Fit And Fab

Volunteer inspired to stay fit

Mr Kwek finds it worthwhile sharing his passion for running with others.
Mr Kwek finds it worthwhile sharing his passion for running with others.ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN

Guiding visually challenged running mates keeps Kwek Jun Hong motivated to exercise

Q. What's your secret to looking fabulous?

A. Determination and discipline to stick to my fitness routine.

It is not easy, but helping runners with disabilities improve with every session is a fulfilling and enriching experience.

It challenges me to emulate their determination to conquer seemingly impossible goals and motivates me to be committed to staying fit.

Q. Was there ever a time when you weren't fit and fab?

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    AGE: 26

    HEIGHT: 1.8m

    WEIGHT: 73kg

    The sales engineer will be taking part in the Runninghour cooperative's annual event next month, where participants have the option to run blindfolded in order to experience the challenges faced by special needs runners.

    It will be held at East Coast Park Angsana Green on July 10.

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A. During the first three years of university, school work and a lack of discipline caused me to neglect regular exercise. I was unfit and gained weight.

In 2014, I joined Runninghour after coming across a video promoting the cooperative, which encourages those with special needs to pick up running and interact with mainstream society through the sport.

I signed up to be a volunteer guide. My running mates are visually challenged and are guided by being tethered to me with a band or rope between our arms.

It helped me build up the habit of exercising regularly.

Q. What is your diet like?

A. I don't have a specific diet but I believe in eating everything in moderation and trying to watch my intake of carbohydrates.

Q. What are your indulgences?

A. I like a glass of cold beer from time to time.

Q. What do you do to relax?

A. Apart from exercising, I enjoy playing video games and going to the movies.

Q. What are the three most important things in your life?

A. My family, girlfriend and friends.

Q. Would you go for plastic surgery?

A. No, I'm comfortable with how I look.

Q. What are your favourite parts of your body?

A. I don't have any. Each part plays an important role in my daily life and I'm grateful for that.

Q. What are your must-do's before and after fitness sessions?

A. Warm-ups and post-workout stretches. These are important to ensure you do not get injured during your workout.

Q. How important is it for you to keep up with your fitness routine?

A. I think it is also crucial to listen to your body to ensure that you have enough rest for your body to repair itself and grow stronger.

Q. What's the biggest sacrifice you've had to make to get to your current fitness level?

A. I don't think there was a single big sacrifice, but a series of small ones, such as controlling what I eat to be healthier.

Q. What do your family and friends say about your lifestyle?

A. They are happy to know that I have found meaning in my passion for running and keeping fit.

Doing something that I enjoy while being able to bring the same enjoyment to other runners makes it more worthwhile. It has become less of a volunteering effort and more like spending time with friends from Runninghour during our weekly activities.

Contributing my time to help others while keeping fit is a bonus.

Q. How extensive is your collection of sports-related paraphernalia?

A. I've lots of fitness apparel and a box of medals from all the races I have taken part in. My most prized possession is the medal from my first sprint triathlon in 2011, an experience I would not forget.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2016, with the headline 'Volunteer inspired to stay fit'. Print Edition | Subscribe