With many global offices shutting down, and most of us working from home, managing a healthy, active lifestyle can be a challenging task. But most of your gym exercises can be replicated at home thanks to social media – particularly Instagram and YouTube – so you can still work out all your body’s muscle groups. The internet has made it easier for everyone to find workout ideas and training tips, and we’ve been following some of these accounts for a while now.
Here are some of our favourite health influencers in South-east Asia to follow, including half-Kadazan Dr LA Thoma Gustin, the wife of Flash actor Grant Gustin.
Andrea ‘LA’ Thoma Gustin
As a doctor of physical therapy, Gustin knows movement is essential, especially for those of us spending long hours in a chair while working from home. Before kickstarting your work laptop, take slower breaths and “wake up” your body with some stretches to get the blood flowing, followed by some intense high intensity tactical training (HIIT) moves. We love Gustin’s easy-to-follow workouts, and her simple approach to home workouts (she even conducts live Instagram Story classes).
Liv Lo Golding
When she’s not busy accompanying her husband actor Henry Golding around the world for movie premieres, Golding promotes her online workout Fitsphere by Liv Lo that incorporates HIIT, yoga and weights training. You can catch some of her workout videos on her Instagram Story (with an occasional peek of her off-duty husband, too).
Australian-Chinese Jaymee Ong may have found her footing as a TV host for shows like AXN’s ebuzz and The Contender Asia, she gained new fans when she graduated as a private trainer and yoga instructor. Ong and her husband, Matthew Heath adopted a strict exercise regime ever since Heath suffered from a stroke in 2012. Ong, who’s currently living in Australia with her family, often posts her workouts on her Instagram account. Despite the social distancing measure advised by the Australian government, Ong still finds time to engage with her fans and followers with her dedicated sweat exercises.
Nana Al Haleeq
If there’s anyone who can make weightlifting look easy, it’s none other than Malaysian celebrity Nana Al Haleeq. The fitness model, coach and host once suffered from depression after university days, but she turned to fitness to build up both her mental and physical strength. Since then, she hasn’t looked back; often sharing tips and motivational exercises on her Instagram account.
Don’t let her sweet demeanour fool you; Linora Low has a World Fitness Federation Asia Ms Bikini runner-up title under her belt. Besides spending her time acting, emceeing and creating YouTube videos, Low also works as a wellness coach. These days, because of Malaysia’s partial lockdown, Low is also making use of Instagram Story’s live function to bring us sweat workshops.
German-born Kevin Zahri, who’s also affectionately known as Cikgu Fitness Malaysia, has over 15 years of experience as a nutritionist and a wellness instructor. He is also the co-founder of a weight loss movement called Jom Kurus. His two adorable children often join him during his live classes on Instagram and Facebook, making his exercise routine pretty wholesome for the family.
Nikki Torres, who hails from the Philippines, is a certified holistic wellness coach and yoga teacher. She also founded Pretty Darn Fit, a website dedicated to eating and living healthily, as well as NTSweat, a dance workout that combines yoga and circuit training moves.
Jackie Go is not just a fitness influencer, she’s a mother of two, a businesswoman and a model. In between all the roles she play, Go manages a lifestyle blog called Go Jackie Go, where you can follow her anecdotes on beauty, motherfood, food, travel and style. She’s also been posting her exercise regime on Instagram, showcasing easy-to-do HIIT workouts.
Cycling instructor Lexi Gancayco used to compete in swimming during her younger days, so it’s no surprise that Gancayco continued to pursue an active lifestyle up till now. Besides using her Instagram account to debunk the misconceptions in the fitness industry, Gancayco shares her travel stories and lately, indoor home workouts.