SINGAPORE- Transport group ComfortDelGro has made it into the Singapore Book of Records for a mass workout exercise.
More than 1,200 ComfortDelGro staff stretched their way into Singapore's largest ever mass workout with resistance bands on Monday (Aug 8) morning. The eight-minute feat broke the 2015 mass workout record, which was 625 members strong.
The record-breaking exercise was joined by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan at an open-air carpark of ComforDelGro's Headquarters.
"Staying healthy requires discipline and effort," said Mr Khaw.
"As we spend a big part of our life in our workplaces, a health-promoting workplace can help inculcate healthy lifestyle habits."
ComfortDelGro staff welcomed the event.
"Every now and then you have to stretch," said mass workout participant Patrick Chia. The 60-year-old taxi driver, who spends an average of 15 hours a day behind the wheel, added: "Sometimes you sit too long in the vehicle and when you come out, you cannot stand. You may just fall."
Studies have shown that sitting too long can be hazardous to health. Last year, a woman was hospitalised after sitting down and playing mahjong overnight. She had suffered from blood clots that were blocking the big vessels in her lungs.
The mass workout is the latest of a series of health initiatives rolled out by ComfortDelGro for its staff. Earlier in August, more than 2,000 ComfortDelGro staff took part in mass exercise sessions at various locations across Singapore.
Last year, the organisation launched an initiative to help staff manage chronic diseases with medication and advice. One beneficiary of the programme is senior bus captain Lee Chai Seng, who was also part of the record-breaking exercise event.
He said that programmes like these gave him the confidence to pursue a healthier lifestyle.
"It motivates me to take care of my health," he said.