Harden (centre) with the Basic Physical Fitness Instructor Course participants and other guests after officiating at the closing ceremony of the programme.

SIMANGGANG: The Basic Physical Fitness Instructor Course organised by the state’s Youth and Sports Ministry is aimed at shaping new talent to be aerobics instructors.

The first series of the course held at Sri Aman Sports Complex from July 23 to 25 was successfully attended by 55 participants from the ages of 20 to 40.

Simanggang assemblyman Datuk Francis Harden Hollis, who officiated at the closing ceremony of the programme today (July 26), explained that the programme was supposed to be attended by 150 participants but due to the Covid-19 situation, the standard operating procedure (SOP) guidelines had to be adhered to.

Harden, who is also the Community Wellbeing Assistant Minister, noted that fitness activities are required to maintain one’s health through regular and scheduled physical movements.

“The objectives of the course are to shape new talent to be active in the field of aerobics, and cultivating a healthy lifestyle by providing the best platform for prospective instructors to be active in the physical fitness field,” he said.

Outdoor recreational activities nowadays are challenged by the influence of the Internet that offers a variety of applications that allow us not to have free time to exercise.

“This scenario is added with the rules of limiting our presence outdoors due to the current Covid-19 crisis.

“Therefore, the ministry’s efforts should be commended for opening up space for youths to become aerobics instructors in fitness activities held either outside or inside the house,” he said.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be given a certificate and they will also be driving partners to the ministry, especially in carrying out activities in their respective divisions.

The next fitness course will be held in Sarikei and this shows the seriousness of the ministry in applying healthy values ​​and lifestyle to the people.