Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Shanice Koh

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Shanice Koh is an actress-influencer.
Shanice Koh is an actress-influencer. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

Life goes beyond the digits on the scale and your body is capable of so much more! Yahoo’s #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to inspirational men and women in Singapore leading healthy and active lifestyles. Have someone to recommend? Hit Cheryl up on Instagram or Facebook!

Name: Shanice Koh (@shanicekoh)

Age: 23

Height: 1.65m

Weight: 49kg

Occupation: Actress and Influencer

Status: Single

Food: I don’t follow any diet plans.

Fitness: I work out at least thrice a week.

Shanice was involved in dancing and swimming in her younger days.
Shanice was involved in dancing and swimming in her younger days. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

Q: Were you active as a kid?

A: Growing up, I was mostly in touch with dance and swimming. I used to go for weekly dance and swimming lessons. Dance genres that I did include latin dance, modern dance and Kpop dance.

Then in university, I was involved in tennis and squash. I also start taking up boxing classes, HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and strength training, which are my main components in my current fitness journey.

What does fitness mean to you?

Fitness is a form of relaxation and it keeps my mind, body and mental health on track. It feels good to sweat it out, feels good to look good, feels good to feel strong. I love knowing that I am in control of my fitness journey, as I improve every step of the way.

Being in the entertainment industry, do you face any pressure to look a certain way?

Yes, there is a thing about looking 20 per cent fatter on TV. There is no external pressure from others to look good. However, I do set expectations for myself to be the best version of myself.

Shanice believes fitness is a form of relaxation and it keeps her mind, body and mental health on track.
Shanice believes fitness is a form of relaxation and it keeps her mind, body and mental health on track. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

Have you ever struggled with your weight?

Yes, there was a period of time when I was very obsessed with bubble tea during my secondary school days and I was not exercising at all. It was like two bubble teas after school every day. It took a toll on my weight hahaha.

I only realised the importance of fitness and mental health as I grew older. I guess as I’m older, I get exposed to more stress and hence, learnt the importance of finding an outlet to project my energy towards to make myself look good and feel good, so I can keep a positive outlook in life.

When did you feel the least confident about yourself?

I felt the least confident during the days I was staying in hall during university. There were many late night suppers and lots of snacking.

I started to feel better about myself during Circuit Breaker where I went for more runs and became more disciplined with my diet. I started gaining control of how I look and think, which helped me gain confidence.

Being in control of how she looks and thinks has helped Shanice gain confidence.
Being in control of how she looks and thinks has helped Shanice gain confidence. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

Are you satisfied with your body?

I’m satisfied with my body now as I have learnt to love and accept myself. It was also hard work and perseverance to get to where I am, hence I am a little more cautious of what I eat. I do understand the pain of working out sometimes.

Have you ever received any comments about your body?

People do see the difference between me now and in the past. Then I will share with them about my fitness journey and what workouts I love to do, such as TABATA workouts. Working out has also become a social get together activity for me and my friends, or an activity to do with new friends.

If you could change anything about yourself, would you?

I would not change anything about myself. I feel that I am always a work in progress and every season of myself has a significant meaning to it. Hence, I would not try to change it.

Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Shanice Koh.
Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Shanice Koh. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)