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MP has a 'never give up' attitude

Nasik Swami
Saturday, February 24, 2018

HE has a "never give up" attitude.

And the Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau, prefers to stay fit and eat healthy at the age of 60.

Weighing 155kg, Mr Koroilavesau has an aim to reduce his weight by at least 20kg.

Knowing that it's going to be a huge challenge, he is not giving up and has started his fitness journey.

Mr Koroilavesau is taking the simple steps.

He is a familiar face to many who walk or run along the sea wall at Nasese in Suva every morning.

On a bright day, the minister walks 7000 metres every day.

Mr Koroilavesau starts his walk from the National Fitness Centre and ends at the Suva Bowling Club.

"My advice was (to exercise) five mornings a week and for one hour as a new start," he said.

"I walk along the sea wall now from the Rabuka Gym to the Bowling Club, but sometimes I have to break it up due to the weather, but I try to walk 7000 metres."

An early bird, he starts training at 5.30am.

Being an inspiration to many at his age, the minister left training three months ago after developing a back problem.

But he says it's always a good start when one comes back.

"I am just concentrating on walking after a long layoff of three busy months last year and a back problem that I developed during that period.

"I am training to try and reduce my body weight and energise to start work at 8am. I have been advised to do physical exercise due to the back problem."

Mr Koroilavesau says if he can start, others can start the same as it is never too late to exercise and get back into shape.

"I am 60 years old now and need to reduce by another 20kg at least.

"I wish to try to reach 135kg, but that is going to be a huge challenge, but I just want to enjoy the effort and see where it will take me."

He said to lose weight, diet was very important.

"Diet is so important, but most challenging, especially with social functions like cocktail parties and traditional ceremonies that we need to attend.

"I have had many diet advices that I have failed many times over the years, but simply to reduce intake and create more output in the form of exercise."

He says his mantra is simple — more fruits and vegetables and less carbohydrates and meat.

"I have tried to keep healthy over the years, especially when age and weight creates this huge imbalance."

The minister says he has not stopped trying and whenever he falls, he tries to pick the rhythm of exercising again.

"I have not stopped trying and I just pick the rhythm again after I fall over."

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