Fitness Centers have been sprouting like mushrooms in every major city in the Philippines in the last few years. Ever wonder why these business infrastructures are enjoying brisk sales in their business? It’s getting obvious that Filipino people are hooked on the obsession of having a good physique.
For Filipinos, toning their body not only makes them look better, it boosts their self confidence as well. However, being consistent in working out is not a walk in the park. It is very hard for most people. Sometimes they hit plateau and come to realize that they are not improving no matter what they do. This situation may pull them down and lessen their motivation. Achieving the desired physique cannot be rushed. It takes patience, focus and discipline to achieve that well sculpted body and whistle bait figure. It also requires an individual to follow a specific program and preferably a good diet.
When you enter inside the fitness gym, you will see people of different ages working out. Some are students, while some are doctors, lawyers and other professionals. It has been part of Filipino culture already not to neglect the body.
Generally, if you look around the fitness gym, there are three types of people. First are the overweight who wants to shed a few pounds here and there. Secondly, there are these thin guys who lift heavy weights for them to bulk up and gain weight. Thirdly, you can see the well toned women or men with riped physique who are just maintaining their body form.
Most gym instructors will recommend you to work out 4 times a week. This, according to them, is the preferred program. You will have 3 day rest per week and you will only limit your workout to one hour. Beyond one hour, they say it is over training. You should spare energy and strength for your next workout and for the muscle recovery itself.
Sticking to the schedule is the hardest part. Sometimes, people feel lazy to hit the gym. That is why they can skip gym sessions thereby slowing their progress. On the other hand, some people have already incorporated fitness in their lifestyle. They feel bad if they can’t exercise or workout on the scheduled date. They find the gym as their second home already. As a result, they don’t need much motivation to push themselves for it has become part of their lives already.
Regularly, some Filipinos go to clinics for check ups. This is common practice among people falling in the 40 years old and above bracket. Even without experiencing any signs or symptoms of a disease, they still want themselves to be checked on a regular basis.
Overall, Filipinos not only focus on fitness to have a beautiful physical body, but also for the sake of self-worth and confidence that it can give them. It may help them perform better at school, work, or in whatever endeavor they are pursuing.
In terms of nutrition, Filipinos are one of a kind. We may be an admittedly third world country but we are westernized in terms of our food predilection. Almost all our cuisines and dishes, are incorporated with lots of vegetables and nutritious ingredients for the purpose of adding nutritional value to our food. Even our crackers or so called junk foods are already fortified with vitamins and minerals so that finally these can be beneficial to consumers. Besides, regulatory bodies are around to check processed food before they can be released in the market for selling.
Companies that produce vitamins and other supplements in the Philippines are also flourishing rapidly because majority of Filipinos are very concerned about their health. They make sure they have the right dose of every nutrient needed by the body for they believe that slight insufficiency may lead to a disease or sickness.
Even the herbal capsules that have no therapeutic claims have become successful in the Philippines. People easily get swayed by feed backs and testimonies. For them, this is a very reliable source of authenticity. They are easily encouraged especially when they hear about severe diseases being cured by affordable range of herbal supplements.
In addition, some people, as young as eighteen already follow a strict diet plan. The media, perhaps, is one of the reasons why Filipinos have become very conscious with their diet. We have been seeing in the television how celebrities live their life. As a result, We are influenced to pattern our lifestyle to western people such as the Americans and Canadians. Unfortunately though, some people find it hard to take dieting seriously. However, they keep saying that they will just hit the gym and become healthy in a short time. This is obviously just a lame excuse. They are just too lazy to create a diet program and stick to workout/exercise schedule.
Moreover, gossips about bad effects of a certain food can easily travel around the country. Anything that would affect health is a major issue for Filipinos. In fact, even the slightest issue or rumor about the food processing of a certain product may pull the business down. People will not buy the product anymore leading to business downfall, and bankruptcy.
What’s more about Filipino nutrition is that there are many companies that ensure good nutrition for Filipinos. The NCP or the Nutrition Center of the Philippines conducts nutrition programs in all sectors within Philippines. They also produce food products that are proven to be packed with essential nutrients for good body functioning. Furthermore, they conduct research on how to improve Filipino well-being.
Filipinos indeed have great concern on their holistic being. As much as possible, they want to make sure that everything they ingest is clean and nutritious. In every household, there is almost always a pack of vitamins for everyday consumption. Vitamin C or the ascorbic acid is the most common. Filipinos undoubtedly have benefited from an up surge of interest in fitness and nutrition. Still, it is disheartening to know that in some regions of the Philippines this condition does not hold true. There are still so many people suffering from malnutrition in most 3rd class municipalities. Many disorders and sickness arise due to the lack of food, water as well as gravely poor awareness and observance of sanitation. Rest assured though, that the government and private sectors are doing their best to address these prevalent issues on nutrition.
MC PITT- Editor
BJ Geronimo-Resident blogger