Health and Fitness was not always a priority in my life. As a teenager, it was all about food – quantity over quality. That changed in college when I travelled back to my birth country (Taiwan) for the first time. After a summer-long stay in Taiwan, I came home about 30 pounds lighter and with an improved self-esteem. As the saying goes, the rest is history. Staying fit and physically active is THE priority in my life now.
After receiving my Bachelor’s in Computer Science and M.B.A in Management Information System, I worked as an engineer in the aerospace and high-tech industries. I would wake up each morning thinking when can I workout today? That focus gave me the opportunity to teach group fitness classes. One evening the regular instructor called in sick at the last minute and since I was always taking a class, the manager (of the fitness facility) asked me to lead that class. Again, the rest is history.
Now, I’ve been teaching for over 35 years in many and varied fitness facilities, for-profit and non-profit. I’ve experienced and taught many different styles of group fitness classes including creating my own aerobic-dance endurance program, VivAsia Fitness. The years of teaching, training, presenting and working with people had motivated me to get a Masters in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology.
I ask students to keep a fitness journal in my classes and one day it occurred to me that I should do similar. Thus, I decided to create this blog as my online journal. The topics are fitness-oriented with the goal of infusing scientific and/or medical evidence with practical applications. I end with my motto: Listen to your Body and Keep Moving.