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Baby's Diet

Tips to Exercise More


Here are some ways you can get yourself to work out more, and to motivate yourself.


Indians are getting more and more fitness conscious, but there are still a large number of us who don't exercise at all, despite wanting and planning to for ages. Whatever the reason: lack of time, lack of motivation or plain laziness, it is clear that the desire to exercise is there but perhaps the will is missing. Here are some ways you can get yourself to work out more, and to motivate yourself.


Dance

Join a dance class. Dancing is a far more enjoyable activity than aerobic exercise. So if you have tried joining an aerobic class but dropped out because you lost your motivation to continue regularly, try joining a dance class instead. Almost everyone likes to dance. Not only does dancing tone your legs, but it is also a good cardiovascular workout. In addition, you will learn a few new dance steps, stay more in touch with the latest music, and your movements in general will have more grace - especially if you join Indian classical dance classes. Your posture will improve, you will lose weight and you will be more fit.

If you find that you lack the motivation or binding imposed by a dance class, consider hiring a small-time choreographer to come home and teach you dance. Some of us may have learnt dance from a choreographer during a family wedding. Simply call one of these choreographers home. Some choreographers charge around Rs 300 per session, which consists of 2 hours, so you can split the costs amongst a group of friends who can work out together. This works out to be far cheaper than membership to an exclusive gym!


Vajrasana

After dinner, tuck your feet under you and sit in Vajrasan for at least fifteen minutes. Do this while watching television! This requires minimum motivation, and is something you can do daily, or whenever you eat at home, without much effort.


Crunches

As soon as you wake up tomorrow morning, tuck your hands behind your head and do ten to fifteen crunches. Remember to keep your arms parallel to the bed. Don't bend them from the wrists and curl them around your head. This strains your neck. Everyday, try and increase the number of crunches you do by one. Pretty soon you will be doing a hundred crunches, and may have to wake up earlier. But wouldn't the flatter stomach be worth it?

Remember that not everyone can lose all their tummy flab just by doing crunches. Some people may need to combine cardio exercises with abdomen exercises.


Stretches

As soon as you get out of bed, inhale and lift your hands up, and exhale and bend down to touch your toes without bending your knees. If you can touch your toes, then try and touch your head to your knees. Do this gently, and don't strain yourself. Perform this stretch every morning. It doesn't take more than a minute, and is possibly one of the best leg stretches. Similarly, while taking a shower, when bending down to soap your legs, don't bend your knees.

At various times during the day clasp your hands behind you intertwining your fingers and stretch them out behind you. This is a good workout for your arms and shoulders.


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