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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!

Building Habits to Achieve Goals!

What do all of us do when we want to achieve something new in life?

Whether we want to get in better shape, eat better, sleep earlier, do better at work, write a best-selling book, cook gourmet meals, or anything at all, the first thing we do is we set a goal. We write it down on a piece of paper, file it or keep in neatly in a drawer, and then very conveniently… forget about it!

Heard the saying, “A goal without a plan is just a dream” ?
All of us love to dream, and dream big! Nothing wrong in that! But how about we actually DO something to achieve those dreams? How about we take actual, concrete steps to achieve our goals?

Setting goals is great for the short term. Definitely. Your goal motivates you, challenges you, makes you move!
But the problem with goals? They have an endpoint. They rely on factors that we can’t always control! So ultimately, setting goals is good, but it’s an incomplete system.
So what’s a better solution?

Build HABITS to achieve your goals!!!

Now, what is the difference between the two?
Let me give you an example. Say you decide to run a marathon (goal), so you plan and plan and plan for it, make notes, study on it. OR you start running a little, every morning (habit) and gradually increase the distance! What do you think will give you results?

Habits power our lives, and our goals. Let’s take a look at how habits actually help you.

Good habits help you exceed your goals!
Say you want to lose 4 kilograms in a month. You work out, eat right, do everything possible and lose those 4 kilos! Once you achieve your goal, you feel satisfied. Happy.
And then you go back to your old habits and routine, and end up gaining those 4 kilos back. Instead, if you decide to work out regularly, make a habit of it, not only with you lose the 4 kilos, but you will be able to sustain it too!

Habits are easier to sustain than goals.
Since habits are repetitive behaviours usually on a daily or fairly regular basis, they are much easier to sustain.

Building habits successfully motivates you!
Imagine if you are successful in building a habit of exercising regularly. What does it do? It not only helps you accomplish your goal of being fit, it also constantly keeps you motivated to keep going!

Small habits are manageable, and help you grow!
Build small habits that are easy to repeat and easy to follow through. Once you get accustomed to them, you can start adding bigger and more complex habits to your lifestyle. For example, if you want to drink 1 additional litre of water every day, start with one extra glass instead of the extra litre. Once that is easy for you, move on to two, then three and so on.

So, how do you build a new habit?
Well, it’s actually not that difficult.
You have to follow 3 steps – a Cue, a Routine and a Reward.
Again, let’s take an example. Suppose you want to start meditating every morning. So, pick a cue , like brushing your teeth, that triggers your new routine. So, brushing your teeth is your cue to start your new routine – sit to meditate. Once you are done, reward yourself with something that you enjoy, like listening to your favourite song!

Once you actually break down a new habit into these 3 steps, it becomes easier for you to follow through, and more enjoyable too! Try it out!!

It is possible to get the life you have always wanted, to set big goals and achieve AND sustain them. All you have to do is really want it, and work for it!

And the best thing about habits? You don’t have to make big, bold and drastic changes in your life from the get go. Start small, and just go from there. Take a step. Commit to the process, not the goal.

So, this week, why don’t you start something new? Something you have always wanted to do, but have not been able to do yet? Try out the 3 step routine, and tell us how it works out for you!

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!

    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.
    Get it in our shop! Click on —- https://www.facebook.com/commerce/products/1667900579948973/

    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!

    The Attitude of Gratitude

    How important do you think being happy is to your overall health and fitness?
    The answer is – VERY!

    So, if happiness is important, how important a role do you think does gratitude play in that?

    How many times in a day do we think about the things we don’t have, the situations that didn’t go our way, or not getting everything precisely as we wanted? We are so busy in these, we simply forget to be thankful for everything we DO have.

    We often skip the need for gratitude, not realizing what a massive impact it can have in our lives. Just starting the day with gratitude can swing your day the right way!

    We have so many things everyday to be thankful for- getting a good night’s sleep, waking up in a house full of loving family members, having good friends, having food to eat, even small little things like your maid showing up! But we tend to overlook it all.

    Post workout rejuvenation plays a big part in our journey to fitness. In order to do that, our mindset and emotional health needs to be in a good state. Gratitude helps us appreciate our body, and understand its needs better. As we start respecting our body, we start fuelling it with better, healthier food, and start enjoying the gruelling workouts, rather than seeing them as punishments!

    So as this year ends, let us do something a little different.

