Having next to no vices is not the same as being healthy. Just look at me. I don’t smoke, I hardly ever drink, I don’t do drugs, and yet, I can’t even do a decent push-up. My reflexes aren’t fast, except when I’m making a lunge for that last spicy buffalo wing. Even then, that’s probably because I’m the only one who really wants it. And if you’ve been following our “Get Physical” FN Challenge, you’d know that the simplest workout routines take a toll on me. Clearly, I’m not as healthy as I thought.
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It’s quite funny actually how I used to think I was in such good health. Among all five children, I was the one who never had to worry about asthma. I was also quite active as a child, excited to play patintero and mataya-taya after school.
Unfortunately, and I realized this quite late, I was also the one who had a certain proclivity for drinking soft drinks (my late grandfather would have crates of our favorite carbonated drink ready every weekend). I was also quite a junk food junkie, always needing something to munch on as I watched reruns of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and Josie and the Pussycats on TV. Slowly but surely, I succumbed to a sedentary lifestyle.
While there’s nothing wrong about relaxing every now and then, going for years without exercising and not watching what I eat has obviously not been good for me either. This year, however, I’ve been making quiet strides toward a healthier lifestyle. Here are my top five motivations that help me stick to my goals: