Inspired Exercise Routine

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A friend of mine shared this very useful educational video by a Doctor-Professor called Mike Evans about how exercise can reduce the risks of chronic health diseases by just dedicating 30 mins of everyday to it. Here's the video: (a must-watch)



During winters I spend all my day sitting except when I'm cooking and doing the dishes (I chose not to use the dishwasher) coz there is no way I can go out for a walk unless I want to catch hypothermia or worsen my isnophelia. Then there is the gym but joining it would be a total waste of money coz I would rather spend my time staying indoors than having to spend an hour dressing up with all the layers and layers of winter wear and going out. And also when something sounds tedious we mostly tend to avoid it. So I prepared a small and easy 30 min. exercise routine which I have been following for 2 weeks now, without fail. Like the doctor said, I broke it down to 10 min. of different kinds of exercises so that I don't get bored.

---> 10 min. of warm up exercises (sorry but this doesn't count :))
---> 10 min. of jogging/brisk walking/stair climbing or treadmill/cycling if you have gym equipment
---> 10 min. of aerobics (this is like dancing to 2 bollywood songs, you can actually do that too)
---> 10 min. of jumping jacks and push-ups (5 min. each)
---> 10 min. of yoga for people who love doing it (you can give up aerobics if you're doing this or if you like doing both you can do that too)

Isn't that easy peasy? I linked some youtube videos so you can do it along with the trainers and also so that you'll know whether you're doing it correctly. Doing exercises without a professional can give muscle cramps sometimes, so be careful. Yoga mostly needs guidance if you're doing it for the first time so avoid it if you have no company. Each 10 min. routine can be done at different parts of a day or whenever you're free coz most of us have busy lives but I found out that its more effective when done continuously in the mornings. Don't strain yourself on the very first day if you're not used to doing exercises regularly. You can start with 15 min. per day and gradually increase it to 30 min. Once you get used to that you can repeat another 10 min. of your favorite exercise, and so on. If you really want to lose weight you can increase it to an hour daily. If you're not comfortable with any of the exercises and think that its straining a particular part of your body too much, stop it immediately.

When checking you're weight weekly (which you should if you aren't), you might notice that sometimes there is an increase in the scale inspite of your exercising regularly, but do not be discouraged by this coz an increase in the weight could be due to a lot of factors, especially for the ladies. Also when your body is physically active you tend to eat more coz your metabolism is increased and this could be a reason for the weight gain. But it doesn't matter, continue doing it anyways. Being active is what's important, not the weight.

To stay fit and healthy, like the doctor said, you have to do atleast 30 min. of exercise daily. It doesn't matter whether you're obese or skinny coz being thin doesn't necessarily mean being healthy. Exercising helps you stay fit, and healthy irrespective of your body type. A healthy you means a happy you. Also, an inactive body is equal to a body full of toxins so its better to detoxify and sweat it out.

Don't consider it as a task and try to enjoy yourself while doing it by playing music, or watching TV to distract yourself coz when we think of it as homework/assignment, our brain tends to postpone it slowly and finally avoid it totally. Take breaks to hydrate yourself and relax in between exercises. Happy exercising :)


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15 comments:

Ramesh said...

If only the zillions of overweight unathletic Indian ladies would follow your advice ....... And they don't even have Chicago's brutal cold to contend with.

rads said...

@Ramesh: I used to be one of those unathletic Indian ladies until I developed some serious health issues, now I take exercising seriously, but I learnt it the hard way. The Chicago winters are definitely limiting me but the Indian summers are brutal too and I've been hit by sunstroke too many times. I'm just saying that people who don't like exercising (including me) just need a reason to complain and get back to being couch potatoes..That's the reason for including variety in exercises so that it doesn't seem like a tedious task.

Sujatha Sathya said...

your indivine vote brought me here

a good post, helpful and needed but i so wish i could actually get myself to do even one of those 10 minutes exercises :( m too lazy :D

Dee........ said...

Once a person attach himself/herself to exercising, it will become an obsession :D :D

rads said...

@Sujatha: LOL I know its a lil difficult to get oneself to commit to doing exercise daily but begin with 10 min. and you never know, you might actually like it. I really liked your post on office politics. Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

rads said...

@Dee: True, I know a lot of gym junkies who cannot live without exercising.

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Subhorup Dasgupta said...

The true test of a blog post is when the reader responds to the call to action. Though in this case, the CTA might have just been clicking through to the video, in my case, it was inspiring enough for me to review my all but absent exercise regimen. Nice piece of persuasive writing.

Neha said...

Thanks for the tips :) ... I frequently tend to skip hitting the tread mill by giving myself lousy excuses like, "oh, today I have that test" or "I was up late night so I need the extra rest" ... Will try to atleast work out for a min 30 mins a day from now :)

Zach said...

hmmm...informative video. I prefer short intense workouts cos I found them to give better results than tiresome longer ones,kinda strange,isnt it? anyway,thnx for sharing :)

rads said...

@Shubhorup: I'm glad the post was able to inspire you. The post was more of a persuasion to myself coz I don't want to be preachy to anyone coz some people might take it negatively but if it helps someone I'm more than happy to have done something like that. Readers like you are an inspiration.

rads said...

@Neha: We all complain and postpone coz of our busy lives and that's one reason I broke it down to different 10 min routines so that it wouldn't be viewed as a tedious task. All the best with your routine.

rads said...

@Zach: Intense workouts, I find, are not for everyone coz some people are prone to muscle cramps more often. If they workout for you then that's ok too.

Shilpi Dutta said...

indeed staying healthy shud be the aim instead of losing weight or looking skinny. appreciate the facts put together :-)

rads said...

@Shilpi: Thanks :) I'm glad you agree with my point. Welcome to my blog.