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Stay Motivated !

Have you ever started a new workout  or fitness routine, and then quit soon after?
If the answer is yes, then you are not alone!

We all know that starting a new workout routine is SUPER easy. It’s exciting, its refreshing, and it makes you feel good about yourself.
But what happens next? How many of us actually follow through and continue working out after the initial few days or weeks?

So what goes wrong? We lose motivation!

Motivation is like the fuel you fill up in your car when you are going on a road trip. Without it, you will never reach your destination, no  matter how much meticulously you have planned the trip. But unlike fuel, motivation is something that is very fickle. It fluctuates daily. One day you are all gung-ho about workout and raring to go, and the next day you can’t even drag yourself out of bed.

So, what do you do? Give up?
Of course NOT!

There are 2 main things influence our motivation – generalization and negativity.

Let me elaborate.
Most of us feel this way, “I tried this for 2 weeks, and then gave up. I failed once, so what’s the point of trying again? I’m going to quit again anyway.” That is generalization.

That feeling of feeling discouraged and disappointed not only derails you from your goal, but further stops you from giving it another shot, from trying once again.

Now, negativity may come from other people, or it may come from within you. When people criticise you, saying things like – “Only 10 reps? That’s all you can do? Wow you’re really bad at this!”, are you more willing to succeed, or less?
Or even when you criticise yourself, thinking things like, “oh I couldn’t even do 5 reps of this exercise yesterday! Why did I ever think I can do it!  I should have never tried it.”, you are basically setting yourself up for failure, and killing your motivation.

Criticising yourself is not the great motivator you imagine it to be. Self-compassion, on the other hand, can be a much more powerful tool for change!

If you let yourself be pulled down and beaten up, reaching your goal of a fit lifestyle is going to be very difficult. What you have to do is, keep you motivation levels high! And it really isn’t as difficult as you may think.

There is one very simple trick.

Habits!

Habits are manageable. In our previous blog last week, we spoke about how to build habits and how to sustain them.
Every time you complete a habit, you get a feeling of success. You feel good, feel proud and happy!
This feeling of success becomes a source of constant motivation. If you did it once, if you completed your workout today, then why not tomorrow? And why not the day after?

Rather than beat yourself up when you go off track, realize and acknowledge that what you are doing isn’t easy. It is hard work to build and sustain a fit lifestyle. And you will have setbacks and roadblocks on the way. What’s important is not to give up. Get up, dust yourself off, and keep going.

Motivate yourself to power through!

So, what makes you lose motivation?? And more importantly, what brings it back? Tell us in the comments below!

Mini Habits, Big Changes

At the beginning of any new routine or workout, we all start with so much gusto!
The excitement of it being new and different keeps us going strong. Well, for a few days at least.

And then what? We get bored, tired, and finally, simply stop doing it.

You work very hard to achieve your fitness goals. You plan the workouts, the right eating habits, try to get your sleep pattern in check, but ultimately, it just doesn’t work. Maybe you get overwhelmed with it all. Or just scared that you will fail. So you give up before you can even start getting used to it.

This not only disheartens you, but also plants the seed of doubt and fear in your mind about trying yet another new routine! So, what do you do? Never try another fitness routine, or just quit the idea of getting fitter?

Of course NOT!

There is a very simple, practical solution. Mini Habits!

Mini habits are basically your new routine broken down into small, doable tasks to make it easier for you!

You know that feeling of being on auto-pilot when you are taking a shower or brushing your teeth in the morning? You don’t even need to think about the task while doing it. Why? Simply because you have turned these necessary daily activities into habits – you have done them so often and with such regularity that you now do them automatically!

The same applies to any new fitness routine.

For example, you want to start eating healthier. So, you make changes, make sure all your meals and snacks are healthy and in tune with your new plan.
But it’s not so easy to just change everything, is it?
Instead, try this.
Replace just one snack, like your evening snack of chips with something healthy, like a handful of peanuts!
So, instead of running away from too much change all at once, changing only one meal in a day to a healthy meal is easy, doable, and makes you feel so good! And it gives you the confidence and the desire to keep going!

Turning your fitness routine into a regular habit is not an easy task. But it’s in our hands to MAKE it easier!

So next time you get stuck with a new routine, just turn it into a mini routine instead, and see the magic work!
Do try it out, and let us know how it works for you!

4 Practical hacks to overcome fitness roadblocks

Do you get all excited about starting a new fitness routine? New routine, new plans, new you! You feel motivated and ready to go!
How long does it last? How long before you start finding excuses to take a break, or reschedule (and there are so many, aren’t there?)?

When we start any new fitness and health routine, we all hit roadblocks. We lose motivation, feel overwhelmed, or just keep procrastinating.
It’s natural for you to be excited about something fresh and new, and then lose your resolve over time. What’s important is getting it back!

