This Is Why Every B-Town Celebrity Is Practicing Pilates

You can hit the snooze button and procrastinate going to the Gym all you want, but you can’t escape from that Instagram feed that boasts of Pilates, From fitness enthusiasts to models, it seems like Pilates has looped in every single person and how. Especially when Bollywood celebrities like Aliaa Bhatt, Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor practice Pilates everyday and post about their regime, it’s hard to resist practicing it yourself & get all inspired. Right?

First things first, here’s why all B-town bigwigs are going gaga over Pilates:

1.Improves Flexibility.

2. Works heavily on the core.

3.Eases back pain

4.It improves focus because while practicing it, you need to focus on your breath, body and how they move in unison.

So, here’s some star-studded inspiration for you all.

1.Aliaa Bhatt

 

2. Deepika Padukone 

3. Kriti Sanon 

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4. Katrina Kaif 

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5. Sonam Kapoor 

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5 Easy Ways To Stay Charming & Fit Even In Your 40s

Hitting the age of 40 is a milestone for many. It comes as a reality-check to start pointing out many things that may or may not even be wrong in the first place and rightly so. Whether people have demanding jobs, aging parents, growing children or all of the above, it’s easy to put health aside. But 40 is the time to evaluate your wellbeing, and to plan for the long-run.

“Being healthy is not just about building a body, it is a lifestyle that manifests itself in your general outlook. It makes you more positive and optimistic and increases your energy level” says Farhan Akhtar; the 43 year old star who played the role of a 19 year old Milkha Singh just four years back.

Incorporate these simple tips in your everyday life to lead a healthier one.

1.Get To Know Yourself. Medically


Age 40 is a good time to look into your numbers for blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar and body weight. People need to know what their cholesterol level is and if they haven’t checked before age 40, they should.

2. Climb Up and Explore Your Family Tree


Your genetics play a significant role in deciding what you acquire from your forefathers. This can be a chiseled jawline, high cheekbones or a beautiful set of eyes. However, it can also be serious health issues. For example, those with a family history of colon cancer may want to get a colonoscopy at age 40, instead of waiting until age 50.The same goes with heart disease: a calcium test can help determine whether your arteries are starting to harden, and if you need major lifestyle changes or medications.

3. Put That Cigarette Out


The age of 40 should come as a serious reality check to smokers. We all know the health risks of smoking. While some smokers successfully quit by going cold turkey, most people do better with a tailored plan to keep themselves on track. A good quit plan addresses both the short-term challenge of stopping smoking and the long-term challenge of preventing relapse. It should also be tailored to your specific needs and smoking habits.

4. Schedule Sleep

You might’ve gotten away with sleeping for only about 4-5 hours in your twenties but as your body grows older, good sleep becomes a must. It’s crucial to your health and sanity that you schedule adequate sleep each night. As a thumb rule, we need seven to eight hours of sleep per night.

5. Cut Out Those Unnecessary Calories


Let’s face it; calories never have good intentions. One of the biggest changes we experience in our 30s and 40s is how our body uses and processes those calories. Now is a good time to say goodbye as they add up quickly and never leave you feeling good.

4 Best Calisthenics Exercises

Calisthenics has been considered as one of the most convenient yet beneficial workout of all times. Hailing from Greece, it’s been practiced by U.S. Military, law enforcement and known workout buffs. And now, fitness enthusiasts on digital media have been instrumental in spreading awareness on this mighty workout.

Why is Calisthenics So Good?

1.Convenient & Easy

One of the major reasons for not working out everyday for everyone is the tiresome task of commuting to a gym. Since Calisthenics is a bodyweight exercise and you need no real equipments, it can be done literally anywhere, anytime and without any excuses.

2.Helps Shed Weight

First, the strength training builds muscle mass and tone all over your body. Increased muscle mass raises your resting metabolic rate, allowing you to burn more calories every moment of every day. Second, continuous calisthenics causes your heart rate to rise. It constitutes aerobic exercise, one of the most effective ways possible to burn off fat.

3. Mental Benefits

Any exercise, including calisthenics, increases endorphins, which are chemicals that make you feel better and reduce the perception of pain in the body.

To begin with, here are some of the best exercises by Calisthenic Expert Nishkarsh Arora. 

