Physical Fitness

Wonder why health-conscious people pay so much attention to their regular workouts and diets? Well if you have been ignoring the advice of others on the importance of physical fitness and are reluctant to give up your sedentary lifestyle and unhappy eating habits, it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. In the Philippine setting, the accountancy profession has been one of the top choices of those who want to thrive in the business domain.

The profession offers inordinate opportunities and compels superior standards in performing its job to the public that it aids, be it the commerce and market, the government, or the academe. To prove this, a record from the Commission on Higher Education shows a rapid increase of the number of enrollees in the accountancy degree in different schools nationwide.

In a fast paced world that demands for outstanding public accountants, both accounting degree holders and its aspirants share the same difficulty: Accountants are generally assigned and dispersed to multiple activities and schedules, working with different administrators and bosses whose supervision and management styles may vary. It is important to note that because of the many different demands and the countless of hours spent studying in school or in the workplace. Accountancy students tend to neglect their lifestyles, choosing work over healthy living. The alarming issue on physical fitness has reached the World Health Organization (WHO).

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) notes that the average college freshman gains about 2. 5 to 3. 5 pounds during his or her first year in campus, while between 25% and 32% of college students battles eating disorders (Schuna, 2014). A study from the Loyola University New Orleans found out that one’s academic performance is significantly related to his or her diet and lifestyle. If you eat a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly, you tend to perform better in your academics (Coole).

In the Philippine setting, it is a common sight to see college students eating in fast food chains, looking at their notebooks with their eyes bloodshot from staying up late or students brisk walking from a convenience store with a bag of chips and a bottle of soft drinks while looking at his or her notes. This scene happens almost every day without students realizing their unhealthy diet and lack of physical fitness. Most of these students have grown unaware that they perform a series of behavior in consuming food.

Busy in their academic performance, they unconsciously develop a healthy lifestyle that they can either improve or retain when they grow older (Soliven, 2011). It is also interesting to note that it has been observed that there is an abnormal lack of priority for healthy living and physical fitness amongst accountancy students in Holy Cross of Davao College.

The proponents of this study are alarmed by the high rate of neglect for physical fitness by accountancy students. Being accountancy students of Holy Cross of Davao College, the proponents of this study believe that physical fitness goes hand-in-hand with healthy mind. The proponents wish to stress the importance of living healthy and being physically fit among their fellow accountancy students.