TV personality and AXN’s eBuzz Jaymee Ong loves to get all hot and sweaty. This may have something to do with an active childhood where her Australian mum always told her to “go play outside”. “My younger sister and I were constantly on the go – skating, riding bikes or running around in the backyard. At school I took part in junior athletics, netball and ballroom dancing, and when I became a model that passion progressed into regular visits to the gym,” shares Jaymee.
Jaymee doesn’t need a personal trainer. She designs her own exercise plan and diligently sticks to it. She is natural and Californian-dreamy, not to mention seriously fit. At 36, and just four months after having her second baby (a boy, Harrison), she’s lost 14kg of pregnancy weight for our photoshoot and regained the body of a twentysomething dancer, which she tells us is down to yoga and running with her five-year-old daughter Juliet on her bike.
“I was 18 years old when I first tried yoga and after just one class, I fell in love,” says the Singapore Permanent Resident, “Yoga is so challenging on so many levels, and there are so many variations to suit the way I’m feeling. I feel grounded and calm after each practice, and it really does not just build physical strength, but internal strength as well.”
Following her usual exercise regime hasn’t been without interruptions. “I aim to exercise at least four times a week, but sometimes that’s a bit ambitious with a two kids. I’d do some yoga, follow a DVD by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson and take the kids out for a walk. Some days I can only manage 20 minutes, other days, an hour and that feels like a bonus,” she says.