The Truth about Air Conditioning in Gyms

I am a gym regular for the last five years and not one day has passed when I haven’t witnessed or participated in the “fight for the air-conditioner”. The gym junta is clearly divided into two factions, one that believes the air-conditioner or exercising in a cooler environment really nullifies all the hard work they…

The truth about muscle soreness

DOMS is the primary reason why most people give up soon after starting or restarting an exercise routine, especially lifting. The soreness gradually fades when one keeps at the routine striking the same muscles with the same or more intensity till they get accustomed to the routine. However, it is easier said than done.

4-Week 10K Training Plan for Beginners

Those who know me, know that I am part of a cycling club, The Bhubaneswar Cycling and Adventure Club (BCAC), and participate in many sports events with other co-members. Apart from cycling, many of the riders have been bitten by the running bug lately. We participate in marathons organized in the city. Many of the…

Fit by day, fat by night?

Being a ‘weight’ (not to be mistaken for fitness) obsessed society, the moment we embark on a healthy regime, or weight management routine, or join a gym, or adopt clean eating habits, the first thing that crosses our mind is to take record our pre-effort weight, and then what follows is pretty common – measure…

15 Etiquette Rules for Every Gym-Goer

Come January and the gyms and health clubs will be flooded with seasoned gym-goers who may have been on a break and many new enthusiasts who wait for the arrival of a new year to begin their fitness journeys.  This article cannot be more aptly timed. Here are a few etiquettes to be followed at the gym. Though unwritten or unspoken, these etiquettes are no less than RULES that if broken earn you a bad reputation among your gym folks.

How Much is TOO Much?

While for most people getting themselves motivated enough to hit the gym is a real challenge, for some the struggle is to drag themselves out of the gym. Believe me when I say this. Be it injury, fatigue, personal and social commitments, bad weather, ill health (of self or close ones), nothing can stop them from hitting the gym or going for that run. Instagram hashtags like #NoExcuses #TrainfortheKill #BeastMode seem exciting, cool and enviable, right? Hold your horses, I say.

Body-Shaming: Beauty comes in all shapes and forms

Body-shaming – an issue I hold close to my heart and am vocal about. Apologetically vocal. We all encounter body-shamers in our day-to-day lives – the nosy aunt feeling you must lose some weight to become a good marriage material, or the husband passing a nasty jibe, the over friendly colleague teasing you about your…