Christmas is fast approaching and what springs to mind is food here, there and everywhere, then, alas, unwanted weight gain.
But it doesn’t always have to be the case, says model-fitness coach Jules Aquino.
In a short talk with Bulletin Entertainment, the “Superbods 2018” winner shared tips that could help people with their fitness goals in the ‘ber months.
First off, the biggest misconception about weight loss involves “dieting.”
“Our body is really good in maintaining our weight genetics. No one will advice to cut anything out like foods with protein, carbs and fat. So what we need to do is burn fat through exercise,” he said at the press launch of Neurobion’s new exercise routine which aims to relieve symptoms of nerve damage in the office or at home.
“You cannot prevent yourself from eating but take note that, the more you eat, the more you need to exercise.”
Jules lays down the rules on the table as if these were queso de bola and ham on Christmas Eve.
“Go for balanced diet. Keep hydrated all the time. Above everything else, be happy because it helps you to be fit and glowing.”
He likes moving
Beyond the physical advantage it gives, Jules said achieving a healthy body is something he does for passion.
His varied fitness routine includes Olympic lifting, yoga, stretching and mobility work, running (long distances or short sprints), plyometrics, high-intensity interval training or HIIT, animal flow, calisthenics, and gymnastics.
Apart from that, Jules is also into sports having graduated with a degree in Sports Science at UP Diliman.
“Actually, when I was a kid, I did sports because I had no choice. My parents kept pushing me towards sports. So I tried it. Eventually I became addicted to it, and it became my passion,” he explained.
His love for track and field led him to finally decide that it’s a fitness career he wants to embark on.
Having a healthy lifestyle helped the 25-year-old coach to become more competitive.
“I’m able to do whatever I want with confidence. The way I see it, I’m limitless. I actually don’t care how I look because my personal goals are performance-based. Being fit allows me to run, climb a tree, swim in the ocean, whatever. It’s nice that nothing holds me back in having a fun life,” he said.
Tall, dark and handsome are words to describe Jules.
Why not try showbiz, we suggested.
“I guess that’s not for me,” she smiled.
Jules revealed he was given a Star Magic training contract as part of his prizes from the “Superbods” contest. However, he chose not to pursue it.
“At first I was interested. I thought I could do hosting because that’s what I really like. But they asked me to do acting. I think I’m not good at that. Apart from that, I have bad accent,” he laughed.
“Many told me ‘Oh, sayang ang opportunity,’ but I said if it’s not for me, then it’s not. And besides I really love being a fitness coach. Showbiz will take a lot of time away from what I’m doing, so I chose fitness talaga though I occasionally attend modeling events.”