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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!

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 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!

Sleep better!

Well, we all love to sleep, don’t we? In the last blog post, we read about the importance of sleep.
But just knowing the WHY doesn’t teach us the HOW.
There are a number of things you can do to ensure your “good night sleep” is actually good!

Read below for a few tips and tricks that can help you get those zzz’s…

* Maintain a daily schedule:
One of the most important things you can do to sleep well is make a schedule and stick to it. Try to go to sleep and wake up roughly at the same time every day. This will help your brain and body get used to being on a healthy sleep-wake schedule.

* Avoid caffeine!
Ah, the smell of coffee early in the morning is enough to kickstart your day!
But try and avoid caffeine after the clock strikes noon, even in things like health drinks and your favorite chocolates! They can affect your sleep later that night.

* Unplug and power down:
From smartphones to laptops to televisions, our lives are full of screens. Their soft-blue
light hurts your sleep. So turn them off, or cover the displays, an hour before you sleep!

* Don’t go to bed on a full stomach:
Heavy meals right before you sleep overload you digestive system. Have a light evening snack instead. Try to finish your food intake at least two hours before you sleep.

* Regular exercise:
Working out regularly helps you sleep well. Just don’t do it too close to your bedtime! Try and finish any vigorous exercise 3 to 4 hours before you sleep. On the other hand, gentle mind-body exercises, like yoga or tai chi, will help you sleep better.

* Keep bedroom dark and quiet:
Light signals the brain to get up and get moving! Low light or a dark rooms signals your brain to make melatonin, the hormone that regulates the sleep wake cycle.

* Keep a journal:
Spending just a few minutes to reflect on the positive highlights of your day can transform your attitude, and calm your brain down, resulting in a relaxed and peaceful mood.

* Limit beverage before sleep:
How much do you hate those pesky nighttime trips to the bathroom? Avoid them by avoiding consuming liquids in the last 2 hours before you sleep.

So follow these little tips, and soon you’ll be on your way to a well rested mind and body!

Tried some of these? Or have any other tricks that you use? 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!!

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!

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!

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?