Tag

fit

Browsing

Your skin is asking more moisturizer, you are feeling apprehensive to take a bath daily, and you simply don’t care about how you are looking because all you care about is to stop shaking in the cold waves – these are the signs that winter is here. All your warm woolens are out and like every year you think you don’t have enough winter clothes- right? But skipping the bath, applying moisturizer, and wearing layers of woolens are not the only precautions that you have to take. There are many more things that you must follow to stay fit and healthy this chilling season. The steps are easy and simple to follow.

Read your winter fitness mantra:
Have seasonal fruits & vegetables
Have seasonal fruits & vegetables
Image Source – Google

Every season comes up with its special fruits and vegetables and that is nature’s way of taking care of us. You will stay fit and fine with the consumption of these things. Winter is the season when you get lots of leafy vegetables and you must include them in your diet. These vegetables and fruits will build stronger immunity and give you a natural shine. Have everything from spinach to radish, carrots to cabbage, oranges to guavas, beet to turnips – all are important for healthy winter life. So, make a chart and have one type of fruit and vegetable daily for the whole week. That way, your body will extract the antioxidants and vitamins from all types of winter special fruits and vegetables.

Walk, run, or jog
Walk, run, or jog
Image Source – Google

Winter is the best time to walk, run, or jog for a longer period. In summers, you sweat a lot and get tired easily but thanks to the chilling weather, you feel the opposite in winter. So, take out your sports shoe and tracksuit and walk briskly run around, or simply jog in the park outside your home or terrace of your home. You will feel more energetic and healthier.

Have Tulsi  
Have Tulsi    
Image Source – Google
                                       

Tulsi is a perennial plant and if not in the summer season, you can practice its consumption at least in the winter season. It has Vitamin A, C, B6, calcium, magnesium, and zinc and that means all your cold-related illnesses will be cured. Have tulsi tea, tulsi soup, or simply di tulsi leaves in honey and chew it. Your immunity will become stronger.

Try honey
Try honey
Image Source – Google

Honey is rich in antioxidants and is free from fat and cholesterol. Also, honey is very effective in curing your winter health hazards like the common cold. Have herbal tea with honey and see the change. You can have honey in pancakes, toasts, oatmeal, yogurts, coffee, or cereals. Also, apply honey daily on your face and see how naturally you start to glow.

Avoid too much of refined flours & sugar
Avoid too much of refined flours & sugar
Image Source – Google

Do you know that too much white sugar and flour will not only contribute to weight gain but can also hamper your immune system? Have momos or chowmein from the street-side stalls but once a month. Replace them with whole grains and natural sweeteners.

Plan a trip
Plan a trip
Image Source – Google

In the winter season, your kids have winter vacation and you can arrange some leaves from your workplace. So, plan a trip anywhere and come back refreshed. Going to a new place or traveling is also an essential part of staying healthy and fit. Why? Because the same old daily life leads to monotony and that reflects in whatever job you do. A break from work or study and exploring a new place will bring new energy in life to perform better. India has some heavenly places that you can enjoy in winter. So, go out and make memories for a better and healthy life.

Don’t forget water
Don’t forget water
Image Source – Google

Just because the weather outside is freezing doesn’t mean you should cut down your water intake. Staying hydrated is essential in all seasons. Carry a flask along at work and have lukewarm water. You will not feel thirsty but set a reminder every hour to drink a glass or half-glass of water. Always remember that water flushes out toxins in your body and that’s why you must not forget to drink water in winter too.

Sitting on a chair and gazing continuously at computer screens for at least 8 to 9 hours every day pretty much sums up the corporate life. After the long working hours, people do not have time or they are too exhausted to hit the gym and workout. It takes a toll on their fitness level and often leads to declining health. In addition to health problems, the long working hours start affecting the productivity and creativity of employees that hit their self-growth and development of the company.

We understand you may not have the golden choice to limit your working hours. But there are some quick and easy fitness tips that you can try during office hours to feel fresh and energetic throughout the day. Read further to know the tips that will help you stay fit and healthy at work.

Take Short Breaks

Make sure you do not stay at your desk for too long. Try to take short breaks every 1-2 hour. Even if it is just a small walk from your work desk to the washroom or a 5-min walk around the block. The short periodic breaks will recharge your brain and increase your ability to concentrate more on work.

Stay Hydrated

It is crucial to drink plenty of water not just for your body, but the mind as well. When you are having trouble concentrating on work or you are low on energy, say hello to hydration. The water will ward off your tiredness and boost your mood.

Cut Down Your Caffeine Intake

A cup of black coffee may give you instant energy in the middle of the shift and help you stay active for the rest of the day. But caffeine isn’t a good long-term strategy from the health perspective. Too much dependence on caffeine can have severe side effects and lead to gastrointestinal problems leaving you feeling shaky. Do not completely quit coffee but make sure you don’t overdo it.

Take a Walk after Lunch

The lunch break is the only time that people have to themselves during the entire busy day at the workplace. It is the perfect time to give your mind some rest and feed your body. Go for a walk after lunch or take a stroll around the block. It will help burn calories, regulate the digestion process, and refresh your mind.

