Friday, January 11, 2013

Women'sHealth: Marian Rivera finds her best self yet

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In their 2013 kickoff issue, Women’s Health helps you uncover the best version of yourself with easy, practical tips you can pickup for the New Year. Cover girl Marian Rivera shares how she achieved her fittest body to date with the martial art Muay Thai, even with a grueling schedule as an actress.

“Na-realize ko na masarap pala ‘pag pawisan. Kapag nasimulan ko ‘yung araw na nag-exercise ako, parang ang gaan-gaan ko,” Marian says of her new perspective on working out. Her newfound attitude contradicts her old habit of working out only when the demands of her action-heroine roles call for it: “Before, hindi talaga ako nag-gi-gym. ‘Pag gising mo sa umaga, kakain ka lang, tapos pupunta ka sa trabaho mo, parang ang weak ng katawan mo.”

The three-time Women’s Health cover star was introduced to the martial art late last year. Curiosity was what got her involved in the high-intensity world of muay Thai, but she eventually found it interesting and addicting enough to make her practice a daily habit. “Nu’ng nagpahinga ako after ng My Beloved, halos everyday, halinhinan ang muay Thai at treadmill. Feeling ko parang may fight ako kasi ang strict ng trainer ko, tapos nagte-training ako nang gano’n,” she adds.

Surprisingly Marian reveals that muay Thai did more to her than just giving her a trimmer, toner bod. The biggest revelation she shares with Women’s Health is that she gets a confidence boost and a natural high from treating her body right. “Laking diperensiya talaga ang nagagawa kapag fit ka. Nakakadagdag ng kumpiyansya sa sarili. ‘Di ka mako-conscious. Ay, ang ganda pala ‘pag may konting abs.”

Marian also points out that her new love for exercise isn’t any different from the passion she maintains in her career. “[You have to] do what you love and love what you do. ‘Pag nakikita nila na love mo ‘yung ginagawa mo, pinapahalagahan mo, bibigyan at bibigyan ka talaga ng trabaho. Iba ‘yung love mo ‘yung ginagawa mo kaysa gusto mo lang kumita,” she says.

Know more about Marian and her Men’s Health partner Robin Padilla in the January-February issue of Women’s Health. Women’s Health is available in all newsstands and bookstores nationwide. For more of Women’s Health online, become a fan on Facebook ( and follow them on Twitter (

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