There are always going to be roadblocks on your way, but you have to know how to knock them down and keep going!
Here are a few hacks you can try.

#1 Attach something you already love to your new routine!

This works great if are a master at procrastinating, or just aren’t feeling up for it today.
Imagine this. It’s been a week since you started exercising regularly.
Today, you want to workout, but are just not getting the motivation to do so. Rather than feel low and bleh, why not play your favorite songs while you exercise? Not only will it get you up and running, and lift your mood, it will also make the new routine itself more rewarding for you. And isn’t that the whole point of it?

#2 Limit your choices

When we start a new routine, there is SO much to do! New exercises, new food habits, new everything! It gets really overwhelming sometimes, and that feeling makes us want to fall facedown on our bed and quit!
Too many options create anxiety and leave us feeling less satisfied! So, what can we do about it?
REDUCE our choices!
Let’s look at an example. If you are building a habit of eating breakfast daily, reduce your options to 1-2 for the entire week. Sounds boring?
It really isn’t, if being overwhelmed is something you are struggling with. Instead, it makes your life much easier, and helps you stay on track with your fitness routine.


#3 Choose an activity you enjoy.

Exercise is one of the most difficult habits to develop. And it is even worse when you are not enjoying what you are doing!
But, exercise doesn’t only mean going to the gym and doing the same reps on the same machines over and over again!
Today, we have the opportunity to do SO much more than just gymming! So, choose what you enjoy doing. If you like dancing, join a dance class! Go trekking! Or maybe join power yoga!
Go swimming, go shopping, go hula hooping! Just keep moving.

#4 One at a time!

When we plan to start exercising, or start a new routine, we are trying to build new habits. Healthier, fitter habits.
Building a new habit is tough, we all know that. But building 20 new ones at the same time? OVERWHELMING, and enough to drive you crazy!
If you want to start exercising regularly, eat better, have more water every day, sleep better, what do you do? You start ALL of this together. That’s just setting yourself up for failure!
Solution? Start with just one!
Just begin with trying to exercise regularly maybe. Once you have got that down, move on to the next one!

When starting any new fitness routine, the goal is to make it fun and EASY for yourself, not mind-numbingly tough!
So, next time you are confronted with a roadblock, try one of these hacks!

Have any other hacks that you use to make life, and fitness, simpler?
Tell us in the comments below!

Eat Slowly… What’s The Rush?

How many of us finish our meals in a matter of minutes? As if the food will disappear if we don’t gobble it up? Or eat standing up because we don’t have to “time” to sit down, relax and enjoy our food? If you are having your lunch or dinner while binge-watching your favourite TV series, is the plate empty before you even realize it?

In today’s world, we are always running. Always rushing to get things done, to be as fast as we can. But this way of life shouldn’t be our way of eating! We live in a rushed, distracted society. We rarely take the time to really savour our food, sometimes not even to chew it properly!

Mindful eating is something that not only affects the way we digest our food, but also how our body reacts to the food! In simple terms, when you eat slowly, you digest better, your body uses the food more efficiently.

There are loads of reasons why eating slowly is a lot more beneficial than mindless, distracted and hurried eating.

  • Not overeating.
  • One of the most important benefits of slow, mindful eating is that it gives your body time to recognize that you are full. When eating, it takes about 20 minutes for the brain to signal that the stomach is full. But we, being the freakishly fast-paced people that we are, manage to shovel so much food in those 20 minutes, that we end up overeating and feeling “too full”.

  • Sensing satisfaction.
  • Eating slowly also helps us feel more satisfied – which is very different that just being “full”. When you slow down, you savour a meal, you pay attention to the flavours and the textures, and appreciate each mouthful.

  • Improves digestion
  • Eating slowly also helps improve digestion.
    Digestion starts from the mouth, so large bites that are hurriedly eaten and not chewed properly are more difficult for the stomach to break down, thus leading to indigestion and other GI problems. And who wants that?

  • Helps in losing weight!
  • Fast eaters generally gain more weight over time than slow eaters. Just by eating slower, you eat less food (you don’t over-eat), and end up consuming lesser calories than you would if you rush through your meals! So if weight loss is on your agenda, eating slow should be a part of you lifestyle.

  • Less stress.
  • Eating slowly while paying attention to your food is a great form of mindfulness exercise. Be in the moment, concentrate on what you are doing, rather than just doing it to get it over with. This kind of mindfulness will help you calm your mind and lead to lesser stress. Give it a try!

  • Lesser craving post meals.

  • Research has shown that people who eat slow, and are thus more satisfied with their meal, have lesser mid-meal cravings. It keeps you from binge eating on unhealthy snacks during the day!

    So how can you eat slow and eat right?

    Try some of these tips!!

