Rishi Manuja

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Unlocking fitness post lockdown phase!

Starting from ground zero

Lockdown has disoriented our stable lifestyles to a massive sedentary slope. With spending more time indoors in closed spaces, away from our fitness support circles, it has been tough to practice self-care. Alongside continuous outburst of bleak news headlines, it has taken a toll on all of us. Just to add a cherry to the cake for most of us who had just started with their fitness journey over a fraud 2020 resolution are already stuck at ground zero. Missing support circles Well, It's been a while since we enjoyed working out in a safe space surrounded by our workout buddies. To be responsible solely for workouts is becoming harder. Scientific evidence also backs up the positive effect of group support. Several American studies show that people who opted for group exercise classes experienced lower stress levels and improved mental health benefits compared to those who didn't exercise at all or were doing solitary workouts. This suggest that social atmosphere could add up to the overall benefits of physical activity. To be productive or to procrastinate! In the middle of a health crisis, we often fail to take into account the staggering mental health crisis we are falling into. Under the trending ‘#BeingProductive’ hashtag we are unduly burdened to still perform constantly. It is tough to appreciate positivity when people are learning new skills and you are struggling to do even bare minimum. Small rewards of self-care need to be celebrated. Embracing relapses If you haven't been super productive during the ‘lockdown’ it doesn't mean everyone else is thriving. Similarly, if your fitness resolution/journey has failed, it doesn't mean there are no second attempts. This is an era of "metabolic syndrome" (An accumulation of conditions that increase the risk of cardiovascular & other serious ailments) and obesity paired with some fatal mental health conditions. A crucial intervention at this point is lifestyle-modification, Which prioritise physical activity. The gravity of exercise is usually overlooked by individuals and many mental health experts. Social distancing has contributed to redefining progress as linking it strongly to maintaining consistency. At a time when we are not just short on motivation, the main concern continues to be ‘resources and relapses’. It is similar to a withdrawal effect after overuse of drugs. While you are high on drugs it seems no big deal but once you are short of them. Your world starts to shake as a part of relapse. Due to lack of resources, we tend to fail to provide the needed nutrition to our body. But at the same time, we also fail to address that it's time for maintenance & not a stage physique. Is there a way to fight forward? As we move towards unlocking, it is time to step up our fitness routines. Exercise and physical activity have mostly been a neglected intervention in mental health care. Various studies suggest that there is evidence that exercise is beneficial for mental health; it reduces anxiety, depression, and negative mood, and improves self‐esteem and cognitive functioning. How to stay motivated in challenging times? 1. Discarding overrated notions: you need to throw the most overrated feeling of being motivated right out of your window, simply because it is not a sustainable approach. 2. Blend Discipline, Consistency and Fun: you need to enjoy whichever physical activity you chose to be a part of. It can be indoor or closed sports or activity apart from resistance training like: Dancing Gardening Yoga Badminton Skipping Hula hooping Playing Hide & Seek Martial arts Porch cricket etc. 3. Be easy on the clock: It is important to give your body enough time to build a steady routine. Start slowly, they suggest and then rev up your workouts. You can’t expect your body to go from zero to your maximum potential in a day. Prolonged periods of inactivity have reduced our physical efficiency. To ensure minimum injury, you can start with the inclusion of more stretching exercises, slowly building up to resistance workouts.
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