PETALING JAYA: Social activist Anas Zubedy (pic) is a believer in moderation – not only in his views but when it comes to food as well. The 51-year-old Penang-born, whose fit and trim figure is an envy of many, thinks people can still enjoy their favourite food like nasi kandar or teh tarik and stay healthy at the same time.
“There is no problem with indulging in your favourite delicacies but the most important part is to take this in moderation and to have a balanced diet,” he said.
Anas said he still took three meals per day, one of which would usually be full of vegetables and fruits.
“I do not believe in any special diet but we must take every meal in the correct portion.
“I still enjoy my nasi kandar and roti canai for breakfast or lunch but I have lots of vegetables and fruits during dinner,” he said.
Even between zipping to his engagements, Anas said he still tried to make time for a swim, four to five times per week.
Advising Malaysians to at least exercise once every two days, Anas said he would try to have a run or do other cardio exercises if he did not manage to have a swim.
“The thing with cardio exercise is it helps you burn the same number of calories you burn in the next 22 hours. If you repeat the same cycle, I believe it will be good for your health,” said Anas, who carries small exercise equipment with him whenever he travels.
“When I travel, I do bring my chinning bar and hit the hotel’s gym. If that is not possible, I will jog or do simple exercises like squats and pumping,” he said, adding that he does not smoke to keep a healthy lifestyle.
For those interested in keeping fit, they can look forward to getting tips from experts on various health issues at the coming FitForLife Fair Penang 2015.
Organised by The Star with Great Eastern Life as the event partner and Nestle Omega Plus as the wellness sponsor, the fair will be held at the SPICE Arena, Bayan Lepas from Oct 16 to 18. It is open from 10am to 7pm. Admission is free.
Those who pre-register at gelife.co/fflpg15 will get express entry to the fair and a free personalised 2016 calendar.
Runners can also register by Oct 9 at Star Northern Hub, Bayan Lepas, or Star Pitt Street, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, from Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm, for the first-ever 7km FitForLife Run on Oct 18.
The registration fee is RM13 per participant. For enquiries, call 03-7967 1388 (ext 1529/1243) or check out www.facebook.com/starhealthfair.
– The Star