Staying fit at home (Second of five parts)

CEBU. Rio Olympian Mary Joy Tabal keeps a healthy fitness regimen while under home quarantine. Mary Joy Tabal photo

WHILE the community quarantine is in effect in most parts of the country, professional and amateur athletes make most of their time to still keep themselves in tip top shape.

In the first part of this series, Dabawenyo PBA player Baser Amer of the Meralco Bolts said he keeps a daily exercise program, he hydrates himself more, take vitamins and sweat out more during workouts although he is not into any strict diet. He also shared some body exercise tips that can be done at home without using any equipment.

Meanwhile, Cebu City’s Rio Olympian Mary Joy Tabal also has her own anxieties over the ongoing quarantine.

“At first I was feeling anxious, worried and even scared not only in our situation as athletes but for everyone in our society, state, but then I realized that being worried, scared and anxious won’t be of help, so here I am, staying at home obeying anything that is advised us to do while staying positive and keeping the faith,” Tabal, who bagged a silver medal in women’s marathon the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2019, told Sunstar Davao.

Since she has been staying at home these days and could not do her usual runs, Tabal said is focused on her calorie intake in her diet as she has less exercise but she gets to eat “so much”.

“I have to cut my usual calorie intake per day and have to compensate it with activities I can do at home. Since the community quarantine here in our city, I have decided to stay at home and do core, ab workout, leg strengthening and stair drills. It’s important to exercise and sweat every day to fight anxiety, and help boost our mental and physical health,” she said.

She is currently on fruit diet to help boost her immune system.

She added, “I cut out a bit of my carbs intake for my everyday workout is not that long and hard.”

She suggested for those also undergoing home quarantine to still take on a strict diet and to be committed of doing even a 30-minute ab or core workout and strengthening.

“You can find many ab and core exercises on YouTube. It’s best to sweat some everyday to keep us fit and healthy,” she added.

She, however, regrets that even if her Tokyo 2020 Olympics will have to take a backseat, considering that qualifying tournaments were cancelled, she will still aim to compete in the 2024 Olympics.

She continued, “My goal for 2020 can be changed but never my dream to play for the Olympics, and my greatest foundation will always be that dream, so I will just wait for the next Olympics.”

She then urged her fellow Filipinos to support government leaders and pray for the frontliners who are risking their lives to fight Covid-19.

“I just pray that this will end soon and that there will be brighter days ahead of us and we can become stronger and better version of ourselves,” she said.


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