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Top 4 Filipino Myths about Exercise

Don’t let these things stop you from getting the best benefits out of exercise! Find out the truth behind these myths so nothing can stop you. 

You have to wait at least 30 minutes before swimming 

The myth: swimming diverts blood to your muscles instead of your stomach which can cause cramps causing you to drown, or your stomach will get too much of the blood from your body and cause you to drown.

The reality: there is no biological reason to avoid swimming after eating, except for if you feel too full to be moving around and swimming. Eating before swimming can actually be beneficial because the food will provide you with energy and you can end up swimming for longer! One note is to stay hydrated while you swim because even if you don’t feel it, you’ll be sweating a lot.

If your back is wet, don’t expose yourself to cold air or you’ll get sick

The myth: people (especially kids) wear bimbos on their back to soak up the sweat and bring a change of clothes so they don’t walk around with wet shirts. If your back is wet from sweat and you become exposed to cold air, you can get colds or get sick. Interestingly, the term “bimbo” is from the Chinese word “bin-po” which means face fabric.

The reality: it’s completely normal for kids to sweat until their shirts get soaked, and it’s a good thing for them to sweat because it means their body is naturally cooling off! Wearing a towel on their back may also end up being even hotter and sweatier for them than if they just had their shirt. The additional layers make it harder for the body to cool off which may affect them in the future. 

If you work out in cold air, you’ll get sick

The myth: because the environment is cold, you’re more likely to get sick especially if you’re not covering up with layers

The reality: working out in colder environments is perfectly fine as long as you’re able to warm up properly. In those environments, your joints will tend to be stiffer so warming up, getting your blood flowing, is super important for a safe workout! Additionally, when you’re exercising, your body is already quite warm and pumping adrenaline so you might not even feel it. If you do still feel cold while exercising, you can additionally add a hoodie or a sweater to stay warm. 

If you shower right after exercising, you’ll get pasma

The myth: going from hot to cold can shock your system and leave you with pasma, your hands will shake and your joints will hurt when you’re old. Many believe this comes from the Chinese symbolism of yin and yang- by changing temperatures from hot exercise to cold showers, you’ll upset the balance of your body causing plasma.

The reality; however, there has been no real medical evidence to support this old wives’ tale. Showering after exercising can be very relaxing; whether you use hot water to relax your muscles or cold water to freshen up and cool your body. Additionally, if you work out in gyms, cleaning yourself after a workout is a great way to get rid of all the dirt and bacteria you came across while using the equipment. 

If you would like to know more about how to access the best fitness and wellness services in the Philippines, contact info@holifit.ph for more information. We offer a wide variety of services such as personal training, exercise classes, webinars, mental health services, and more.

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