4 “Good” Habits Derailing Your Fitness Goals

We all want to stay fit, stay active, and be the best versions of ourselves.. And we all do everything right to make it happen! Right?

WRONG.

We work out as per our plan, do all the exercises right, focus on the forms, but end up not seeing the results we want.

All of us want results when it comes to fitness and weight loss, and we want them FAST. So, what do we do to make sure it happens? We take up some good habits, and a lot of bad ones! Lets take a look at 4 so-called “good” habits that actually aren’t good for you at all!

  • Not eating enough
    Many women worry about eating too much, or eating the “right kind of food” to lose weight. As a result, you start skipping meals and over-exercising to reach your fitness goals. Because of this, you end up consuming lesser calories than what your body requires!
    There is a fine line between consuming too few calories and slowing down your metabolism, and consuming too many calories and creating a haven for stored fat!!
    Focus on eating just enough. No more, no less!
  • Over training
    This may sound odd to you, but working out too much is just as bad as working out too little! If you are working out so frequently that you feel tired and washed out all the time, what’s the point?
    Your body needs recovery time to take care of those exercised muscles and to replenish your energy. Do “active recovery” instead, like a walk, yoga or just stretching!
    So, simply put, Take a Break! Moderation really is the key.
  • Screw the scale!
    How many of us check our weight on the scale? One eye closed, one foot hovering, and a small peek, then a small shriek!
    Why? Why do we put ourselves through so much for something that means so little?
    As a matter of fact, muscle tissue is denser than fat tissue. So, in simple terms, 1 kg of muscle will take up less space than 1 kg of fat, and still weigh the same! So STOP checking your weight all the time!
    The goal should be fat loss, not weight loss!
  • Sleep!
    In today’s world, we are all running from one checkpoint to another. No time to breathe, and definitely no time to sleep!
    But lack of sleep doesn’t result in those pesky little shadows under your eyes. The damage goes deeper that that!
    Being sleep deprived slows down your metabolism and makes you feel tired all day (obviously!). It also affects the hormones that control appetite, urging you to reach for snacks at all times! So, what can you do to make sure your fitness regime shows you the results you want to see?

Try some of these tips below!

  • Work out in moderation. Don’t overdo it.
  • Keep changing your workout routine to keep it fun.
  • Take active recovery days.
  • Keep your cell phones AWAY while working out.
  • Eat well, and eat right. No skipping meals!
  • Avoid packaged and processed meals. Get your nutrition from fresh food!
  • Stay hydrated! Take small sips during your workout.
  • Get enough sleep at night.
  • Just have fun!!

The last one really is very important. Don’t see your fitness routine as something you have to do. Enjoy every exercise, every rep, every meal and you’ll see results a lot faster! And if you don’t enjoy it? Change it! Fortunately, in today’s world, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the kind of workouts you want to do or food you can choose to eat!

I know I have my favorite workout styles to get me out of those gloomy days. Which ones are yours?

Tell us in the comments below!!

 

Cheese!

The new year is here! And with it come a LOT of resolutions.. Some of us want to exercise more, or drink more water, or travel more! But a majority of us have one resolution in common. Eat better!!
And when it comes to healthy eating, what is the first thing we ditch?
Cheese! The fattening, unhealthy, harmful cheese. Right?

WRONG!

It’s the blog we’ve all been waiting for! The amazing health benefits of cheese! Yep, you read that right.

Cheese is something that has always been considered unhealthy, mainly because of its high-calorie and saturated fat content. But did you know that recent studies tell us that having cheese actually has a lot of health benefits?

1.     Nutritious : Cheese contains a lot of nutrients like calcium, protein, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin B12.

2.       Healthy Bones : Cheese is an excellent source of calcium, which is essential for strong bones. It is not only rich in calcium, but also in vitamin B, which helps the bones to absorb the calcium easily.

3.       Healthy Heart : There are lots and lots of types of cheese to choose from, and certain varieties of it, like Feta, Cottage, Goat, Parmesan and Ricotta, are actually good for the functioning of the heart!

4.       Healthy Brain : Our brain uses fats from the food we eat for healthy brain activity. Cheese, being rich in Omega 3 and fatty acids, is a delicious way to provide the brain with the required nutrients!

5.       Build Muscles : Due to its fat and protein content, certain types of cheese help you build muscles. For example, cottage cheese is consumed by a lot of body-builders as a muscle-building food!

6.       Weight Loss : Studies show that the body burns more fat when it gets enough calcium. So, eating low-fat cheese like Feta, Cottage and Cheddar cheese can actually contribute to weight loss!

7.    Other Benefits : Apart from being an excellent source of fat and protein, cheese also boosts immunity and supports gut health.

And lastly, it’s DELICIOUS!!

So, have that scrumptious thin crust pizza with lots of veggies! Go for the salad with feta and cottage cheese!
All being said and done, one thing is very important.
Nibble, not gorge! All things in moderation are good, and cheese is one of them! And always opt for fresh and organic cheese as opposed to processed. If you ARE eating cheese, eat it right!

So, do you really need any more reasons to go back to that sinful, mouth-watering and yes, HEALTHY cheese??

 

Guest Blog: Fitness in other professions!

Fitness is essential in each and every profession, whether your job dictates you to keep moving and stay active, or makes you sit in one place day in and day out (even more so then!)

Today’s post is a guest blog by one of our clients, Puja Banerjee. A real estate agent, Puja has found a way to integrate fitness and movement in her life, not only by following our program, but also finding ways to use her profession to stay fit and active throughout the day!

Check it out!

