IT was high energy from Sun Up to Sun Down at the Mall of Asia last Wednesday as Women’s Health helped prepare women for the summer.
“Sun Up and Sun Down is a joint project with Watson’s, Female Network and Women’s Health. This is a showcase of the latest workouts that are out there that woman can join and we all know that women love to dance and dancing is a great form of fitness,” said Women’s Health editor-in-chief Lara Parpan.
Participants registered online and at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall where they could purchase suncare products from pop-up stores featuring participating brands found in Watson’s stores.
Adding glamour to the event were GMA Kapuso celebrities Stephanie Sol, Diva Montelaba, Yasmien Kurdi, LJ Reyes, Bettina Carlos and Francheska Farr who took part in the well-attended workouts.
From 10am to 6pm, women took part in a two-hour summer-perfect workout of their choice: Sunrise Flow, Zumba, African Jam and Hot Hula.
The Women’s Health EIC said the event was a good way to introduce several types of fitness routines to women who are interested in taking up an active lifestyle.
”Sunrise Flow is a very gentle form of yoga that’s very friendly for beginners because most of the women who are here probably have gone to one class or no yoga class at all. So this is a way of introducing to them how yoga can be fun and it is something that they can do without shocking the system or without making them think, ‘Oh my God this is so intimidating,’” she explained.
“It’s fantastic! All you need is 45 minutes to an hour of workout a day and you’re getting the fitness you need,” Parparan said. An hour-long vigorous dance can burn 350 to 400 calories.
Attendees also took turns in trying out surfing via a motorized surfboard; climbing an inflated wall and playing a video-console dance game.
They were also given tips on where to go, what to do and what to bring in their summer getaway.
“Watson’s is promoting its summer products and they are tying it up with a particular destination in Asia and the world. So for example if you use a particular sunblock, you can use it when you go to Batanes or Hawaii or you use it when you got to Baler. So it’s like tying up the spirit of summer with sun protection and with staying fit so that’s how it works,” Parpan pointed out.
All in all, it was a win-win situation for everyone present.
“You get a really good product — a sunblock that you can use — and then you get to try out a workout that you probably need to be a member of a club or pay for!”