Work from home maybe the new normal, but this set-up has also been a bane for the thousands who suddenly found themselves trapped in a sedentary lifestyle…at home. With WFH, people are no longer running to and fro the train station to beat the rush hour traffic. If not seated on the computer desk, we are enjoying Netflix while laying on the bed. These aren’t good signs at all.
The group Movement Today conducted a survey in August 2021 which covered adults, aged 20-50 years old and aimed to understand how Filipinos’ physical activity has changed in the past year. Of 293 total respondents, 67% said they felt less active since COVID19 started, with 53% saying they are lucky enough if they can sneak in a 10 to 20-minute workout in a week. This is a far cry from the WHO-recommended minimum time of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.
With decreased activity, a large number of respondents were experiencing back pains, muscle and joint pain, and feeling more tired and lethargic. This confirms the current situation has led to a more sedentary lifestyle, causing many to feel physically and mentally drained.
According to Dr. Julie Li-Yu, president of the Osteoporosis Society of the Philippines Foundation Inc. (OSPFI), “Any type of movement is better than nothing.” She said that when it comes to movement, one does not have to spend much, or at all. Dr. Li-Yu cited walking as an effective activity that benefits the entire body. She also suggests resistance exercises if one’s aim is to build specific muscle groups.
In addition to physical movement, having a well-balanced, healthy diet is also important. “Everything boils down to having a well-balanced diet. If we feed our bodies with the right nutrition according to the recommended daily allowance (RDA), then having healthy bones, joints and muscles will follow through,” she said. The RDA consists of macronutrients such as protein, fats and carbohydrates as well as micronutrients, composed of vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium and Vitamin D.
Alarming data from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) has shown the diet of Filipinos in general does not meet the recommended daily allowance of micronutrients. This is why many food products are fortified, and also shows the value of consuming products that supplement our regular food intake.
“Anlene, the trusted bone expert and one of the pioneers of adult milk, has been advocating the importance of caring for bones, joints, and muscles for the past 30 years by providing superior adult nutrition to enable adults to move at any age and live their best lives,” says Roberta Mundo, Anlene marketing manager.
Anlene products contain vital macro and micronutrients such as protein, calcium, Vitamin D, collagen + VIT C to help strengthen bone, joint and muscle health. Also, the new Anlene Gold 5x offers more advanced nutrition for bones, joints, muscles, energy, and flexibility. On top of the high levels of calcium, vitamin D, and protein, it also has the complete set of B vitamins and a new ingredient called MFGMActiv, a natural dairy component composed of fats and proteins which supports optimal function of bones, joints, and muscles for better mobility.
Anlene is carefully designed by research scientists, nutritionists and product developers to contain essential nutrients that support overall health and well-being. To add, milk has high bioavailability which means nutrients are easily absorbed and assimilated in the body to perform its vital functions.
” We’d like to invite all Filipino adults to proactively take care of their health by building a daily habit of movement and choosing to eat healthily and enrich their diets with nutritional foods with the help of Anlene Let’s aim for a stronger and healthier body today to keep moving for a better tomorrow,” Mundo concludes.