Maintain a Good Posture While Sitting

Sit up tall and straight in your chair. As sitting in a bad position for a long time can cause neck and back pain. You need to make sure that your eyes should be level with the top of your computer screen. While sitting in the chair, your shoulders should be relaxed and not hunched up. Your lower arms should rest on support instead of being held up. The screen of the computer should be a full arm’s length away from you. The upper back should be straight and the curve of the lower back should be supported by your chair.

Mini Workout at Your Desk

Do you know there are exercises that you can do at your desk? Or we better call them desk-ercises. Try leg planks. You can simply sit on the edge of your chair where your knees bent and feet on the floor. Now, extend the right leg out in front of you until it is straight and parallel with the floor. Hold on the pose for at least 10 seconds, then release and repeat with another leg. Similarly, there are strengthening exercises, such as foot drill, back twist, shoulder raises, and chair dip that you can do sitting at your work desk to improve your well-being.

Keep Healthy Snacks for Cravings

Those cravings in the middle of the day are inevitable. But you can always regulate what you put in your body. Instead of chips, trail mix, and bakery items, stock up your drawer with healthy snacks, such as nuts, dried fruits, protein bars, etc. So that whenever you feel hungry, you can feed your body healthy snacks and keep it fit.

As quoted by Joe Frazier, “A sound body keeps a sound mind.” A few changes to your routine will allow you to stay healthy and productive at work.

All those humorous remarks about my body and people looking at me like my body is not normal, this feeling was overwhelming. My confidence had gone down tremendously and I was like my existence didn’t really matter to anyone. I had gained 25 Kgs, and everyone had started to ask “What have you done to yourself?” “Oh My God! What is wrong with you?” “It is so weird to look at you this way, you were so thin!” and all this was followed by weight loss advice like “You should eat less”, “You should start a diet”, “Why don’t you try gym?”, “Let me share my doctor’s number with you.”
I had started to feel like I had some disease and started to stay inside the house, avoided to meet old friends, or attend any family events. I was afraid of the snarky comments people made and started to feel like I didn’t deserve to go out of the house.

But was it my fault? Not really! I realized when I was 20 Kgs lighter, people teased me for being thin. They called me names like “Tilli”, “Broom Stick”, and told me things “Bahar mat jana, hawa chal rahi h udh jayegi”, “Teri Hadiya chubhti h”, “Tu kuch khaati bhi hai?”
Moreover, people gave me their unasked advice about weight gain.

So did it really matter to people? The problem was not in me, but the problem was “people.” Yet, I was the one to blame and I agree. People around me were stupid enough to pass crappy comments and I was stupid enough to believe them. I learned no matter how I looked, people will always pass comments, and that I could deal with them in a better way.

Ways to Deal with Body Shaming
Some effective ways to deal with stupid and snarky comments about your body are:
  1. Smile & Nod While You are Shooting Them in your Imagination
    Smile & Nod While You are Shooting Them in your Imagination
    Image Source – Google

    It’s never a crime to kill someone in your imagination. I have learned, no matter what you say but some people just won’t shut up. They may think you’re smiling because you’re enjoying the conversation, but they don’t know you’re happy because in your head you’re about to pull the trigger. Ignorance is bliss, especially when it is about dealing with an imbecile.

  2. Quirky Responses
    Quirky Responses
    Image Source – Google

    Try this at your own risk! You can’t use this trick on everyone like your relatives, or maybe even more on them. That’s for you to decide.

So let’s say someone says “Hey, you’ve become so fat! Did you eat an elephant?”
You could say-“Yes! I did, yet I am hungry. I could really eat someone dumb like you.” You don’t have to hurt them, but just let them know that their opinion does not matter to you.

Some responses you could use are for fat-shaming:

  • I am just fat, I can lose weight. What about your ugly face? Even Ekta Kapoor’s Plastic Surgeon can’t fix this.
  • Do you think I am fat? Well, at least I am not dumb.
  • I really feel like sitting on you, like really!
  • While gaining weight, I gained I’ve gained a bit of extra brain as well. Maybe you’d want some.
  • Thanks for the concern. Well, I am concerned about your level of dumbness as well. I suggest you educate yourself as soon as possible.
  1. Educate Them
    Educate Them
    Image Source – Google

    It is okay to educate someone you think will understand. Sometimes people close to us body shame us, and that feels awful. In such situations, it is best to take a stand for yourself and confront them. Let them know how you feel and how do all these comments affect you. Let them know that their remarks affect you mentally, that you feel emotionally weak and helpless. Educate them about body positivity and its effects. The people who love you, care about you might not just understand at once but eventually will. You just have to keep taking a stand for yourself.

I felt it too! I know how it feels to be shamed for something which isn’t your fault. You don’t have to fit into a particular dress to be pretty. And just remember, no matter what body type you have, people will always find some fault in your appearance- maybe it be being thin, fat, tall, short, dark, fair, and even for the type of nose you have. You are pretty, and the world would believe it when you do! So go ahead and take stand for yourself.

Bitnami