Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima said any type of work out whether weightlifting, jogging or aerobics clears minds and improves both physical and mental health.
He made the remarks Saturday at Bingu International Conventional Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe during the Ulaya Classic 2016 Body Building Competition.
The Vice President said a person who is fit is capable of living life to the fullest, physical and mental fitness play very important roles in lives and that people who are both physical and mentally fit are less prone to diseases.
“A health mind leads to a health family and health family translates into a health nation. This is why at Capital Hill there is an initiative for people to walk the Capital Hill ring road at least two times every Friday before knock off so that we can fight some diseases that come as a result of lack of exercising like BP,” explained Chilima.
He said that in order to maintain a relaxed state of mind a person should be physically active, a person who is fit both physical and mentally is strong enough to face ups and downs of life and that is not affected by things like stress.
Chilima appealed to the gathering to embrace the culture of exercising in their homes, communities and workplaces for the wellbeing of their bodies and souls.
“I am proud of the role that Mr Ulaya through his Ulaya Classic initiative is doing to instill a culture of exercising in young people,” he said.
The Vice President said as government they will carry on with a number of initiatives as well as support ideas that will help them attain a health nation with health people through various sports disciplines including weightlifting.
Charles Ulaya Chairperson for Ulaya Classic said according to the research carried out by the Ministry of Health in 2009 indicated that almost of five percent of Malawians are exposed to non-communicable diseases.
He said in the research they also confirmed that the only way which people can reduce exposure of meeting non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, blood pressure is possible to look after the life styles through fitness.
“I thought that, that kind of message can be better be communicated through an initiative on body building because it has many aspects such as jogging, going to the gym and any other exercises,” Ulaya said.
During the Body Building Competition Chisomo Kajawo went away with K1 million cash and was crowned by Mr. Ulaya Classic 2016 by Dr. Chilima.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA