Category Archives: motivation

Guest Post by Henry Croft: 5 Top Tips To Keeping Motivated In The Gym

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Henry Croft
Henry Croft is a UK based fitness blogger who reached out to me last week and was kind enough to write a guest blog post for me. I was quite excited about the idea of him writing a post for my readers as I know how greatly we all could benefit from it. When he asked me what is it that my readers would love to know more about, or will be interested in, the first topic that came to mind was “Motivation”.

Please welcome, Henry Croft!
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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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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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Lessons Parenting Can Teach You About Fitness

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First off, a very happy new year to all my readers. You guys were nothing but awesome last year. I have loved reading your encouraging comments and feedback. So thank you for all the positivity each of you have sent my way. I am all set to rock 2014, and cant wait to see what it has in-store for me.

I had been thinking of an inspirational topic to write about at the start of this year, and as I was driving to work this morning, I was thinking about the kids and all that I have learned from parenting them all this time. And right then this topic struck me.
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Did You Know?

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Fitness Facts
In the spirit of Friday, here are some fun fitness facts I’d like to share with all my wonderful readers. They are all pretty amazing, and some really surprised me. Glad I know about them now 🙂
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Are You Applying The Slight Edge Principle?

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the slight edge

I have been obsessing about this book by Jeff Olson, lately. I had heard about it from many motivational speakers and even fitness trainers (Shaun T of BeachBody), that how influential the book was in changing their lives. And I now know why! I am just a few pages into the book, and boy, I cannot stop reading it! This is a MUST read for everyone who is willing to make a difference in their daily lives – that is pretty much all of you!

The slight edge principle is based on the compounding effect of those little things you do on a consistent basis. I would like to connect it back to physical fitness – working out everyday! On a day to day basis it will seem like a mundane job, especially in the beginning, when you do not have an instant feedback. But its that act of working out EVERYDAY that will in 6 months time start to show results, and instantly get you attention from your friends, family, colleagues – “How did you do it????”, and then you’ll smugly tell them, “I was doing it all along, everyday, when no one was looking or noticing!” 🙂

The same principle can be applied to every aspect of your life. It is the simple act of doing a task everyday, consistently, that has a “compounding” effect on our lives, just like our old compound interest formula – today you might have a meager $2 in your account, but if you waited patiently for it to mature, the interest will add up and in a few years, guess what, you might have $5000 in it, or more!

It is such a simple and well known concept, yet most of us do not have the patience or consistency to follow it. I am trying to make an attempt! Waking up at 6 AM had become a challenge for me for the last few months, and it has made a come back on my priority list! I have successfully been waking up at 6 AM everyday for the last week so far! Yay for more time in the day! And the other one is reading a motivational book/article everyday before going to bed!

What is your daily slight edge act?

Deciphering Cravings

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Cravings
It is that time of the year again. Fall’s here! Leaves are gradually changing colors. There’s a slight nip in the air and hot mug of coffee seems more comforting than sipping on a chilled glass of lemonade. What it also means is that your hunger cravings are going to go up. Atleast for some 🙂 I generally tend to crave for comfy food more in fall and winter than spring and summer. This makes this time of the year a tough one for me to keep the extra pounds off. Boring days at work do not help!
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