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Rediff reader Larry Rub, 40 from Dubai tells us how he adopted simple habits, changed his lifestyle and became healthier.
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I am a corporate trainer who helps individuals gain breakthrough through behavioural shifts in their lives and by getting rid of mindset barriers.
In December 2014, I realised that I had to apply some of those skills myself and 'walk the talk' a bit.
I weighed 90 kg which didn't seem so much of a problem to handle as I always believed I was fit.
I questioned this belief when I faced difficulties in completing a simple jog longer than five minutes.
Having grown up playing outdoors as a kid, I felt the need to regain my lost energy and sense of belief in my physical fitness.
So what did I do?
Quantity vs Quality of food
- White rice was replaced with brown rice.
- Sugar with replaced with honey/jaggery
- Oil was reduced to half a teaspoon a meal
- Large meals were replaced with smaller ones
- Dinner was replaced with a snack like grilled chicken that was eaten by 7 pm
I could not afford going to a gym due to my work schedule, so I started to do three basic exercises at home -- push ups, pull ups and squats (3 circuits of 25 reps each, that gradually increased)'
I precisely followed a 15-minute schedule, twice a day -- morning, as I woke up and evening, before I had my snack.
The most important approach for me was emotional fitness.
I spent more time doing things that I did as a child -- walking, running up and down stairs.
I found ways to make the most of the free resources I had -- the air I breathe, the sunshine outdoors.
I spent time imitating cheerful people, especially children, who usually are never short on energy and creativity, something that adults tend to leave behind in life.
With all these changes, I was able to bring down my weight to 72 kg in six months and I have been able to maintain my weight till date.
My message to all readers is: Do things that you can sustain when it comes to diet and exercise and you'll always see progress.
I wish you all a stress free and enjoyable journey.
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