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

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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.

My Fitness Journey – The Day it all started

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I was staying at my didi’s place in Pune for my internship. It was just another day and didi asked me to get some groceries. I went down to take them, on my way back the lift was not working so I decided to climb 8 floors. It is then I realized that I am heading into a future full of disease. I had to take like 4 steps to climb 8 floors. When I reached, I was full in sweat as if I ran a marathon and came. That night I introspected a lot and made sure that I will make a difference. I decided to loose weight or rather to get fit. I will now share the things I did to get me started and the rest is history. I am taking a time frame of 15th to 30th May 2014. I will share exactly what I did then, as it is said that if you do it for first 15 days you can probably do that thing for a lifetime. It needs 15 days to change your behavior.

  • I decided to start slow but remain consistent. This is what was told to me by many but I never followed
  • I made sure that I note down each and everything I do so that I can analyze where I need improvement. This helped me in the longer term to know where I was going wrong and to decide my next course of action.get-started-food-intakeget-started-calorie-count
  • I used to mix up a lot of workouts so that my body do not set into a particular type of workout. Any routine which sets in creates lesser impact as we move forward.get-started-excersise-schedule
  • I made sure my calorie intake is less that what I am burning out to create the deficit. This was to make sure I reach my targets consistently.
  • I followed a strict schedule to have a proper sleep and food intake at specified time. Rest is equivalent of exercise during your journey.get-started-time-table
  • I started making lifestyle changes like taking stairs all time, walking or cycling to work, don’t eat late at night etc. This came naturally as I started seeing everything in terms of Calories.
  • I took small and achievable targets and made sure I celebrate my wins. I used to treat myself a chocolate every time I used to achieve what was planned. Motivation and Enthusiasm are the biggest factors in one’s success.
  • Choose an idol and always take guidance. For me, it was my cousin who lost almost 20 kg’s to become lean and fit. You will always have someone to look up to and make sure you don’t lose your path.
  • Publish it for people to see and take inspiration. A positive word from a colleague will give you a boost you can’t imagine and a negative one will give you someone to prove wrong.
  • Ignore people who always pull you down and make sure you make them part of your celebrations making them realize that nothing is impossible.