Search:



The Web

Rediff







Home > Get Ahead > Living > Health

Your daily predictions:

Your mantra for today -- exercise!

Juhi Dua | July 04, 2005

Coaxing yourself into following a regular workout routine can be a challenge.

What is more difficult is getting back to exercising after a long layoff.

Many exercise programmes seem boring or don't offer sufficient physical and mental challenge to keep people interested.

image

Throw in work schedules, family responsibilities, illness or injury, an ever-expanding to-do list, laziness, lack of motivation and it's not surprising that many fitness routines get derailed, making the thought of exercise just another burden on the shoulders.

  • Then comes the stage when we really want to lose those extra kilos and thus starts the regime of extensive promises to yourself and endless day dreaming about getting back to the gym...

So what is this 'wanna gym and lose weight but just don't seem to get around it' syndrome all about?

Lethargy or lack of energy?

"I used to work out regularly while in college and was in great shape. I managed to continue the routine till the first two years of my work life. But, as I got sucked into work, workouts became irregular. Now, I don't even remember the last time I went to the gym," moans Sumeera, a 27-year-old management executive with a multinational.

"Every time I look into the mirror and those extra layers stare at me, I promise myself I will go and register at the nearby gym and I will control my diet, but I haven't got around doing anything as yet," she adds.

Maneesh, 31, a sub-editor with a leading Mumbai daily newspaper, used to be a fitness freak three years ago; gymming was an essential part of his life. 

"Now, work has taken its toll and has eaten into all my personal time. Whatever is left goes to my wife and friends. If I try and squeeze in an exercise regime, things will go haywire. So I am learning to live with those extra kilos. Those cans of beer that are regularly poured in make things worse. I wish there were some extra hours so I could work out to shed these extra kilos," he says.

Antara, 24, a graphic designer lives in a hostel opposite a gym. When she first moved in, she was "damn kicked" about the fact. Now, she would finally be able to get back into shape!

"It's been eight months already and all I do is religiously look at the gym every morning as I pass by and promise myself that, this evening, I will get here. I don't know what to call this -- lethargy or lack of energy!" she says.

Expert speak

"There are several reasons why people stop working out and find it difficult to get back," says Amit, a fitness instructor at a high-profile gym in Mumbai.

~ Most people focus on short-term goals instead of approaching exercise as a lifelong commitment.

Once they achieve their initial goal, such as losing 15 kilos, they lose interest in workouts.

~ The second reason is physiological.

As time goes on, the degree of improvement we see becomes smaller.

Anyone can get off the couch and see tremendous gains at the outset. But, as the months pass, the gains are slower. As a result, people become demotivated and stop exercising. 

~ When they start realising the damage, they want to get back. But, once the routine stops, getting back can be difficult.

This is because other things that you might find difficult to write off your schedule take up the time you once reserved for exercising

Part II: Get that hot bod NOW

DON'T MISS!



Share your comments


 What do you think about the story?




Read what others have to say:


Number of User Comments: 5




Sub: exercise

well iam 26 yrs , previously i used to go Gym arround 3 years back. but now ,well being in business i couldn't go to ...


Posted by Adesh





Sub: BPO Guys

I am sure we have so many 10000's of BPO guys out there, whose routines are Night life, starts at 5:30 pm IST and ends ...


Posted by Ganesh





Sub: excercise

The article was wonderful, giving all the details about the excercise and how to get back to excercising, keeping in good shape etc. I am ...


Posted by mohan manix





Sub: Fats arnd chin and stomach

hi, i am 29yrs old and have a double chin and lot ofat deposits arnd my belly. my height is 5ft 6inch and weight is ...


Posted by Sunil





Sub: Please help me

Hi, My name is Nair 21 male. I want to increase my height and waist. I am just 45 kg and my waist is 26. ...


Posted by Nair




Disclaimer




Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Write us a letter
Discuss this article







Copyright © 2005 rediff.com India Limited. All Rights Reserved.