Remember gasping for breath as I climbed three levels of stairs to meet Wu Chun two years ago at his conference room. After the interview, he graciously offered me a three month gym pass to Fitness Zone. He obviously noted that I needed help in my fitness level.
A lot has happened in the last two years in both my personal and business life. The growth in these areas has come at a price; especially in terms of the additional workload and the heightened level of stress and pressure.
I had to learn to cope with the change quickly to stay on top of the game and that meant maintaining a sharp focus and keeping myself fit to face the challenges ahead.
I cannot imagine how I would have coped with all of this, had it not been for the decision to make the change in my lifestyle that day at Fitness Zone. Since then I have been doing morning exercises almost daily, going to the gym, jogging around my neighbourhood or hiking at Tasek Lama.
Working out not only gives me the energy to look ahead, it also provides me with an outlet to release my stress. Physically, it has helped to improve my self-image and psychologically, it has helped me to feel more confident.
During this journey, I realised that by first taking care of myself, I was able to give more to my family and to the people around me.
This issue is about Brunei’s rising fitness industry. In recent years there has been an increase in the awareness of health and fitness in Brunei. There are more sporting and recreational facilities than ever before, just check out our comprehensive fitness directory from page 76 to find a fitness centre close to your home.
But in spite of all this, sadly, diabetes, heart disease and obesity remain the top three causes of death in the country. And all of these diseases can be easily prevented by adopting a healthy diet and by doing regular exercise.
Many improvements have occurred in the past few years, but a lot more still needs to be done collectively to drive change forward in this area.
We take this opportunity to recognise and honour the heroes in the health and fitness industry for the important work that they do. More importantly, we take this opportunity to challenge you to take the first step towards making the best decision of your life – that is, to hit the treadmill!