Make morning walk a fun and not just a routine. 2

Gym or regular workout might not be your cup of tea. And the good news is you don’t have to push yourself to go to the gym or undergo heavy workout to stay fit. You can do this by simple walking. Yes, a walk of 30 minutes a day is what you need to stay fit.

Walking at your pace amidst the cool morning breeze will refresh you and give needed boost to your day.  But you will have to make it fun and not something which you have to do like other mundane affairs.

Here are some tips to make walking fun along with some fitness goal:

  • Get yourself good sneakers: Walking without proper sneakers will do more harm than good. So the first thing you should do when you plan to start a walking regime is to buy yourself good sneakers.
  • Set a daily target: Once you are all set to walk, set a target for yourself. Setting a target will motivate you to accomplish it. The sense of accomplishment will inspire you to work hard.
  • Challenge yourself: After every week challenge yourself by setting the new target. Challenges will motivate you and will be good to shed those extra calories.
  • Meet people: Start making friends who can walk at your pace. As they say, walk alone if you have to walk fast but walk in a company if you have to go far. 
  • Photography: Yes, you can develop or hone your photography skills during your morning walks. It will make walking fun and alongside you can have some nice Kodak moments.

So now that you have got the tips to make walking fun, what are you waiting for…

Get Set Go..

 

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How not to be a Sugarholic !!! 1250

Do you find it difficult to get out of the bed or start your unless you have had your tea or coffee?

Do you feel a sudden energy dip at work around 11 am?

And around 4 pm do you feel the urge to have a sweet snack like a muffin or doughnut and you feel without which you can’t keep going with the day???

Welcome to the Sugarholic club!!!

Most of us don’t realize that we are addicted to sugar in various degrees in different ways. Let it be a packet of your favorite biscuit or that dark chocolate bar which you think has no added sugar. Sadly, sugar in taking is addictive it makes us its slave. So, every time you eat a little amount of sugar in any form, it increases your energy levels for a certain time limit of 2-3 hrs. and after that, your blood sugar level takes a tailspin and your body again starts to crave more sugar.

Follow these tips listed below to break this vicious cycle.

1.Accept the fact that you are a Sugarholic or that you thrive for sugary food items.

2. Setup a tentative date from when you will avoid food containing sugar. Make notes on post it and stick it around on refrigerator, kitchen, work desk and wherever you store items like cakes, muffins, biscuits, etc.

3. Adopt the habit to write down everything you eat and drink the whole day – you will be shocked to see that most of the things food and drinks you consume contain a high number of artificial sweeteners, which are harmful to your health.

4. Make sure that you have a healthy breakfast first thing in the morning. Skipping breakfast is one the biggest reason for binge eating which usually involves easily available food like muffins doughnut, biscuits, chocolate bars, the list goes on. The habit of having breakfast will help curb your sugar cravings.

5. Whenever you that sugar craving drink water, you can add berries, lime, mint leaves to your water bottle this will enhance the flavor as well as detox your body, as lime and mint are good for digestion. Always try to carry a water bottle with where ever you go, especially when you go out for shopping or outings.

6. When you feel that your body needs the sugar boost, try having a handful of unsalted, roasted mixed nuts immediately. This will instantly kill your sugar cravings!

7. Start drinking herbal teas like green tea with lime throughout the day – with of course without sugar! : p

8. Try to have a banana first thing in the morning, banana is a power fruit packed with essential vitamins and minerals necessary for the body.

9. Before buying processed or can food make sure you check the ingredients. Most of the food we consume nowadays like bread, pasta, potato chips, cookies, muffins carbonated drinks, etc. all contain the high amount of sugar. Your motto should be to avoid them.!

10. You must have noticed, you feel the urge to have sweets after meals. To stop this start chewing sugar-free gum as soon as you finish your food. This will also aid in digestion.

 

Please keep in mind that you cannot go cold turkey and give up sugar in one day take it one day and one step at a time.!

If you have the ability to love, Love Yourself first! 314

YES…..Marry yourself first.

