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Incorporating fitness into your everyday life

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I have been going to the gym for the past 10 months, albeit not as often as the more active ones in the fitness center I regularly visit, incorporating physical activity in the middle of a busy week allows me to boost my energy and cardiovascular health.

One of the reasons why I exercise is to train my lower back. At the height of the pandemic, I suffered from extreme lower back pain that prevented me from doing even simple movements like getting out of bed, walking straight, and standing up after sitting even on a comfortable chair or coach. 

I immediately consulted a specialist to have it treated. Eight therapy sessions later, the muscles in my lower back loosened and I could perform regular activities again. During my post-therapy assessment, the specialist told me that this condition could recur and advised me to visit the gym and hire a coach. I need a program that centers on strengthening my core and lower back muscles, the specialist said. 

From left: LA Tenorio, Jonas Gaffud, Corrine Abalos, Surge CEO Raymond Delos Santos, Pauline Aviles, Nellys Pimentel (Miss Earth 2019), and Zanjoe Marudo

Coincidentally, Surge Fitness & Lifestyle—the fastest-growing, premium fitness lifestyle center in the country – has a branch in my area and it was gradually opening its doors to clients who prefer face-to-face fitness instruction. I thought it was also the perfect time for me to renew my commitment to fitness while addressing my lower back problem.

Meanwhile, on December 6, the fitness center held a party for its clients and employees at House Manila in Newport World Resorts. The event was attended by its ambassadors LA Tenorio, Zanjoe Marudo, and Sunshine Cruz. Confirming my attendance at the event was an easy yes because Surge, together with my amiable and dedicated physical trainer, has become my companion in my fitness journey. 

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LA Tenorio (left) and Zanjoe Marudo enjoying the facilities at Surge Fitness & Lifestyle

The company believes that health and fitness should be at the forefront of priorities post-pandemic, and that’s quite aligned with my personal goal. 

Surge has built six facilities and over 6,000 square meters of fitness lifestyle facilities to encourage and motivate people to live an active and healthy lifestyle. It has invested in spacious facilities to ensure social distancing and overall better sanitation, hygiene, and comfortability are observed while its clients are doing their workouts.

A few of our notable facilities at Surge Fitness & Lifestyle are our heart rate monitored facilities, a group class studio suitable for families, groups of friends, and individuals who wish to join the group session, a sauna for detoxification, pain reduction, stress relief, and more, a video game playzone which also has its own billiard table, air hockey and a co-working space where clients can comfortably work. 

Surge Fitness & Lifestyle ambassador Sunshine Cruz

At the Surge party, Manila Standard Lifestyle was able to talk to actress Sunshine Cruz. She was accompanied by her daughters Sam and Angel.
Sunshine was keen to talk about her fitness routine and how her children encourage her to engage in physical activities. 

“I don’t encourage my children [to work out], they are the ones who encourage me. Sometimes they would already wear their workout clothes before inviting me leaving me without any other choice but to go with them,” the actress, who has an upcoming Vivamax movie opposite Allen Dizon, shared. 

At 45, Sunshine believes that it would be hard for her to maintain her figure if she doesn’t have a regular fitness routine. 

“I work out three times a week. If I have a taping, I would do online sessions. Surge has online classes that help me work out without physically going to the gym. I believe that for you to keep fit, you need to make it a commitment and incorporate working out into your lifestyle,” she stated.

While Sunshine promotes a healthy and active lifestyle, she admitted that she also has cheat days. And she looks forward to having cheat days being a big foodie herself. 

Sunshine Cruz (rightmost) spending time with her daughters while prioritizing fitness

“I watch what I eat, but I have cheat days, too. I look forward to my cheat days. I eat a lot but I work out a lot as well,” Sunshine said.

Surge Fitness & Lifestyle operates six branches in Holy Spirit Drive and MPlace Mall in Quezon City, Glorietta 3 and Jupiter Street in Makati, and Westgate Commerce Avenue and Festival Mall in Alabang. It’s also opening four more branches by next year.

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