Actress and fitness guru Jackie Lou Blanco   Philstar.com/Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo

How Jackie Lou stays fab at 52
Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo (philstar.com) - July 13, 2017 - 1:50pm

MANILA, Philippines — In a pool of kids singing and dancing at last month’s Kiddie Crew Workshop graduation celebrating McDonald’s 25th anniversary in the Philippines, one person stood out for her energy, and she is no longer a kid.

At 52, actress Jackie Lou Blanco, who hosted the program, can still move and groove like the children who finished a five-day workshop on in-store restaurant training and on learning values such as teamwork, hard work, discipline, responsibility, and sharing.

In an interview for Philstar.com, the supposed villain of upcoming GMA soap opera “The Good Teacher,” starring Marian Rivera on the lead, revealed her secrets for staying slim and strong even after three kids and countless teleseryes and movies.

Upon seeing the kids at the graduation, Jackie Lou could not help but reminisce about her own childhood.

“I was a fat kid,” she confessed. “I only lost weight when I was 14. Parang naging conscious na 'ko early on. I knew that my body needed exercise. I guess as I was getting older, naging lifestyle na…Hindi na s’ya nawala sa akin. Alam kong sobrang importante s’ya. Lalo na as you get older because your metabolism slows down.”

As she gets older, her motivation to keep a healthy lifestyle and to become an aerobics instructor has shifted from losing weight to living longer - with her family in mind more than herself.

“S’yempre I want to be strong especially when I get older, so I can be with my kids longer and the only way to do that is really to take care of yourself.”

For those with the same #fitnessgoals, here are Jackie Lou’s tips:

  • Drink a lot of water.
  • The healthy lifestyle should be a lifestyle and not just a one-time thing.
  • Mix any kind of exercise with proper food.

Jackie Lou’s everyday fitness routine is an alternate between circuit workout and running.

According to her, what she loves with circuit training is that after three or four rounds for 45 minutes to an hour, you already feel accomplished for the day.

 “Ang maganda lang d’un if you feel stronger na or medyo madali na ‘yung ginagawa mo, ilelevel-up mo lang s’ya,” she said. “Ang maganda lang sa circuit training supposedly ang rests mo, ‘di masyadong mahaba.”

She said, the key is to keep changing your workout. She, for example, also swims and used to exercise with weights and do Muay Thai. Now, she harnesses her own body weight, does a lot of balancing exercises, and sometimes use equipment such as bands.

“You can’t do the same thing. You always have to go to the next level, parang ginugulat mo ‘yung katawan mo. You can’t be doing the same routine over and over again. You have to keep on changing.”

  • Always be open for opportunities.
  • Listen to your body. Treat it well. Get enough rest.
  • Above everything else, we need to be very positive and just leave everything up to God.

“Treat your body kindly kasi isang katawan lang ang binigay ng Dyos sa’yo, so kailangan treat it with respect. It means taking care of your body and your body will take care of you as well,” Jackie Lou said.

Because of these practices, Jackie Lou feels stronger than ever in her 50s.

“They say nga na it’s the new 40. I feel great! I feel very blessed that I feel strong. I know I’m strong. I feel that age is just a number. So, it really depends on how you take care of yourself,” she said.

She feels it is her advocacy to become a “fitspiration.”

“I’m not saying madali magpaliit or maging fit because when you reach actually your 30s or 40s, it gets harder. But if you’re committed to taking care of your body and it’s a lifestyle, hindi s’ya mahirap,” she assured.

 

Ronald and the gang with hosts Jackie Lou Blanco and Dominic Roque.   McDonald's/Released

 

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