    – Try to eat with minimal distractions. Avoid eating while watching TV, driving, texting, etc.
    – Choose high fibre foods that require you to chew just a little more, like fresh fruits and vegetables.
    – Put down your utensils after a few bites. Take a moment, breathe and enjoy your food.
    – Use smaller utensils and silverware (plates/bowls/spoons).
    – Set aside time to eat, and try to take at least 20-30 minutes from the start of your meal till the end. Don’t just eat when “convenient”.
    – Eat with other people around. With family or friends, the conversation flows freely, so the meals usually last longer than they would if you eat alone.

    You are fuelling your body whenever you eat something. That’s important. Give it the time and attention it deserves!

    What do you do to make sure that you are eating the right way? Any more tips that we can add in our blog?
    Do let us know in the comments below!!

    Kick Off Those Shoes! Go Barefoot!

    When was the last time you walked, or ran, without footwear?

    Remember your childhood? Kicking off your shoes, running around barefoot, not a care in the world!

    As we grew up, the heels, socks and shoes, pretty sandals and pedicures took priority over the feel of the ground under our feet. After all, who would want to walk on such uneven ground, right? What kind of benefits can that have?

    Well, being barefoot, in fact, has a lot of benefits!

  • Strengthens your feet muscles
  • Going barefoot uses those muscles in your feet that usually stay cushioned and covered by your footwear.

  • Improves your balance
  • Balance, just like strength, speed and agility, is trainable. And moving around barefoot is a great way to do that!

  • Corrects your posture
  • Heels, or even shoes with small lifts under the heel, mold our bodies. To stay straight up, we push our butts back, and our waists forward. Barefoot, our body stays straight, without putting strain on our spine, butt or waist!

  • Improves blood circulation
  • We all know how the roads are in India, right? But that may actually be in our favour! Every step on an uneven surface stimulates the muscles in our feet and increases the blood circulation. Also, better circulation means less aches and pains, less varicose veins and warmer feet and legs in the winters!

  • Improves immune system
  • The soles of the feet have lots of nerve endings and sensory receptors. These send positive vibes to our brain for making our immune system more powerful and prepared. Walking barefoot helps activate these receptors, thus strengthening our immune system!

  • Exercising barefoot is very beneficial!

  • By training barefoot, you improve your strength, mobility and the ability to sense the position, location and movement of the body and its parts, which is called the “proprioception” of your feet. It also improves overall dexterity and reactivity.

    Going barefoot is also a great stressbuster! Just imagine walking on soft grass, or sinking your feet into the sand on a beach… Feels amazing, doesn’t it?

    The Holistique Program promotes barefoot training for all the wonderful benefits mentioned above!

    So why don’t you try it out, and give your shoes a break?

    Start out slow, though.

    Years and years of wearing “comfortable” footwear makes your feet accustomed to the feeling of always having a layer between your feet and the ground. So, start slow. Walk around your house barefoot, take a stroll in the park, or just stand on uneven ground and feel the surface with the soles of your feet.

    If you aren’t comfortable going sans footwear immediately, try out minimal footwear as visible in the image above. Minimalistic footwear gives you the feel and benefits of barefoot walking without the fear of injury! Get your feet evaluated by a barefoot specialist before going in for minimal footwear.

    See how it feels, and go from there! Going barefoot really makes you feel wonderfully connected to the earth!

    Give it a shot, and tell us about your experience in the comments below!

    Holistique Truffles! The Deliciously Healthy Go-To Snack!

    We all yearn for that “something sweet” after our meals, don’t we?
    The mid afternoon snacks, the cravings in-between meals, midnight munch sessions… We are always on the lookout for that one amazing thing that not only satiates our hunger pangs, but also satisfies our need for something delicious and delectable!

    Well, we are here to tell you that… Your search is over!!! The Holistique Truffles are BACK!

    It is common knowledge that exercise and healthy eating are the two sides of the “fitness” coin. But most people think that “healthy food” is synonymous with “boring food“.

    That’s not true at all!

    The philosophy around which our truffles are woven is simple, short and sweet: healthy food shouldn’t just be high on nutrition, it can and should be delicious too!

    There are so many “healthy chocolates” in the market to choose from. So confusing, isn’t it? So, why should you choose our artisanal truffles?
    Well, first of all, the filling of the truffles is 100% natural, nourishing, and super flavourful!
    As if that wasn’t enough, this filling is encased in a thin layer of sinful dark chocolate… and who hasn’t heard of the goodness of yummy dark chocolate?

    The ingredients used to make these delicious morsels are of the highest quality. They are vegan, gluten-free, highly nutritious, and absolutely guilt-free!

    Empowered with complex carbohydrates, satisfying proteins and healthy fats, these artisanal truffles provide you with long lasting energy. And what’s even better is that they actually promote fat loss by helping you get rid of unhealthy snacking habits and unnecessary munching!

