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8 Tips To Stay Fit In A Busy Lifestyle

These days, we are all so busy in our lives, we rarely get time to think about ourselves. Our health and fitness take a backseat.
We remember to do everything else for everyone else. But where does the “me” time go?
Forget about eating or sleeping right daily, we don’t even take out the necessary time to exercise!
So in this busy schedule, how can you make sure that your body gets the required movement and your activity levels stay high?

Follow these simple tips!

Wake up early
When you wake up earlier in the day, you not only get the time to exercise in the morning, you start the day on a high!

Work smart
You don’t have to workout out every day to see the results! In fact, the Holistique Program runs on the principle of working out smart. With just two 90 minute workouts a week, you can not only see the change, but feel it too!

Be prepared
When you know you have to workout early in the morning, make sure your clothes, your water bottle and other essentials are all laid out and ready for you the night before.

Sleep well
Make sure you get adequate amount of sleep (at least 7 to 8 hours). Plan your bed time accordingly.

Workout with a friend
Its not easy to keep your motivation levels high all the time. You don’t have to do it alone! Workout with someone, someone who will push you when needed and keep you not only motivated, but excited to work out!

Eat right
Working out alone does not give you all the rewards. For a fit and healthy lifestyle, your food habits also play a huge role. Try to eat the right foods. A healthy, balanced diet is very important.

Plan your vacations well
When travelling, try and book a hotel with a gym. Maintain your schedule even when on holiday. Not only will it feel good, but it will also help you avoid the “small break” from working out, which generally turns into a “it’s-been-quite-a-while-since-I-worked-out” break!
If you can’t find a hotel with a gym, compensate for it by keeping your activity levels high. Go for treks and walks, go sightseeing, just keep moving!

Plan out your weeks
Plan your days every week. Mark down the days your want to work out in a journal, keep a track of your meals and general activities that you do during the week. It always helps to have a little self-motivation!
Check out the Holistique Journal for keeping track of everything essential for a fit and healthy YOU! Click >here< to know more .

What are you waiting for?

With these tips, you will never miss your exercise quota of the day!
Try it out!

Do you have any other tips that you follow to stay fit and active? Tell us in the comments below!

The Benefits Of Flow

Have you ever been so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter, and you don’t know how the time has flown? You become so focused, so consumed by it, that in that moment, nothing else exists.

This state of mind is called the “Flow”.
The Flow is a state of the mind in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in the feeling of energized focus, and enjoys the process of the activity.

The state of flow, or being “in the zone”, is a state of peak performance! It’s when your mind and body are working together as one. That’s why we are introducing mental flow into our workouts, which we will achieve by Setting Intentions.

An intention is a statemen as t about what you want to achieve, whether it’s through a class, a seminar, or in life.
It describes an aspiration you may have – to think, to feel, to accomplish. This is for YOU.

Why are setting intentions useful?
When you are setting an intention deliberately, you are more likely to make choices that support it- your thoughts and actions are directed towards that intention.
You may not remember your intention consciously today, but your subconscious mind remembers it.

An intention can sound like, “I want to move faster and increase my stamina”, “I want to heal my body”, or “I want to improve my focus”. Trying to choose something that you can act upon.

Setting an intention is one way we can live a more mindful and conscious life. By setting an intention, we are starting to take a practice “out of the class” and make our practice one of mindfulness and not simply an exercise class.

An intention can be anything that brings you peace, happiness and joy.

The Flow has a lot of physical and mental benefits, like-
– More life engagement.
– More satisfaction in life.
– Better quality of life.
– More positive emotions.
– More self-esteem.
– More productivity at work.

Those who managed to spend a higher proportion of the time in the flow motivated, resilient, and happier.

So, fill up! Take care of yourself. Emerge refreshed and energetic. No more running on fumes.

Keep Your Weight On Track This Festive Season!

The holiday season is here!
Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and so many weddings!
The holiday season is a time filled with parties, family gatherings, and LOTS of yummy food. It’s so easy to overindulge on those delicious goodies and mouth-watering feasts, isn’t it?
But there’s no need to miss out on the festivities! With just a few tips and tricks, you can party to your heart’s content without feeling guilty!

