Brisk Walking at 93!
Active and enthusiastic
Siak Eng is 93 and probably the oldest participant
that day proving age is not a barrier to enjoying
an active life. She is also one of North West
CDC Brisk Walking Club's most enthusiastic members.
"I can do it!"
It all started in March,
when neighbours at her Pending Road flat suggested
that she join the Brisk Walking Club at Bukit
Panjang Zone 2 RC. However, Ms Lillian Ng, a member
of the club said the idea of joining the 10-km
Big Walk was entirely the elderly brisk walker's
own. "We were a little worried the distance was
too long but she insisted she could do it!" says
New Paper Big Walk
She raised a few eyebrows and some concern at
this year's New Paper Big Walk. She was part of
the North West CDC Brisk Walking Club's 800-member
contingent at the National Stadium on 19 May.
As it turned out, the fears were unfounded as
she crossed the finish line completing the 10-km
Growing and growing ...
The Official Launch
North-West CDC Mayor Teo Ho Pin officially launched
Singapore's first and largest group of Brisk Walking
Clubs at Woodlands Stadium on Sunday, 23rd June
2002. With 66 clubs and a total of 4,500 members
it is the culmination of a project begun in 1999
with just four clubs and 300 members.
The massive turnout showed how popular walking
is among residents here. It is now part and parcel
of community life in the District. The appeal
cuts through age, racial and economic backgrounds.
A Typical Walk
Clubs organise regular brisk walks within neighbourhoods for their members. As a general guide, 13% of our clubs organise brisk walks once a month, 11% of our clubs organise brisk walks fortnightly, 26% of our clubs organise brisk walks at least weekly or more than once a week and the remaining of the clubs organise brisk walks on an ad-hoc basis.
A typical club brisk walking programme consists of a warm-up exercise, followed by a 2.4km walk and refreshments for members at the end of the walk.
"Time is not a big issue!"
Pending Road resident R Aramungam says: "The walk takes one to one-and-a-half hours, starting at 7am so time is not a big issue. You feel refreshed after walking. If you enjoy it, there is no problem walking at least once every two weeks."
Walk, Then "Makan"
The Brisk Walking Clubs have become so popular
that almost every RC has its own. A typical session
starts with warm-up exercises to limber up. At
the end of the walk, there is a small "makan" - a simple breakfast and coffee or tea.
Members also get loyalty points for completing
each walk which they can redeem for souvenirs.
And to promote the sport and healthy living, North
West CDC also organises health talks, health screenings
and excursions for its residents.