About a month ago, Chinese singer Della Ding (also known as Ding Dang) started a weekly live stream series called Della’s Home Diary as a way to provide updates and keep in touch with her fans during the COVID-19 outbreak.
So far, her activities have included a two-hour virtual concert, a make-up tutorial, and a cooking session with her mum. In the latest installment, which was posted last Sunday (Apr 5), the 37-year-old showed her followers how she keeps fit at home.
According to Della, she’s been into rope skipping lately, and clocks in about 1,000 to 1,500 skips three or four times a week.
“Because of the pandemic, I can only exercise at home, and it just so happens that it’s been a long time since I jumped rope, so I use it as a substitute for jogging,” she explained.
To switch things up a little, Della does a variety of moves, such as skipping with one leg or executing a “criss-cross” trick. During the live stream, she kept fans entertained by singing her own songs like ‘Wild Beast’ and ‘Can’t Guess’ while jumping at the same time.
“I’m tired and out of breath, but I have to keep challenging myself when I work out for it to be interesting!” she said.
Della also demonstrated how she does weighted squats without dumbbells — useful if you didn’t manage to grab any before all the sports equipment shops closed as part of Singapore’s circuit breaker measures — by using two full bottles of water that weigh about a kilogram each.
Besides that, she also stretches with resistance bands (towels are a good alternative if you don’t have any) and does leg lifts and 100 sit-ups before bed.
“I believe it’s necessary to find fun in exercising in order for it to become a long-term habit, but just do what you can so that you avoid injuring yourself,” she reminded everyone.
While Della usually maintains a clean eating lifestyle, she does occasionally crave for something sinful (judging from her photos, her go-to cheat meal seems to be fried chicken). When she does indulge, however, she makes up for it with even more exercise so that she’s able to keep in shape.
“If you want to eat, you’ve got to pay the price!” she laughed.