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His Royal High­ness Prince ‘Ab­dul Mateen

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To­day, the world trends to­wards health and well­ness living through prac­tis­ing mind­ful­ness and lead­ing an ac­tive life­style, fit­ness regime, bal­anced nu­tri­tion and di­etary, sus­tain­able and re­spon­si­ble living, and more. Here in Brunei, His Royal High­ness Prince ‘Ab­dul Mateen sub­scribes to this con­cept. He of­ten shares glimpses of how he man­ages a daily rou­tine that in­cor­po­rates fit­ness and sports as well as lead­ing a well-bal­anced healthy life. The ac­tive life­style ad­vo­cate aims to in­spire oth­ers to fol­low suit with the same pas­sion and de­ter­mi­na­tion he car­ries in his ev­ery­day life, as he de­tails in this ex­clu­sive in­ter­view.

There are dif­fer­ent ways to prac­tise a healthy life­style. What does living healthy mean to you and how do you em­brace that in your daily rou­tine?

I think hav­ing a healthy life­style in­volves mak­ing small healthy habits ev­ery sin­gle day. You can’t just wake up one day and dras­ti­cally change your life­style; it’s some­thing that you need to do slowly be­fore mak­ing it a life­style. With nu­tri­tion, for ex­am­ple, eat­ing well is a huge part of my life, but I still don’t re­strict my­self. If I feel like choco­late cake, I eat it. Just maybe not ev­ery day!

As an avid sports­man in the field of polo and box­ing, what other ac­tiv­i­ties do you do to stay ac­tive and healthy?

I try to do dif­fer­ent work­outs ev­ery day, so it ranges from HIIT, hik­ing, strength train­ing, mo­bil­ity work and swim­ming. Hav­ing a var­ied weekly sched­ule that in­cor­po­rates a few vi­tal ex­er­cises def­i­nitely ben­e­fits me as a sports­man and makes things more fun.

An­other thing I have re­cently found very ben­e­fi­cial is how you re­cover from a hec­tic week. It’s very easy to over-train, es­pe­cially as you get older, so lately I have been fo­cus­ing on do­ing more slow ses­sions like yoga. I would like to en­cour­age peo­ple here to be­come health­ier, which is why I de­cided to open Jab Gym and of­fer a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent work­outs.

What is the scene like in Brunei – are there more gyms and fit­ness com­mu­nity be­ing es­tab­lished? More sport­ing and ac­tive events or­gan­ised?

Yes, I think it’s def­i­nitely pick­ing up, es­pe­cially in the last few years. There are a lot more gyms opening up, es­pe­cially stu­dios fo­cused on group classes, which I think is great. I have also no­ticed that there are so many more peo­ple in Bukit Sha­ban­dar than be­fore. It’s just great to see how peo­ple in Brunei are gen­er­ally be­com­ing more and more ac­tive, and health con­scious.

Any lat­est trend here lo­cally that has caught your at­ten­tion re­gard­ing health and ac­tive life­style? Are there any health and well­ness ini­tia­tives you would like to see grow here?

I’ve no­ticed a spike in mixed mar­tial arts in Brunei, which I think is a re­ally good way to keep fit and one of the best dis­ci­plines to have. In terms of health and well­ness, re­cov­ery seems a lit­tle ne­glected at times but it is so im­por­tant, es­pe­cially for pro­fes­sional ath­letes. I think it would be great to try and fo­cus on that a bit more.

How dif­fi­cult or easy is it to stay healthy in Brunei and why is it im­por­tant for us to adopt it as part of our life­style?

In my opin­ion, it’s easy to stay healthy any­where as long as you put your mind to it. At the end of the day, it’s a mat­ter of mak­ing smart choices and mak­ing time.

It helps to in­cor­po­rate healthy habits into your daily rou­tine so it doesn’t feel like a chore in the first place. An­other way is be­ing cre­ative with your food and work­outs so that it is ex­cit­ing and you’re not do­ing the same thing ev­ery day. Mix­ing up your ex­er­cise rou­tine is a great way to do that – for ex­am­ple, if you do some­thing like box­ing one day, try yoga the next.

Healthy living is not just phys­i­cal; it is men­tal as well. This is es­pe­cially so in this day and age where we tend to ne­glect our men­tal well­be­ing when lives get hec­tic. Your thoughts on this and why men­tal well­be­ing should be part of a bal­anced ap­proach to main­tain health and well­ness living?

Men­tal health is so im­por­tant be­cause it di­rectly cor­re­lates to your phys­i­cal health. If you work on the mind, you will feel it in your body and vice versa. Some­times life does get very hec­tic and so I al­ways try and make sure that I set aside time to just re­flect and slow down. There’s still a long way to go but it’s great to see men­tal health chal­lenges be­ing des­tig­ma­tised. Yoga and med­i­ta­tion are great ways to de-stress but if that isn’t enough, peo­ple should know that ask­ing for help is OK, and shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it.

Any mes­sage for young Bruneians on the joy and ben­e­fits of living this life­style and how we can cel­e­brate be­ing the best ver­sion of our­selves?

Al­ways start off slow and steady; it’s much bet­ter to make small life­style changes as op­posed to jump­ing in the deep end. It’s also more likely to be sus­tain­able in the long term, which is ul­ti­mately the end goal.

Fi­nally, as a proud Bruneian, kindly share with our read­ers your favourite lo­cal dish and some of the must-visit places to go to in Brunei.

My go-to favourite dish is def­i­nitely soto, a spiced soupy bowl of noo­dles or rice ver­mi­celli topped with chicken or beef and gar­nished with chillies and herbs. For places to go, Brunei has so much to of­fer in terms of na­ture. I love the out­doors so my favourite places have to be Bukit Sha­ban­dar, a recre­ation park that’s pop­u­lar for hik­ing; Brunei’s beau­ti­ful beaches, and Tem­burong man­grove wa­ter­ways with breath­tak­ing views, flora and fauna.

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