My fitness goals have changed drastically over the past couple of months : from a couch potato to a wanna-be runner and intense practitioner to an individual who just likes to move her body whenever possible (in as much as possible scenic and/or fun settings). I am no longer “exercising” – I have decided to quit the mentality of obligation and embrace the freedom to sprint in open fields – quite literally sometimes!
I have two ligaments torn in my right knee. So you can imagine how bad it can be. If i dont exercise i would start limping the next day as my knee will start paining. For me fitness is a necessity not a choice… i have to be on my bones and muscles weight so that i can walk properly. Its took me struggle of 6 months to convert fat in to muscles.
After readiing Yana Gupta , I was inspired to take up yoga in an effort to get in shape and tone up. Not actually born as an exercise freak and not having done much physical activity in my younger years, I pushed myself to learn to do yoga at a steady pace.
I try to walk every other day for at least a mile or more outside (weather-permitting), to increase my exposure to the sun (essential to maintaining vital Vitamin D levels). I really enjoy that time, away from technology, and in tune with nature. In addition to that, I do some light strength training through the different muscle groups, as often as I can – usually about twice or three times a week.
For years I’ve struggled to find enjoyment in “working out” – and I only succeeded when I completely suspended the notion that it’s an obligatory, painful process. Exercise is natural to living; every day, we move our bodies and burn energy. That’s all it is: moving the body! If it’s also purposeful – for instance, walking to a destination or through a beautiful trail in the forest (instead of walking in place on a treadmill staring at a screen), it’s beneficial on so many more levels. I’ve learned that if we’re enjoying moving our bodies and we’re not straining them, then endorphins are released – making the process both enjoyable and constructive to cells. On the other hand, overly strenuous, boring or painful exercise is destructive because of oxidative stress and free radical production that destroys cells!
In line with this concept, I make an effort to purposefully move my body throughout the day as much as possible. I take the stairs more often and choose to walk instead of drive to a nearby location. In addition to the more ‘typical’ exercise activities I mentioned earlier – walking, strength training and sprinting – I also enjoy dancing (specifically, garba ), hiking in scenic places, and climbing. Vipassana Meditation has been the best experience so far. Detoxification gave me a clean body and has reduced hair fall. life is good 🙂