Their idea of being fit and healthy

Place – Madiwala Lake, Bangalore; Date – 21st May 2017;  Time – 6:00 AM; Point of Observation –  People’s idea of being fit and healthy

madiwala lake idea of being fit and healthy

The whole world has realized the importance of fitness and health and off late see we a lot of Gym, fitness center etc. cropping up in the different part of cities. I am sitting here at a lake side and see the different view and people have a very different take on how to be fit and healthy. Their idea of being fit and healthy is very different, your journey can start at any point. Let us have a look at some of the observation.

Idea of being fit and healthy

  • Old Couple Walking

  • An old couple walking is a beautiful sight. The are looking very happy and to me, it looks like they are at the lakeside just to enjoy nature and complete their schedule. They just want fresh air and walking was enough for them to be healthy. I reached out to them and asked what is it that gets you here every day. They told, “It’s the young people like you who compels us to be here, we get a lot of energy seeing you and it makes us happy”. Their idea of being fit and healthy is the happiness and laughter which they get when they come here daily.
  • Young Couple Jogging

  • A young couple taking out time from their busy schedule and jogging over the weekend to make sure that their lifestyle doesn’t take a toll on their health. I casually started chatting with them and was surprised to know that they don’t miss their jog for even one day. It was their idea of being fit and healthy and they were happy that way. Some thing’s I did in order to be healthy.
  • Man full of gadgets

  • Technology has taken its toll on us, gentleman full of gadgets is the sight. He is always looking at his band, mobile while running. I can empathize with him as I am the same. Measurement gives us a thrill and then we act accordingly. The targets are what we are conditioned to achieve and we see fitness with the lenses of achieving a target. Here the idea of being fit and healthy is about achieving milestones and move ahead. I did something similar when I took this challenge.
  • Individuals Running

  • Individual girls/boys running and spending time in the open gym as if there is no tomorrow. One of them told me that why to spend money on being healthy when we have enough options of doing so. We just need the will and that we get from each other. They were a group of 5 people who comes to madiwala daily. Their idea of being fit was being regular and helping each other to do so.
  • Boy talking on phone

  • A boy is talking to his parents and walking. I am assuming his idea of being fit and healthy must be “Walk while you talk”. Multitasking to make sure you are healthy and fit is another trait of the present generation.
  • People doing Yoga and Pranayama

  • People doing yoga and pranayama, these are mostly middle-aged people who want to do their bit to be fit and healthy. These people are generally conservative in their idea of being fit and healthy and don’t want to try anything new. I reached out to few of them but of no use as they were wary of talking to me.
  • People relaxing on benches

  • People just sitting on benches to take fresh air in Bangalore which is very rare. Their idea of being fit and healthy was to have fresh air at the start of the day and then go to their daily routine.

The time is 6:45 AM now and in last 45 min these were my observation on what the world of fitness and health has come to and how things are changing, what people think when we talk about their idea of health and fitness, but there are many things which we should avoid. It’s not always about 6 packs or muscles or becoming lean. Being fit and healthy and fit are much more than being thin or muscular, you need to have undergone lifestyle changes in order to be fit and healthy. It’s about being healthy from inside and living your life with discipline. You can have a look at my weight loss journey here.

Please let me know what is your idea of being fit and healthy in the comments section.

Avoid these night-time habits that helps you gain weight

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You’re not sleeping enough

New role at the office, exam time, a fulltime gamer etc. can be a reason not to sleep enough as there is something to achieve something in life. But going all the way can hurt us very badly in terms of health.

  • Metabolism slows down, as the digestion is at its peak when we sleep and when we don’t it ads to body fat.
  • Sleeping less means more time in your senses and hence more eating.
  • You are already tiered and hence you will not be able to work out well thus you lose on losing out body fat.
  • It increases your cortisol level. “Cortisol is made by the adrenal glands. Cortisol levels go up when the pituitary gland releases another hormone called adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). Cortisol has many functions. It helps the body use sugar (glucose) and fat for energy (metabolism), and it helps the body manage stress.”
  • Going to bed past midnight makes you gain more fat because it’s not the natural body cycle.
  • You will want to eat something early in the morning.

Hence let’s make a habit of increasing our sleeping hours to a minimum of 6-8 depending on your day. Go to sleep as soon as you feel sleepy. If you feel upbeat by the end of your day, try to include some physical exercises.

You overeat at dinner and sleep right after the meal

Fight with someone you love, stress at work, party etc. a lot of things can make you eat a lot of un-necessary things at dinner. Now, this is bad as you are going to sleep after that without much of physical activity.

  • The digestion of heavy food at night happens slowly as it takes more time to break down the complex things that just went down your throat.
  • Watching your favorite soap diverts your mind and makes you eat more so just one thing at a time.
  • Just sleeping after meals will get more fat accumulated and you can have digestive problems

Hence, having a light dinner high in proteins and fibers in a small plate talking to family and friends. Then take a walk or set the home right so that you have at least 1.5-hour gap before sleeping.

Having an oil filled, spicy and fried dinner

Cannot resist those French fries, burgers, etc. at a party. Just remember that you don’t have time to burn them off.

  • Too many calories mean more fat accumulated as you will mostly hit bed after that
  • Spicy food leads to poor digestion and increases in heart rates which are not good for one’s health.
  • Uneasiness and not a great sleep are some of the consequences to face.

Spicy food is good for speeding up your metabolism. Eat it, if you like it — maybe just not at night. For dinner, you can have smoothies or fresh fruit, all kinds of salads or high-protein foods. But in small portions, of course!

 

You have a sweet tooth, do a lot of snacking at dinner time, alcohol and love eating it before going to bed

Chocolates, Shakes, Sweets can be a breaking point for many. Many of us broke our resolution because of this.

  • White sugar and flour transform into fat cells if not burned and hence creates that belly that you have, yes right there!!
  • Snacking leads to over eating and you consume empty calories
  • You then become hyperactive and will not be able to sleep as the body now has more energy.

For dessert, have some fruit. It’s like healthy candy that won’t hurt your waist. This solves your sweet and snacking problem

Eating less dinner is great and helps loose

Oh!! Yes, today I skipped dinner, I have to burn less and will lose weight is the concept many people have in mind.

  • It doesn’t help you lose much weight because skipping meals slows your metabolism and hence helps in accumulation of fat.
  • It aids more hunger to the next meal that you will have and you, in turn, end up eating more. It can cause anxiety and you will have the problem in concentrating.
  • You lose muscle tissue, and your skin gets loose which then becomes impossible to lose.

Even if you don’t have time for a decent lunch or dinner, at least try to eat a piece of fruit which helps you to get rid of all the things said above.

 Can’t live without checking my phone

She/ He messaged me and I must reply otherwise it will become a big fight and we stay glued to the screens.

  • Blue light, emitted by those gadgets, affects health and sleep., Radio frequency waves also cause sleep deprivation and thus creates a lot of problems

Turn devices off at least one hour before bed. Read a book or listen to relaxing music instead.