1.Push Ups

By working on a large number of muscles in your body, push-ups help tremendously for a fitter you. Push-ups help you focus on your arms, abs and your lower body, all at the same time. They train your muscles to work together and become stronger.

2.Hanging Leg Raise

The Hanging Leg Raise is one of the best exercises for developing abdominal and core strength. Raising your legs engages all of your abdominal muscles, including the lower abs—making makes the exercise better than Crunches, which only engage the upper abs.

3.Squats

Squat exercises improve your circulation, so that you can forget about the cellulite! This exercise is even good for the digestion and helps build muscle throughout the body.

4.Pull Ups

A pull-up is a “compound” exercise that involves a large number of big and small muscles, most notably your latissimus dorsi (lats) and biceps. In addition to working multiple muscles at the same time, the pull-up is also a multi-joint movement, an exercise that causes more than one joint to move.

 

 

How To Develop A Habit & Maintain It

Habits are the basis of your success – or maybe your downfall. Yet despite the importance of habits, few people know much about how they work. Habit is something we do regularly, in order to achieve long-term goals. So, whether your goal is to shed those extra kilos or you simply want to tone u those muscles, all you need to develop a habit and maintain it. Read on, for we’ve charted out the blueprint to develop a habit and how to bore the best out of it. 

1. Make A Decision

First and foremost, you need to think through your emotions and arrive at a decision based on what you want to achieve and most importantly, why. Whether you want to lose a few pounds to simply fit perfectly in that red dress or you want to learn the art of Yoga, just to attain a calmer and a happier you. All you need to do is, introspect and unearth your underlying necessity.

2. Restructure Your Environment


Once you’ve made a decision and justified it yourself with a strong enough reason, then you need to restructure your environment. It doesn’t matter how strong your willpower is, there is always enough room for you to lose your drive. So, it’s always advisable that you let go of all the temptations in your surroundings, so it’s easier for you to take continuous action on your decision.

3. Take A 30 Day Challenge


You may act upon your decision for one day or even one week, but if you really dearly want to make your decision a habit, them you need to practice it consecutively for at least a month. Always remember, “Consistency is the only way to make a habit stick”.

 

4. Create An Affirmation


There will be days when you’ll feel like giving up, when you won’t feel strong enough to wake up and work on your decision. To ace days like these, you need to make strong self affirmations like, “
I get up and get going immediately at 6:00 AM each morning!”. Repeat these words before sleeping and on most days, you’ll wake up even before 6:00 AM.

5. Reward Yourself


Each and every time you reward yourself, you appreciate yourself, which in turn, empowers you to reinforce the action. Soon you begin to associate, at an unconscious level, the pleasure of the reward with the behavior.

 

8 Small Changes That Will Change Your Life Forever

Contrary to popular belief, switching to a fit lifestyle is way easier than you think it is. It doesn’t necessarily involve hitting the gym every two hours, drinking nothing but water from a very specific region of the Himalayas or worse, having to refrain yourself from that one snack you love.

Rather, it comes down to the small things.

Here are 8 small changes that you can incorporate in your everyday life without having to compromise on much.

1.Lime Water. Each Day, Everyday

This is as easy as it gets. A slice of lime in the bottle of water you take to work every day will have incremental effects on your body. Lime water is known to rejuvenate skin, improve digestion, reduce weight, prevent heart disease and much more.

2. Reduce Sugar Intake 

Consuming sugar every day is inevitable. However, what’s manageable is the amount you intake every day. Sugar essentially contains zero nutrients and a whole lot of calories. All-in-all, it’s a terrible trade. So now you know what the answer to ‘chai mein cheeni daalun?’ should be.

3.Take The Damn Sairs 

At a certain point of time in history, someone somewhere came up with the idea of something so magical that not only could it carry beings to the floor above, but the very same attraction was also capable of carrying life to the floors below. In the contemporary world, we call this enthrallment a staircase. Taking the stairs proves to be a faster way of moving through floors all while relieving stress, burning calories, building muscles and combatting a sedentary lifestyle.

4. Your Blood Group Matters 

Knowing your blood group helps curate a diet which is specific to you. A lot of people do not know that many foods which are consumed on a daily basis do not suit certain blood groups. Learn about your blood group before it’s late.

