Transformation takes into its fold an assortment of visible and invisible factors. Visible factors can be easily observed and are often generously complimented upon. However, invisible ones are harder to work on and there’s sadly nothing to show for them. Health and fitness are two areas that are at the centre of any transformation journey. How does one find out where to focus and how, though?
When I started out I set realistic goals for myself. I was 73 kgs at the time and planned on losing 2 kgs per month. My primary focus was to get fit and not ruin my health or happiness by stretching myself too much. My journey did not commence overnight either. I took my own sweet time to chalk out the perfect roadmap, complete with cheat and break days. I made serious changes in my diet and downloaded fitness apps that I could work out with. Gyms weren’t a practical choice and I was my only guide.
Health and fitness is a marriage made in heaven. They perfectly compliment each other, and better still, you benefit from it. Let me share some easy reference pointers for you.
HEALTH: THE GENTLE AND DELICATE HALF
Good health is a happy combination of mental, emotional and physical health. Assumingly, you can’t hope to achieve one by turning a blind eye to another.
- Mental health – Mental health is important. Period. While one wouldn’t connect it with transformation, I strongly suggest otherwise. Dealing with cravings, unmet goals or disappointing results can easily wreak havoc with your confidence. It took me months to chin up when my weight hit a plateau and wouldn’t budge despite my best efforts. Your body derives its energy from your thoughts and mental strength. You fight and win in your mind first. So hang in there and don’t be too hard on yourself.
- Emotional health – Age isn’t a bar for lifestyle diseases anymore. Diabetes, heart problems and now Coronavirus, the fear these names induce is worse than themselves. While there are medicines to deal with diseases and viruses, how can one deal with negative emotions? I saw in helpless dismay as my Mom’s body slowly gave up on her over the years. It broke my heart but also made me stronger emotionally. What is life if not learning from experiences, right?
- Physical health – Physical health is often associated with the right BMI ratio, heart health and many other measurable aspects. It is comparatively easier to address, achieve and sustain with a good lifestyle. My average height and pear-shaped body sometimes don’t do justice to my hard work. However, numbers are kinder. I’m 55 kgs now and my BMI has come down from 31.2 to 23.5 with sheer discipline. If I can, trust me, so can you. Get moving, get regular checkups done and please, don’t take your health and fitness for granted.
FITNESS: THE FIERY AND PASSIONATE OTHER HALF
There’s no wrong time or age to get into fitness. All one needs is the motivation to get started and the grit to continue. How did I transform from an obese girl who never played sports to a regular Marathoner? Read on to know.
- Getting fit or losing weight? – I’ve tried countless ways to lose weight all my life. Funny and cruel as it may sound, I could never sustain anything for more than a few months. Weight loss therapies, magic potions, fancy diets or an expensive nutritionist cannot keep you slim forever. The hard truth remains that without a fitness routine alongside, there’s always the risk of it bouncing back. Even if you’re at your ideal weight, make fitness a habit. Why do actors and actresses invest heavily in high-end gym subscriptions and personal trainers? Give it a thought.
- Work on your endurance – We Indians are famous for extracting the last bit of everything, aren’t we? Why then do we so quickly resist testing our own endurance? Jogging, lifting weights or strength training are strenuous exercises but you have to go all out the first day! Try walking faster if it helps you. I never ran in my life but now I do, thrice a week. From panting shamelessly at 100m I’ve come to running 10km without breaks. Stamina is built over time and you must give it time.
- Fitness goals to suit you! – A good fitness routine is a combination of various forms of exercises. However, not everything addresses everyone’s fitness goals or takes their practical physical limitations into account. Like, someone with knee pain shouldn’t be advised to run long distances. My weak shoulders make it extremely difficult for me to do full push-ups. I do half push-ups instead. If you have a trainer, convey your issues clearly. Your health and fitness are your priority, not simply following orders or pleasing anyone.
I’ve shared my transformation journey here extensively with my health and fitness posts. My #FitnessWithVarsh series on the blog and Instagram received an overwhelming support too. However, initially it was a lonely path with just my own self cheering on from the sidelines every single day. Could there have been anyone better to root for me though? I doubt!
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