I admit I am not a morning person. On my off days I could stay in bed all morning and my only motivation to wake up is a good breakfast. However, through out the years, I have learnt that I need to manage my time better and appreciate that we get only 24 hours in a day. There is so much to do in so little time.
I have also learnt that there is no “right time” to work out. I prefer to work out first thing in the morning before I go to work. One of the benefits of working out early is that you get it out of the way as soon as possible, freeing up time for you to proceed with your daily routine, such as going to work, run errands, or spending time with family and friends. I have also noticed that I will feel more energized after working out. My mind is more alert and I will be in a happier mood.
However, you do need to sacrifice other aspects. I had to give up watching TV at night and I am not hooked on to any TV series, so I do feel a little bit left out when people talk about Game of Thrones or the latest Korean dramas. I have also sacrificed my late night ‘lepak’ time because I am just too sleepy to socialize and eat at 10pm.
In the end, it is all worth it. Fitness is a lifestyle, not a trend or a seasonal thing. In the long run, I trust that I will be able to reap the health benefits and work towards my fitness goals. So how do you wake up early and still feel like a champ?
On most Sundays, you would find me lacing up my running shoes and head out for a race at the break of dawn. But this week, I swapped medals for lanyards and number bibs for name cards as I had to work on GLC Open Day 2015. There were many great discussions and talk shows happening, and one of the main highlights for this event was when I attended a quick but meaningful forum by Dato’ Nicol Ann David. Squash is one of my favourite sports, so getting up close and personal with a world champion was a good learning opportunity. There are not many world-class Malaysian athletes out there, let alone female athletes. I hope Dato’ Nicol David will continue to inspire, and the next top squash female will also be a Malaysian when she retires.
It’s not everyday that you get to meet a world-class sports icon!
A fangirl moment here!
Through out the talk, Dato’ Nicol David has shown that climbing her way up and holding the no. 1 squash player position for 9 years was never an easy feat. According to her, the title of a champion must be earned through hard work and discipline, for she does not feel the title is hers to keep. Competitors and new rivals are always emerging, and the field of squash is finally picking up and becoming more popular these days. She has to be on her toes, constantly finding ways to improve herself.
It’s not easy to be a world champion, however it is achievable to have a mindset of a champion. There are 4 key points that were discussed by Dato’ Nicol David: