We have to admit that we all have our fair share of excuses when the topic of keeping fit pops up. We tend to procrastinate thinking that it is not the right time or it is too late. At times like these, we need that extra push to get us thinking and going after those fitness goals
Scroll down to find out what Malaysian personality and fitness enthusiast Linora Low has got to
say to those who want to give getting in shape another shot.
Where does one start when trying to come up with a fitness plan?
Start by having a goal. It could be to improve your stamina, your strength, how you
feel about yourself, or how to decrease your body fat. There is no right or wrong on this.
Start with that first. Once you have figured that out, move on to finding a program that suits your
lifestyle and would really help you achieve your goal. Get a gym buddy or even better, a personal trainer! A trainer is great as they will give you the motivation you need to get through an exercise routine and will also be able to help answer all the fitness questions you
If your schedule is tight, you can also find some good workout programs online just to get you started. A great example is the
HIIT workout routines. You can do this at home. I have also shared simple workout methods on my Youtube channel: youtube.com/linoralow
. Check it out if you are interested!
What are the exercise routines that you can recommend to those who are not physically active but would
want to achieve such goals?
Exercises that really target to get most of your body moving is one of the simplest way to get started. I understand that it can be intimidating to enter a gym with all the
big equipment. So the best way to start is with a personal trainer. You will be able to learn the proper
forms and techniques through a trainer.
One simple routine I would recommend will be the high
intensity interval (HIIT) training session
. This is a good routine whereby you work out for 30 seconds
and rest for 30 seconds by doing a series of exercises such as mountain climbing, star jumps, and pushups. Keep it simple at the beginning before progressing to harder moves.
The word “exercise” may appear to be intimidating to some people. Are there any other activities that
you can suggest to achieve the same results?
Try out fun activities or classes like Zumba
, take your dog out for a walk at the park, play
basketball, badminton, or squash. You can also try out one of the free workout sessions with Under
at the KLCC Park or Jalan Bangkung Park. I will be there at times to conduct the warm up
session and my friends who are all instructors will give you great sessions as well.How would you define a good workout session?
This depends on what you would like to do and achieve. It is different for all individuals. I prefer to separately tone parts of my body throughout the week, moving to a major muscle group day to day. In order to achieve a healthy body, it is
advisable to do a full body workout. You can opt for three workout sessions in a week if you have a jam
packed schedule and don't have time to stick to a daily exercise routine.
What advice would you give to someone who is just getting started on how to follow through fitness
Remind yourself about these goals. Whether your goal is to lose weight, to get stronger, to have better
stamina, or even to tone up, you will need to make sure that you will stick to it. Find a friend who will
help motivate you, watch motivational videos, or get a personal trainer. Everyone gets their
motivations through different methods. Be determined in wanting to make a change for yourself.