Hello friends!! I would like to begin this post by thanking Shalini for this wonderful initiative. It has been fun writing these guest posts and bonding with fellow bloggers. I have been requested by Zainab to write about “FITNESS”, something which is very very dear to me… Most of my friends call me a Fitness Freak!!
Two years ago, I had embarked on this journey of discovering a fitter me after a sudden realization about the excessive weight that I had piled on post pregnancy. Most of us do not find time to care for ourselves in the demanding routine of daily life. We generally tend to push our bodies and our health on the back burner, only to realize that it’s too late when the alarming signs finally begin to show…
In the two years, I not only made it a point to incorporate exercise into my daily routine, but also studied diet habits obsessively. I would love to share what I learnt, through this post, and hope it helps to motivate many more to lead fitter lives!!
Most people associate fitness only with rigorous exercise…well, it is a part of the plan but the entire picture is much bigger. The following areas are important for leading a healthier lifestyle.
DIET: One cannot undermine the importance of a healthy, balanced diet in maintaining a fit body. It is imperative to keep the unnecessary calories in check.
EXERCISE: It is as important as diet. Even 30 minutes a day of exercise will help you go a long way, in maintaining fitness.
REST: Without which your body cannot cope with the stress of daily life. Not taking adequate rest is, in fact, more harmful.
STATE OF MIND: Most important of all is to keep a positive state of mind and be regular and persevere in achieving your physical goals. With incidence of depression growing, this is gaining more importance.
Following are a few things that I followed and that helped me discover the pleasure of healthy eating.
- Breakfast has to be the largest meal of the day as it prevents hunger pangs later on.
- It is preferable to have small, regular meals at intervals of 3-4 hours. That way one can avoid binging.
- Dinner should be had, as far as possible, by 8 pm. If not, at least 3 hours before going to bed.
- Count your calories and avoid overeating.
- It is best to have a balance of all nutrients (carbs, protein, fibre, minerals & vitamins) in every meal. Having a larger proportion of protein compared to carbs is recommended.
- It is very beneficial to have a large portion of raw veggies & salads prior to every meal. This not only gives you a good source of dietary fibre, but also fills you up, limiting consumption of excess calories.
- It is good to have a portion of fruits as snacks rather than fried, baked or processed snacks.
- Sugar (refined, as well as that hidden in processed foods & beverages) should be struck off your list completely. It is this excess load which silently adds on calories (and you don’t even realize it!!!).
- READ LABELS before buying processed foods & beverages.
- STAY OFF SWEETENED CARBONATED BEVERAGES.
Limit intake of carbohydrates (esp. rice). A small bowl is acceptable, but not a large heap. Long grained rice is better as it has lower glycemic index and hence less absorbed.
GREEN TEA: Recently I discovered the ample benefits of green tea. They provide ample anti-oxidant benefits and hence may help in controlling the damaging effects of free radicals, which we might not realise.
Celebrate a “BINGE DAY” every fortnight, when you can gorge on the stuff you stopped yourself from having during the interval…Believe me, if you are dedicated, even on this day you end up eating healthy… hahahaha….
Most important of all, DRINK lots of WATER…..drinking 2-3 litres of water daily at regular intervals, not only keeps you well hydrated, but also helps you lose weight. An added advantage is that your skin glows like that of a baby!!!!
- It is always best to choose a form of exercise that you are passionate about, whether it is yoga, running, cycling, dancing or swimming. Your passion for it helps you maintain regularity.
- 30-45 minutes of exercise a day is more than enough to keep you going.
- Try to incorporate some exercise in your daily routine. Eg. Take the stairs instead of the elevator where possible, stand while working, take breaks to walk around in your office.
- It not only increases your basal metabolic rate(BMR), but also keeps your hormones in check.
- Exercising helps you gain vigour and keeps you active throughout the day.
- It releases ENDORPHINS, which are hormones that help us feel good & happy.
- It will keep your joints and muscles from getting stiff & rigid with age.
- It is best to enroll with a trainer or an exercising group who will keep you motivated to continue your routine.Consider it an investment which will give you good health in return.
It is as important to give your body adequate rest, as it is to exercise. Sleep for at least 7 hours at night. This is imperative as this is the time when your body undergoes “Repairs”. Without good maintenance, normal functioning is difficult.
Pamper yourself with a body massage or spa treatment once a month to relieve you of all the aches and pains caused by exercising.
STATE OF MIND
Unless one has a positive state of mind, it is difficult to maintain physical fitness and at the same time fitness leads to a positive attitude.
With increasing work pressures and stress associated with careers in today’s world, the increase in the incidence of mental illness is alarming!!
You can choose to meditate for a few minutes or just unwind by listening to the music you love. It is helpful to be mentally peaceful and approach life with a positive attitude. Learn to recognise signs of any mental agony and do not hesitate to ask for help…
Finally, we only have to do our best and give our 100%.
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity”. These are the words of the famous John F Kennedy.
SO, MY DEAR FRIENDS, EAT HEALTHY, STAY FIT, THINK POSITIVE AND LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST!!!!!!
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