Back To My Pilate Routine!

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Hello friends! How was your weekend? I hope you had a great one! 🙂

I’m currently sitting on my couch, drinking tea and typing on my trusty laptop and ofcourse my little bub is sleeping. 🙂 So, today I’d like to tell you something about my new exercise routine. Actually I have promised myself to make time for me and to do some kinda exercise every single day of my life. No matter how much busy you are – you gotta take only 10-15 minutes to move. Now tell me is this too much? I really don’t think so … Try a walk, a quick set of squats and lunges, matwork pilate or even a quick 7 to 8 minute body stretch. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that You Enjoy Doing. If it’s a burden or a chore, you won’t keep it up. You have to enjoy it, otherwise you slip behind and wonder why you aren’t feeling healthy or looking fit.

I have come back to my old Pilate routine and I have been on this journey for some time now, and I can safely say that there is nothing more exciting than doing Pilates. I used to do Pilates (Matwork) before my pregnancy and used to love it. (Planning to get Reformer classes now). I don’t know if you people know much about Pilate but the only thing I knew that it was something some of the Hollywood & Bollywood actors did. Recently I got to know few more things about Pilate so gonna share them with you guys, I’m not a Pilate expert. Most of the information I share below is based on my readings, interactions with Pilate experts and my own life experiences …

Pilates takes its name from Joesph Pilates. Joseph Pilates was a German gymnast, born in 1883, who dedicated his life to teaching his exercising techniques, believing that poor posture goes hand in hand with poor health. Pilates was initially developed as a rehabilitative tool. He devised the Pilates method as a new approach to exercise & body conditioning in the early decades of the last century. He believed that by having awareness of breath and of alignment of the spine, we can strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles and reduce stress.

Isn’t it beautiful? What i love the most about Pilates is how it makes you feel good, and you see results quickly which provides you great motivation to keep going. You become tighter, more toned & stronger. It’s a full body workout. Not only can you feel the exercises working, but you feel great afterwardsan endorphin buzz right? 😉 Secondly, Pilates builds longer and leaner muscles. It improves core strength (and you know after having kids how important it is to regain and maintain that Core Strength), also gives you a stronger and healthier back, a flatter stomach, flexibility, balance and corrects posture – making you stand taller and look slimmer! (I have always been a huge fan of Pilate walk) So, if you want to gain all these benefits mentioned above and want to turn your dream of losing weight into a reality 😉 then Pilate is what you need. YES!! 🙂

My Typical Morning Routine:

I believe we can achieve small things throughout our day and guess what? You get fit at the same time too. How cool is that? My current pilate routine requires only 10 to 15 minutes approx daily and I am still getting results. It’s because consistency is the key to success in everything. I think I should share my morning routine with you. My typical morning is just like this …

I wake up between 3.00am to 3.30am, and the first hour after waking up, that is the time for my spiritual intake. It’s a must now and has become my early morning ritual, Allhamdullilah (praise be to God). If I don’t manage it, I feel I have let myself down or there is something that is missing! So, I try to make the most of it and be grateful that I get to experience this morning routine only because of God’s Rahman (mercy)!

Then comes my Pilate routine, It takes 10 to 15 minutes only & normally at this time my baby love & my darling hubbssy are sleeping so this is what I can say ‘it’s me time’. 😉 This new Pilate routine is working best for me and I am loving strengthening my core each day again with this “10 minutes solution Pilates Perfect Body”. I will recommend you buy this DVD or you can find these videos on Youtube, simple na. It’s an amazing workout for people who can not spend hours in the Gym and are leading a busy lifestyle, want to exercise for few minutes and get quick results. I customize it and mix it according to my desire; for instance one day I do 10 min abs + 5 minutes body stretch or next day I do 10 minutes arms only so it really depends on my mood. One more thing, before you buy this dvd or check it on you tube, I will recommend you go to your nearby Pilate studio, get yourself educated and trained about how pilate works, learn the basic techniques from your Pilate trainer first, once you are done with that then you should buy this dvd and feel free to do this at home. You should know the basics of pilate first. 🙂

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… And yep, now I can hear my little man is making little baby sounds in the next room. He is up so time to leave you guys and attend him. I hope I did justice to this topic and you found it beneficial. Stay connected for more! 🙂 

Take care guys. Xxx

 

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My Food Philosophy!

I will start with one of my favourite quotes :

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art”. by La Rochefoucauld

This phrase is sooooo beautiful, Isn’t it? Eating intelligently is actually an art, if we learn this art we can be the most healthy and fit people around but throughout our life we continuously heap all kinds of abuse on our body …

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Wrong food

Wrong lifestyle

Wrong thoughts

Wrong breathing

Wrong habits — In short, almost every kind of wrong that is possible is loaded on it. There are many new chemicals in the air and water leading to severe pollution. The preservatives and colorants used by the food industry are a hazard that we are blissfuly unaware of. The high level of pesticides in soft drinks created a stir sometime back but it was quickly forgotten. The choice is completely ours – to remain healthy or to give in to the demands of the taste buds.

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In this day and age, we love junk foods and the options are endless, we ingest new chemicals, use more drugs of all kinds, eat adultrated and refined foods and abuse ourselves with various stimulants and sedatives on a daily basis. We are living in a toxic environment even harmless seeming things like household cleaners, solvents, cigarette smoke, air freshners and the very clothes we wear could contain toxic dyes. Here i am talking about the toxins that come from outside, but what about the toxins we generate inside our bodies through toxic thoughts, stress, negative emotions and anxiety. And I am sure you are all aware of the fact that a body overloaded with toxins suffer from various ailments ranging from mild to the complicated like; constipation, bloated stomach, gas, fatigue, mental weakness, headaches, poor skin, poor memory, depression, body odour, bad breath are some of the problems caused by toxicity. So, it is vital that we get rid of these toxins (process called Detoxification). This process can be done by incorporating the following things into your life:

  • Healthy eating habits
  • Regular exercise
  • Positive Spiritual outlook (positive soul)

I take it this way …

Positive Mind + Positive Body + Positive Soul = Healthy Mind + Body & Soul 🙂 

I always tell people that stick to food as close to their natural state as much as possible (by doing so half of the work will be done). Eat food that your body can digest easily; what mothernature intended (simply stick to the way mothernature made it).

Health Commandments:

  • Avoid artificial anything – No to diet soda, No to artificial sweetner, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients don’t buy those foods.
  • Add more alkaline foods into your diet – more dark leafy green veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds etc.
  • 1 cup of caffeine (tea/coffee) a day max. You don’t need the extra adrenaline. Most of us are stressed enough. Drink green tea instead.
  • Less salt, use sea salt instead.
  • More good fat for cooking – olive oil, coconut oil, peanut oil, flaxseed oil, avocado etc.
  • Cut down on sugar intake – use brown sugar, cane sugar, coconut sugar or eat natural fruits instead.
  • Give yourself some kinda treet, and eat your favourite food, 1-2 times a week yes i am a person who likes to follow 80/20 rule. We deserve to have cheat days, life is too short.
  • Hydrate yourself, drink plenty of water

My Food Philosophy in a nut shell:

Giving you a quick summary here …

  1. Eat healthy & on time
  2. Eat every 2-3 hours
  3. Small frequent meals a day ( 5 to 6 meals/snacks)
  4. Never skip meals
  5. Check your portion sizes (very important – calls for a new blog)
  6. Be consistent in your exercise regimen even if you do it 15 to 20min, you’ll see results
  7. Avoid stress
  8. Spend some time in nature
  9. Good peaceful/quality sleep (talking about REM sleep)