Too busy for exercise, you say?

If these three bosses can find the time to keep active, what’s your excuse? Find out how they do it... then log off and hit the gym!

Seema Viswanathan, editor-in-chief of female, Her World and Shape magazines

I go for boot camp three times a week and I make it a point to hike once every week for a minimum of two hours. A typical day starts off with a boot camp session at 6:30am. The session lasts for about an hour, then I head home for coffee and breakfast. I usually go through my work mail while having my breakfast. After I’m done, I get ready for work.

I prefer to work out in the morning, so I can relax in the evenings. Plus, it gives me more energy for the rest of the day. I also try to arrange a 12-hour hike every couple of months. It may seem tough at first but it’s really not that difficult once you get the hang of it. The most important part is to take the first step.”

Fitness tip: We have wonderful trails in Malaysia. A quick search online will reveal gems like Bukit Tabur which has a beautiful view of the surrounding areas. It’s a great activity to do together with your family and friends!

Datuk Jake Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of Astro Radio

I have my priorities and health is number one on the list. Even with my busy schedule, I get my dose of cardio exercise early in the morning and make time in between for weight training every day. Fitness is my anchor to great health physically and emotionally. It allows me to stay on top of my game.

Fitness tip: No gym in your office building? Climb the stairs to reach the office. You can also park further from your office lobby and walk a few extra steps. Make it a point to get up from your seat every hour and walk around the office to stretch your legs.

Raja Jesrina Arshad, Founder and CEO of, the one-stop wellness portal

On weekdays, I wake up at 7 in the morning and I do a quick 20- to 40-minute yoga session at home through online video programmes. I also follow my business partner’s video workout, which she created exclusively for PurelyB. Once I am all energised from the workout, I end the session with a five-to seven-minute meditation session, which helps me drive productivity and keep positive energy going all day.

On weekends, I am able to allocate more time to exercise. I prefer to jog around my neighbourhood for about 45 minutes, followed by some HIIT workouts and swimming laps after. Of course, working out with friends is always more fun and motivating, so I try to make time to do so with my girls.

Fitness tip: A yoga session can help reduce stress and prepare your body and mind for a full day ahead. You don’t even need to get out of your house. All you need is a TV and a yoga mat.

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