    Let’s bring in the new year with a new attitude – of Gratitude! Let’s be thankful for the all the laughs we had over the year, all the good that happened, all the wonderful memories, and also, the lessons learnt from the things not so good, the pain and the obstacles that came our way.
    Let us all welcome the new year with positivity and happiness!

    Here are some ways in which you can achieve the attitude of gratitude:

    Look around! Try to notice new things you are grateful for every day. It will help improve your emotional health, and even your relationships.

    Club the gratitude habit with another existing habit – for example, practice gratitude during your daily shower, or your make up ritual.

    Help others realise the power of gratitude too! Start your family’s evening meal with a one-minute chat around the table of what each of you are grateful for.

    Maintain a journal. Sometimes, we need to remind ourselves of the good in life. Do you feel like you didn’t have anything special happening every day? You couldn’t be further away from the truth! Make it a habit to write down 3 things that you are grateful for every day. It may be as simple as knowing you have healthy kids, or having a good conversation with a friend!

    In Holistique, we strongly believe in the power of gratitude. That is why the Holistique Journal has a Gratitude section, especially for this. It’s the one section where you have to think and write about what makes you feel content and happy, as compared to tracking your day. This section is about finding the amazing in the routine. To get the journal, click Here.

    It might take a month or two of daily practice, but you’ll realize that it’s the little things in life that truly make you happy. Gratitude has the power to open up a level of inner consciousness, and lead to self-introspection – this in turn can help you power over your thoughts and live with positivity in your daily life.

    Think of it this way- you have the power to turn any day into a good day, by just focusing on the good things that happen, rather than dwelling on the bad.
    This simple exercise, though tedious in the beginning, will open up unlimited happiness for you!

    Don’t believe it? Try it, the Holistique way!

    Health is nothing without food

    In today’s blog post we’ll help you look at food in a different way. Food, and eating it, is not just a mechanical process that we do day in and out (like breathing). Nourishing yourself in the right way with the right fuel for your body will help you not only nutritionally and physically, but also stabilize your moods and overall balance.

    When it comes to eating right, there is no one-size-fits-all meal plan for everyone. As part of the Holistique program, we help you figure out what works for your lifestyle, and provide some invaluable advice along the way. For example, we encourage that you eat every 2-3 hours and that too eat what you enjoy. We don’t advocate going on fad diets for a temporary goal. These diets are not sustainable for the long term, and often make you feel bad when going off the plan, leading to guilt eating.

    Instead, we suggest foods based on your existing diet pattern, as that is what your body has been used to for so many years. The most important thing is to plan your meals in advance, and once you are into a routine of doing this, you’ll see how easy it is to maintain a food plan that works for your body whilst also giving you results along with the workouts you are doing.

    A couple of other tips and tricks on nourishment:

    • Remove all junk food from your pantry! If it’s not there, you won’t be tempted to eat it
    • Eat the right foods at the right time. We can help you figure out when your body will best digest that dessert you crave, as well as pre and post workout meals
    • Eat the rainbow! This means eating all types of fruits and vegetables, preferably seasonal and locally produced

    *SPECIAL RECIPE – TURMERIC MILK*

    The irony about food in this generation is that our grandmother’s recipes are often dismissed as old wives tales, and yet these very recipes are proving their ageless value over time. One such example is the simple yet effective “haldi doodh” – turmeric milk. We all know that turmeric is a store house of healthy properties, and is used for healing, and as an every day spice in all Indian homes. Typically, turmeric has been known to boost immunity, and a nightly dose of haldi doodh can keep all ailments away, according to grandma. Here’s a simple recipe for this power drink which you can have every night before bed, or as a snack in between meals:

    Recipe Ingredients:
    • 1 inch fresh turmeric (grated) or 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder    
    • 200ml milk
    • Honey or sugar to taste    
    • Black pepper powder to taste (optional)
    • 1 tablespoon Desi Ghee

    Method:

    1. Heat ghee in a pan until slightly warm. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder (or grated turmeric) to it and mix well.
    2. Pour in 200ml milk, mix well, and bring to boil for a couple of minutes.
    3. Once it boils, turn off the heat and allow the turmeric milk mixture to rest (covered) for two more minutes. 
    4. Strain the milk and turmeric mixture into a glass, stir in sugar / honey and black pepper as desired
    5. Garnish with sliced almonds and pistachios, and serve the turmeric milk while still hot.

    Enjoy!

    If you have any more old family turmeric milk recipes, tell me 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.