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Qataerobics is back, venue moved to Sheraton area.

By Joey Aguilar/Staff Reporter The Filipino community's weekly exercise on the Corniche, Qataerobics, has resumed but the venue has been moved to a spot near Sheraton Doha from the Oryx Roundabout area.

While hundreds of individuals attend the activity, Philippine embassy officials had called for its temporary stoppage in June for the observance of the holy month of Ramadan.

Culture attache Richard Billedo, who also joins a group of runners every Friday, told Gulf Times that the number of participants has been increasing.

He said they were expecting more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and organisations to join as the temperature will start dropping in the coming months. Billedo also said new aerobic instructors who lead the sessions teach various "scientific techniques" in exercising. Unlike before, some participants focus only on usual aerobics while others do their brisk walking.

He stressed that runners have separate sessions while women and children may find aerobics more appealing. The embassy is urging OFWs in Qatar to allot at least an hour of their time to attend the free aerobics and running sessions at 5.30am.

"Our primary objective is to first grow in numbers and then start a 'revolution' that will make different expatriate communities and locals health-conscious," said Ambassador Crescente Relacion, who regularly joins the group with his family.

Some embassy officials in Doha, such as those from Kenya, have expressed willingness to join the aerobics sessions.

Meanwhile, participants were also reminded to respect the norms, culture and tradition of the host country especially in terms of clothes. The organisers also said all waste should be thrown into trash bins.

During the launch of Qataerobics in the second quarter of this year, about 200 OFWs and people from different nationalities joined the activity.

Besides promoting a healthy lifestyle among expatriates, it will complement existing fitness facilities along the Corniche set up by Qatar Olympic Committee.

Friday morning on the Corniche had become a family occasion among Filipinos who are active in their respective groups. Close to 100 organisations are accredited by the embassy, including cycling enthusiasts.

Aerobics, running and Zumba are some of the most popular alternative exercise among Filipinos back home. Some groups hold exercise for a cause and donate the proceeds to charity institutions.

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Publication:Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar)
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Date:Sep 12, 2013
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