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A Balancing Act

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Working long hours and following a hectic schedule doesn’t always guarantee good health. To help give you an idea of how to remedy that, Pooja Salvi & Purva Indulkar ask a few people around the city what keeps them fit during long days at work

A hectic work schedule, irregular sleeping patterns, stressful bingeing and a laidback attitude — we live very chaotic lives, don’t we? While these habits affect our health in the long run, it all begins with a little weight gain here and there. And, losing it while maintaining a toned physique isn’t easy! You have to put in a continued effort and a lot of dedication in order to maintain yourself, or you’re going to end up bent out of shape before you realise it. We spoke to a few busy professionals from across the city to find out what they do to keep themselves fit despite long, crazy work routines. Here’s what they had to say.

Simplicity
For Neha K. Bisht, founder of the Neha K Bisht Media Group, simple techniques such as yoga and swimming work wonders, “Yoga is something that keeps me going. It helps me to de-stress and provides food for my soul. I enjoy being outdoors, so I try to go swimming three days
a week.”

Consistent exercising
Exercising is, undoubtedly, the only way to remain healthy; there is no shortcut to this. Dr. Sudhir Vaishnav, a consulting cardiologist from Hinduja Healthcare Surgical in Khar, recommends regular exercise. “I spend 15-20 minutes meditating every morning, even during the holidays! I exercise about 4 to 5 times every week, and my routine involves running, cross training and weight training,” he tells us. And, that’s not all! He eats a heavy lunch, but balances it out with a light dinner.

Make the most of your breaks
It’s easy to let go of all your efforts to remain fit and excuse yourself on the pretext of a busy workday. However, you can make the most of that too! Danish Ojha, a senior PR consultant, has a meticulous plan. “I don’t smoke or drink, so I use what other people use as ‘smoke-breaks’ to do some exercises on the terrace of our office. When I’m at my desk, I drink tulsi-ginger tea without milk; it relieves stress and uplifts my mood. When it comes to food, I only eat home-cooked meals and make sure that they include a lot of salads. I also ensure that I drink at least three litres of water every day to stay sharp. But, most importantly, like most others, my job also requires me to sit for long hours. So, I always walk around while having a phone conversation,” he says.

Begin with the basics
Nutritionist Meera Roy of Healthenablr gives us a very simple tip. “Most of the appointments we get are from patients who need help to manage conditions that are the result of a sedentary  lifestyle. Office-goers aren't aware that their dietary issues, backaches and tiredness result from bad posture and erratic food habits. Slumping forward puts pressure on your dietary tract, affecting the process of digestion and increasing the pressure on your lower back. Similarly, it compresses your lungs, resulting in a reduction in the supply of oxygen to your brain, causing fatigue. By correcting your posture, establishing a fixed eating schedule and performing regular exercises such as pranayam, you can resolve a lot of these issues and stay healthy,” she says.

Dance away
Going to the gym isn’t the only way to stay fit! People often find it to be the most boring kind of exercise there is — and we don’t blame them! Parinaz Bhuhariwala, PR executive, says she would never go to the gym. “I think gyms are very boring and so, I do not go at all. I would love to learn different forms of dancing instead, since I love to dance,” she says.

Baby steps
Shweta Thakur, a PR executive, believes in taking one small step at a time and thinks that patience is the key to building a healthy body. “Since I started my fulltime job, it’s become difficult for me to attend my dance classes after work hours, or indulge in any rigorous workout because of my family commitments and fatigue. But, I had to do something, so I decided to take small steps such as using the stairs instead of the elevator, taking a walk for at least 30-45 minutes every evening and doing 300-500 rounds of skipping. I also control my eating habits,” she tells us.

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