Sure, Wear Masks, But Don’t Neglect A Healthy Lifestyle - Honolulu Civil Beat


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Chloe Aiu

Chloe Aiu is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for corporate businesses in downtown Honolulu. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in human nutrition and functional medicine.


Every day we are bombarded by the amount of deaths and new cases of the virus. We are told to wear our mask, avoid gathering in groups, wash our hands, stay home if we are sick, and the latest one: get tested.

But why is our state barely emphasizing the importance of living a healthy lifestyle? Our politicians should be considering the work of individuals and community organizations that work toward educating the public about the importance of healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Like most in the fitness industry I am out of work and I have no control over when I can return to doing what I enjoy. Other people may disagree, but I believe that fitness and nutrition are the foundation to prevent chronic illness and disease.

After taking some time to reflect, our society seems to be more invested in preserving the lifestyle that has led us to this pandemic. But here is the hard truth: we were already a virus as a whole.

We numb our flaws and insecurities with self-sabotaging behaviors that lead to heart disease, diabetes, mental illness, and obesity. People buy and consume food that is terrible for our overall nutrition, a majority of individuals live a sedentary lifestyle, and social media controls how we feel.

As a 'sign of the times' The 'Surfer on a Wave' statue in Waikiki wears a mask as beachgoers head to the ocean to surf Tuesday, August 18, 2020. (Ronen Zilberman photo Civil Beat)
The Surfer on a Wave statue in Waikiki wears a mask as beachgoers head to the ocean in August. A healthy lifestyle is also a good practice in this time of COVID-19. Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

The hysteria of the virus has led most of us to be in a state of fear, loss, and scarcity. In all our minds leading into 2020, we were all doing everything right, and yet everything went wrong. The way I see it, this pandemic was bound to happen.

As human beings we have lost our self-awareness and forgot how the sum of all our negative and ignorant actions can make an impact. We were complacent and took things for granted. We now have this “outrage at everything, I am not to blame” mentality.

Root Causes

The true lesson from the pandemic is that we have failed to follow the basics. If we want to move forward and be proactive with our approach to the virus, we should be asking: Why was the standard to care for ourselves mentally and physically set so low in the first place? Why weren’t adults practicing simple hygiene, like washing your hands?

Why was it okay for places of public gathering like airlines, hotels, and cruise ships to not have deep cleanings on a regular basis?

If we are working to prevent the virus, then public health officials should discuss the root causes of a dysfunctional immune system.

Some lifestyle factors that pose a higher risk for illness are chronic stress, lack of sleep, nutrient deficiencies, and physical inactivity. Currently, we have people trapped inside their homes, sitting around, stressing about unemployment, and living in fear from every new story about or related to the pandemic.

Furthermore, the long-term effects of people’s health will end up outweighing the minimal effects that COVID-19 has statistically had throughout the world.

This pandemic was bound to happen.

It is easy to be swayed by the mainstream media outlets that this virus is more tragic due to the push on people’s moral compasses when speaking of the death toll, but the reality is that being locked down and restricted is going to hurt us more due to obesity, depression, and stress, which have each caused more deaths in comparison.

Most of our current problems can be avoided with common sense and preventative lifestyle measures. Instead of only talking about social distancing to prevent the spread of disease we should be talking about how we can improve our lifestyles to live with and be strong enough to beat the virus.

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About the Author

Chloe Aiu

Chloe Aiu is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for corporate businesses in downtown Honolulu. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in human nutrition and functional medicine.


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Sorry Chloe -while you are correct about living a healthy lifestyle and eating nutritious food, your article seems to suggest that Covid19 can be controlled with just diet and exercise. It cannot. There are reasons for closing gyms. Indoor gyms with exercise machine packed into a small space with poor ventilation and people breathing hard is a great recipe for spreading the virus. I get that you want to get back to work but maybe you can start up your group workouts outdoor with plenty of social distancing. 

kbaybaby · 6 months ago

Beautifully articulated Chloe, as a kupuna paddler, aged 70, here in California, I am tuned into the importance of staying fit, resting and eating well. It has been a challenge for me personally, but keeping on a routine, along with mentally staying positive will keep me alive. This pandemic is true test for survival, as you stated, to fend off the constant bombardment of media and stressing over it. Yes, it is up to all of us individually to take a stand to beat this pandemic by strengthening our inner core...physically and psychologically. I hope everyone reads this article and will take on a new perspective.

roninda · 6 months ago

Annually between 2014-2018, approx. 160 people died & 170 were hospitalized as a result of vehicle accidents; 169 were killed as a result of homicide; & 600 people died from the flu/pneumonia even with vaccines and routine therapeutics (flu virus attacks & kills children at a rate greater than covid). Should speed limits be lowered to prevent or minimize further deaths and injury from vehicular accidents? Should schools & businesses now be closed during flu/pneumonia seasons AND COVID SEASONS to protect our children & elderly from becoming infected and possibly dying?At this point, there seems to be no data indicating what percent of those who test positive actually get sick. And, data seems to show that, of those who do get sick, about 98-99% recover.

GamE · 6 months ago

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