that day.

He asked me to look at the racial mix of the walk­ers, jog­gers and cy­clists there. One thing was clear: about 80 to 90 per cent of the crowd were Chi­nese.

At the TTDI Lake Park, there were large groups do­ing qi gong, line - danc­ing and fan- danc­ing. Again, the Chi­nese are the main par­tic­i­pants. Why is this? Is this a cul­tural thing or are they sim­ply more health-con­scious?

Why are the other com­mu­ni­ties not ex­er­cis­ing as much and as reg­u­larly? Are their pri­or­i­ties dif­fer­ent?

Are they too busy with their daily lives that dur­ing their work­ing years, they do not have time for phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties?

By the time they re­alise this, it may be too late. And not for­get­ting the as­so­ci­ated es­ca­lat­ing health bills in later years.

My friend told me that those

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