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Lagos mums get fit with ‘Break A Sweat’


On Tuesday, November 20th, 2018, while many Lagos residents made merry and celebrated the public holiday marking the Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif , Naijafitmoms Fitness Empire, a fitness brand with focus on women and mothers thrilled women from all parts of Lagos in the maiden edition of a boot camp fitness event branded ‘BREAK A SWEAT’.

‘BREAK A SWEAT’ Season One which had over 50 women and children in attendance is an initiative aimed at sensitizing Nigeria women on the importance of fitness and healthy living as well as practically showing them how to perform exercises and burn calories. The event featured physical exercises, dance routines, sack race and many more activities which brought sweat pouring from the bodies of participants as they burned calories. There was also the games segment where adults and children were given the chance to participate and win grand prizes courtesy of the event sponsors even while learning the importance of fitness.

Speaking about the event, Mrs. Chinwe Obinwanne, Founder and Lead Fitness Trainer of Naijafitmoms says, “There was a need to spread the good news of fitness to every Nigerian woman out there when I discovered how people misunderstood the concept of fitness. Many believe exercise is only for those who want to lose weight and ‘BREAK A SWEAT’ was the right avenue to bring as many women as possible together to enlighten them on the benefits of exercise and healthy living to achieving a higher quality of life. We plan to hold the event twice yearly and soon, we will be going on the ‘Break A Sweat’ tour around major cities in Nigeria to help women especially mothers imbibe the fit lifestyle. It is our vision to build a nation of fit and healthy mothers because we strongly believe that mothers play a pivotal role in how the next generation turns out.”

More than fitness, participants learnt about sexual abuse and the need for sex education for children. Guest speaker Ms. Soyem Osakwe who spoke on the topic, encouraged mothers to begin with teaching their children their body parts and the importance of speaking out.
Seeing as fitness goes hand in hand with healthy eating, guest speaker Dietician Nutritionist Mrs. Funmbi Olatayo encouraged mothers to eat more of organic food and avoid processed food as much as possible.

Mrs. Olatayo gave the event a 10-over-10 describing it as awesome and amazing. “I cannot feel my arms at the moment.”
“We had so much fun. We had games, talks, dance, fitness and cardio programs.

“This kind of workout is what women need to keep them active because most women do not have the time to keep fit” she concluded.
Ifeoma Ibeawuchi a participant said it was fun for her and that she felt energized after the interesting exercises. “I feel very fit and ready for the day. We are here not just to learn how to lose weight, but how to be healthy because they say, health is wealth.”

Participants who competed at the games received gifts from the event sponsors and vendors who were at the event with different healthy wares to showcase to guests.
The headline sponsor for the event PregnaCare Nigeria was also on ground to not only educate participants but also give away sample products and gift packs to every one present.

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