Drink responsibly.
– If going for a party, hydrate well before, as well as after, having drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).
– Alcohol is full of sugar, and it slows down your metabolism. So chase every drink of alcohol with one glass of water!
– Sip your drinks instead of gulping them down. This way, instead of having too much, you can control your intake. Also, avoid having drinks with sugar or canned juices.
– Don’t drink and drive!

Plan your meals.
– When you know you are going for a party in the evening, plan the other meals of the day accordingly. Make sure everything else you eat that day is balanced in nutrition.
– When surrounded with family and friends, food is usually piled high on the plates! It takes some time for the brain to realize your stomach is getting full. So, set your fork down between bites, sip some water, enjoy each mouthful.
– Don’t skip your breakfast! It is rightly said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don’t miss out on your breakfast as it will make you overindulge in your next meal!
– Take smaller portions of food when eating. And don’t hang around the buffet! It’s not easy to resist when you see all those yummy goodies! So get away, on to the dance floor!

Exercise!!!
– Do not miss your exercise sessions this festive season!
– If you can’t go to the gym/studio/club for your workout, up your physical activity! Take brisk walks, climb the stairs instead of taking the lift, dance your heart out!!!
– Get your exercise through other means, like dancing, hiking, swimming, trekking, etc.

• Monitor your Intake!
Write down your food and water intake, keep a check on it. The Holistique journal can help you with this! It helps you monitor your physical activity, your food intake, your water consumption and even your mood! It’s a must have this holiday season.
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We realise it is difficult to be able to workout during this season, with all the festivals, parties and functions taking over your days! So, make sure you try out our exercise tips!
Remember the “feel-good” feeling you get post workouts? That’s your body releasing endorphins. And endorphins make you happy!

So, what are your plans this holiday season? Do you have any useful tips to stay fit during the festivities?
Tell us in the comments below!

Rant Alert! When you got it, flaunt it

Ladies, let me tell you something. The fact that you work out is a privilege, it’s a good thing, it’s something you ought to shout from the rooftops! Don’t be shy about it, be proud of it! You do it because you are able, and because you have the right idea of taking care of your body and living an active life!

This rant is about why women want to hide it from the world that they workout. Many women refuse to share their videos or photos on social media, and yet they want to be clicked, and worse still – viewing similar stories by strangers online inspires them. Is it that you feel embarrassed? Is it that you believe in the evil eye, and some undeniable force might stop your progress just by viewing a picture of you on social media?

It’s understandable to fear the unknown, the random strangers who don’t know you and yet might enjoy checking out such posts and pictures. That’s something we can’t really avoid in today’s digital age. What you ought to remember is that you could be inspiring another ordinary person with similar challenges as you to take out time for themselves and achieve their goals. Haters are always going to hate, and living in fear of that should not stop you from being accountable for your goals – so ladies, put it out there! Get online!

Think of it this way: you are helping to make the world a happier, healthier and fitter place. People will always talk, so let them. If they talk negative, it could be that they are jealous. If they talk positively, then be glad that you impacted someone in that way. You never know who you might inspire by sharing your journey, so just know that whatever you are doing is not only good for you and your direct family, but for your peer influences as well.
All this aside, be proud of the choices you have made to keep your body moving. Realize that your hard work and progress can motivate and inspire others. Show people your before and after shots, and even your work-in-progress shots. Because the truth is, it’s always going to be a journey. Fitness has no final destination. Once you get a taste of it, you will always and only want to better yourself.

Workout Smarter not Harder

How often should you train? Is 5 days better or 2 days?

These are some of the questions I am often asked at the studio. The truth is, training frequency is a highly debated topic in the fitness industry. Currently the mindset of most women is to work out five days per week because they believe that the more you exercise, the more results will show. This is a MYTH! In fact, many women spend an hour or less a day working out and the rest of the day in a somewhat sedentary fashion – which actually negates the workout benefits!