    There are 2 scrumptious, delicious flavours for you to choose from: Jamocha, and Sinful Duo.
    Check them out in our Facebook Shop!

    Every single truffle is handcrafted, and does not have any additives, enhancers or preservatives added. The sweetness emerges from the fabulous ingredients themselves!

    Whereas normal store bought sweets derail you from your fitness goals, the Holistique Truffles do the exact opposite, and fast track your journey toward a healthy and happy you!

    So what are you waiting for??

    Go ahead and devour as many of these that you possibly can!!

    Stay Hydrated!

    The human body, as we all have been taught in school, is made up of 70%-75% of water. This little fact has been drilled into our heads! But what good has it really done?

    Most of us still do not realize the importance of water in our daily lives.

    Water is not just handy to quench our thirst. It is essential for the proper working of our bodily functions. It helps the body with digestion, absorption of food, regulating our body temperature, blood circulation, carrying nutrients and oxygen to the cells in our body, and for removal of toxins. Water also helps with the movement of joints, and helps protect organs and tissues of the body.

    Well, this is what we know. But what about fitness? Do you know how water helps us in achieving our fitness goals?

    Whether you are a professional athlete, or someone who exercises for recreational purposes, it is extremely important to stay hydrated.

    So, let’s take a look at how staying hydrated as you work out makes a difference.

    Helps You Lose Weight!
    Water helps in regulating your digestive system, so that the foods you eat are processed efficiently by your body.

    Improves Muscle Tone
    Our muscles are 75% water. Drinking more water helps you maintain your muscle tissue and muscle tone.

    Prevents Muscle Cramps
    Water and the electrolytes found in water allow your muscles to contract, while preventing shrinkage and helps prevent the soreness related to exercise.

    Prevents Illnesses
    Catching a cold or falling sick is something that completely derails our perfectly planned workout program. Staying hydrated helps us avoid that! Not only will drinking water help you if you do get sick, research has shown that drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will reduce your risk of falling ill in the first place.

    Helps Kidney Function
    Our kidneys filter the waste present in blood, which ensures that your muscles stay oxygenated efficiently. Water is essential for the kidneys to perform this function.

    So now that you know how important it is to stay hydrated, keep a check on the amount of water you are consuming! Track your water intake using a fitness journal, like our Holistique Journal, or use a mobile app!

    Let your thirst be your guide. Make sure your body doesn’t get dehydrated!

    Carry a bottle of water with you at all times, and keep sipping throughout the day. And don’t forget to refill that bottle!

    How much water do you drink in a day? Do you think it is sufficient?

    Let us know in the comments below!

    Hit the Snooze Button!

    We all just LOVE hitting that snooze button in the morning, don’t we? If its after a good night's sleep, its just us being lazy and wanting to steal those extra 5 minutes. But if its because you haven't slept well at night, you may have to change your sleeping pattern to make sure your body is well rested !
    A good night's sleep is just as important as exercise and nutrition for the body. It does a lot more than boosting your mood and getting rid of those under-eye circles!
    Some benefits of sleeping well are -


    Your brain recharges when you sleep.

    Lack of sleep affects the frontal lobe of your brain and can cause you to have trouble recalling information, causing you to make decisions that you normally wouldn't! Also, not sleeping well raises the overall anxiety levels.

    Sleep keeps your heart healthy!
    Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. Getting a good night's sleep reduced the risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, obesity and stroke!

    Your cells repair themselves.
    As you drift off to sleep, your body starts its night-shift – repairing damaged cells. Sleep supports healthy growth and development. Deep sleep triggers the body to release the I hormone that promotes normal growth in children and teens. This hormone also boosts muscle mass and helps repair cells and tissues in children, teens, and adults.

    Adequate sleep helps you avoid obesity and weight gain!
    A healthy diet and exercise are very important for preventing and managing obesity. Lack of sleep contributes to the rising numbers in obese and diabetic people. When your body doesn't get enough sleep, you become lethargic and your physical activity levels go down. Sleep deprivation in excess can cause weight gain due to the way our body processes carbohydrates. This alters levels of hormones that affect our appetite and cause slow metabolism.

    Sleep improves concentration and memory!
    Sleep has been linked to psychological, emotional and mental recovery, as well as learning and memory. With memory at its peak, the mind restored and the hormones all balanced, the mind has a healthier imagination, making you more creative!

    Sleep helps in muscle repair and recovery post workout.
    One of the primary benefits of sleep in terms of muscle growth is the recovery time. When you exercise, tiny tears occur in your muscle fibres. Your body needs time to repair this damage and build muscle mass. Sleep gives your body an opportunity to concentrate on recovery and repair of muscle tissue.

    So now that you know more about how sleep benefits you mind and body, you have all the more reason (as if we needed any more, right?) to hit the sack, and just doze off!

    To know how to sleep better, come back for our next blog post!!