By Chioma Umeha
ania Anita is a Business Administrative Executive with a Human Resource (HR) firm in Lagos. In a chat recently, Anita told Independent that pills and magic teas will not give the same results as physical exercise. Excerpts:
Do you visit the gym regularly?
Yes, I visit the gym about four to five times in a week.
How long have you been doing this?
I have been going to the gym for two years.
Did you have any complaint physical exercises have resolved?
I never had any complaints, but I just wanted to get fit and transform my body.
Have there been positive changes in your health, since you started exercising?
Yes. There are lots of changes.
Do you have other benefits?
I learnt to set and achieve goals, and my work performance has improved. My energy level now is balanced. My strength and flexibility has increased.
My memory and self-confidence has also improved, among other things.
What were you weighing before and now?
I was weighing 90 kg in 2015, now it is 68 kg.
What can you do now that you couldn’t do before?
Well, I can squat 140lbs for starters
Can you say that this has reduced your visit to the hospital or made you to stop using some drugs?
Yes, it definitely has.
Surprisingly, I thought you would have resorted to fasting and praying to keep fit.
Lol.. Well, if fasting and praying was that easy, then we won’t have to do any form of exercise.
What’s your advice to others?
Shortcuts, pills and magic teas will not give you the results you are looking for. Any result you get from these gimmicks will be temporary, and it’s likely you will start over again.
You have to be honest with yourself and put in some work, it’s a process and you have to trust it. You can’t skip the struggle because it makes you who you are; it gives you the motivation to keep going.
Get more active, be consistent and remember that anything worth having is worth working for.
Always remember that nutrition is key – you can live in the gym, but if you don’t eat right you’re wasting your time.