In the name of health, senior citizens jump on exercise bikes

Zahratulhayat Mat Arif

IPOH: Don’t let age slow you down.

These were the words of Damsuri Mohamed, 81, the oldest participant of Spin Your Heart 2018 campaign which has received recognition from Malaysia Book of Records for having the most number of senior citizens cycling on the exercise bicycle in an event.

Damsuri, from Kampung Sungai Rokam here, said he discovered cycling during his teenage days and has since never stopped cycling, which was his secret of longevity.

“People ask me what is my secret? I tell them that I cycle every day, clocking up an average 10 km per day. You just have to keep moving with the times.

“Besides, I always go for health screening and eat moderately. If you are full, don’t force yourself to eat more just because the food is delicious. Moderate is enough” said the father of six.

Damsuri said he was proud to join the activity and such campaigns should be held annually so that people from all walks of life could participate.

“We realise there are a number of fatalities due to heart attack and it can happen to anyone, even at a very young age. My advice is, spend some time cycling. It helps to improve your cardiovascular system,” he added.

The event which was held at Aeon Klebang mall saw a total of 108 participants aged 55 and above cycling an hour non-stop. The event was organised by Pantai Hospital Ipoh and it was opened by state Health, Consumer Affairs, National Integration, and Human Resource committee chairman, A. Sivanesan.

Meanwhile Pantai Hospital Ipoh chief executive officer Chong Siet Fong said the event, was an effort to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy heart environment.

“We all know that cardiovascular disease is the top killer in Malaysia, responsible for a quarter of all hospital deaths. This has been the case for several years now.

“What is more worrying though is the fact that the number of cases is steadily rising each year and more young Malaysians are getting heart disease.

“To reduce the risk of heart attack, we should strive to follow a healthy diet and lead a more active lifestyle. This event is a great way to remind people of a simple activity that they can do to be more active,” she said.

Sivanesan said Pantai Hospital Ipoh had shown a good example in organising such an event and promoting healthy lifestyle and instilling importance of fitness.

“I hope more hospitals in the state follow Pantai Hospital Ipoh’s example and organise activities which benefit the people,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd