BY Ruwandi Perera
It’s the season for oily sweetmeats where indulgence takes place without your knowledge! Avurudu treats are everywhere you turn – on your table and at every house you visit…
So while we take in Sri Lankan culture in all its colourful glory this month, it’s also interesting to look at fitness in a cultural way. Although it’s not very well known, Sri Lanka’s historical fitness rituals are immersed in its most glorified form of martial arts – Angampora.
Combining self-defence, sports, fitness rituals and meditation in true local style, it’s probably the most difficult, challenging and yet rewarding form of keeping fit in this country. So why not try some moves from the warrior toolkit for a change this month?
Opt for more whole body workouts without using too much equipment. Try carrying your own weight with more cardio workouts. Do a spot of dancing and move your body to the rhythm. Understand your body, and get to know what tones your muscles and warms your tendons – and achieve better body balance when working out.
And if it intrigues you, sign up for an Angampora workshop out of town and you’ll be surprised at the results. Venture outside, soak up some Avurudu sun and go cultural in your workout to test your fitness… warrior style.
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