Philippine Sports Commission’s (PSC) Rise Up, Shape Up weekly web series underscored the connection of physical activity to cardiovascular health in its 13th episode which aired via live streaming on Facebook and YouTube, Saturday.
The episode titled “Don’t Break My Heart: Women’s Physical Activities to Ensure a Fit Heart” discussed the factors which make one’s heart physically and psychologically healthy and strong. It also featured tips on improving cardiovascular health for non-athletic women.
“Sports is primarily an activity that requires physical exertion, with our muscular system engaged. We move with them, stretch, run, and jump. Our athletes undergo intense training to make sure that their muscles can endure the intensity of their sports. But we often forget another muscle that also needs TLC, which is our hearts,” said PSC Commissioner Celia Kiram who is in charge of women in sports initiatives.
“Physical fitness and cardiovascular health are closely related so this episode puts a prime on taking care of our hearts in all aspects. After all, its function fuels us to move and do our daily tasks.” Kiram added.
National coach Divine Escala spearheaded the virtual exercises in strengthening one’s heart. Coach Escala was behind the success of the Philippine soft tennis team in last year’s 30th Southeast Asian Games which bagged 7 gold and 2 bronze medals.
On the other hand, Dr. Cristine Catindig-Santelices shared the physical activities for non-athletic women and the limits of the heart in high-intensity activities. She is currently a consultant at Manila Medical Hospital and Manila Doctors Hospital and also a board member of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Society of the Philippines.
Lastly, Ms. Nenuca Fe Canlas, a registered psychologist and is presently connected with the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department of the College of Education of De la Salle University, Manila addressed the management of moods and emotions to keep our hearts balanced and well-loved.
PSC’s Rise Up, Shape Up is a weekly web series streamed via Facebook and YouTube on Saturdays at 10:30 AM. For more information on Rise Up, Shape Up, visit its official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/riseupshapeup and YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/riseupshapeup.