Terrific news, Guys! From 12 April – 16 May 2021, District is doing the Get Fit for Charity challenge. Enjoy a team of exploration through the District App by taking part in the challenge while giving back to the community during this special month of Ramadan. The explorers are also encouraged to collectively hit the goal of 5 million points and AIA will pledge RM50,000.00 to the National Cancer Society Malaysia.
If you have been following my blog, you will already know that I have been a fan of District Race since its introduction to Malaysia on 6th October 2019 at Kepong Metropolitan Park where only 100 or so eager participants turned-up, including your truly and my wife. Were you there? If you weren’t, don’t despair because I wrote all about it HERE !
Then, on 3rd Nov 2019, the biggest District Race Explore Kuala Lumpur took place at Dataran Merdeka, and a record 10,000 participants took part in that truly amazing extravaganza. Just imagine these 10,000 participants were thronging the streets, the alleys and parks of KL looking for checkpoints, and quickly dashing back to the Finish Line before their respective cut-off times to be entitled for the chunky Augmented Reality Finisher Medal. It was both fanatic and fun day for all who were present.
If you don’t know why the District Race is so popular among runners, gym enthusiasts and fun-seekers, then you’re in luck because District Race Malaysia and their anchor sponsors, AIA Vitality, have started their latest virtual race edition from March to June 2021. Literally, anyone with a smartphone can join because it is free to register. If you’re worried about running during this pandemic, fear not because it is entirely up to you to decide where and when you want to race. Read on for more details such as how to register, how to score points and win prizes, and how to prepare for a great race – anytime & anywhere! Oh, did I mention that some lucky punter will walk away with a free brand new car as part of the grand finale? It could be you, or it could be me! Do join us for a fun race, and remember to stay safe at all times by social distancing, good sanitation and eat right!…
GEAR UP FOR DISTRICT RACE MALAYSIA BY AIA VITALITY WITH THESE TOP TIPS
The digital world has shown unprecedented growth over the last 12 months, and the fitness industry is no exception. With mass participation events halted, and gyms closed during Movement Control Order (MCO), people have turned to virtual fitness experiences to stay healthy, both in mind and body. This has driven rapid innovation in this space with both technology companies and brands delivering new and unique experiences.
District Race Malaysia by AIA Vitality offers just that, a fun and engaging way to encourage Malaysians to get creative with their fitness routine and live healthier, longer, better lives through the District App.
It’s incredibly easy to take part, 100% free, and you stand the chance to win amazing prizes along the way. The District App is designed for the convenience of Malaysians and it’s as simple as hitting the ‘Start’ button on the App to begin an activity, finding the checkpoint nearest to you and making your way to that location.
Here are some important pointers for you to take note as you embark on this new fitness journey:
1) Plan your route
Every activity on the District App offers points, so simply moving, be it through walking or running gets you closer to more points. For every kilometre covered, you will receive 200 points.
If you do not want to run with your phone, just link your GPS-supported wearable device, such as a Garmin, and all activities will sync directly to the District App and points will be credited towards the overall leaderboard.
This ‘workout at your own pace’ regime is ideal given how the fitness industry has evolved as a whole during a challenging past year, where frequenting a gym or fitness centre has been challenging.
2) Set a personal goal
It can sometimes be tough to find the right motivation to lead a healthy lifestyle, even if it means a fit body and mind. District Race Malaysia by AIA Vitality is ideal for beginners to begin their fitness journey as there is no set route and no set distance; simply download the app to start walking/jogging/running to a more fit you. If that’s not enough, how about a Grand Prize of a brand new Proton X50 where a completion of an activity worth at least 2000 points will give you an entry into the lucky draw (up to a maximum of 121 entries per person). The second prize offers an adidas voucher worth RM1,000, while the third prize is a RM500 adidas voucher.
3) Select various workout spots
Workouts can get mundane if you go to the same location each time. Get rid of that rigidity by choosing different areas to exercise. It can be at a neighbourhood park, or a scenic route that you have always wanted to visit! Working out in different spots also gives you a fresh perspective both physically and mentally, as you experience different journeys on your route. There are checkpoints available everywhere in Malaysia so you can participate in District Race no matter where you are!