My philosophy on training for strength and fat loss is simple. I want to do as little as possible to continue making progress. If anything, I’d rather under train than over train. This goes hand-in-hand with another key priority: I always focus on quality of training and movement. What many fail to realize is that for fat loss, we often need a total lifestyle overhaul.

Benefits of training 2 days a week include:

– Prevents gross overtraining

– See progress faster than traditional workout frequencies

– Joints love 2 days per week as it reduces chances of doing something that hurts or injures your joints

– Exercises in the program are more focussed, making you good at what you do and getting you the results you need and want

– Time is freed up to focus on your nourishment (planning, shopping, cooking) and rejuvenation part of your lifestyle. Without nutrition and stress management, you won’t get the maximum benefit from your workouts

Your body builds or gives you the best results when it has time to recover from every workout along with good nutrition and rejuvenation. In any myofascial fitness program, I recommend 48 hours for recovery. But that doesn’t mean your body isn’t working – during recovery your body is actually repairing and becoming stronger on a cellular level, and burning fat to do this!

Now, I don’t advocate that you spend the rest of the days lazing around – in fact you’ll feel the opposite. Your workouts should give you energy on your other days to keep your body moving as it was meant to. You can go for walks, treks, cycle, dance, play with your kids, and feel great that you’re living an active lifestyle. You will see for yourself once you move more frequently – not only are you more in tune with your body, but you tend to “get it” much faster.

At the end of the day, the real question is not how often you should train but how much can you recover from training?

By switching from 5 days to 2 days a week, I have made the best progress in my career for my clients and myself.  Like everything in training, you need to figure out what works best for you and your body. Once you figure it out, you’ll be amazed at the progress you make.

Tell me in the comments below what kind of workout works for you!

Healthy Feet Mean Healthy You

Going barefoot is a natural state of being for us, especially Indians. Even now, in some Indian villages, people spend almost 100% of their time barefoot. Many wander through fields and do hard, physical laborious work, and yet they rarely develop any feet problems. Instead, it has been proven that being barefoot actually strengthens your feet to support the rest of your body the way nature intended, which is one reason why barefoot training has taken a huge leap forward in recent years.

Wearing different types of footwear and always keeping our feet confined and protected actually has the opposite effect to strengthening. We are providing cushions and insulation to our feet, which then make our feet dormant and lazy, after which foot problems can arise (which we blame on footwear and the ground!). Think of it this way – why are humans the only species on earth who feel the need to wear shoes?

Going barefoot also improves our proprioception – which is the sensory input we receive from the soles of our feet, which plays a role in our stability, balance and coordination. It helps us to connect to the earth and to the environment, thereby allowing us to move in every way possible. The more stable the body, the more benefits we can reap from our workouts. Our feet create stability and help our body feel safe – and this stability allows us to progress further in all our workouts, without the danger of losing balance.

Feet affect everything – almost all of us know about the reflexology points in the soles of our feet, which connect to all parts of our body and nervous system. Your foot is connected to your core (pelvic floor and abdominal) – so all the more reason to train barefoot, to give you a strong core, flat abs, prevent back pain and improve running speed.

More benefits of working out barefoot include: stronger arches, improved muscle alignment, stronger ankles, increased flexibility, and healthier feet overall. It also strengthens our entire body by helping energy to flow smoothly through our body.

Barefoot running has gained huge popularity in the past decade, but several other regimes can be followed on a barefoot program, including yoga, martial arts, gymnastics etc. Barefoot and minimalist training is the most ideal way to workout, however your body needs to be properly prepared first. At Holistique, you get to train under Barefoot Master Instructor and Physiotherapist (Dr Anuja Luniya), and the program fuses a blend of workout styles conducted entirely barefoot, which gives additional benefits which you now know!

Exercise and the Indian Woman (part 2)

Let’s talk about exercise, fitness and health in the Indian setting. Enough has been written about this topic from a western perspective, and now that the fitness trend is picking up in India, we ought to embrace this movement!

