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Fit And Fab: Getting into the swing of things

A wholesome approach to living is what matters for Gillian Giam, 47

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Joan Chew, Poon Chian Hui, Ng Wan Ching, Joyce Teo on 11 Sep 2018

The Straits Times

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Q WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TO LOOKING FABULOUS?

 

A I believe the way I look is the result of my outlook on life. Trying to look fabulous is not the goal; having a wholesome approach to living is.

 

Q HAS THERE EVER BEEN A TIME WHEN YOU WERE NOT FIT AND FAB?

 

A I was in horrid shape for most of my life, being plump and soft in all the wrong places. I went on yo-yo diets and was preoccupied with my career and later, being a mother.

 

Q WHAT PROMPTED A CHANGE IN YOUR LIFESTYLE?

 

A I entered mid-life crisis after my second child was born in 2005 and I was nearing 40 years old.

 

I did not want to be a burden to my children in my old age and wanted to educate them early on the importance of a healthy lifestyle by being fit myself.

 

Q WHAT IS YOUR DIET LIKE?

 

A Would you be surprised if I say I do not watch what I eat?

 

I maintain a measure of discipline in ensuring I eat moderately healthy, but I still pretty much eat everything. You should see some of my cheat meals!

 

Q WHAT DO YOU INDULGE IN?

 

A Mini Magnum ice cream is on my list of must-haves. I don't feel so guilty having them because they are small-sized.

 

Q HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR YOU TO KEEP UP WITH YOUR FITNESS ROUTINE?

 

A It's important enough to be part of my life. I can't imagine not doing exercise.

 

Q HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WORK-LIFE BALANCE?

 

A I made my passion my profession and I'm doing what I love every day.

 

I also carve out time to spend with my family and explore other activities with them.

 

Q WHAT ARE THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN YOUR LIFE?

 

A Health, happiness, harmony. These form a compass of sorts for me.

 

Q WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE AND LEAST FAVOURITE PART OF YOUR BODY?

 

A I love my shoulders and back - they are the result of focused gym work and rock climbing.

 

Let's face it, the body is always a work-in-progress. As the years go by, it only gets more challenging to keep fit and healthy. So it pays to have a regimen that you love enough to do regularly.

 

Q WHAT ARE YOUR MUST-DOS BEFORE AND AFTER A WORKOUT?

 

A A proper warm-up goes a long way in getting ready.

 

I am also aware of how my body feels that day.

 

After a workout, I make it a point to treat myself with a nice shower and a milkshake or a good meal.

 

Q HOW HAS YOUR ACTIVE LIFESTYLE INFLUENCED YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS?

 

A My family is supportive - my daughter has taken a liking to rock climbing too.

 

My friends can be grouped into two camps: Those who think I'm absolutely nuts about fitness, and those who saw the turnaround in my life and want something similar for themselves.

 

I'll let you guess who I spend more time with.

 

Q DO YOU THINK YOU'RE SEXY?

 

A My students think so, and so does my daughter! That's my biggest validation.

 

I like the state of my body now, and the way being fit makes me feel. If that's the definition of sexy, then I'm definitely it!

 

Q DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO HAVE A BODY LIKE YOURS?

 

A Stop looking at the numbers! Look instead at redesigning your life and taking small steps towards better health.

 

Things will fall into place.

 

Q HOW EXTENSIVE IS YOUR COLLECTION OF SPORTS-RELATED PARAPHERNALIA?

 

A I've got tons of equipment I use for the swing fitness classes and some for rock climbing. I have many pairs of running and trail shoes and of course, sports attire!

 

Getting sports equipment is half the fun, after all.

 

Right now, the swing hammocks in my studio are the most "exotic" thing I have, as they are all handmade to withstand tears and weights of up to 120kg.

 

Some might add that a swing hammock looks kinky! While it is a lot of fun, I can assure you that it requires a level of skill to use it effectively!

 

I'm also a firm believer that you don't need to go crazy with equipment before getting into fitness.

 

Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

 

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