“TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY. IT IS THE ONLY PLACE YOU HAVE TO LIVE!”
Life is busy, and a hundred tasks to juggle that leaves you with no time to join a gym or a yoga class.
But, you really don’t need to join a gym or a yoga/dance class to stay fit.
All you need, is will-power, the desire to look after your health and the patience and the perseverance it requires to maintain it.
Being a career woman with a 9 to 5 job, handling household chores and looking after the family’s needs is no mean feat. I see my SIL doing it, day in day out. She hardly has time to even look into the mirror before leaving the house every morning, so finding time for physical activity is next to impossible.
But, she walks each time she finds an opportunity. And, she wears walking shoes to work, even with her Indian outfits. For her, comfort is much more important than style. Those shoes support her when she decides to walk it down from the train station to her home–a half an hour walk that leaves her feeling rejuvenated.
My mother, at 73, walks all the time–to the temple, to drop her grandson to skating classes, and to her English language classes where she teaches.
“Never sit idle!” is her fitness mantra.
Making tiny changes in your lifestyle and your daily schedule will help you stay fit, no matter how busy you are all day. These changes go a long way in improving your health, from the inside to the outside.
Any physical activity increases the feel-good hormones–endorphins, dopamine,serotonin–which improve your mood, increase your happiness quotient and your fitness level.
All you need to do, is move!
Whether you have a sedentary lifestyle or a hectic one, it is paramount that you set aside some time for some physical activity that suits your age and your fitness levels.
TIPS TO INCLUDE FITNESS IN YOUR DAILY LIFE:
- Wear comfortable walking shoes so that you can walk during the day, as you commute to and from work.
- DO NOT walk in any other footwear except that which is made for walking.
- DO NOT take up a rigorous physical activity if you have never exercised earlier. All that enthusiasm will evaporate in a matter of days and your body will not be able to take the sudden change.
- Instead, ease into a fitness routine that caters to your age, stamina, your overall health and your body’s ability to get used to this change.
- Be gentle with your body and see the signals your body sends out from time to time.
- The pain in the neck/lower back/shoulders etc needs to be looked into before you begin a new physical activity. Consult your doctor for a thorough check-up before you set about to do something you never have attempted.
- Never follow the herd mentality. I mean, if others jog, does not mean so can you! You might be suffering from some physical ailment that might get aggravated because of the new activity.
- Begin with a warm-up, always. And, begin SLOW before you move on to RIGOROUS.
- NEVER sit for long hours. It’s worst than smoking. Take short breaks to move around, regularly.
- Finally, being physically fit DOES NOT mean reducing those kilo-. It means increasing your stamina and energy levels. So, DO NOT check your weight now and then and grumble if the needle does not move an inch.
Slow and steady, wins the race! So, get movin’, babe!
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I am participating in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, and my theme is ‘SELF-CARE’. You will find all the posts here.