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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!

    Online Fitness Coaching – The Advantages

    In today’s age, technology has grown in leaps and bounds, bringing the entire world to our fingertips. Every aspect of our lives, our jobs, the way we travel, the way we work, our leisure activities, everything has been affected and made easier by technology.
    So why not our workouts too?

    I am talking about the ongoing debate about online fitness coaching.
    To find out what people really feel about the same, we conducted a survey. These were the results.







    So what we realised was that people are open to the idea of online coaching, but don’t necessarily know or understand the benefits of the same.

    So here we are!!!
    We understand that you are skeptical about the idea. Well, I am here to tell you that the benefits of online coaching vastly outweigh the apparent disadvantages!

    First of all, what does an online fitness coach do? Simply, an online coach can help you reach your health and fitness goals with all the convenience of training in your own home, or other personal space. An online personal coach can provide you all of the services a face-to-face professional would.

    Listed below are the advantages of online coaching-

    Convenience
    No more will you have to miss your workouts because of the weather or the inaccessibility to the gym! With online training, all you need is some space in the comfort of your own home, and you are ready to go!

    Continuity
    How many times have you missed your workout because you are travelling, or out of town? Or your kids have their exams going on, or are not feeling well and you need to be at home with them?
    With online coaching, you can not only exercise at home, but take your workout with you wherever you go!

    Real-time corrections
    With the technology advances that we see today, real-time training and monitoring an online class has become a reality. Your coach could be sitting in another city/country, but with the help of live video training, they are always available to answer your questions and correct you if you are doing something wrong!

    All the time in the world
    Time isn’t a problem anymore! Missed your morning workout due to other commitments? Just see the recorded workout session and get your exercise quota of the day!

    Easy Accessibility
    Now you don’t need to search and search for a good workout program, only to find that the gym/fitness club is too far away, or not accessible! All you have to do is switch on your mobile, laptop or tab, and you are sorted!

    Non-distractive environment
    You can workout at home within your comfort zone, and no distractions around! No shouting, no crowds, no noise, no sharing your personal space with others. You focus on mastering your technique without getting worried of who’s doing what. Just focus on YOU.

    Self-Motivation
    Self-motivation plays an important role in getting fit, and when you are responsible for your own workouts, what could motivate you more? With regularly tracking and monitoring your progress, you never miss a workout!

    Skeptics think that the one downfall to online coaching is the safety factor. But as we have explained above, when you have live training sessions where your coach can see exactly what you are doing, and your coach is just a click away on emails and calls, what do you have to worry about?

    So what do you think of Online Fitness Coaching??
    Is it a Yay or a Nay?
    Have any more questions or concerns about the same?

    Tell us in the comments!!

    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 .

    Well, 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!

    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?