The concept of loving oneself is not new. We have TED talks, articles and movies that are spreading more and more awareness about the importance of self-love. My induction into the concept happened some three years back when I was facing some personal challenges. The situations forced me to take a hard look at some patterns that I could not stop. I wanted answers and looked into the plethora of spiritual resources – Osho, TED talks, Buddhism, psychology studies. Even though my journey with self-love started long back, I can only now (after three years) say that I truly understand and live the concept.

The concept is very simple. We reflect our shortcomings on other people. When something bothers, upsets, anger, or just irritates us in another person, it is very rare outside of us. If someone else can upset you – you have given your power and energy away. Having realized this, I set on this mission to never let anyone else get under my skin. My approach was incorrect. I saw the symptom – which was my irritation – and I jumped to eliminating it. I did not spend time introspecting the cause of the irritation or anger in the first place. The cause was simple – I did not accept myself completely. I did not accept my shortcomings and flaws. Hence, when someone else triggered my flaws, I did not exhibit the awareness to understand, register and let the irritation go. Instead, I reacted.

How could this go on? I have family, friends, work colleagues. I spend time with all of them. However, the one person I do not get any rest from is myself. I have to live in my body, in my mind, in my soul – all my life. Even when I sleep, my overactive imagination sends messages through dreams! It is impossible to get away from myself and I would be a fool not to try loving myself!

Self-love does not work in isolation of self-work. In order to love myself, it was important for me to follow these three steps:

Introspect

A lot of introspection to helps me understand myself better. When I am not surrounded by people who validate my existence, how do I validate it on my own? Who am I when no one is watching? This was tough. Mix the social life in the city with work – you hardly spend time with yourself. I had to make conscious efforts of turning down invitations if my heart wanted to spend time with myself. Eventually, I could see a clear shift. From being restless with spending time with myself, I started enjoying my cuppa, book and diary. Now I am at a point that me-time is one of the most rejuvenating parts of my schedule.

Accept

Introspection is not always pretty. The process does not always involve a cup of coffee and a faint smile on the face. Introspection has a very honest face which exposes your shortcomings and flaws. Oh, how tough this stage was for me! I had been dealing with anger issues for a long time and only now was I beginning to understand that anger was just a symptom. There were layers of self-doubt and self-defense that had shifted my primary response to anger. I had to accept it and let go of the guilt with it. I saw myself as I was. Not as others saw me. The moment we think anyone is watching, we lose our true selves.

The reality is what is inside you. This step is the toughest. We are tuned to come up with excuses for our behavior – ‘the circumstances are tough, hence I act out’, ‘I have grown up seeing anger, hence I react with it too’, ‘nobody understands me’, ‘my work is demanding and I do not have time for feelings’. We are also tuned to protect ourselves – hence more often than not, our justification for reacting to a situation in a certain way will be very comforting. We forget to question in that moment why circumstances triggered the emotions we felt. That is key. Undiluted honesty.

Pat yourself on the back

However, another very important part of acceptance is giving yourself a pat on the back for the strength in your character. I maintain a gratefulness journal and every now and then, I would write down my strong qualities that had either been passed on by my parents or that I had built. I am grateful for being the person I am, albeit with flaws.

Transform

This part was easy. I knew my flaws. I understood them. I understood what triggered them. It was time to let go. I worked on letting go my anger and of transforming myself into a person I would want to spend time with. It is an ongoing life project and I can say it is the most rewarding one. I am building myself every day.

None of the above has a start and end date. It is a cyclical process. However, once you pass the first cycle truthfully, you will look at yourself in the mirror and feel happy with the person you see. I got married in Dec of last year and it is only recently this year that I could say with certainty that I love the person I have become and I would be happy to spend the rest of my life with myself.

People often confuse this self-love with selfishness. To those people, I would appeal – please go through the cycle J, your introspection might well reveal your inability to love yourself, triggering you to reject my ability to self-love. If in doubt, if in a reactive mode, just ask yourself – would you want to spend the rest of your life with this person?