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Published: Friday April 18, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 18, 2014 MYT 10:08:09 AM

Take healthy steps in your life

Take part in healthy activities like the Milo Malaysia Breakfast Day run.

Take part in healthy activities like the Milo Malaysia Breakfast Day run.

Bring out the champion in you by living well.

Every new year, living more healthily is on top of resolution lists – be it making the right food choices or losing the holiday weight by engaging in physical activities.

We often tell ourselves that it is crucial to lead a healthy lifestyle but how many of us translate that resolve into action? Do we just try for a day or two, and then recycle the resolution to live more healthily for the following new year’s list?

Making a change in our lifestyle is a big challenge – some may even find it so difficult that giving up and heading back to our old habits seem inevitable.

Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and cultivating healthy habits takes time. We need to take a step at a time, armed with clear goals and perseverance.

Our national champions are well acquainted with discipline and persistence. Their success was not achieved in a day.

They have endured strenuous training and overcome the disappointment of defeats before tasting victories.

With determination and a strong mindset, our athletes are now champions in Malaysia’s eyes. If they can do it, why can’t we?

The golden swimmer

National swimmer Khoo Cai Lin has represented Malaysia for the past 12 years, and is still going strong as an international medal contender.

Khoo started swimming at the tender age of three and it remains her first love. The 25-year-old Olympian represented Malaysia in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics Games.

Champion athlete: National swimmer Khoo Cai Lin believes the first step to achieving success is by eating right.
Champion athlete: National swimmer Khoo Cai Lin believes the first step to achieving success is eating right.

Despite her hectic schedule of juggling different responsibilities and long training hours, eating healthy has always been her main concern.

To keep her going, Khoo also believes in embracing positive thoughts that will lead to positive results.

Positive thinking is much more than just feeling happy or displaying a cheerful attitude.

It is about creating real value in our life that helps us build a solid foundation that will last much longer than a smile.

According to Khoo, positive thinking is a combination of various elements that will lead to great success.

“Positive Energy empowers me to take on the day confidently and enables me to juggle my hectic daily schedule of classes, trainings, exams and competitions. To achieve our goals, we need to have positive energy and mindset. I believe the one person that can hinder us from reaching our goals is ourselves,” says Khoo.

According to Khoo, nourishing the body with the right nutrition also plays a vital role in unlocking Positive Energy.

“What we feed our body will affect our thinking and moods. Without proper nutrition, we tend to get agitated easily. A balanced nutritious meal helps to unleash the Positive Energy within me, giving me the boost of energy to perform my training and compete,” says Khoo.

Start living healthily by adopting a positive mindset.
Start living healthily by adopting a positive mindset.

Kick-starting an active lifestyle isn’t that challenging – all it takes is a small step at a time.

“Start small: prepare a list of what you would like to achieve every day such as brisk walking in the park or participating in the Milo Malaysia Breakfast Day Run.”

And it is of course best to start your day on a healthy note with breakfast.

Back for the second consecutive year, the Milo Malaysia Breakfast Day calls upon Malaysians to join the nation in leading a healthy and active lifestyle.

Wait no more, start your first step to a healthy lifestyle by taking part in the annual Milo Malaysia Breakfast Day Run on April 20 at Perbadanan Putrajaya, Presint 3, Putrajaya. For more information, please visit www.milo.com.my/breakfast.

> This article was provided by Milo.

Tags / Keywords: Health, Family & Community, Health; Champion; Nutrition; Healthy Living

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