Micheal Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, located in Ilorin, Kwara state has commenced monthly physical exercise as part of innovation of the new Director General, DG, of the Institute, Comrade Issa Aremu, mni, to ensure physical wellbeing of the staff of the Institution for better productivity.
The maiden edition of the fitness exercise, held at the premises of the institution, located along Ajase-Ipo road, Ilorin on 21st of August, 2021 under the instructor, Pharmacist Lanre Alege of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, UITH, assisted by instructor Oba Ishaq Olayinka.
Giving opening remarks, DG of the institution, Comrade Issa Aremu said “the exercise is voluntary, all of us need some wellness, we need to keep fit, there is no way we can be adequately productive, if we are not really fit. I have seen it in my life, that keeping fit is very useful, it makes one to prevent unnecessary stress and fatigue, not even not that, it makes one think straight and better”
The DG, who appreciated all the participants at the maiden edition, adding that the exercise which seems impossible at the proposed stage during the management meeting have finally comes to existence.
Addressing the participants after putting them through physical exercise, Pharmacist Lanre Alege, said “regular exercise improves the good functioning of the heart, circulation and protects one from heart diseases, such as coronary heart disease. It improves high blood pressure or the risk of developing it and reduces the risk of premature death and promote longevity of life, adding that it reduces anxiety and stress, saying it’s a wonderful way of relaxing and letting off steam”
Pharmacist Alege, however recommended that regular exercise should be undertaken for a minimum of 30 minutes on at least 3 to 5 times in a week and advised that those with high blood pressure, heart diseases, asthma, bronchitis, joint pains, or arthritis should see their Doctor before embarking on exercise and also warned that exercise should stopped if any pain, dizziness of fainting is developed and they should call for help if necessary.
Responding to question asked by one of the participants, on taking fruits before embarking on exercise, Pharmacist Alege said, taking little fruits before the exercise is good, said it would give one needed energy to go about the exercise.
In his own remarks, assistant sports Director in the institution, Mr Idris Dele, Appreciated the DG for the innovation and appealed to work on other sport facilities.
The Participants, however agreed that the exercise should be taking place on every third Saturday of the month at the premises of the institution by 7am prompt.