According to Rebel, a Filipino health and fitness app that conducted a home fitness survey on its social media community in June, the restricted operation of gyms and gyms has made it easier for Filipinos to exercise at home.

The pandemic itself has resulted in people taking care of their health and motivating them to find ways to keep themselves fit at home.

“Waves of fitness and health, the intensity level, come and go, but the only thing I see or expect now is the baseline – people don’t let themselves go that much anymore – and the baseline will begin to do it to be higher. You are aware of the fact that this is for your health and it is something that you have to do, ”Vince Velasco, a rebel trainer and fitness instructor, said in an interview with BusinessWorld. “Aside from the social aspect, people realize how important it is, how high the value is.”

The fitness app’s survey of 700 respondents found that 40% exercise for safety and comfort at home, while 38% do so to focus on their overall health and wellbeing, an awareness created by fear of the Pandemic is caused. Meanwhile, 35% of respondents said they didn’t really exercise before the pandemic but now exercise regularly.

“Everyone sees the growth potential in the fitness and health industries. Because of the pandemic, many people are being shown why people are exercising. You have to stay healthy. You have to stay in good shape, ”said Mr Velasco. “It’s not about the six-pack abs. It ensures that we are all healthy. ”

For example, lifestyle-related illnesses can be partially treated through fitness, according to Dr. Linda L. Varona, lifestyle medicine specialist and director of medical education at Adventist Medical Center.

“Let’s do a lifestyle check on this pandemic … is it really a lifestyle or a dead style?” She asked a webinar recently organized by the Philippine College of Physicians.

The World Health Organization has even labeled a sedentary lifestyle as responsible non-communicable diseasesor diseases that are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioral factors.

In the Philippines, where 28% of the population have high blood pressure, the cost of ignorance of one’s own condition can lead to medical emergencies such as stroke and set individuals back approx. 17,141.50 p. in public hospitals.

Cycling, yoga and outdoor boxing have seen a resurgence when and where these activities are allowed, said Mr Velasco. Given the quarantine and restrictions that continue to limit physical mobility in the country, he found that Filipinos had to adapt by finding new routines.

Rebel’s fitness survey showed that nearly half of respondents (42%) prefer on-demand videos to watch in their spare time, while 27% of respondents prefer live online classes – most likely group fitness sessions.

“Some people haven’t really maximized their home training since jumping into the programs late. Other people are in and out. Others have only received exercise equipment in the last two or three months, ”said Velasco of the natural ups and downs in fitness as a trend. Those who have already invested in home devices and health apps for their routines will find it easier to get back on track.

“People are realizing the general change in lifestyle. It’s not just about mentality, health or wellness, because all of these things go hand in hand. When all of this is over, hopefully you don’t want to go back to the world to be the best of you and not have to start all over again? ”Said Mr. Velasco. – Brontë H. Lacsamana with Patricia B. Mirasol