Thursday, 11 September 2014

5 hacks for “I'll start gym tomorrow” workaholics

Our fashion problems range from not being able to fit in clothes which are only a few months old to realizing that our sizes have increased from M to L. To add to that, our demanding jobs make things all the more worse for us. Unhealthy habits, such as gulping down coffee (after 3 coffees) and snacking at roadside stalls, are our common crimes. These habits ultimately lead to unwanted weight gain. With our competitive work environments (almost like battlefield, gosh!) and harsh deadlines, we end up working long hours and on weekends as well.

Every other day, a friend hits me with the following cliché for the (n+1)th time, “I’ll start going to the gym tomorrow!” Any guesses about whether he hit the gym the next day? The other timeless lines are, “I am busy at work! And no, I don’t have 25 minutes to spare!”, “The gym in my area sucks!”, “I read somewhere that the treadmill is bad for you!!”, and “I prefer walking/jogging outdoors.” Now these excuses are getting innovative and fancy - ”Instead of gymming, I plan to start walking from Dadar station to Parel station!!” (Why not just stare at the distance on Google maps and feel good about it?!).  :P

I am not suggesting that you must quit your job today, but my recommendations will help you keep away from the inevitable unhealthy diet, stress, and frustration. No more vada pao for breakfast, Subway for lunch, and whatever is available for dinner.

My 5 hacks (simple, easy, frivolous) will definitely help you to proudly call yourself a “healthy workaholic” and will also help my fashionistas to keep their weight in check.  :P
With their increasing bellies, I dedicate this post to all my friends!  :P

1) Drink at least 3 bottles of Water everyday

Sure, it helps you clear those toxins but, for those of us at a desk job, frequent restroom breaks are a good reason to vacate that (un)comfortable chair. Drink enough water to force yourself to take a small break every 30 minutes. As an added benefit, you can rest your eyes and also, doing this, keeps your skin glowing. :)

2) No time for Breakfast – Eat Fruits

With a tight work schedule and no time for breakfast, eat fruits. It is alright to skip lunch or dinner, but never skip that morning breakfast. An apple or a banana will keep you going for hours.
As an alternative, wheat flakes with fruits and dry fruits make a perfect breakfast bowl when you are in a rush for a meeting (Try Kellogg's Special K - it works for me!).

3) Stretch your Shoulders and Legs
Even if you don’t have time for yoga or gym, make sure you stretch your shoulders and legs every day. Every day events, such as driving to work or taking public transport, requires your shoulders and legs to be warm and ready for the grind. As an added incentive, take the stairs for stronger legs.
Try 15 arm circles forward and 15 arm circles backward for shoulder strength and stretching. :)

4) Make Green tea your new Coffee

Green tea definitely keeps your metabolism up and helps in weight loss. With 2 cups every day, I am living proof that it works. Yes, it is bitter and an acquired taste but you can flavor it with honey/lemon/ginger to gulp it with ease.
If you must have coffee, reserve it for weekends or for coffee dates!:P

5) Eat smaller portions

Eating large food portions leads to lethargy and lower productivity which, in turn, leads to stress.
Cut down the proportion of rice and increase the percentage of veggies and lentils (I know it is difficult for south Indians like me but, since it is effective, try it!). Eat flavored yoghurt or digestive biscuits if you feel hungry within 2 hours of having lunch.

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  1. Subway is bad???? I thought subway was healthy :(

    1. hehe :D Everything except the "white bread", "sauces" and the "patty" is healthy! :)

  2. Simple tips and, yet, almost life-altering!! Really good work :)

    1. Thanks a lot Chetan! You are right, when followed religiously these hacks are certainly life-altering. :D

  3. Good one rohi....and Yess would certainly try all these things...dekhte hain asar hota hain kya ;-)

    1. Thanks Dhanashree! Do try it, I am sure these tips will give you good results (which you need in 2 months time, wink wink :p). :)

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    1. Hey Juee! Thanks and I hope you are doing good!

  5. Perfect tips...and super useful too :)

    1. Thanks a ton! Yess they are super duper useful, tried and tested by me! Successful too! :D

  6. I need to consciously apply these into my daily routine

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