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School event got him running again

The Straits Times on 19 Jul 2016


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Prosthodontist Ansgar Cheng tells Joyce Teo that running helped him to lose weight


Q What is your secret to looking fabulous?

A I keep myself very busy with work at the clinic, eat based on how it will help me in terms of my health or fitness, sleep seven hours a day and exercise just a little more than enough.


I also floss five times a day as I am wearing Invisalign, which are virtually invisible and removable aligners, to correct my overbite.


Q How important is it for you to keep up with your fitness routine?

A I intend to continue improving on my fitness. I go everywhere by bus, MRT or walking.


Q Has there ever been a time when you were not fit and fab?

A From 1993 to 2011, I was unfit and out of shape.


I was a competitive runner in school. However, I cut down on my running when I started working.


I had to take care of my new practice, teach at the University of Toronto and take professional examinations from time to time. (I did my last professional exam when I was 38).


I didn't watch my diet then and weighed 80kg at my heaviest.


Q What motivated you to start running again?

A In 2011, I met the coach of my former high school in Hong Kong, who told me that as an old boy, I could run in the 5,000m event on sports day. So I trained and went for the run. That motivated me to start running regularly.


Q What is your diet like?

A I used to eat a lot of food. Now, I have a balanced diet.


Q What are your indulgences?

A Durians and fruit.


Q What is the most extreme thing you have done in the name of fitness or diet?

A When I tried to run more than 10km every day for more than a week.


Q How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?

A It's all about time management.


Q What are the three most important things in your life?

A My family: It gives me perspective and enriches my quality of life. Work: I feel like I'm always tap- dancing to work. And community: I enjoy interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds.


Q What are your must-dos before and after a race?

A I drink water and stretch before and after a race or training session.


Q How has your active lifestyle influenced your family and friends?

A My family of four runs with our coach Rameshon Murugiah and his FlexiFitness group. I am trying to keep up with my daughters.


A few friends have also joined me. And more and more of my colleagues are running too. Every year, we take part in various runs.


Q What is your most valuable sports-related possession?

A It's a team medal I received in 1982 from an inter-school cross- country run in Hong Kong. I got it because I was lucky enough to run with a team of great runners.


Q Would you go for plastic surgery?

A If I have to, yes. But I don't see any need for it now and I worry about my wife getting jealous if I start looking like Andy Lau.


Q Do you think you're sexy?

A It doesn't matter what I think. What's more important is what my wife thinks.


Bio Box


AGE: 50

HEIGHT: 1.69m

WEIGHT: 56kg


Dr Cheng, a prosthodontist with Specialist Dental Group and adjunct associate professor at the National University of Singapore, stopped running for nearly 20 years.


Since he started training for an event at his former high school a few years ago, running has been a part of his life again.


He is a Hong Kong citizen and Singapore permanent resident. He is married to Moonlake Lee, a Malaysian, whom he describes as a full-time coach to their two children, Alisa, 13, and Hana, 12.


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