11025424_10152804330647956_1954230720_oExercise—A word that I am not particularly fond of.  The truth is, it’s something that I have been avoiding for years.  It usually comes up every first month of the year or before summer vacation.  So after New Year’s Resolution, it has snuck up behind me again and punched me in the face.  I NEED  to exercise, there is no way around it.  Even if I went into a diet, which is another story, exercise is a health-must beyond the external aspect.

So here is the punch:  Beach and swimming season is around the corner and we want to look great in our swim wear.  No matter how we suck in or tell ourselves we are not that fat, deep down inside we know the truth.  We need to work out, to trim some excess weight and to strengthen our back and bones to work effectively even after summer is over.

We are all busy but this should not be an excuse to not spare a few minutes to walk around, jog around, or bike around.  Watching what we eat does not mean only less food intake but rather eating the right food to keep the right energy for exercise and daily work. So after setting a weekly menu of veggies, fruits, lesser meats and carbo, lots of water in right amounts per day then we are ready to work that body.

SAM_6664Fitness First recently organized an event at the Bonifacio High Street Activity Center in Global City Taguig entitled Push Your Limits. The objective was to show how exercise can be incorporated in everyday tasks and without the need for exercise machines.

Fitness First created  freestyle areas in their clubs which allow you to exercise and move with purpose. They focus on dynamic movement training, movements that will challenge one’s muscles in multiple directions, combining as many muscle groups as possible to challenge you and get you moving in the way nature intended.

The four different fitness areas that were set-up was to test one’s strength, endurance, flexibility, and speed in a very fun and engaging way. Mall-goers got the chance to see how they measured up against what an average person could accomplish. What’s more, the challenges could be completed without the need to be in workout clothes.

To test their speed, participants were engaged in drills using the agility ladder. This is the most effective tool for training speed and improving footwork. For endurance, participants were asked to lift shopping bags progressively being filled with weights after every round. This type of weight training workout improves your ability to do everyday chores such as carrying a bag of groceries or lifting your young child. Participants also tested how strong they were by the number of times they could flip large tires. The entire body needs to be engaged when you flip the tire, which is perfect for improving over-all strength and conditioning. Lastly, participants were asked to accomplish a series of progressive Vinyasa poses. Vinyasa has both mental and physical benefits, synchronized breathing relaxes the mind and the movements significantly improve flexibility.

All these challenges were performed under the expert guidance of Fitness First Fitness Instructors. For every fitness challenge completed, each participant received a raffle entry for a chance to win free 3-month memberships. What’s more, free health checks were made available to all guests.

But more than just participating in the challenges, Fitness First encouraged the participants to push their limits, to try and exceed what their bodies could normally endure. Most came to realize the importance of including exercise as part of their regular routine and that exercise can be fun and can be done anytime without the need for exercise machines.

You may visit any Fitness First branch to learn more about Freestyle or go to their website at www.fitnessfirst.com.ph.

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