Lessons Learnt from a Workplace Aerobics Fitness Programme at Universiti Sains Malaysia

By George Boon Sai Teoh, Agnes Wei Lin Liau and Nurulain Abdullah Bayanuddin.

Published by The Sport Collection

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The importance and benefits of exercise in order to maintain physical fitness and optimise health have long been advocated (Shrosbree, 2004; Egger, Champion & Bolton, 2002). Workplaces have been identified as ideal contexts for promoting exercise (Phipps, Madison, Pomerantz and Klein, 2010). This paper looks at a workplace aerobics fitness programme for staff at Universiti Sains Malaysia. The study engaged 38 staff members in a 12-week university fitness programme at Universiti Sains Malaysia. The participants’ height, weight, body fat, peak flow, BMI and other fitness variables such as strength, aerobic endurance and flexibility were taken at the start and end of the programme. The participants showed comparable degrees of improvement in their muscular strength, aerobic endurance and flexibility. Some participants lost weight. Some participants also commented that the programme was helpful in alleviating stress which led to better work performance.

Keywords: Exercise, Physical Fitness, Workplace Fitness Programme

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.27-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.095MB).

Dr. George Boon Sai Teoh

Senior Lecturer, School of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

George BS Teoh lectures at Universiti Sains Malaysia. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Cambridge,UK. His research areas comprise Emotional Intelligence, Distance Education, English Language teaching and learning as well as Fitness. He is a keen sportsman and a fitness instructor in aerobics, synergy, pilates, aquarobics. He is also a qualified American Council of Exercise personal trainer. He believes in “a healthy mind in a healthy body” and is enthusiastically trying to promote the importance of exercise to the society in Malaysia.

Dr. Agnes Wei Lin Liau

Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Agnes Liau lectures at the School of Humanities. She researched the effect of anxiety on academic achievement for her PhD at the University of Cambridge. She is also keen and interested to promote a healthy lifestyle among Malaysians.

Nurulain Abdullah Bayanuddin

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

Dr. Nurul graduated with a Medical Degree in 1984 from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She is currently the Director of the Sejahtera Centre, Universiti Sains Malaysia, since 2003, after having served the University for 7 years. She is a strong believer that practicing a healthy lifestyle will ensure sustaining health to a ripe old age. She aspires to have many more health conscious individuals amongst the campus community through the various programmes held for the campus folk.