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Fitness and Health: Workout – The Start

August 5, 2013
So its been a month since I decided to make fitness a part of my everyday life (I was a lazy as hell before that) and as promised here is the post! I have a naturally lean body and I don’t tend to put on weight at all, so this is only going to be about basic fitness, toning up muscle, increasing stamina and endurance.

How I started:
My first instinct was to join a gym, have a personal trainer and go into full-on fitness mode. It took me only a single visit to decide that I din’t need their ‘services’. Here I am trying to make them understand that all I needed was to improve my stamina, and they were busy shoving ‘packages’ and promising me so many ‘kilos’ per month. O-kay.
So I headed back home and took the help of trusty ‘ol google, a couple of books and my mom (who is my nutrition expert). After researching and reading a lot, and trying out what I read for a couple of days I chalked out a plan for myself based on my body type, my lifestlyle habits and a whole lot of other things.
Body type: Lean, long limbs, no tendency to put on weight easily.
What I lack: Stamina (so that was my #1 target)
What I started with:
It really doesn’t matter at what time you choose to exercise (early mornings or evenings) as long as you get some sort of exercise done during your day. I am all stiff-jointed in the mornings, so I only stick to exercises that allow me to stretch, like yoga.
Mornings: Yoga, light cardio (like jumping rope, brisk walking)
Evenings: Free weights exercises
                 Day 1: Upper body – Arms, shoulders, chest and abs
                 Day 2: Lower body – Back, Lower back, legs and abs(again)
                 (Repeat the same on alternate days)

What I learnt:

  • First two days are always the hardest
  • Until it becomes a strong habit you need to revolve the rest of your life around your fitness routine (Finish my workout and then go out/Meet friends an hour later so I can finish my workout. Basically postpone anything that interferes with my workout!) and not the other way around.
  • Its more important to listen to your body than to stick to the same routine.
  • Never try any exercise or workout schedule or diet just because it worked for someone else
  • Cardio is a MUST. Just because you are thin and people say cardio is mainly for shedding calories and fat, doesn’t mean its not for you. The intensity can be moderated depending on what you are targeting (weight loss/weight gain/stamina)
  • Extremely important to warm-up and cool-off (I skipped doing it a couple of times and almost had a sprain)
  • Its important to have rest days but I don’t have any ‘fixed’ rest days. Depends on how tired I am feeling.
  • I need constant change in life. I strongly dislike routine. I discovered this applies even to my workout. I keep trying to include/exclude exercises to keep things interesting (I pick and choose from the pool!)

What I use:
Exercise/Yoga mat
2kg dumbbells
(Yes that’s all! Now that one month is up, am thinking of including an exercise ball)Next post(s): Diet and food, Workout details.
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  • Reply Dayle August 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    i know what you mean.
    I was always on and off with exercise over the years but for the past 2 months I've been regularly working out at home and eating just about everything in moderation 😀
    Since I don't want to lose any weight and am aiming on just toning up, I'm glad to see your post 🙂 All the best!

  • Reply Gowthami Sundaram August 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    That's a interesting post <3 I love work outs and I do Yoga 20 minutes every morning :)

  • Reply Mukta August 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Working out at home requires a hell lot of determination. It has happened with me numerous times that I start working out at home and then forget about it by mid of the month. I always need someone on my head to keep me going.
    Anyways, you are doing a greaaaatttt job. I am extremely motivated. Thanks for the post, keep sharing !

  • Reply TheGirlAtFirstAvenue August 6, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Good to hear that! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply TheGirlAtFirstAvenue August 6, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Yoga is the best!

  • Reply TheGirlAtFirstAvenue August 6, 2013 at 3:46 am

    I know.. and since I have very little self-dicipline I had push myself harder than ever to make it a habit! Thank you so much for the appreciation 🙂

  • Reply Sofie Han August 7, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Amazing post <3
    Come by anytime 🙂

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    xx Sofie

  • Reply Reshma RayConnect August 7, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    exercise balls are fun to work out with 🙂

  • Reply Francesca Romana Capizzi August 8, 2013 at 7:21 am

    I should do some workout too!!!
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  • Reply Pria August 8, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I am trying to be regular to my zumba and yoga session. And the pain post these activities.. is the pain I love the most.

  • Reply Janeena August 8, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I am new to this blogging world and I just came across your blog. glad I did because you just reminded me that I need to working out!!… How are you sticking with your routine any secrets?

    XoXo Neena

  • Reply TheGirlAtFirstAvenue August 9, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Sweet pain after a workout! 🙂 I know!

  • Reply TheGirlAtFirstAvenue August 9, 2013 at 3:52 am

    First of welcome to blogging! 🙂
    No there are no secrets.. just a lot of determination. But I'll be writing abt this in my next posts.. so do stick around! 🙂

  • Reply MAXCE August 12, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Thanks for sharing this! the things you learned gave me good advices. I should definitely start a workout routine! <3

    Love from France <3!


  • Reply Shikha PCD January 14, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Thanx for sharing this post in our daily routineand bsy sechedule this is most important to us. exercise, vitamine and nutritions also very useful.

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