In today's world where everything comes in an instant, keeping fit has become an even more complicated issue for most people with the increasing uptake of modern conveniences.
In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980 which it attributed to a "rise in physical inactivity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of many forms of work, changing modes of transportation, and increasing urbanization."
For DMCI Homes' Stellar Place resident, wellness coach Lyra Vallejos however, modern-day conveniences should be seen as an advantage rather than a hindrance to a healthy lifestyle.
The easy access to information and fitness facilities especially to condominium-dwellers like her, Vallejos said, should be used to the hilt to have a healthy and enjoyable life experience.
"It's not really hard to be healthy but of course it's a kind of mind-setting also and your willingness to embrace a healthy lifestyle," said Vallejos who at 46, could easily pass up as someone who is in her late 20s.
The mother of two boys, Carl and Marco, has been leading wellness activities together with the Property Management Office (PMO) in DMCI Homes' development along Visayas Ave., Quezon City, most recent of which was the "Biggest Loser" challenge in March this year.
"I only wanted to share what I know to help people choose more wisely or consciously about what they're eating. What they are feeding their body on a daily basis without really depleting the nutrients of our body," Vallejos shared.
"So every week we meet up and then I weigh them in. I give advices and most of all I give lectures. I make them aware of the calories that their body can burn and how to help improve their metabolism, what food to avoid, and what kind of exercise they can do," she added.
The encouraging response of her fellow Stellar Place residents to the weight loss challenge, she said, was enough reward for her as a wellness coach knowing that she has made a difference in the community.
Being sickly when she was
young and having some of her relatives dying from stroke at an early age,
Vallejos has embraced healthy living and made it a personal mission to promote
awareness about the importance of one's health.