Take a 30-minute break from social media to keep healthy


By Anne Ruth Dela Cruz

A top executive of a global nutrition firm has advised Filipinos to engage in 30 minutes of physical activity on a daily basis in order to keep healthy.

Dr. Dana Ryan, the director for
Sports Performance and Education of Herbalife Nutrition, said studies indicate
that the average Filipino spends an average of 10 hours and two minutes on the
Internet, with four hours of those spent on social media. This practice, Ryan
pointed out, may lead to a number of health risks.

She gave a press conference
recently, titled “How to Remain Healthy in the Age of Social Media” at the
Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

“Unless you’re doing a physical
activity while you are online, it is not healthy to stay inactive for long
periods of time. In fact, according to the World Health Organization [WHO],
insufficient physical activity is one of the leading risk factors for death
worldwide. It increases the chances of serious diseases such as cancer and
diabetes,” Ryan said.

According to the WHO, more than
80 percent of the world’s adolescent population is “insufficiently physically
active” with 1 in 4 adults “not active enough.”

Herbalife Nutrition Philippines Senior Director and Sub-region Head to the Philippines Sridhar Rajagopalan giving the opening remarks at the Herbalife Nutrition media conference that talked about “How to Remain Healthy in the Age of Social Media.”

“Not all of us may afford a gym
membership but that does not excuse us from not being physically active on our
own,” she said. “Take up some physical activity that you love. That way, you
won’t see it as a chore so you will be able to do it regularly.”

Herbalife Nutrition is a global
company that has been changing people’s lives with a line of nutrition products
and a proven business opportunity for its independent members since 1980. The
company offers high-quality, science backed products sold in over 90 countries
by entrepreneurial members who provide one-on-one coaching and a supportive
community that inspires their customers to embrace a healthier, more active

Ryan found it surprising that not
as many people were physically active here in the Philippines as it was noted
that more Filipinos were buying gym memberships. In fact, the Philippines
registered the biggest growth in the number of gym memberships purchased at 33

“The awareness to be healthy and
to exercise on a regular basis is there but this does not translate into action
all the time,” she said. “Some people actually go to the gym because they want
to project a certain image. You should be going to the gym or do regular
physical activity for your health, not for your image.”

She added that having a workout
buddy would also be helpful as you will get to motivate each other. “Find a
class or program that you can attend together. It also helps to set a goal for
yourself. This way, you will stay motivated,” she suggested.

Walking to work, setting
reminders to stand up every 30 minutes, standing during breaks, getting up
during TV commercials and using the stairs in stead of taking the elevator are
also some of the ways one can have physical activity in a day.

A member of the Herbalife
Nutrition Scientific Leadership, which is composed of leading excerpts from
around the world of nutrition, science and health, Ryan, likewise, advised
against cutting certain micronutrients from your diet.

“For example, some people believe
that they only need protein and cut out carbs or carbohydrates from their diet.
This is not true. When it comes to keeping healthy, just always remember
balance, as the body needs a complex blend of nutrients to remain healthy,” she
said. “Indeed, Herbalife Nutrition Philosophy recommends that you get about 40
percent of your calories in the form of beneficial carbohydrates—whole grains,
beans, vegetables and fruits, along with 30 percent from proteins, and no more
than 30 percent from fats.”

At the same time, Ryan pointed
out the importance of balancing what you eat and what you burn. “Balance the
calories that you take in and what you burn, and your weight will remain
stable,” she said.

Ryan added that staying online is
not bad in itself; it is just that people should remember to be active at
times, rather than becoming absorbed in the online world that they do not move
for hours.

“Also, try to look up helpful
tips on how to remain fit from reliable organizations. Look at the celebrity or
influencer you admire as an inspiration but don’t stress yourself into
achieving what he or she has. The important thing is to remain active and
healthy,” Ryan said.


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