A fitness expert has emphasized the need for Nigerians to engage in regular exercise as this could improve the current life expectancy in the country.
The founder of I-fitness Center, Lagos, Mr. Folusho Ogunwale made this known while speaking at the unveiling of the fitness center’s branch in Ikeja.
According to him, it is unfortunate that many Nigerians are ignorant of the importance of regular physical activities.
He said, “We are unveiling this facility being our eighth location. We are trying to make regular exercise an integral part of peoples’ lifestyles. There is a need to bridge a gap, in terms of health and fitness, to make regular exercise a common trend among residents of Lagos. Being physically fit is a lifestyle and exercise is something we should engage in, at least five times a week, irrespective of our busy schedules.
“Physical fitness has a lot to do with life expectancy in the country. When people are not conscious of the importance of exercise, then health begins to decline. “When people fail to do regular exercise, it could result in them having high blood pressure and diabetes, even at a young age. What we are trying to do is to raise awareness of the importance of exercise. This way, premature deaths and diseases will be far away from those that regularly engage in exercise.”
He urged Nigerians not to wait until they are down with sickness before knowing the value of physical fitness.