The first month of the New Year calls for making resolutions and since getting fit is such an important aspect of our lives that we often end up ignoring, we are sure you’ve made resolutions to get fitter in 2019 too. But fitness is something that has to continue all throughout the year even if the results are not groundbreaking. With that as our aim this year, we bring you 5 useful tips from celebrity fitness trainer Sherin Poojari that’ll help you keep that resolution and get fit for real.
Sherin, the 37-year-old industry expert who has worked with many big names in the entertainment circuit and trained celebrities like Shilpa Shetty, Madhuri Dixit and Celina Jaitley comes from a sports background. Not only does he excels in fitness, strength and weight management but also trains for activities such as Judo, Kickboxing and Tai Chi. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist from the Armed Forces Sports Medicine Centre, which makes his outlook towards fitness different and doable.
So over the weekend, we spoke to Sherin about some tips on how to not only get fit but also keep that resolution you made in 2019! Here’s what he has to say.
1. Find something you like to do: First and foremost, Sherin suggested that people who aim to be fit or live a healthier lifestyle should not take resolutions about it. “When you take a resolution it means that you don’t like what you are doing. This doesn’t help as you have to put all your energy into doing something you don’t like eventually resulting in giving up. So change what you are doing and find something you like. Instead of a resolution this year, promise yourself you will find what you love and what will make you better otherwise January people are serious about fitness and by February they’ve lost it all.”
This could be anything from swimming and cycling to jogging or simply doing yoga. But the more important part is to love what you are doing so that that it does not become a task for you to continue with it. This will also mean that you won’t need encouragement or motivation to continue.
2. Be technology savvy: With smart watches, polar monitors and apps coming into our lives, it has become extremely easy to track your actions and set realistic goals. So use the available technology to your advantage. “Many of these devices now allow you to track not only your steps and calories burnt but also the hours of sleep you’ve got and hydration your body needs etc. This gives you a real picture about what your body is actually capable of,” adds Sherin. He also says that another mistake people make is that they compare themselves with others. For instance, if your friend runs 5 km every day you also want to run the same distance without thinking of how that will affect your body or how much your body can take. And if you can’t do the same, you will get demotivated and stop, which is not right.
Sherin says, “Overeating, less water consumption, sleep deprivation etc. are all things that will not let you finish your goal. Technology will remind you of these and prevent you from getting demotivated. It will also make you independent and self-empowered since you don’t have to consult someone on every step anymore.”
3. Start competing: This doesn’t mean we want you to leave your job and go all professional with a sport. It simply means that you must become competitive about the things you are doing to stay fit. It could be anything from running a marathon, taking part in cycling events or registering for a Zumba workshop. “It is important for people to cultivate a habit of being healthy and being competitive will help as it will fire you up from within. The adrenaline rush you get from competitions is a different kind of motivation and it’ll surely bring positive changes to your fitness journey.”
Competing will also make you feel younger, more passionate and energetic which are things that we lose as we get busy with our monotonous lives. Plus you also have the opportunity to meet like-minded people, go for interesting events and opens up other unexplored avenues that can be of great benefit for you. Poojari also shares, “Nowadays it is also extremely easy to participate in these events as there is something or the other happening literally every week. Plus you don’t need to be a professional to take part and the events are also extremely well organized and participants are also taken care off making it a great activity to break away from monotony.”
4. Go organic: Organic is becoming the keyword in today’s day and age. It helps in two very important ways. Firstly, Sherin explains, “You do good for your body since you are eating clean and it will give results in the long run. You are saving yourself from chemicals and harmful pesticides which is essential for a fit life.”
Secondly, you contribute to the economy by helping start-ups and promoting products that’s free of chemicals and pesticides. So swap regular foods with raw, organic foods and see how your life changes for the better.
5. Maintain a sleep schedule: Getting a good night’s sleep is extremely essential to be active all day. What we end up doing is running around for 12 hours a day and getting hardly five to six hours of sleep. This not only hampers with your work schedule but your health and fitness too.
“I often see my clients wake up groggy and come to class after one coffee shot that helps them stay awake. They just do whatever they are told and rush back to get to work continue the entire day, sleep late and again wake up for workouts. This routine is harmful and the vicious cycle continues. A sleep schedule is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Minimum of eight to 10 hours every night is what your body needs to function in top form,” concludes Sherin.
So to continue with your fitness routine, the most essential thing is to maintain a sleep schedule and trust us, your body will thank you.