5. Outdoor Activity. Atleast Once A Week

We’ve all heard our P.E. teacher preach the importance of physical activities as a child. And as we grew up, we realized it was all for good reason! Hence it is extremely imperative to incorporate a certain sport or any other outdoor activity into our lives.

6. Quick Workouts 5 Days A Week

Hitting the gym isn’t the only way to workout. Head over to Activ8Me TV on YouTube to find more of quick and easy exercises you can do practically anywhere – at the office, house or even during an occasion as a cool party trick.

7. Calories: Keep Count 

Measuring calories that are going in as well as the calories that you burn helps keep everything in check. As a matter of fact, you begin to be more conscious about the food you eat; especially if you measure the calories in food in terms of minutes spent in the gym.

8. Citrus Is Your Best Friend 

I cannot emphasize enough on how good citrus is for you. Citrus fruits have the advantage of containing several different antioxidants that may help prevent a range of health concerns, from cardiovascular disease and cancer to skin damage from sunlight. Remember to have at least one citrus fruit a day.

 

6 Easy Ways To Deal With Temptation On A Daily Basis

Temptation comes in many forms. Some of these forms include the jalebi shop on the corner of the street you live on, or maybe the little bakery with the yellow lights that sells the best cakes in town or maybe even the new flavor of your favorite potato chips that your co-worker keeps insisting you check out.

Temptations like these are the dieter’s worst enemy. These make or break your fitness regime and usually latch on to you more than twice or thrice or even more times a day.

You don’t necessarily have to wrestle with these thoughts since fighting them only makes you want it more than you already did in the beginning.

Here are a few simple steps you can adopt today which don’t necessarily involve having to make huge sacrifices.

1. Have A Solid Reason Why

Without knowing what you’re aiming for or what you aspire, it becomes rather hard to push-out a no. Always know where you want to head towards and never let that thought out of your mind.

2. Use The “If-Then” Technique 

The ‘if-then’ technique is a tool that comes in quite handy when you’re on a diet. This works on the premise that a certain weak phase will be expected; say in the following couple of days or hours even. This phase can be a time when you know you’ll be susceptible to foods that you like. This can be weddings, parties or driving past that eatery you love. Use this technique to chalk out a plan and a premeditated reaction as to how things shall unfold when the time comes.
For example – If I go to Punita’s wedding this Sunday, then I will say no to everything that is fried.

3. Drink Loads Of Water


This is as simple as it gets. A lot of the times when hunger calls, a glass of water or two suffices. This happens because we sometimes tend to mistake thirst for hunger.Plus, water has a lot of health benefits associated with it. A glass of water before a meal reduces appetite significantly.

4. Include/Increase Protein Intake 


Starting your day off with a hearty amount of protein helps to control those undesired hunger urges. In fact, increasing protein intake may reduce cravings by up to 60% and cut the desire to snack at night by 50%. Protein also comes in the delightful forms of bars, chips and even cookies these days.

5. Plan Your Meals


Most of the times, we give in to temptation simply because we haven’t had something to eat in a while. This can be taken care of simply by planning what you eat and when you eat. This helps to avoid irregular snacking.

6. Switch To Healthier Versions Of Junk


In a world which is unabatedly moving towards a healthier lifestyle, it is not uncommon to find extremely healthy snacking options that taste just as good as the unhealthy junk.

Head over to shop.activ8me.fitness to find out.

10 Inspiring Quotes For The Days When You Need Gym Motivation

We’re all professional procrastinators when it comes to the Gymming. Getting a membership at a fancy Gym isn’t a task, but the whole act of heading there, everyday and grinding night and day is extremely tiresome. Or so you think. It all depends on how you look at it. So for days when you can’t look at it in a positive way, scroll down and take your ass to the Gym!

1. Fitness is like a relationship, you can’t cheat and expect it to work.

2. Making excuses burns zero calories per hour.

3. The resistance you fight in the gym and the resistance you fight in life, can only build a strong character.

4. Going to the gym is great for your body, but it’s also great for your mind.

5. On good days, workout. On bad days, workout even harder.

6. Roses are red. Violets are blue. Go to the Gym.

7. Suffer the pain of disciple or suffer the pain of regret.

 

8. The difference between try and triumph is a little “umph”.

9. Let exercise be your stress reliever. Not food.

10. “The difference between what’s possible and what isn’t, lies in a person’s determination”- Tommy Lasorda