4) Always remember to hydrate
Drinking enough water is essential for any workout activity, so always carry a bottle of water when you head out. When you do intend to collect checkpoints, it also greatly helps to plan convenient routes where you can run in to get a drink at a convenience store. The body only performs to its best when it’s fuelled up, so always remember to fill up your tank!
5) Enjoy your workout
You will only perform at your optimum level if you are enjoying your workout, so when you press Start on your District App, remember that a positive mindset is key to having a productive session. Focus on getting ‘into your zone’ each time you get into your stride, and you will be amazed how much you achieved regardless of the duration of your workout.
6) Have a partner
No man is an island rings true in a workout environment too. Getting a companion group to join you on your workouts can bring out the best in everyone, as it helps to push and challenge each other. Sharing your progress can also lead to a healthy competition, which only works out best for all parties. Fret not if you can’t find a physical partner to exercise with, the District App also offers team-mates virtually to keep you engaged. Form a new team or join an existing team to motivate each other. Who knows, your team could be the team with the Highest Average Team Score and walk away with RM10,000 cash!
7) Running during Ramadan
Working out during the fasting month may seem daunting, but not if you plan your workout sessions in advance. Either start your walk or run with District app early before sahur in the morning, or go for a late-night stroll after breaking fast in the evening. There are enough hours in a day to find the time for a short workout if you plan right. Having said that, understand your body not too push yourself too hard if you are not at your physical best. What is important is that you allocate some time towards reaching your fitness goal, however short or long the duration. While you stay active and healthy during Ramadan, don’t forget to join District Race’s Get Fit For Charity contest. For every 100 points you score from 12 April to 16 May, AIA Malaysia will pledge RM1 to the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) to support the great work they do in providing education, care, and support services for those affected by cancer. The goal is to hit a total of 5 million points, so that NCSM will receive RM50,000 in donation. Time to get moving and make a difference!
This race is not designed to be a race per se where you compete with millions to see who comes out on top, rather it is motivation for you to challenge yourself, up your game and get fit for your own good!
District Race Malaysia is currently running until 30th June 2021 with monthly prizes to be won. It is presented by AIA Vitality, AIA’s unique health programme that motivates Malaysians to make healthier choices in their everyday lives. Download the District App here. You may find out more about the ongoing contests and get to know the latest updates on District Race MY Facebook page.
District is a ground-breaking technology platform that encourages people to lead active, healthy lifestyles through the District app. With no set route or distance, participants choose how they explore the city, by completing virtual checkpoints and challenges to accumulate the most points within the race time limit. The app makes use of augmented reality, location-based technologies, and gamification to create a unique experiential running experience for participants.
About AIA Vitality
AIA Vitality is Asia’s first and only comprehensive science-backed health programme. It provides members with the knowledge, tools and motivation to bring about long-term positive behavioural changes to lead a healthier life. AIA Vitality members are incentivised to actively engage in health and wellness activities by offering them a range of benefits including extra insurance benefits on selected insurance and Takaful plans as well as savings and discounts from AIA Vitality partners.
About AIA Bhd.
AIA Bhd. is a leading insurer in Malaysia, where we have been privileged to do business since 1948. We offer a suite of financial solutions including Protection, Health, Personal Accident, Employee Benefits, General Insurance, Mortgage, Retirement and Family Takaful products to meet our customers’ protection and financial security needs at every life stage. Through our wide and diverse distribution footprint which comprises of a 15,000 strong Life Planner force, our exclusive bank partner’s branches nationwide as well as corporate sales teams and brokers, we give our customers the choice of deciding how, when and where they connect with us.
Part of the AIA Group, the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group, AIA Bhd. has the financial strength, experience, service centre network and a well-trained team of more than 2,600 employees to serve our 3.6 million customers nationwide. As at 30 June 2020, AIA Bhd.’s total asset worth was RM57.45 billion, with a paid-up capital of RM810 million.
*Disclaimer*To the best of my knowledge, all of the information provided herein is accurate at the time of publishing and the views expressed are based on my own personal opinions and findings, and they don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Product Manufacturer, Event Organiser or any Third Party unless explicitly specified otherwise.