Women’s fitness in particular has picked up significantly, with women-centric studios and programs cropping up. We all know exercise is essential, especially due to our sedentary lifestyles. For women this is all the more important – from young girls, to post menopausal women, and everyone in between. The benefits of exercise for women are countless throughout all stages of life. From building bone strength and muscle mass to preventing gynecological problems to restoring posture, balance and functional independence, the benefits are endless. And today’s Indian woman knows it!

And yet, the question remains: why do only 10-15% of Indian women exercise? What about the other 90-85%? The myriad of reasons for women not having time to exercise is astounding. Health cannot and should not be taken for granted! It’s always better to jump on the prevention bandwagon first, rather than learn the hard way.

Now, exercise does not mean a walk in the park for an hour. There are a variety of workout styles for a reason. Women need to incorporate strength training, especially Indian women (more on why in a later blog). Your exercise toolkit should have a variety of workout styles so that you achieve not just the weight loss benefit but other benefits of exercise. And sorry ladies, stretching is not working out! And doing cardio to lose those tyres isn’t going to work! Walking, jogging, running, cycling or an hours Aerobics/Zumba (no matter how much fun) are all good but alone, are not enough to keep you fit. Cardio is only one aspect of fitness. You need strength, balance, agility, power, flexibility, reduced risk of lifestyle diseases and hormonal balance too. You need exercises to keep you gynecologically healthy (the number of young girls with PCOD is on the rise and so is the number of women going in for IVF).

Exercise to show and maintain results requires sincerity, dedication and perseverance. Before joining a class, make sure you get to know what the exercise program is all about. Does it interest you? Do you think you can persevere with it? Always choose a program that you will be able to enjoy and sustain, because that’ll keep you from quitting.

Healthy living is not by chance. It’s a choice. A lot of little choices you make everyday to live healthy. Now ask yourself, do you really want to take your health for granted?

Exercise and the Indian Woman (part 1)

The Indian Woman. Where do we start to describe her. Obviously there is no ‘one size fits all’, no generalizations that can be made about Indian women, because we come in all shapes and sizes. But one thing that Indian women do have in common (mostly) is their selflessness in prioritizing other things before their own health. Whether it’s a new bride who wants to put in effort into new relationships, or a new mom who puts her kids needs first, or an ambitious career woman who makes sure she never lets the ball drop at work. The connecting thread is that Indian women generally have this mentality of considering their own health only after all the rest of the work gets done.

Indian mothers make sure their child joins enough extracurricular classes – dance, martial arts, sports, theatre, arts – to keep them active. To help their children develop into healthy individuals. They make sure their husbands have their post workout meal ready after gym. She takes all measures to see to it that her family eats healthy. Then why does she skimp on her health? Her nutrition? Why does she eat whatever is there? How come no effort is taken to see to it that the lady of the house eats well and stays active?

We believe this is the very mentality that needs to change. A woman needs to give health and fitness equal priority as other matters in her life. After all, it’s only in good health that we can enjoy and achieve all of life’s demands. We no longer live like our previous generations, who believed in sacrificing every personal desire for the greater good of the family. Young moms no longer feel the need to eat the leftover scraps off their kids’ plates, and many mothers now utilize the time when their kids are engaged in an activity class to do some exercise of their own.

These are the mindset changes we foster in the women I coach. It’s a simple yet powerful change – when you exercise regularly and see the “holistique” benefits you gain not just physically but emotionally too, you realize that it’s a lifestyle choice to embrace for the rest of your life.

Don’t you think it’s high time we Indian ladies show ourselves the same importance, love and dedication we shower on our loved ones every single day?  Your health is not an expense but an investment, for your family and yourself. Choose to invest in yourself.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this post which goes into detail about which exercises are necessary and suitable for Indian women!

Move, Nourish, Rejuvenate – what does it all mean?

