Just like any other festivities commonly observed in Singapore and Malaysia, the most recent Chinese New Year holidays were an awesome opportunity for family and friends to catch up with one another. Things usually begin with the requisite reunion dinner on the eve of Chinese New Year. The celebrations usually continue with a wide spread of seasonal goodies such as mandarin oranges, sticky rice cake (nian gao), preserved meats (bak kwa), various cookies, assorted sweets and other delicacies.

Despite it being a joyous occasion, many individuals tend to overlook the excess weight they can actually put on in just a short matter of a week of so. Here are some examples to highlight. A pineapple tart weighing 5g already contains 23 calories. As for a slice of fried nian gao weighing 50g, it delivers 220 calories. Moving along, a mere slice of bak kwa, weighing 90g, packs 370 worth of calories. The truth is that one can easily gain an additional kilogram in just a week by exceeding their daily calorie requirement by 500 calories. Both metabolism and physical activity does come into play as well though.

Regardless, if you are one of those individuals who have gained some weight over the Lunar New Year, it is still possible to cut the excess weight by adopting a well-rounded regimen. This includes a healthy diet, adequate exercise and sufficient rest. “To maintain or lose weight gained from festive over-eating, one can begin by taking control of the amount of food consumed, as well as adopting a more active lifestyle. Swimming is considered to be good for weight loss for numerous reasons, one of them being that it is low impact, and therefore, ideal for those with a significant amount of weight to lose. However, swimming is only an effective form of cardio if you make it a workout. Swim fast enough to be out of breath and you will see a significant calorie burn. Those who take a leisurely couple of lengths are unlikely to see much difference in their bodies,” explained Peh Gin Hai, CEO, founder and director of coaching at Advanced Aquatics Sdn Bhd, which specialises in swim coaching, and a former coach for the national swimming team.

“Swimming is the most complete exercise out there – it provides the cardio and aerobic benefits of jogging, together with the effectiveness of endurance training. In addition to that, swimming does not put the body under physical stress usually associated with higher impact activity such as jogging or skipping, thanks to the near weightlessness when submerged,” added Abdul Hafiz Salleh, a former national swimmer, SEA Games medallist and partner at Advanced Aquatics. For the rest of the story, you can view it here.

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