MANILA – Zumba is the new aerobics.
While aerobics is still a popular exercise routine, fitness experts believe that Zumba may be more effective in terms of weight loss -- and is a lot more fun.
That's why GoWell, Sun Life Financial Philippines’ wellness community, spearheaded a free Zumba session last December 3 at Kerry Sports Manila in Shangri-La at the Fort. Led by renowned Zumba instructors Kristie Bonifacio, Van Enriquez and Allysiu Alvarez, the session was attended by a variety of health and fitness enthusiasts.
Among them was 51-year-old Carmela Gongona, who credits Zumba for helping her improve her health. Gongona said she used to be overweight, tipping the scales at 137 kilos. This made her more prone to different ailments like diabetes and heart disease.
In 2011, she finally decided it was time to pursue a healthier life, and started joining Zumba classes.
"Kailangan ko talagang mag-exercise at least thrice a week kasi galing ako sa sakit. Ngayon, 50 kilos na lang ako. That's all because of Zumba," she said.
Also present during the event was Gwen Cua, 35, who had her whole family with her, including her husband and three kids.
Although her family is actually more inclined towards running, Cua believes that Zumba is also a perfect fitness and bonding activity.
“In fact, we'd love to join similar events in the future. Napakahusay ng organizer. Sana dalasan nila ito," she added.
Cua's family also recently participated in the #Sunpiology event in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
Go Well’s Zumba for the Family community workout was also attended by several millennials, like 19-year-old Deniel Milana, a basketball enthusiast. It was Deniel’s first time to attend a Zumba class and he found it to be a pleasant surprise.
“I actually enjoyed it,” he said. “Zumba is for both men and women, at hindi lang naman pambabae yung mga moves. Even children will enjoy!"
Interested to join free community workouts and boost your own wellness journey? Join the GoWell community now! Visit www.gowell.com.ph to learn more.
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