Nivedita’s fitness mantra for Divas
Eat enough calories: Never crash diet. Research shows it can make you depressed, under nourishes your body and also your mind. Toss your diet books. Just eat lots of multicoloured foods that were recently alive like fruits and vegetables. Eat a high fibre and low fat diet.
Drink plenty of water: Water is the elixir of life. Consume at least 8-10 glasses of water per day. Water cleanses the body of impurities.
Exercise at least 3-5 times a week: Exercise controls your weight, combats health conditions and diseases, boosts your energy levels, and improves your mood and sex life. What more could you ask for?
Weight train for your bones: Weight training builds muscle and burns fat, speeding up your metabolism in the process and ultimately leading to weight loss and long term weight control. Weight training also increases bone density, thereby strengthening the bones and decreasing your risk of osteoporosis.
Always warm up: Don’t shrug off this prelude to exercise. Just like cold dough, cold muscles won’t be as pliable to work with (without risking tears) as warmed ones. Try gentle movements, like walking, to prepare your muscles before leaping into a more rigorous workout.
Stretch more: After a workout, stretching for only 10 minutes prevents soreness and promotes recovery and repair. Yoga is one of the easiest ways to incorporate stretching into your fitness program. The asanas will help you release tension from your muscles and help you feel relaxed.
Soak up the sun for vitamin D: Low levels of vitamin D are associated with a significantly greater risk of osteoporosis, rickets, cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancers. The best source for vitamin D is the sun. Your body produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. If you can’t get your vitamin D from sunlight, you can get it from certain foods like eggs, mushrooms, cod liver oil, and oily fish like mackerel and sardines.
Get plenty of sleep: Getting enough sleep is just as important as eating well and exercising. Sleep deprivation increases your levels of stress hormones and resistance to insulin, both of which also contribute to increased risk of heart disease. Try to aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
Be regular with preventive care: Be proactive with your health. Schedule periodic screening tests like mammograms, pap smears, and routine blood work. These tests are indicative of your risk for cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other health issues.
Quit smoking: Smoking is a killer for your fertility. Women who smoke lose their eggs faster than women who don’t. And top it off with all the other hazardous effects of smoking like cancers and heart diseases. It is the death stick!
Don’t sweat the small things: Stress is bad for your health. Read a book, watch your favourite TV show, visit the spa, spend time with friends, go shopping – whatever will help you unwind and de-stress.