Age just a number when you exercise

Age just a number when you exercise
Leap into wellness: Tan engages in the occasional trampoline workout to keep the adrenaline pumping.

PETALING JAYA - When it comes to exercise, age is just a number. TSH Resources chairman Datuk Dr Kelvin Tan can attest to this - being in his 50s has not stopped him from sporting a six-pack and enjoying sports like surfing, skiing and the occasional trampoline workout.

"Age is no barrier to fitness. It's all about devotion and commitment. Anyone can transcend to a different level if they put their heart into it," said Tan, whose daily fitness regime includes 8am sessions of yoga and qigong.

It has been 10 years since Tan first embraced wellness, which he said was the only reason why he was looking much younger today than he did in his 40s.

"Discovering yoga and qigong was pretty much a wake-up call for me. I became more health conscious and more in tune with my inner well-being.

"Being healthier also changed my perspective in life. I started seeing things more positively, which gave me peace of mind and greater enthusiasm for life," he said.

Still, Tan's journey into wellness hasn't always been smooth-sailing.

"There were times when it was really hard and painful. But the transition period is always the toughest. Life is about change. So I just had to embrace it and flow with the changes," he said.

While Tan believes in eating healthy (he snacks on "super nuts"), he also thinks that moderation is key.

"I don't fancy eating anything oily, but sometimes, being a Malaysian, I can't run away from indulging in our local food.

"Nasi lemak, curry laksa, rojak and mee rebus would be a treat for me on cheat day! But of course, I take every­thing in moderation," he said.

A part of being healthy is also about finding peace within yourself, he added.

"Listen to what your body needs," he advised.

For those interested in keeping fit, you can look forward to getting tips from experts about various health issues at the upcoming FitForLife Fair 2015 (formerly known as The Star Health Fair).

A collaboration between The Star and Great Eastern Life, this is the fourth instalment of the health-related fair, and it is one of the biggest in the country to showcase the latest trends in fitness and healthy living, covering all aspects of fitness, health and well-being, from diet to nutrition, exercise, stress management, beauty and aesthetics, lifestyle enhancements and more.

This year's theme "Get Fit. Live Great!' aims to inspire Malaysians to lead a healthy lifestyle and adopt a holistic approach that includes physical and mental fitness, financial health and general fitness.

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