for awareness.Go on a familiarization trip with your
body. See if your body muscles are toned or rusting.
Check if your heartbeat does not shoot up too much
and too soon if you have to walk fast or climb stairs.
Go for a thorough check up for the sake of your body.
It also stands for aerobics, an activity that exercises
your heart, lungs and blood vessels.
for balance, which you have to constantly strive to
strike in life-be it your fitness regime or the food
you eat, or even the quantum of time you set aside
for comfort levels, meaning the care you have to take
to always cool down your body after workout by adding
some stretches. C is also for consumption patterns.
To effect that, you have to first find out how many
calories your body requires for its daily functioning
and stick to your nutritionist's advice. Overeating
never solved any health-related problems.
for dieting, which should be a complete no-no. Healthy
eating and healthy living should be your motto. Because
while dieting, you also lose muscle tissues besides
fat. Regular exercise can do the trick better and
stands for the necessary equipment like cool and
comfortable clothing to permit ventilation and unrestricted
movement. Shoes with adequate cushioning to reduce
the impact, and if possible, a friend to keep you
company and motivate alongside.
for frequency. Any workout should last at least 20
minutes, minimum three times a week. If you are into
weight training and whole body workouts, plan them
every alternate day to take complete rest the day
after the workout.
is for the good night sleep that is sure to envelop
you after you have had an energetic, active or a positive
for high, also called runner's high that actually
is the release of endorphin, secreted by the brain
which gives you a natural high.
is for making an informed choice, i.e., choosing
whatever suits you best. It makes little sense to
force jogging on yourself if you are over 50 and have
not exercised all your life. Start with walking and
then switch over to brisk walking, gradually increasing
the time span. A word of advice from your doctor before
you embark on such regular activity would go a long
is for jerks. Totally avoid them during exercise
as they put pressure on your joints. Any pain during
a workout means your body is begging you to stop.
is for kingly posture. Wherever you are and whatever
you do, remember the correct posture technique. Keep
shoulder and hips square to each other, shoulder blades
relaxed and abdomen tucked in tight.
points towards your legs. They follow the principle
of direct proportion-the more you work on them the
better they will get.
is for measurements. Don't be too swayed by the
declining or rarely-budging trends of the weighing
machine(it could also be mere fluid loss). What is
important are your body measurements. For example,
your WHR (waist to hip ratio). Divide your waist measurement
at its narrowest with hips' measurement at their widest.
If the ratio is more than 0.80 for men and 0.85 for
women, it is time to re-work your fitness strategy.
It would be wise to keep in mind that miracles donot
happen in a jiffy. Only perseverence pays.
is for nature at its best. Foods closest to their
natural form top the list of sensible in take.
is for overindulgence, which is obviously
to be avoided if you are looking at a life full of
fitness and fervour.
is for prevention of injury. Since following a
fitness regimen amounts to hours of vigorous physical
activity, make sure that an adequate warm up always
precedes your workout. Also, P indicates an all-important
phase in a woman's life -pregnancy -when you should
work out only after a clean chit from your doctor.
for quacks, so stay away from them. Look for trained,
qualified and experienced personnel to help you through
your fitness programme. Fitness instructors are now
a common and talked-about breed, who can ensure a
decent commitment level if you so desire.
is for regularity. An absolute must for desired
is for strain. This is something you might be
prone to if you donot warm up well enough, cool down
or do simple stretches after every workout.
is for time-a minimum of 20 minute of aerobic
workout each time you embark on such a programme.
The best time of day is anytime that you can find
uninterrupted. But remember to keep a gap of 2 hours
between meals and your workout.
is for utility-utilize your energy and resources
positively. It is also the urgency to get started.
is for vitality and vigour. Buzzwords in your
personal directory of fitness and versatility-add
variety to your workouts and eliminate drudgery and
boredom. Keep the options open to switch the type
of aerobic activity or with that of anaerobic type.
is for weight loss-not the only thing you should
be looking for when you are on the road to fitness.
It's also for water -drink it till it comes out of
your ears. Sages of yore have wisely called it the
elixir of life.
is for the X-factor. Keep it in mind that different
respond to different exercises differently and no
two bodies are the same or can react to one exercise
in the same way.
is for the healthy years that add to your life
when you exercise regularly.
is for the zenith-the highest point in
your life when there is an amalgamation of self discipline,
spirit and the zest for living.