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IF WE'RE AVID BOXING FANS: Why Not Adopt a Boxer's Routine?

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They say Pinoys love boxing, especially if it's about Pacman. National highways like EDSA suddenly turn empty and abandoned and busy districts become ghost towns because everybody's busy watching and hollering for Manny. Even criminals are said to take the day off to witness Pacman's fight.

And we marvel at boxers' strength, physique, and punching power. We're astonished at their discipline to stay on tiptop shape and health and how they stick to no less than rigid healthy diets and lifestyles. They workout regularly and we love to watch how they actually do it.

It's all near phenomenal--our amazement and interest for professional boxing.

Unfortunately, it's all admiration. In actual life, we go on with unhealthy lifestyles--no exercise, unhealthy eating, zero discipline, plenty of vices, staying late at night, etc. Aren't sports heroes there to "inspire" us. Pacman often sings: "Para sayo ang laban na 'to." These heroes supposedly put their lives on the line for us--to inspire and entertain us.

Well, is it working?

Probably, we can glean the answer from how the Philippines is still the favorite dumping site of giant multinational cigarette companies in the world. While other countries ban all cigarette ads, they're welcome in this country, just as long as they admit that cigarettes can kill. Liquor also still sell well here as well as all junk foods and softdrinks. Where's boxing's inspiration here?

I'm an avid boxing fan (I like boxing as a fitness sport, not a way of hurting someone seriously just to prove your a champ, even in the name of the country's honor) so I take care of my body well. I run, build my body up athletically, eat healthy, drink all-natural health drinks, shadow box and spar because I'm inspired by how disciplined and healthy boxers are.

In short, I'm a true avid fan of boxing and I make it a lifestyle. Others are mere fakes that shout hooray only when watching major world boxing bouts but live the complete opposite of what inspiration boxing brings--and yet they talk about boxing like they're experts at it.

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