ActiveSG scheme more effective with more gyms involved

In his response to my letter, ActiveSG chief Lai Chin Kwang wrote that there are 19 ActiveSG sports centres in Singapore ("Various venues, resources to help people stay active"; May 21).

Such a small number means that the majority of housing estates here are not within walking distance of an ActiveSG gym.

It does not make sense for professionals, who already have to work very late, to spend more than an hour taking a bus to and from these sports centres just for a 10- to 20-minute workout session.

For example, I have to take two buses just to get to the ActiveSG sports centre nearest to my home in Yishun.

This is a major turn-off for me, and I would prefer to use the EnergyOne Gym in Safra Yishun, which is just a five-minute walk from my home. However, this gym is not included in the MyActiveGym scheme.

If we really want to encourage Singaporeans to exercise more regularly, why restrict it to only ActiveSG sports centres? This limits the scheme's effectiveness.

I am sure other gyms will be happy to work with ActiveSG, as it will also help boost their membership.

It will be a win-win for all parties involved, and ultimately, Singapore as a nation stands to benefit.

Wong Boon Hong