Why You Should Choose A Fitness Regime that You Enjoy: #SuperBloggerChallenge2018

Fitness is not a short-term journey. It's a life long commitment, that each one of us need to stick to. Click To Tweet

 

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My 80 K bike ride to India Gate

 

After many years of being passionate about fitness, I have come to one over-arching conclusion: Follow a fitness regime that you enjoy. Not that which is in vogue, or that which your friends are doing, or the one that helps you burn maximum calories. After all fitness is not a short-term journey. It’s a life long commitment, that each one of us needs to stick to.

Fitness should be as much part of our lives as brushing our teeth, or eating. But what do you think motivates us to exercise regularly? Is it so that we can lose weight? Or so that we can stay fit and healthy? Or is it something that is fun and enjoyable? I believe it’s a bit of all these.

But over the years I have realised one very important aspect about fitness regimes. We should follow an exercise form that we enjoy doing. This I say out of sheer experience.

My DH is a passionate runner and I took to running inspired by him. This was sometime in 2010, when not many people in India were running. I used to go to marathons to cheer the DH and I was floored by the burst of energy and euphoria that surrounded the event. It was then that I was bitten by the running bug. Running is also a great cardio work out. But as I started running, I realised it did not come to me naturally. I was a slow runner;  slower than most people. I would get bored and I did not enjoy the experience or the process of it. It was fun only when I ran with someone and had company. And because I was a slow runner I felt demotivated as I could not keep up with running in company as well. I participated in a few 10k marathons. But each time I tried registering for a 21 K, I ended up stressing myself out no end or like a jinx or a sign an injury would crop up, telling me not to take it further. As time passed by I realised running had become more stressful than fun for me. Though I must add here that I also carry with me some very precious memories of my running days.

Now to cut a long story short, on my DH’s insistence I stopped running and brought my focus back to what I always enjoyed doing. Cycling. Though I do not burn as many calories when I cycle as I did while running, but it is so much more fun. It’s something I have loved doing as a child, and I continue to include it as part of my fitness regime. That apart I love Yoga, but it doesn’t tone my body type, so I stick to strength training workouts thrice a week, which are fun and I like the challenge they come with. Nothing like a long-held plank, or a good set of nicely done burpees.

When we follow our passion our lives become so much more meaningful, exciting and joyous. Click To Tweet

I now totally enjoy these my fitness regimes. I also brisk walk on some days with my girlfriends. But cycling is my passion, my first love. I would ask each one of you to follow your passion in life, and do what you enjoy doing most. And yes, you know that goes for your exercise regime too.

When we follow our passion our lives become so much more meaningful, exciting and joyous. Don’t you think so?

 

Author´s Note: This is written for the #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 #Instacuppa hosted by HealthWealthBridge.comFashionableFoodz.com and AllAboutTheWoman.com. The challenge is from 15 Feb – 26 April 2018. The theme of Week 1 is ´Healthy Lifestyle´. This article is based on one of the prompts given by the hosts for Week 1: ´Exercise Routine which helps´. This article should not be re purposed, republished or use otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any infringement caused.

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14 thoughts on “Why You Should Choose A Fitness Regime that You Enjoy: #SuperBloggerChallenge2018

  1. Shantala says:

    I loved reading this post. It’s just the thing that has been on my mind from the past few weeks. I am a fitness newbie and I have managed to incorporate strength training in my regular routine, but cardio remains a challenge, especially because of the cold weather outside, and the fact that I have zero motivation when it comes to indoor machines.

    Oh and I used to looooveee to cycle (like a real cycle I mean) – not the indoor stationary bike (that I hate) but I never considered it as an exercise. Silly me! I am definitely going to get myself a bike and start soon. Thank you for sharing. I needed to hear this.

  2. Rachna Parmar says:

    Absolutely! This post is after my heart. If you do something you enjoy, it does not feel like punishment and is easier to sustain. You may already know that I enjoy brisk walking/running along with strength training and Yoga. I do a combination of these over a week.

  3. Sanch @ Sanch Writes says:

    I completely agree with you…if you love exercise, it will be easier to commit. I hate cardio but I love strength training, Pilates and yoga and am so much more motivated to wake up at 5 am and hit the gym if I know it’s any of these. I still incorporate a little cardio in my training but most of it remains weights and I love exercising as a result.

  4. Amrita Basu says:

    A very good look into what makes Natasha look great.
    What I enjoyed reading was your honesty in speaking about sticking for consistency
    I love walking and can’t cycle.Also running is fun but I need company too.I adore weight training and am trying kick boxing. .It’s amazing.
    #SuperbloggerChallenge2018 #Instacuppa

  5. snehal joshi says:

    A lovely read. Rujuta Diwekar (Celebrity Nutritionist) says in her book, choose your workout as you would choose your boyfriend..you are just echoing her thoughts..You look amazing with that cycle. Fit and ready to rock. Would love to know your fitness regime in detail. #superbloggerchallenge2018.

  6. Parul Thakur says:

    I could not agree more.For me, it has been about staying fit and working on my stamina and overall health. I love to walk, practice yoga and when time permits cycle a small distance. It’s fun to get in the morning and go for something that you love doing.
    Btw – you are a total rock-star with that many kms on cycle. 🙂 Keep pedaling!

  7. Ramya Abhinand says:

    Awesome Natasha, now this is some motivation for lazy souls like me. I do push myself(well at most times) to stay on the regime. But well….
    But heres one thing that you have brought out.. and a valid point indeed.. to follow a regime that you love the most :))

    • Natasha says:

      I’ve been on the slide too offlate-but determined to get back with vengeance. Thank you Ramya for showering me with your blog love. So good to see you here two times in a row. 🙂

  8. Bellybytes says:

    Hey Natasha every time I read your blog I learn something new. I agree with you about doing something that you love rather than doing what’s in vogue . But that apart , your blog is more polished and sophisticated . I just LOVE it.

    • Natasha says:

      Thank you so much for dropping by and for your comment. Yes. It’s our passion in life that when pursued drives us to enjoy life to the hilt. Not following ones dreams and passions can make life so very insipid, I feel. I’ve been there so I speak out of sheer experience.
      Thank you again for reading. 🙂

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