Meet Natalie Dau, the founder of a fitness website. The 45-year-old runs, does CrossFit and hits the gym.
She used to hold senior global marketing roles in major companies like Deloitte, Gartner and Avanade and came to Singapore for work in 2004.
In 2013, Ms Dau, who is Australian and now a Singapore permanent resident, left the corporate world to pursue her passion for fitness.
That’s when she became certified as a personal trainer and started a fitness website called The Daily Escape.
Ms Dau has since developed customised fitness programmes and localised content for people of all fitness levels.
She and her husband Matthew, 45, have an eight-year-old daughter, Lilliana.
Q What is your secret to looking fabulous?
A Always giving my 100 per cent when I train, loving what I do, being mindful about what I eat and getting enough sleep.
Q When did you start exercising regularly?
A I was always involved in some sort of sport for as long as I can remember as a child.
There are always highs and lows along the way. The post pregnancy stage is never fun, but I have always tried to remain active no matter what, as it is also a great way to clear my mind.
Q What is your diet like?
A I try to eat balanced meals, be mindful of watching my intake of fat, protein and carbohydrates and incorporate intermittent fasting, as I strongly believe this is essential to repairing your body.
Q What are your indulgences?
A I love a good piece of kaya toast and cupcakes. I also love the kale salad and a good cup of coffee from Common Man Coffee Roasters.
Q How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?
A I am a list maker so I set goals to achieve on a daily basis. I believe in quality not quantity. This means being present always and being dedicated to what I am doing at that moment, rather than giving someone or something half my attention.
Q What are the three most important things in your life?
A My family and friends; exercise; and coffee.
Q What’s your favourite and least favourite part of your body?
A I have to say my arms – my alias is @rockstararms! My least favourite part is my legs. I wish they are longer.
Q What are your must-dos before and after a workout?
A I usually work out in a fasted state – i.e. I do not eat anything before, and I always try and do some active stretching which I definitely need as I get older.
After a workout, I will drink lots of water as we are all generally dehydrated without knowing it, and eat!
Q How important is it for you to keep up with your fitness routine?
A It’s super important, I do not think I can function properly – physically or mentally – without one.
I try to challenge myself regularly and push myself out of my comfort zone by venturing into new sports, which also keeps it interesting.
Q How has your active lifestyle influenced your family and friends?
A My whole family is active. My eight-year-old daughter does everything from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, basketball, athletics to parkour. My husband runs, goes to the gym and does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
My 71-year-old father is training for his black belt in karate. I think I have helped some friends try new physical activities and a lot of them have found a new passion through doing so.
Q How extensive is your collection of sports-related paraphernalia?
A We have a “trophy room” at home where all our awards, trophies and medals are kept.
Q Would you go for plastic surgery?
A Currently no… but I am not sure anyone could ever say for sure that it is a no forever. I may change my mind when I turn 60!
Q Do you think you’re sexy?
A I think “sexy” means different things to different people. I like to refer to myself as fit, healthy, strong and confident!
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2018, with the headline ‘It’s quality, not quantity, that counts’.