Category Archives: Health

The Squat 30/30 Challenge with Kiran Punjabi

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squat 30/30 challenge

Who has heard about the 30/30 challenge? Well atleast I hadn’t until one day I found my good college friend Kiran, whose also an avid fitness and health enthusiast, post articles and pictures on Facebook about it. At first my reaction was- “that’s gotta hurt!”. But as I found out more about it, I realized the massive health benefits that came with it. Curious, I emailed Kiran to fill me in on some of experiences with the “squat 30/30 challenge”. Here’s her feedback-
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Say YES to Weight Training

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Most women I know shun away from weight training. Here’s why-

Me- Hey girl, why don’t you weight train?
Girl – Umm yeah. I know it’s good and all, but you know I do not wanna look like this-
woman body builder

Me- Umm…no you wont, unless you competing for a heavy weight championship, and pumping in loads of supplements and steroids and testosterone in your blood. This is how you might look if you do weight training-

strong is the new skinny

Every women wants a ripped and defined body, but no one quite knows what to do, and what really works. And when they do know, they prefer sticking to the known and boring routine. Weight training is the answer if you are looking to get leaner. As we age, our muscle mass tends to decrease, and fat increases. That is why it is imperative to do weight training to maintain the muscle mass.

Here are the advantages of doing so-

  • Improves coordination of muscles
  • Helps to regress obesity and resolve metabolic disorders
  • Increase strength and endurance in one’s body
  • Weight training causes muscles to grow and pull increased amount of glucose from the bloodstream, cause lower blood sugar levels and decreased chances of diabetes.
  • Weight training helps to melt away visceral fat that builds around organs in the body, decreasing cardiovascular diseases.
  • Weight training reduces greatly the chances of joint pains, and keeps the bones healthy for the long haul.

 

AND THE BIGGEST BENEFIT OF ALL

  • The more muscles you build, the more calories you will burn! MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!

I need not say anything anymore 🙂 GO get your workout in, and make sure to incorporate weights!

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What Am I Grateful For?

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In our fast paced life, which we fill up with ambitions, expectations and list needs and wants, it is quite rare to stop and look around at what we have already accomplished, how far we have come, and how awesome our life truly is. It is quite easy to get caught in details, and let little failures bring us down. Little do we know that it is just as simple to look at the big picture, and be grateful for what we already have.

Here is my gratitude list I would like to share with my readers-

Today, I am grateful for…

  • My health that helps me achieve my day’s tasks and because of which I am able to be the person I am.
  • My body which is my vehicle for success, and helps me stay fit and healthy.
  • My healthy mind, which helps me push through toughest of days with ease.

AND last by definitely not the least-

  • My family, who helps me be a better ME each and everyday, and without whose love and support I would not have the appreciation for my life that I have today!

What are you grateful for?

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Top 5 No-Workout Excuses

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It is quite understandable that workout can be a challenge some days and for some people. But we all know one big truth about ourselves- mind over matter! Our mind quite easily can take control of our body and discourage us.

Here are some common excuses I get to hear from people-

I do not have a gym membership
Like I have mentioned in some of my past posts, one does not need a gym membership to get a workout in. It can quite easily be done at home. All you need is just enough space so when you lie down on your mat to get some ab crunches in, you aren’t knocking stuff down. And I am quite sure that one cane find that space, even if you live in a tiny studio apartment.

And quite frankly, I think working out at home is the easiest and the biggest time saver, compared to driving up to the gym for a half hour in sub-zero climate. The time it took you to get to the gym, you could’ve completed a workout by then.

I am not a morning person
As effective it is to workout in the morning, it is ok if you cannot wake up early to workout. That should not be a reason to not workout. Make sure that once you are back from work, you do not give yourself a break and get going right away. The idea is to get a workout in no matter how you do it – take a lunch break and workout, or workout after work. Whatever you do, make it count. Put in your all and ensure you are satisfied at the end of the session.

It is that time of the month (for women only)
Many women have recommended me not to workout during my periods. And for some that would make sense given the severity of the situation. But that should not be an excuse! I have worked out in my most horrible times, and it has only lead to feeling good and causing the cycle to be shorter. So for me, working out at that time totally works. I push myself in the beginning, and by the end, I am left feeling much better. So it might work for you too. Give it a try!

I will workout tomorrow (procrastination king/queen)
In my opinion, procrastination is the mother of most failures. The lack of drive to get something done right away. That applies to almost everything in life. And mostly to workouts for a number of people. Working out can be seen as “work” for most people. Which can happen when you aren’t enjoying your workout. In order to feel the “want” to workout, its important to pick what you like doing.

For example, it could be running for some, yoga for others, etc. So picking an exercise routine or activity that you would want to do on a daily basis and that breaks a good sweat, is key to sticking to your plans. What works for your friend, will not necessarily work for you. So find what is it that YOU enjoy doing.

I have injuries, so I shouldn’t take a chance by working out
Depending on the severity of the injury, and where in the healing process it is, sometimes, rest is the answer. If it has been 6 months since the injury healed, and if that is still being used as an excuse, it is probably time to re-evaluate yourself. Like I mentioned before, our body can do more than our mind usually lets it. So pushing one’s self sometimes is the only way of knowing your body’s limits.

These are just my observations and my opinion on what I feel are the issues that prevent individuals from leading a fit life. I have one advice for my readers- if you find yourself in any one of the above categories, please do not take it to heart, but evaluate your current life and make the change that needs to happen. You got one life, live it the fittest and healthiest way possible!

Happy Monday!

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4 Effective Exercises for Piriformis Syndrome

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As important it is to working your muscles everyday, stretching those muscles before and after the workout is equally important. I have suffered with sciatica pains on and off in the last year. There are many reasons for that. Maybe it was due to the workouts I do that require me to move very quickly, sometimes causing me to compromise on my posture and causing injury. Or it also could be due to having a desk job and long hours of sitting. Or it could be stress.

If you are somebody who has suffered frequent flare-ups of your sciatica nerve, these exercises will bring faster relief to you compared to any pain filler. In any form of a back pain, stretching is best solution. So here are a few exercises that might help you overcome the pain, and speed up the healing process-

Pigeon Pose
pigeon pose
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P90X3 – First Impressions

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I consider myself a sucker for home workouts. For the last year and a half, I have tried out pretty much all of beach body workouts, and in addition to them, have found other workouts over youtube and iphone apps. And I can confidently say, one does not need a gym membership to start losing weight! Gyms, in humble my opinion are quite a waste of time unless you are no real rush to get into the best shape of your life! From the point you pack your gym bag, to the point you finally start working out, you probably have wasted an hour, if not more. In that time someone at home could’ve gotten a workout + shower in and got on with their day. Now I have heard things like – “oh its fun to workout in a group” or “who doesn’t like working out in fancy places with state of the art changing rooms”, and my reply to that is – BULLSHIT! If you really wanted to get yourself in shape, you will workout even in your jammies!

Alright, I am done with my rant! Now lets talk about P90X3.
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My 100th Post: It’s Freezing Men…Hallelujah

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Oh 2014, you truly started with a bang! You came in with a blast of cold air from the north and with your frigid -50 degree wind chill temperatures (aka “life threatening” temps) you froze not us, but also our ambitions and our ability to do anything fun.

But one thing you do not know about Minnesotans – we are always PREPARED! We may crib a little in the beginning, but very quickly we will be the one who will be walking around in shorts in February as if it were beach weather, while everywhere else people will still be wrapping themselves in layers upon layers. Yep, we toughen ourselves up and let no weather condition deter us from doing what we need to do.

So here are my top 3 ideas for staying warm this winter –
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