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With Chinese New Year less than a month away, I was asked to share in today’s Lianhe Wanbao suitable fitness tips for everyone who needed to shed that extra kilo before ushering in the year of the snake.

Wanting to lose weight is one thing. Actually losing it is another thing altogether. Let’s face the hard truth – there are many excuses people give for not exercising. Some say it’s difficult, while others say they do not know how to start…and even feel overwhelmed when they step into a gym.

But…but who told you that you need to be at the gym in order to exercise? Shouldn’t exercise be fun and easily accessible to all, regardless of age, gender or fitness level?

With this premise in mind, I suggested introducing a series of bodyweight exercises for the Lianhe Wanbao readers. In my last two Wanbao features, I demonstrated the benefits of exercises using the resistance tube and the fitness ball respectively.

As its name suggests, bodyweight exercises are essentially strength training exercises that do not require free weights. Instead, you use your own body weight to exercise and it provides the resistance for the movement.

The advantages of bodyweight are multifold. These include being able to exercise anytime, anywhere and in the comfort of your own home. More importantly, as compared to weights, you can increase the difficulty level of bodyweight exercises once you are familiar with its workings. That’s the true beauty of it. 

So in this exercise series, I chose to demonstrate three exercises which I deemed manageable by people of various fitness levels.

First up was the push-ups. Widely regarded as the staple of any chest and triceps training programme, I upped the difficulty of it by adding a twist literally at the end of the each upward move as this would directly target the obliques. For ladies trying push-ups for the first time, you may wish to do them on bent knees…until you build up enough strength in your upper body. Never under-estimate the effect of the humble push-up. It can be just as lethal if not more as compared to other chest exercises.

If oblique push-ups target the upper body, then this next exercise was chosen as it worked the leg muscles, in particular the quadriceps. I particularly love lunges as not only are they effective in toning, accurate execution of them are bound to make you perspire a lot. It is an open secret that when you work your legs, you tend to perspire buckets more than any other muscle group. So if you are already comfortable with stationary lunges, then challenge yourself with alternating lunges.

This third exercise must certainly rank as an old-time friend of all able-bodied males in Singapore. Yes, you got it – jumping jacks. Jumping jacks are the perfect choice for an easy and quick cardio if you are working out without much open space.

Just like a stool derives its stability from all three legs, the other two components of a fitness programme cannot be omitted. 

Exercise is good. But if you do not watch what you eat, your efforts will be wasted. Having a sensible nutrition plan is the natural complement to exercising. In addition, knowing what foods to choose and when to eat are equally vital to successful weight loss.

Similarly, you also need to do some form of cardio exercises...think running, stair machines, rowing, skipping etc so as to shed that extra kilo.

All the best readers on your weight loss journey. If ever you need help, feel free to email me.

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It is an honour to be invited to share my entrepreneurship journey on the radio airwaves this morning at 7.30am. At the invitation of Mediacorp Radio 938 Live, I’m on the breakfast show ‘The Breakfast Club’ with host Bharati Jagdish. Radio 938 Live is Singapore's only news and talk radio station.

While the last radio interview by the same station focused on love and relationships, the one this morning was geared towards the launch of my book “Branded For Success”, the inspiration behind it and branding tips for listeners.

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Life is what we make of it. Even though we may come from different backgrounds and share different experience, there are still some similarities that bind all of us together. It is an open secret that life is never a bed of roses. Neither is the path ahead always paved smooth and lit with gold. We have fallen. We have tripped.

We have been taken on a ride. We have been cheated. We have met with failures and disappointments. The list goes on…And that’s what makes us human.

Looking back at where I started off in 2008 (full of passion but with zero knowledge) to being cheated of my money in my first business partnership, to where I am today, nothing is impossible. As an ordinary human being, I chose to believe in my own abilities and become extraordinary. If I can do it, I believe others too can do it.

The definitive moments in our life make us stronger. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. What doesn’t kill you makes you a fighter. Having overcome personal challenges in my life – especially the death of my father, poor health and a period of depression, I have chosen to put all the unhappiness behind and rise from the ashes like the mythical phoenix to rebuild life the new life as I envisioned.

My life story is now an inspiration for others because saying is one thing, but doing it is another thing altogether. Just like my SPICE theory which I share in my book, branding is something we cannot turn a blind eye to. The way we speak, the way we dress and the way we present ourselves is a form of direct branding. If you don’t brand yourself well, it will be very difficult to stand out in this increasingly competitive world. What more if you are a company?

Branding permeates all sectors of our life – from the brands we consume, use and encounter on a daily basis. If you decide what to buy, eat or wear based on the overall look, feel and comfort level, why not do the same for yourself? If others feel comfortable about you, think highly of you and hear good feedback about you, chances of you being ranked higher in their hearts and minds is a tad more positive.

If you missed my radio interview this morning, do not worry…You can still read in more detail about what I shared in my book “Branded For Success” which is now available in all major bookstores in Singapore. 

Remember, you are your own walking advertisement showcasing your own brand :)

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