POM POM POM POM, ALL ABOARD? IF YOU ARE YET TO JOIN THIS FITNESS TRAIN, THEN YOU ARE ALREADY RUNNING LATE.
A wise man once said, “Health is wealth”. I couldn’t agree more as it is virtually impossible to make wealth if you are sick and if you are healthy and not making money “wetin we gain?” apparently, those two commodities have increasingly been on demand by the Nigerian populace over the past few years. Gyms are now popping up on every street corner and many corporate organization have strictly incorporated the art of working out into their company’s culture –guess it is cheaper to pay for a body trainer than it is to pay hospital bills. As they say “prevention is better than cure”.
The workout trend is gaining great grounds fast and it’s amazing. I guess everyone wants to look healthy and stay fit. I remember visiting a friend about 4 years ago and she was asking me to come workout with her over the weekend, in the early hours of the day. First thing I thought to myself was, who wakes up to jog? I mean at 5am when the sleep is just getting into the sweetest mode, plus it was a weekend, meaning I wouldn’t have to think about the hustle and bustle of Lagos traffic to get to work the following day. And There she sat, telling me to come jog with her? She must have been drinking something they don’t sell in any market –at least, so I thought. But she was so fine and I was trying to shoot my shot, so I agreed after the lengthy complaint in my mind. Between then and now I have seen a lot of Nigerians take to the roads every morning and now evenings as well, all in a view to attain a healthy lifestyle.
The buzzword fitfam is now an anthem on the lips of many as they jog along the Ikoyi Bridge with friends and family on a daily basis, while wearing gadgets all around their bodies; making them have more kit than the Nigerian army.
WHAT IT DOES
Doing cardio whether night or day has its perks and one of it is that it forces you to drink a healthy amount of water, which is generally good for total body wellness. Working out services your body –bones and muscles get to work overtime for a few minutes. With all the emphasis on healthy living on both social and main stream media, it is only logical for many more people to embark on a number of fitness and wellness programs.
So where is this all going? The trend is shaping a more healthy Nigerian community as both the old and the young enjoy the activity. It will form deeper bonds between friends and families and become a way of life as people are not just concerned about jogging but also about the quantity of calories contained in the meals they consume every day. I think doctors should start rolling up their sleeves and going to the gym because the number of patients they receive is about to reduce drastically.