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Keeping Fit

Praise the Lord! This was my greatest achievement in 2014 as an English teacher. My pupil, Rosasyidah had become the winner for Zon Pedalaman, and as you watch on video was recorded in Tawau, Sabah as she competed in English public speaking state-level.

A very good morning to our chairman, honourable judges, teachers and friends. The title of my speech today is, ‘Keeping Fit’.

Ladies and gentlemen,

In this day and age, most of us know the benefits of keeping fit. Modern society has come to the point that we need to keep fit to stay alive. Our work normally does not involve hard physical labour. So, many of us lack exercises. The consequence of not getting enough exercise is frightening. On the mildest scale we may simply grow fat. On a more ominous scale, we may develop all sorts of ailments that can kill us before we grow old. So we exercise for our lives.

There are various means by which we can get the exercise we need. If we live in the city and can afford it, there are fitness clubs and gymnasiums that can cater to our needs. They offer aerobic dancing, jazz dancing, weight training and other sorts of body torture guaranteed to make us sweat. For the poorer ones there are other cheaper alternatives for keeping fit.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Games like badminton, squash and tennis are popular with many who like a bit of competition in their exercise. Others play hockey, soccer and similar field games. Others engage in mild games of snooker or bowling. While the intensity of physical exertion differs in each game, they all give certain amounts of exercise to the participants. Who can say how much exercise a person needs? It all depends on his physical condition and his willingness to participate.

By far the most popular form of keeping fit is jogging. It is also relatively cheap. All a jogger needs is a good pair of running shoes, some decent and comfortable clothes, a track to run on and a desire to do something beneficial for his body.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thus, we can see joggers in the parks, fields and roads early in the morning and also in the evening. These people are of various shapes, sizes and ages. They dress in all sorts of outfits ranging from simple drab ones to flashes of colour enough to distract other joggers. Nevertheless, all of them huff and puff their way along their chosen paths. Some jog rather quickly while others look like they are out more for a stroll than a run. Some fitter ones jog easily and smoothly while some obviously not-so-fit ones drag their tired feet one after another along the track. By merely looking at the face of a runner, one can tell if he is feeling all right or feeling tortured.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Come organised runs like marathons and half-marathons, we see virtually thousands of people running and walking along the route for prizes that most will not get. The point is not to win anything except the satisfaction of knowing one has completed the distance. This is an achievement in itself. Twenty six miles by car is a long enough journey. The same distance by foot is far longer and infinitely more tiring, if one can make it at all.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Whatever means we emply to keep fit is up to us. In fact we have the choice whether we want to keep fit or leave our bodies alone. The benefits of keeping fit are many provided we do not do it to extremes. There are cases of people over-exercising themselves to death. That defeats the whole purpose of keeping fit. Performed moderately, exercise does keep us fit and healthy. Let me end my speech by asking all of you, ‘Would you like to keep fit?’ It is your body, you decide!

Thank you.

Finding God in 10k Marathon!

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Aced it!

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

To God be the Glory! Amen.

Study life from the perspective of Tennis

For the whole 14-week of this semester, the most enjoyable course is none other than Tennis. I considered myself very lucky to have been able to register this course as it was full house initially. As I was praying fervently during add-drop week, God really answered my prayers as there were 3 fellows dropped the course and wait for no more, I signed up merrily inspired by Roger Federer.

Tennis is an interesting game, and it’s a lot like life. For one thing, it’s played on a court according to strict rules. So is your life. Live within the bounds of a society and abide by its law. Tennis always begins with a serve and so does each day. Every morning, you begin with a fresh possibility. Make the most of it. Like life, tennis is a game of volleys. You won’t win them all, but you wont lose them all either. If you learn to recover, charge the net once in a while, and develop a strong backhand, you’ll get through it okay.

Tennis is a game of endurance, and so is your life. A tennis match can go on for hours, and often becomes more a test of stamina than of skill. Determination is your greatest ally off the court as well. If you make up your mind to persevere, you can achieve nearly anything. Someone once said,” I don’t play tennis because I don’t want to be involved in a game where love means nothing.” Make love your motivation for every goal you strive, to accomplish love for God and for other people. Life isn’t just about tennis and points; it’s about good plays along the way.

