Start the year right, practice sensible fitness outlook

By Rogelio Maniago

The other week, I began drinking herbal tea. A naturopathic doctor told me green tea mix with fruit juice is healthy and controls weight. No more 3-in-1 coffee and soft drinks. It’s 90 percent sugar and we know that is bad. Ask the diabetics.

Of course drinking tea is not enoughand foods that are high in fiber and water is the way to go to keep the body well. Not to forget a conscious look on exercise. But how to look and do it is another story.

Some people look at it as an effort to conquer and as punishment to deal with and they withdraw and ballooned. While some people look at exercising as a way to fun, socializing and seeking attention. 

I see some women flocking regularly to the fast-food chains after a dance session. A pity, they do not know what a real exercise practice means. They obviously just want to have a good time. They do not even mean to slim down or be healthy.

Some people run or brisk walk or bicycle in the morning and I envy them. They are disciplined, confident and secure and a class all their own. They have no need to socialize but see exercise as “me time.”

I think more people, young, middle-aged and pre-seniors should do this. Practice an exercise program or habit, and see it as an opportunity to get to know oneself and learn how far healthy and capable one  can be. To do this successfully, he must do it in variety. Like dancing in a studio for a month or two, and then take run or a long walk or jog in a traffic-free street.

One time a friend invited me to take a walk to the coastal road from the town of Magallanes to Cabadbaran City and I find it rejuvenating early morning escapade. Indeed, why not try something like this? You’d be grateful you did and your body and feet will love you for it—even if it hurts a bit. It’s the path to better living and attitude, and openness is important.

Other forms of exercise are Yoga and Tai chi. These two are ancient Asian-inspired healing as well. Both developed and trains the mind and body, in that order. It benefits strength, flexibility and balance. No need to scream or shout amid the noise of fast music because silence and concentration is a gift and privilege of “me time.” 

Editor’s note: The author is a health worker turned fitness enthusiast. He is based in Davao City.

Artwork courtesy of Lynda

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