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It’s no secret that our lives have become more and more sedentary, thanks to the influx of technology in our lives, and the fact that we outsource a lot of physical tasks to domestic help. Previous generations did a lot more physical work, even visits to the local bank and grocery stores, as these facilities were not available to them online as they are to us now. Hence the necessity to make movement a conscious part of our daily lives. We can even use technology (e.g fitbit reminders) to help us with this! Holistique is a contemporary movement based program, which has a multi-disciplinary approach. The workout fuses the age old principles of yoga with the latest evidence based body-weight workout styles. The sessions are small group personal coaching sessions with every client receiving personal attention from the coach.

Of equal importance to moving the body is to fuel it with the right nutrients. That is why Nourish is the second step of the Holistique program, because health is nothing without food. The Indian way of living, when it comes to food, is vastly dependent on the different sub-cultures that we all belong to. A Bengali family’s eating habits are extremely different to a Gujarati’s, for example. But at the very essence, the fundamentals remain the same. Indians know a million and one nourishing recipes which are not only good for us, but taste delicious too, as opposed to the bland and boiled options we often see coming from western influenced diets. The Holistique program helps you choose the right foods for your diet, without sacrificing the taste. Holistique emphasizes the marriage of movement and food with balanced eating recommendations and personalized meal planning by an experienced nutritionist and foodie!

To rejuvenate is to look or feel better, younger, or more vital. At Holistique, we have kept this in mind whilst designing our program. It’s a program that not only exercises your body beautifully, but also makes you aware of how you feel, thereby exercising your mind positively as well. It makes you conscious of how your thoughts and actions affect your lifestyle. And it stays with you long after the session – because we all know that simply doing one session of exercise is not going to get real results. It’s the remaining hours in the day that we need to practice mindfulness in our thoughts, and exercise discipline in our actions. And with Holistique, we will ensure you do this with joy, because joining this program will make you feel whole – in body, mind and spirit.

Busting Women’s Strength Training Myths

Being a physiotherapist and fitness coach, I’ve come across so many women for whom working out with help of free weights or machines is a strict No-No. There are so many myths in their minds about working out with weights. Most of them feel that weight training is only for men who aim to have a 20 inch biceps or a 6 -pack abs.

If you want to get stronger, leaner and healthy you have to supplement your aerobic workout with the key component of fitness and that’s “weight training”.
 
“USE IT OR LOSE IT”
As we age our muscle mass gradually decreases and hence our metabolism (i.e the energy our body spends in normal functioning of our important physiological systems). So when muscle is depleted, your fat percentage increases.
 
MYTHS RELATED TO WEIGHT TRAINING
 
Myth I : Weight training will make you bulky or masculine
My dear ladies the hormone to be blamed for bulking up is testesterone, which is in abundance in males but is in very minimal quantity in females. Our oestrogen abundance prevents us from developing a masculine body, unless you take steroids externally.
 
Myth II : Weight training will increase chest size
Breast size can never be increased or decreased. But yes it will surely make your chest look firm.
 
Myth III : Weight training will make your body stiff
There are many exercises such as dead lifts, chin ups, etc which will make you use your complete muscle length and hence maintain flexibility.
 
Myth IV : If you stop exercising your muscles will turn into fat
This myth is just like someone saying you can turn gold into brass!! Remember, both are different types of tissues so it cannot interchange.
 
Myth V : Women should do only cardio and if they want to do weight training they should only do so with lighter weights
Cardio is a very important component but if you are doing cardio for long hours it will not only burn your fat but your muscles too. And, if you are weight training with light weights then its not of much use as there won’t be any muscle breakdown. You need to overload your muscles to get the desired result of toning up.
 
BENEFITS OF WEIGHT TRAINING
  • Increases bone density thus preventing osteoporosis.
  • Increases your resting metabolism and burning more calories even when you are at rest (increase in Basal Metabolic Rate).
  • Decreases the risk of injuries by making your bone, muscles and ligaments stronger.
  • Helps to improve balance and coordination.
  • Improves your stamina.
  • And above all for most of the women it gives you a fabulous toned body .
Always make sure you adopt the right posture/form and correct breathing (exhale on exertion) before focusing on repetitions and intensity of weights.