When I get back my badminton racquet not so long ago and swing it, I feel awkward when my arm moves instead of my wrist. Now I can see why badminton and tennis cannot play at the same time. It clashes and conflicts with each other. Anyway, glad to learn new game, new knowledge.

“If life doesn’t offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.” –Anthony J.D’ Angelo

Jogging gives lecture

 

 

Guess what? I love March! Indeed I have learned a lot during the month of horrible March. The description given to March is contradicting with what I have said earlier. Yeah, everything turns into normal now. Right now, I can have plenty time to replace my sleepless nights. Due to lack of sweet dreams at night, my neck cannot be twisted either left or right. If I were dared to twist, you could hear me shout, ‘Ouch!’ The sudden pain was one of the symptoms of stress. It is normal! Stress can be good or harmful. It depends on how ‘homo sapiens’ deal or perceive with it. Frankly speaking, stresses that I had gone through more or less rejuvenated my mind. It warns me to appreciate time. It teaches me how to manage time. In term of stress management, I would say I cope it quite well this time compared to my 2 years of Foundation. There is still room for improvement and I will not allow one of the bricks in the building falls down to my head. Praying Rosary by following and holding beads by beads either in wee hours of the morning or midnight, hail, Mary, full of Grace indeed is watching me and protecting me especially during the season of Lent. I felt calmness and peacefulness each time I finished the prayer.

Since nightmare was considered over, I invited Zul and Alif to go jogging with me at Permaisuri Lake in the morning to check whether we are still physically fit or not. I was happy as lark! I was over the Jupiter! I was in seventh heaven! Perhaps, I am running out of idioms. I jog for 3 rounds which I guess 7 rounds of standard football field. Calculator is needed here! It meant that I was physically fit. Horse power! But my muscles were quite painful now since I have not been jogging for about 2 months. I think my body felt goose bump with my performance. Forgot to mention, I didn’t jog for non-stop. Gotcha! But first round jog I stopped when I reached the group of pretty aunties doing ‘cha cha’ dance. I stopped because I afraid I will bump into their bodies. Jogging indeed is good exercise for everyone. Jogging is not discriminating. All walks of people can do it. I saw young, elderly, couples, singles, pretty girls, family, and children. They were jogging with purpose. Without purpose, they will not wake up early in the morning running madly like Forest Gump. Ouch, Forest Gump did have purpose of running. Stressing the importance of jogging one more time, it is very good for our health. Jogging is good for our hearts. Jogging can help burn up our bodies’ fat. Jogging is one of the anti-aging methods. No wonder the group of aunties dancing and twisting their booties was looking energetic and gorgeous. Half way of my jogging, I had chance to see the art of Tai Chi. There were some elderly seemed following the instruction given by the master. Tai Chi wasn’t for me. Just like yoga I find it too slow, I can never seem to shut my mind off completely and focus on the task at hand. So I have decided to give hand boxing a try while I was jogging. Imaginatively, I figured beating someone or something even if it’s the air up at this point may do me some good! Without realization, I was sweating a lot at my back which meant I am healthy, physically fit.

3 rounds of jogging finally came to an end. I have conquered Permaisuri Lake with only 3 rounds. Reaching destination but no one announce me as a winner. Embarrassingly, when imaginary fish as a judge told me that no one is competing with me. I now realized there was really no one competing with me. Therefore, everyone was declaring themselves as a winner depend the limit or goal that have been set by everyone of us. By Jogging, we are actually competing with ourselves. By jogging, we are actually motivated by seeing others running to reach the destination. We learnt to be more patience and never give up. By Jogging, I can vividly see my future dream. A sense of family togetherness cropped up when I saw parents bringing their children together to burn up fat. Besides, future Wong Mei Choo and Lee Choong Wei were also there because I saw parents playing badminton with their small kids. Oh my ‘dog’, dog also wanted to burn up some fat while seeing this pretty girl bringing along her ‘Marley’. If I were found out her dog shitting at the lake, I will instantly call the security guard to send her love letter. Many scenes I came across. I took a very last deep inhale and exhale in front of Permaisuri Lake.Shouting silently, ‘What a wonderful day!’ Thank to Creative MP4 blasting orchestra songs to boost my jogging.  After that, I knew 1500ml of plain water desperately waiting for me. Physically fit? Checked!