It’s been a long while since I was invited back to the industrial estates to conduct my health and fitness talks. And here I am, in this two-part series, yesterday and today, at AusGroup, located at the far far west of Tuas.

As with any other industrial, construction, manufacturing or shipping industries, holding a talk is always challenging for any trainer as you need to code switch between English, Mandarin and dialects sometimes too!

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Faced with the different nationalities in the room, from our locals to the Malaysians, Indians and Chinese nationals, being able to switch from one tongue to another was indeed fun. Health and fitness is for everyone. Regardless of whatever industry you are in, it doesn’t take much to incorporate some form of exercise into your lifestyle. The only question is whether you want to or not.

Wanting to kickstart your healthy lifestyle is not difficult. All you need is half an hour each time for three times a week. Thinking about it, we definitely spend more than hour an hour each time when we watch television or play our computer games. So why not invest this time for exercise as it will bring us lots of benefits, both short and long term?

For a start, I teased the group that as the training room is on the 3rd floor, climbing up from the first floor to the third floor is already considered a good form of exercise itself. Remember my earlier blog entry on stair climbing being one of the most effective forms of cardio exercise? If you missed it, click here to read it.

Pick something you enjoy doing. If you hate running because it means drawing the last breath out of you or because you have weak knees, then don’t run. Choose another cardio exercise that you enjoy doing. Try brisk walking, elliptical trainer, swimming or even mall shopping!

Many times in life, it’s about how much we do, it’s about how often we do. Persistence is one of the keys to living a healthy lifestyle. If you are not good at something, the more you do it, the better you will become. Just like training muscles. You may be weak in bicep curls. But if you train the muscle group often enough, your biceps will grow and reward you with popeye arms.
I do not know how many hearts and minds were convinced by me today that healthy living is for everyone but for those who participated in the bodyweight exercises during the talk, I know I have succeeded to a certain extent 🙂

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