It’s crunch time with bikini season just right around the corner. I for one am not even close to that “summer body”. Oh yes, I am a chocoholic. Chocolate/dessert being the solution to literally all my problems, I’ve got love handles and a tummy I love to flaunt but at the same time definitely would like to see gone. I initially joined Planet Fitness. It was going well but I felt that my workout was not as efficient as it could be. Targeted workouts and weight lifting and proper form was all just foreign to me. So who really knew if I was doing it right. And of course as soon as I felt tired or didn’t feel like running a mile I would just stop. I needed something more. My uncle had then recommended Orange Theory Fitness (OTF).
It is by far one of the best self investments I’ve made. OTF is an hour workout designed to maintain a target zone that stimulates metabolism as well as increases energy. How? Based on heart rate, this workout allows me to not only push myself to maximum intensities within the hour but allows me to burn calories post workout. It’s a full body workout revolving around endurance, strength, and power. The best part is even being a group workout I still get the attention of an experienced personal coach who tweaks movements based upon my abilities.
When you’re stressed, in pain, or if it’s that time of month for the ladies, it’s not a coincidence that most of us have chocolate cravings. Chocolate causes the brain to release chemicals called endorphins which makes us feel good. Now endorphins are also released during physical activity such as exercise. I for one could be having the worst possible day but after a workout not only do I feel energized I feel a sense of positivity. We all have hectic schedules with work and other responsibilities. However, its just as important to squeeze in some sort of physical activity a few times a week. Whether it’s hitting the gym or working out at home or even going for a run, just do something! Working out is key to a healthy mind, body, and life.
It’s more than just achieving a summer body. It’s about building a lifestyle. I’ve committed myself to a diet and workout plan. Who’s with me? Stay tuned for updates and feel free to share any tips you may have! xoxo
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"Going back 7 years to when I first started powerlifting at 18 – I was definitely the odd one out. Here I was an Indian woman picking up heavy weights. No one on social media I could look up to, no one in my gym who looked like me, and parents who had never even heard of powerlifting. It was a struggle to figure out how I fit into my community and the fitness world. South Asian communities tell us, especially women, not to have big muscles."
"What began as just excessive crying, transitioned into social isolation and binge eating. I was eating over four times the amount of calories I normally would eat and ultimately reached a state of apathy, where I really just had a disregard for my general well-being."
"I had mental health issues and my college didn't help me in any way. As a result, my drinking and smoking habits got really bad. During this time, I smoked 30-50 cigarettes a day. I again somehow managed to complete my degree and in my final year is when I got hooked into the world of fitness."