Fitness is Essential in Every Profession – take Real Estate.

With the Indian population moving towards fitness and overall well being, it is no surprise that being fit has become a necessity in almost every profession nowadays. Trending movements like #missionfitindia have even the prime minister showing us that it’s essential to incorporate fitness as part of one’s daily routine, no matter what job title you hold.

It’s no longer just the celebrities, models or actors that need to outwardly show their wellness quotient, nor is it only the labour class that needs the strength and stamina in their daily roles. Take the real estate industry for example: the smoothest of sales personnel (in their posh tailored suits) need to be fit enough to climb 18 floors to show a client their dream home – yes, this happens all the time! Our guest blogger – Puja Banerjee, a real estate advisor – incorporates functional training and swimming as a non-negotiable part of her routine, simply because it is essential to get through the job.

To add to this, apartment complexes these days are coming up with every amenity imaginable – multi purpose courts, swimming pools, jogging tracks – all are a regular expectation from today’s homebuyers. This is fuelled by the renewed consumer mindset that making time for fitness is equally important as making a living. And it’s about time that we Indians caught up with this belief, which is already second nature to our western counterparts. Stepping down into your society garden is nothing short of motivating – seeing people around you being active works to fuel your motivation for a healthier lifestyle.

Also on the property topic, there is the herculean task of searching for your dream home. You need to be fit to even embark on this exciting and challenging journey. For a good real estate agent to show you some excellent properties, be prepared to walk through concrete mazes, test your calf muscles going up and down staircases, and possibly even spend hours on end hopping from site to site!

The fitness and wellness industry in India is on a high and only poised to grow further. Holistique is a program that focuses on health and fitness in exactly that – a wholistic way – enabling you to develop a sustainable healthy lifestyle in just 24 weeks.

For any property needs in Mumbai & Thane, call our preferred partners Blue Lotus Realtors on +918452811549 or email puja.banerjee@bluelotusrealtors.com

Want to share your story or your fitness journey with us?
Mail us at contact@anujaluniya.com !

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!

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!

Snack Guilt-Free! Recipe #1

Most of us LOVE late-afternoon snacks. We hog on anything and everything we can find in the kitchen at that time.
But these late afternoon cravings have a big role to play in messing up our meal plans! Sure, we all have slip ups and cheat days, but when it becomes a habit, it prevents us from reaching our fitness goals.

So what can we do to change that? Not eat anything when we are feeling hungry or have a craving for something yummy?
NO!
How about we eat the yummy food, but the right kind of yummy food?

Read below for a delicious, yet super healthy recipe for those mid afternoon cravings!

Sweet potato fries
Serves 1

Ingredients-
1 medium-size sweet potato
1/4 tsp Chilli flakes
1/4 tsp Oregano
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt to taste.

Method-
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
First, peel the potatoes. After peeling, cut the potatoes into french fries wedges.
Pat dry with paper towel.
Mix the olive oil and spices to it. Add salt to taste.
Cook in the air fryer for 22 to 25 minutes.
Enjoy with different kinds of dips!

If you don’t have an air fryer handy, just bake then in the oven at 200°C for yummy, crispy fries!

Sweet potatoes aren’t just delicious, but also have a number of health benefits.
They are soothing to the stomach and help prevent constipation.
The health benefits also include their ability to help lose weight, boost immunity, aid in digestion, treat asthma and bronchitis, and control diabetes.

So what kinds of snacks do you eat mid-afternoon? Do share your recipes in the comments below!
And do try the recipe! Don’t forget to tell us how you liked it!

4 Secrets to A Healthy Lifestyle

One time or another, all of us have done some form of exercise in our lives, like walking, running, playing sports, dancing etc.

The reasons for doing so, are many. You may want a good body , or want to lose weight or fat, or improve your strength and flexibility, or be happy and stress free!

Now the question is this. What have you done to achieve your goals? Have you taken some steps to do so, and have you been successful?
If the answer is no, then why not?
And if the answer is yes, then I have another question for you.
Have you been able to maintain the goals that you have worked so hard to achieve? It’s not easy, is it?

That’s where the 4 keys to a healthy lifestyle come in. Yes, just 4!
It’s simple, doable, and the best part is, IT WORKS!

The first one to start with is- CONSISTENCY
When you do something repeatedly, what happens? A habit develops.
So if you decide to do something that will help you get healthier and fitter, and consciously make an effort to repeat it CONSISTENTLY, your body adapts to it and it becomes a habit. When continued, this habit becomes a part of your daily life!

Reading the above, did you feel motivated and excited to start exercising, to start making a difference in your life? Yes?
So, do you think the motivation to take that step, to take action, is enough to delevop these habits, and to sustain them?
NO!

For that you need the next 2 keys- DISCIPLINE and DEDICATION.
When you can do what’s needed to be done, even when you don’t want to, then you will achieve your goals faster!

So, we have consistency, discipline and dedication. So what is the last key?
Think about this. You do all of the above, but you always have to keep yourself in check, never letting yourself slip up even once. Does that sound like fun? It doesn’t to me!
Perfection is impossible. And BORING!

So what will help us here?

MODERATION!
The perfect healthy lifestyle doesn’t exist. It’s impossible that you will never slip up. So, it’s very important that you don’t be too tough on yourself. Even if you do fall off the wagon, so to speak, remember that the secret to success is to get up, and get back on track. Let your discipline kick in and prevent a lapse from becoming a relapse.

So now we know the secret formula to sustain a healthy lifestyle…how about we go ahead and begin?

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 statement 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 are generally more motivated, resilient, and definitely happier!

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

And just…flow!