HE starts and ends his day exercising to keep himself fit and trim.
Chris Ting Tze Leong said he was able to keep to the routine in Sitiawan and not in cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Malacca where he studied and worked for almost eight years.
“City folks have to spend much time and energy beating traffic congestion,” he added.
The 32-year-old pharmacist, who runs his family’s pharmacy in Sitiawan, his hometown, said exercise was important for disease prevention.
“I feel more energetic with regular exercise,” said Chris who cycles for an hour in the morning before he starts work.
He heads to the gym at 9pm when his pharmacy closes for the day.
His father Ting Kong Hing, 60, who was the first to set up a pharmacy in Sitiawan – Hing Pharmacy Sdn Bhd – also has a branch in Seri Manjung.
Chris and his brother Joey Ting Tze Chern, 30, are helping their father in the family business.
He observes that more and more Malaysians are affected by lifestyle-related diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes at a younger age.
The trend can be traced back to eating habits and lack of exercise.
“Many local food items are high in sugar and carbohydrates.
“There is also the tendency for Malaysians to see exercise as a chore,” he said.
He also reckoned that peer influence and the environment could determine the lifestyle pattern of an individual.
Chris, who works six days a week, said he looked forward to Sundays when he could go cycling in a group, about 10 to 20 of them.
They usually cycled 150km to 200km, covering places such as Beruas and Kuala Kangsar, he added.
He said his father introduced him to cycling two years ago.
It is an exercise cum hobby through which they also made new friends via cycling events, he added.
Chris said his father and friends cycled for charity last year.
“It is also a very good way to promote a healthy lifestyle.
“Cycling packages for holidays are also increasingly popular,” said Chris.
Life in a small town for the younger generation is certainly not boring as Chris had discovered.
After half a year of transitioning from life in a city to that in a small town in 2011, the young pharmacist said it was a very good change.