Kim Chiu has always been the athletic type. Remember when she was still a Pinoy Big Brother housemate and she showcased live on TV her flexibility by bending and twisting her body?
From then on, we know that the Kapamilya actress isn’t just another ordinary artista. Aside from her acting prowess, Kim also excelled in sports. So it’s no surprise that recently, the Chinita Princess is all out doing what she loves most (well, next to showbiz)—and that is staying fit.
Just last month, Kim joined the first leg of the Pilipinas Duathlon 2018 at Clark Pampanga (her first duathlon). Even with zero training, she was able to finish the 4 KM run, 25 KM bike, and 4 KM run, with flying colors.
How is that possible? During the launch of the Berocca Singles Pack, we caught up with the new endorser—and our new fitspiration—and asked her how she pulled it off.
Survive the 8-minute challenge
According to her, the first eight minutes of your workout is really the hardest part. “Pag nalampasan mo yun, okay na, tuluy-tuloy ka na,” she says.
“Yung pag-iisip mo pa lang na, ‘Ayoko mag-exercise, pagod na ko’ one minute na kaagad yun. Next minute yun yung pagpapalit mo ng workout gear. Next yun yung pag-start mo. Yung struggle yun yung next minutes. Promise, pag nalampasan mo na yung eight minutes, mararamdaman mo na yung high na makukuha mo from the workout and magtutuluy-tuloy ka na.”
It’s really hard to start something especially when you’re tired (or lazy AF), but just take it from Kim—just let those challenging minutes pass, and you’re good!
Don’t deprive yourself
“Next is don’t deprive yourself when it comes to food!” Kim shares. “Kasi pag mas dine-deprive mo yung self mo, pag nakita mo yung rice or something, madodoble pa yung kain mo, kasi pakiramdam mo, na-deprive mo yung sarili mo.” She also suggests that you can go eat whatever you want—just make sure you’ll burn it through exercise afterwards.
Manage your time
Her hectic schedule doesn’t stop her from getting some reps. “All it takes is time management,” she advises. For example, Kim wakes up early everyday to go to the gym or run. After that, she’ll attend to her showbiz commitments. Then at night, it’s her “me time” (she goes out with family and friends, usually). “Exercise gives me the energy and the endorphins (happy hormones) to help me survive my daily sched,” she adds.
Do two workouts a day
“I usually do three—I run, spin, and do Muay Thai. Pero if you’re starting, do two first,” she suggests. “If you cannot do two, I suggest you do one hour of cardio a day. Sobrang sulit na yun!”