DJ Dave still going strong at 67


Active on court: Apart from daily abdominal exercises, DJ Dave plays badminton twice a week.

Not many 67-year-olds start their day with 50 push-ups and sit-ups as well as 50 squats but Datuk Irwan Shah Abdullah, better known as DJ Dave, has been carrying out this fitness regime for over 20 years.

The veteran Malaysian singer, famed for evergreen hits Maafkanlah and Ingin Bersua, also plays badminton twice a week.

“I’ve had this same fitness regime for as long as I can remember. I strongly believe that to be healthy, you need to sweat.

“But doing just abdominal exercises isn’t always enough. To properly burn off the calories and maintain a healthy weight, you need to engage in some form of cardio training. I chose badminton because it gives me the sweat I need,” DJ Dave said.

Regular exercise has not only introduced DJ Dave to breathing techniques important for maintaining his vocals, but also helped the grandfather of four triumph in his battle of the bulge.

“I don’t have any taboos when it comes to food. I just know that whatever goes in must come out.

“If I’ve eaten too much, I’ll just make sure I burn it all off with exercise,” he said.

DJ Dave, who is based in Kota Kinabalu, will be going to Taipei, Taiwan, soon to participate in the World Morning Cup Badminton Championship, a tournament for veterans in which he won two silver medals in the singles and doubles categories back in 2013.

“Keeping fit is one thing; I know anything can still happen but at least when it’s time for me to go, I will go healthy,” he said.

For those interested in keeping fit, you can look forward to getting tips from experts about various health issues at the upcoming FitForLife Fair 2015 (formerly known as The Star Health Fair).

A collaboration between The Star and Great Eastern Life, this is the fourth instalment of the health-related fair, and it is one of the biggest in the country to showcase the latest trends in fitness and healthy living, covering all aspects of fitness, health and well-being, from diet to nutrition, exercise, stress management, beauty and aesthetics, lifestyle enhancements and more.

This year’s theme “Get Fit. Live Great!” aims to inspire Malaysians to lead a healthy lifestyle and adopt a holistic approach that includes physical and mental fitness, financial health and general fitness.

The exhibition will be held in Halls 1 to 3 of the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre from April 10 to 12. It is open from 10am to 7pm. Admission is free.

For more information, call 03-7967 1388 or visit www.facebook.com/starhealthfair.

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