Mr Joe Onwuakpa, the Managing Director of X-Fit Aerobics and Fitness Centre, Awka, has expressed concern over the “poor attitude” of residents of the capital city to physical exercise.
Onwuakpa made the remark in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Awka on Tuesday, saying that residents of the town preferred eating and drinking as ways of spending their leisure time.
He said that the centre was brought to the town to make fitness and wellness facility more accessible to the people.
He said that independent research showed that only about five per cent of Awka population engaged in regular exercise, adding that sedentary lifestyle was on the increase.
Onwuakpa said: “Fitness is good as long as we are alive because it helps us to stay healthy and strong.
“Most people here in Awka don’t reckon with keeping fit or engaging in exercise.
“They believe so much more in eating and drinking here as a means of leisure.
“X-Fit is trying to change the narrative in Awka by encouraging the attitude toward healthy living through regular exercise and fitness.
“I am worried with the lifestyle. We don’t know what should be done that is why we brought this concept of fitness centre.
“A situation where only about five per cent of the population of the town engage in exercise is not impressive,” he said.
Onwuakpa said he was planning a fitness carnival at the end of November, where experts would lecture and drill guests on simple exercises.
He called on residents of Awka and its environs to be part of what he called the “life changing session” with fitness experts.
(Edited by Sam Oditah)