Fit And Fab

'Sports is the solace I seek'

Part-time coach says exercising helps take his mind off stressful work situations

From someone who used to smoke, drink and eat a lot, Mr Steven Chan has turned into a fitness enthusiast who loves training for triathlons.
From someone who used to smoke, drink and eat a lot, Mr Steven Chan has turned into a fitness enthusiast who loves training for triathlons.PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Q What is your secret to looking fabulous?

A I do not think I look fabulous but I am definitely in love with fitness. I love to train for triathlons.

My body type is quite close to the endomorph, which is the type that tends to store fat easily.

However, I am now leading an active lifestyle and that helps me maintain a lower body fat percentage and keeps me healthy.

Q Has there ever been a time when you were not fit and fab?

A I was not so fit when I was younger. In fact, I smoked, drank and ate a lot when I was in my late 20s and early 30s.

Although I did not exercise, I like to play basketball. I started to swim, bike and run partly because I had many injuries from playing basketball.

Q What is your diet like?

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    Age: 48

    Height: 1.71m

    Weight: 77kg

    When he was younger, Mr Chan used to take his health for granted. He smoked and drank and ate whatever he liked.

    Today, however, the deputy general manager in a local firm exercises six days a week and eats balanced meals.

    The veteran triathlete has been a coach with the Triathlon Association of Singapore since 2007.

    He is engaged to Ms Jenny Huang, an ultra- marathoner.

A I do not follow any diet but I try to eat a balanced meal.

Q What are your indulgences?

A Influenced by my fiancee, I have grown to love pizza, with lots of cheese on it.

Q How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?

A My full-time job is rather stressful and sports is the solace I seek after office hours.

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

A My fiancee, who is also my best friend, soulmate and training partner; my two boys from my first marriage; and my family.

Q What's your favourite and least favourite part of your body?

A I do not have a favourite or least favourite part. I may not look like a supermodel but I am happy with how I look.

Q What are your must-dos before and after a race?

A Before a race, I will make sure I have a light breakfast and coffee. After a race, I will usually reward myself with a plate of char kway teow. It is a sinful dish but I think I deserve it after a long race.

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

A It is very important when I prepare for a race and it also helps to take my mind off stressful work situations.

I am a part-time triathlon, swimming, cycling and running coach, and I have also taken part in many races.

Q Do you have any tips for runners?

A Rome was not built overnight, nor is fitness. Our body needs time to adapt and improve. This means that we cannot push our body too hard as that will make us susceptible to injury.

Q What is the most extreme thing you have done in the name of diet or fitness?

A I did a 100km run with a very tight training schedule. In hindsight, I think that was insane.

Q How has your active lifestyle influenced your family and friends?

A I have always been active. I got to know my fiancee through running and I still try to run with her at least once a week.

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

A I live in a Housing Board flat and I have seven bicycles squeezed into it. Don't ask me how many pairs of sports shoes I have.

Q Would you go for plastic surgery?

A No, I am happy with how I look.

Q Do you think you're sexy?

A My fiancee says I am and that is all that matters.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2017, with the headline ''Sports is the solace I seek''. Subscribe