Mantra 4 : Yes you guessed right , my next mantra is Exercise Daily !
Do you brush your teeth everyday ? Do you eat your meals everyday? There is NO substitute for exercise. Exercise is as essential a ritual as brushing your teeth. You need to do it daily.
What that exercise is,varies from one person to the other. What works for me may not be the same as what works for another. There’s no black or white exercise regime. You need to zero in on what works best for you.
30- 45 mins is a minimum that one should do. Walking, swimming, running, bicycling , yoga – you choose. But do it everyday. 365 days of the year. If you are travelling substitute gym or pool with walking. Humans were not meant to live sedentary lives. We are meant to move.
A lot of people ask me ” Why do you exercise every day ? You are so slim”. I exercise for “myself”, I exercise as it makes me feel good, I exercise so I can eat and drink what I like, I exercise so I can wear the clothes I love, I exercise as it makes me feel more energetic…….The list why I exercise is endless, and it isn’t only because I want to be slim.
For me my daily exercise is sacrosanct. It is my ” me time”. It is non negotiable. And I am completely selfish when it comes to exercise time. To be honest, I am addicted to exercise. It does give me a high, a boost to start the day.
It takes a lot of mental strength to get up everyday and motivate oneself to exercise. When someone looks at me and says ” You are so lucky, you don’t put on weight”, I want to tell them – there is no such thing as luck. It’s a lot of hard work and discipline. There are days when even I feel like sleeping that extra 30 mins – but I push myself to get up and exercise.
So what is my exercise ritual ?
I wake up at 6 am. From 7am to 7:30am I workout with my trainer ( when not traveling). This includes floor exercises, kick boxing, weights, strength training, stretches. Post this I do 6km on the treadmill. I used to run. I walk now at a speed of 7km per hour. On weekends I do 7km. For me this is done everyday even when I am travelling. I wear a fitness band and my target is 12000 steps daily.
After the treadmill, it is very important to do a proper cool down and the stretches.
Exercise not only helps you look good, it also makes you feel good.
I always feel peppy and energetic after my work out.
In my earlier blogs I have written about the ” good hormones” that are released when one exercises.
Please see Extract from my blog no 4 titled Stress Busters ” I would like to mention here is that one of the key benefits of exercise is that it is an incredible stress reliever and releaser. Cortisol is a hormone that is produced by the body when it is under stress or when one is angry, anxious or scared. Exercise not only helps burn Cortisol, it also releases a chemical called Endorphins, which creates a positive and euphoric feeling in the body, leading to reduced stress.”
Remember, Exercise is key to a healthy, happy, stress free life.
Again, why do I exercise ?
I love traveling, I love hiking, walking, I love to wear the clothes I do, I love to eat cuisines from all over the world, I love my red wine.
If you want to do and enjoy what you love and not deny yourself what life has to offer………Go Get up and Exercise !
Everyday ! Tojour !