Tag Archives: Inspiration

Hi There!

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Hey All! Yep, I know! I kinda fell off the Earth for a while there. But just so you guys know, I did not literally fall off the Earth! I mean, I cant. The Earth is round!
Jokes apart! For the last month, I have been extremely busy with something called “life”. Yep, it happened to me again. One of those times when all kinds of situations fall on your lap, all at once. But lets not get into that too much. All I can say, everythings fine and pleasant now!
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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?

Do You Have “Grit”?

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I make it a point to listen/watch an inspirational/motivational audio/video every morning, while getting ready or while driving to work. Doing that small act everyday gives me the fuel I need to take on the day and make it the most productive and happy day for myself. So this past Monday morning, while having breakfast I stumbled upon a TED Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth. In a nutshell, her talk was about understanding what truly makes a child successful at school. Is it IQ? Is it extraordinary memorization skills? Based on her years of research, her findings show that the one single trait that separates the kids that do well in school versus the ones that do not is GRIT – extreme passion for a goal and having the tenacity to stick with it until it is achieved and beyond. For example – a marathon runner.

The Key to Success? Grit

The beauty of that talk is that each and everyone of us can relate to it. We all know that when we really want to achieve a goal, when we set our mind on it and decide to not let anything deter us, the results are usually in our favor. I challenge each of you to pick a goal for yourself today and decide to stick with it. If it is about getting in the best shape of your life, or taking your health to the next level, or creating better relationships in your life, try to display world class GRIT and determination to make those goals a reality.

Often times we find ourselves surrounded by the HOWs and the BUTs and the IFs. Don’t let these stumbling blocks question your goals and dampen your spirit. We still have half of 2013 left – which means that theres still time to pick up those new years resolutions you made 6 months back, and achieve them! I invite you to do the following few things to help you achieve your goals –

  • Create an intentions list (one that is achievable – maybe 6 months)
  • Create a vision board of all the things you want in your life and pin this 6 months intentions list on it.
  • Look at this intentions list everyday and remind yourself of your goals. This will help you stick to it.
  • If you slip, push yourself to get back.

Try this for 40 days and it will become a habit. Then share with me your experiences! If you need any help, please leave me a message!
Have a fantastic day!

6 Ways – In Shape For A Big Day

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We all have one of those big events in life that creep up on us very quickly. We wanna look our best in a very short period of time, for say – cousin Sam’s wedding, or for that much awaited prom night, or for that sexy beach party, or even for your own wedding! These are all times when we tend to be the most conscious about our appearance. There will be a million pictures taken and like you know, pictures stay forever! 🙂 So can you quickly diminish the effects of bad eating habits? Here’s how!
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