“Health and fitness trends will continue to be big this year. As we are bombarded by public awareness campaigns on healthy living, we also work out harder, eat cleaner and get screened for various illnesses. Many programs will also emerge to support our health and fitness goals,” says Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard Philippines, a leading HMO provider in the country.
Some of the health and fitness trends that are expected to attract more Pinoys this year include:
Exercise and weight-loss programs
According to a report from the Philippine Association for the Study of
Overweight and Obesity (PASOO), 3 out of 10 Filipino adults are either
overweight or obese. To drop the extra pounds and stay in shape, many
Pinoys follow fitness programs.
Body weight training and
high-intensity interval training (HIIT) are projected to become the top
fitness trends for 2015. Body weight training routines, like push-ups
and planking, are accessible to everyone because they don’t require
equipment while HIITs are offered in many fitness studios nationwide.
remains popular this year and is even gaining more male followers,
thanks to the number of celebrities who swear by its effectiveness.
Aside from stretching the body and sweating the toxins away, yoga helps
improve breathing and posture. It also calms the mind, which when done
regularly, helps practitioners relax and manage stress.
Cancer is the third leading cause of illness and death in the
Philippines, according to the Department of Health. But the disease can
be treated in its early stage. To detect cancerous cells in the body or
prevent their development, more and more Pinoys submit themselves to
cancer screening tests, like colonoscopy, digital rectal exam, Pap
smear, and mammogram. More women also request to get vaccinated against
human papillomavirus (HPV), which is the leading cause of cervical