Dr An­drea Lim: the fit­ness ex­pert

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DDr An­drea Lim, the CEO of Peak Fit­ness Malaysia, is also a fit­ness in­struc­tor who adovo­cates fit­ness as a life-long jour­ney. “It should be fun, not a chore! The good news is that there is some­thing for ev­ery­one. Keep an open mind and find some­thing that ex­cites you,” says Dr An­drea, who is also mother to two-month-old Is­abella Zara Isitt. She also writes health col­umns, and takes time off for her hob­bies; ski­ing, clay pi­geon shoot­ing and hik­ing.

What in­spires your fit­ness jour­ney?

“I’ve al­ways been ac­tive. I did bal­let for13 years, ever since I was four, and moved on to mar­tial arts right af­ter. I started go­ing to the gym to im­prove my per­for­mance in th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties. Hon­estly, I would feel in­cred­i­bly un­easy if I stopped be­ing ac­tive.”

What is your favourite work­out?

“I’m eas­ily bored so I like to vary my work­outs to keep things in­ter­est­ing. I love HIIT work­outs, weight train­ing, box­ing, BodyCom­bat and in­door cycling and spin­ning classes. I also make time for the oc­ca­sional yoga class, and I still like to dance!” What’s your fit­ness rou­tine like? “My typ­i­cal week’s rou­tine is two days of weight train­ing, and two high in­ten­sity car­dio days. I also try to in­cor­po­rate some flex­i­bil­ity or en­durance train­ing into the fifth train­ing day.”

Fresh skin se­cret? “Plenty of wa­ter – about three to four litres a day. Also, I can’t live with­out my sun­screen. A good sun­screen is a must-have in my gym bag, es­pe­cially when I’m train­ing out­side. Even if I’m not train­ing, I wear it daily be­cause we are ex­posed to harm­ful UV rays even when we’re in­doors.”

What’sW your diet like? “De­pend­ing on wwhat I am train­ing for at that time, my diet is al­ways chang­ing, But gen­er­ally, I fol­low a high protein, high fat and low sugar diet.”

DoD you have cheat days or meals?

“Of­ten! I don’t cut out any food groups from my diet, and if I feel like hav­ing some cho­co­late now and then, I will have it. It’s what you do 90 per­cent of the time that will bring re­sults, and hav­ing a bit of cake at your col­league’s birth­day party won’t ruin ev­ery­thing. Re­mem­ber, balance is key.” YourY fit­ness mantra? “Make it a life­style.”

I love my shape be­cause....“It is uniquely mine. We get caught up th­ese days try­ing to look a cer­tain way be­cause it’s been glam­ourised in the me­dia – but ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent in so many ways, so why not em­brace our own in­di­vid­u­al­ity?”

“It’s what you do 90 per­cent of the time that will bring re­sults, and hav­ing a bit of cake at your col­league’s birth­day party won’t ruin ev­ery­thing.”

A photo stop dur­ing a hike at the Bre­con Bea­cons Na­tional Park, South Wales.

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