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Fitness & Women Safety

Over 50 DMs and emails asking me about safety while working out prompted me to do some research and write this one. In this post I talk about women who have taken up the fitness journey encountering harassment, and how  do we deal with it. I’d love know your thoughts too!  There are some personal examples and some examples that my readers shared with me (no names mentioned) Point here is to acknowledge and address harassment. Hope I can make sense to some of you :)  Do you: Avoid going for runs late at night or early in the morning when there are not too many people around? Avoid going to the gym at certain times to avoid running into certain men? Choose your workout clothes that spell MODEST just so that you do not attract eyeballs? Run/workout with self defense items in close proximity? Avoid certain parks because the parking…

5 Problems Women Face At The Gym : A Survey

The other day I was surprised to see how ZERO women had stepped into the gym during the weekend. I immediately put this up on my Instagram, asking women to tell me what makes them stay away from the gym, or what they think could be a valid reason fro women to stay away from workouts during the weekend. Most of the answers I got were along the lines of ‘I don’t have time’ ‘women need to take care of so much at home’ Fair enough, this is something that each of one us has to figure out on our own. But there are a few responses that I’d like to change. Read on to know my thoughts : People will stare: everyone is too busy doing their own thing to look at you and judge you. You need to keep your focus strong when you walk in to the gym.…

I Doubled My Food Intake To Get A Well Defined Core

This year has been great so far, and as far as the fitness journey is concerned, if you follow me on Instagram you’ll must have realised how I’ve opted for lifting and gains earlier this year. I have gained a whole lot of muscle mass, and I have also moved up to a size 4 now, but I don’t have any regrets. My muscles are pumped, I’m sore 3 out of 7 days of the week, my glutes are beginning to pop, and life looks really good right now. As I said, no regrets :) I have concentrated on eating clean, eating smart and working out. Lifting weights burns a lot of calories, so in order to keep the gains going I’m eating well too. So does that mean I do not have a hard core anymore? Absolutely not! In fact my core is stronger, and definitely more defined than what it…

Cheat Day With Smart Food- A TJ’s Brew Works & Nudo collaboration

There has been a sudden influx of health brands, with each one claiming to be healthier than the previous one. The time is right, seeing how everyone is taking up the fitness journey. But wait a minute, how healthy is your mayo and cheese loaded salad? How healthy is that multi grain bread? I’m not pointing fingers at anyone, but I feel there’s a lot that the customer today needs to know. Did you know the highly processed wheat grain today is not recommended in your diets? Did you know salad sauces end up making your salads unhealthy?All that I’m saying is, “healthy” is easy to fall for; there’s a lot that one needs to know. Nudo is a new entrant in the ‘health food’ market, and we recently went over to TJs Brew Works to see what this brand duo has in store for us. Was it really health food?…

You Are More Than A Dress Size

Each one of us wants to change our appearance. Someone wants to be thinner, someone wants bigger muscles, someone wants a nice butt, someone wants to gain weight, someone wants bigger calves…the list is endless. But from what I’ve seen online and offline, there seems to be a certain obsession about getting smaller. Everyone wants to be able to use “lost a dress size” to feel good. Nine out of ten times I get “HELP! I need to lose weight” in my mails/DMs. While I have nothing against this, I feel a little sad that this is the only thing that everyone is concentrating on. No one has ever asked me “help me get stronger?” or “I want to grow my muscles” I see a lot of people approaching fitness as something that will help them get smaller. It breaks my heart to see this :( Before I start, I’d…

My First Marathon

It’s not easy, if that’s what you were expecting. The first run, the first marathon, the first race, it’s always about the nerves and anxiety and anticipation. Every runner talks about preparation first when asked about their first marathon; the actual run comes second. It’s the same in my case. I started running solely for the purpose of losing weight. I didn’t know zilch about fitness except for “I need to be thin” I started running 5km every day. I realized I was clocking in 5km at a stretch in 30-32minutes. Realising that I could put in a lot more effort pushed me to do better, and I perfected the 5km in 26-27min within a few months. I got a lot of appreciation from fellow gym goers, all athletes or runners. Which is when I decided to register for the Pune International Marathon. Let’s fast forward to the evening of 3 Dec…

Busting Myths Related To HIIT

“Oooh HIIT! I can save time and lose weight AND get a tone with only an HIIT routine! Life is sorted.” If you’ve said this to yourself at any given point in your lives, you need to read what I have to say. I should have written this earlier, my bad. I’ve been getting a lot of DMs and mails asking me to sort out HIIT workouts because you know, “I don’t wanna go to the gym I get too lazy” While I’m happy that you’re trying to stay fit and healthy, I request you to read this before you commit yourself to an HIIT routine. HIIT is filled with delusions of grandeur. I’m going to bust a few myths, and I hope I can help those of you who wish to take up this form of exercising. Myth 1 – The more I work out (HIIT) the better it is…

Can’t Get Yourself To Exercise In This Heat? Let’s Try Making Workouts FUN.

Spring is here (okay 35 degrees isn’t exactly spring) , which means shredding shall start soon. For me it’s that time of the year when I hit the gym and pool for a 2 hour session 4 days a week. Going for a run isn’t fun anymore, and I am not the only one to say this. Even the gym rats will feel the heat as the temperatures sore and fatigue hits them bad. The thought of spending hours at the gym or running in this heat and dust is enough to put us off. Then how does one exercise, especially now that summer is here and toned bodies need to be flaunted? Allow me to help you with a few tips to get started. They might sound cliched AF, but they do have a success rate of 98%. Try these out and you know what I mean. SWIM With temperatures reaching 35…

8 Reasons Why MultiFit Is A Great Idea

I have been working out at home for over a year now, and it’s taken me some time to realise the dos and don’ts of functional training. I’ve tried a bunch of routines, and figured out what worked for me, and even designed some to suit my fitness levels. I believe once you get used to functional training, there’s no way you’re going to enjoy any other form of workout. Which is why you might have noticed the reduction in the number of gym posts at my end. In fact things got so busy with the traveling and weddings and reunions that I opted for the HIIT routines simply because I was low on time. It’s now come to a point where I can easily take 30 minutes off for myself during a super busy day and complete a highly intensive workout routine. Point being – I love functional training.…

Fit in Fifteen

Hello there!!  I am back with another fitness post! It’s been long, blame it on the chaotic schedule. Even my personal workout regime has been a little wonky. I run when I get time, HIITs are a little difficult right now with a muscle tear in the right arm. I can’t wait for summers when I will get back to my running-gymming-swimming routine once again. 3 hours of pure me time in the morning. WONDERFUL! I am also considering cycling (the boyfriend has been a source of inspiration) Let’s see how that goes. This one is a quick HIIT routine I thought I’d share with you. It was something I did recently, and boy oh boy was it mad! 15 minutes, a great sweat session and you’re set for 2 days :D Good luck folks!

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