Gym isn’t the only place we have to be to stay healthy and fit. There is so much we can do outside the weight room to gain optimal health. We don’t have to give up on our health just because our surroundings or circumstances have changed.
I have come across people who have completely given up training because of the changes life is bringing to their attention, such as, change of career, moving to new city or country, having a kid, getting married, low in cash etc.
Our body doesn’t need gym to be active, all it needs is a determined mind with at the least 15-20 minutes aside to jump up the physical energy. One has to be resourceful to create an environment for a healthy living.
I have had various times my life when I wasn’t able to go to gym, either due to affordability or physical access due to my location. But I have always found ways to train my body and this still happens if I am travelling for work or leisure.
There are at least six exercises that I have used and continue to rely upon outside the weight room. Something you can do too anywhere anytime.
- Push Ups – you can do this practically on the ground you are standing right now. The best workout that activates the muscles in the entire body even though the squeeze and flex part is happening in the upper part.
- Dips – if you have a chair or corner of the bed around you, this is another workout that you don’t need any fancy equipment for.
- Pull Ups – the most impactful workout that can be done with variety of grip holds, wide grip, and close grip in both supinated as well as pronated hand positions. You can use a bar in the park, get one from a sports shop to fit on your door or find a tree bark to hang on to.
- Squats – great compound movement that can be done anywhere you want. If you want to add weight then just fill your backpack with some books to wear it on your back or front and you have got yourself a nice leg workout done.
- Lunges – same principles are squats except more variety. You can do forward lunge, backward lunge or walking lunge. Again you can make it harder with a backpack on your shoulders
- Upper and Lower Abs – if we are focussing on our upper and lower body then we shouldn’t forget our core – our abs. Lay on your ground get some crunches as well as lying leg raises to cover both upper and lower abdominal region.
With these handful of exercises, one can easily stay in good shape throughout the year without having to go to the gym. I certainly do enjoy the environment of the gym I go to but that doesn’t mean I only rely on that factor for my fitness. Give yourself permission to be flexible with the approach of training and physical fitness, you will become more resourceful than you have ever been.
Physical training initiates with a mindset of whether a person wants to do it or not. Only after that it comes down to deciding where, when and what about the training. Many people get tied up with an excuse or rather limitaion of not having enough resources to train, be it time, gym access, clothing, money etc.
However, it really is not about having those resources available but resourcefullness of an individual. Utilising the best of what we have got is what counts the most instead of waiting for the best to arrive and this is what seperates winners from loser, successful from mediocrity and champions from ametuers.
This does comes with the mindset of how we see things, our perception based on our reality. But that doesn’t mean one cannot change the way they think, all it takes is to be open to learn about new ways to form new habits of success.
So coming back to being resourceful the easiest and the fastest way is to ask yourself “how can I” questions because they are really a dimension opener.
- how can I train in my current circumstances?
- how can I make best use of my enviornment around me to train?
- how can I eat healthier?
- how can I avoid bad nutrition food?
- how can I improve my performance and recovery?
And so on
What you are doing is allowing your subconscious mind to think beyond it’s current limitations that you have already set by constantly repeating of the notions such as – “I don’t have time”; ” I don’t have money”; ” I am too busy with work and kids”; ” I can’t be bothered” and the list of limitaions goes on.
We all have challenges on a daily basis but whether we focus on finding solutions or the problem itself is our choice.
One of the biggest mistakes people make that they set goals that are too low in standards or too easy to achieve. The goal to them is a mere checklist that they need to get it out of their “to-do list” and something that is achievable within the comfort zone.
If you are one of those people then sadly and unfortunatley you are limiting yourself to rise to your true potential in all areas of your life.
In order to grow you must first realise that you will have to step out of your comfort zone which means you will have to go through a process of doing things that you don’t want to in order to get the results you really want. So if you want to become leaner and fitter you will have to step out of the lazy zone of yours to get into the gym to train to get the body you want along with eating foods that don’t taste good but are beneficial for your overall health.
That’s what you need to work towards when you are setting goals for yourself that whether the action associated in acheiving them is easy or something that will be taxing but will help you become a better version of yourselves.
Another important aspect is to think bigger to aim higher. Most people are scared to think a bigger picture because they subconciously believe that this dream is not for me or I don’t deserve it. Step out of that self victim zone when setting goals for yourself and allow yourself to dream big.
Aim high enough that your inner core becomes uncomfortable thinking about it but also pushes you to go after then same goal. You may miss the exact point but you will land somewhere really close by and turn around to see how far you have come to make a difference.
“How Do I Motivate Myself and Keep The Momentum?”
A friend of mine recently asked me this question. Although a fair one, I have avoided answering this with many people in a truthful way, because I have been skeptical of the way it will get perceived.
But maybe my honesty might help someone out there to look at things differently. So here it is in exact words what I told my friend –
I don’t see motivation as an external thing but more from within. My go-to thoughts are the hard times I have been through in my life and thinking that my back is against the wall. I keep my aim to be present for my family with full energy and presence of mind. I think of training as something to help me channel all my energy into becoming a better version of who I was yesterday and more so to be in control of my own internal environment in order to survive in the external environment.
I truly believe that the way I show up in one area of life, I will do the same in every other area of life. So if my health is not in check them my family, career, finances, purpose, passion, and relationships will also go out of alignment. Training to me more like an anchor to get up and take control of life instead of others taking control of it.
To extend it further, it makes me a leader of my own life as I take charge from the get-go. I want to be prepared mentally, emotionally and physically before I step myself into the daily grind of working life where the battles of dealing with human emotions are constant.
Well, I hope this makes sense and helps some of you to start thinking about your life and health differently.
I want you to visualize this setting for a moment. . . .
Waking up in the morning you are bouncing out of your bed 2 hours earlier than you now do. You are mentally and emotionally primed within the first hour and the next hour is you training to get physically primed.
The training you are doing is not just so much a task but a war you get into driven by your inner rage to prove your worth in the battlefield of the gym floor. Your skin sweating, muscles fibers bleeding, vapors steaming off your forehead and body surrendering to the intensity it has gone through.
Now read this back and think – isn’t it how a workout should be every day – intense enough to push your mind and body to have no choice but to grow?
That’s the kind of intensity I bring into my training every single day whether it is weight training or it is my cardio on active rest days. Exactly what I transmit through to my clients when they insist on working with me.
Now, I can’t guarantee that where or when will bump into each other to train like this together but I can certainly help you unleash that beast within you ready to take on life with its balls.
Intensity is a relative beast which can only be measured against your former self. The only rule is that as the beast grows, so does your body.
There is no excuse for you not to bring such intensity within your daily performance in and outside the weight room. All you have to do is believe that you can, then just do it.
Be Your Best Self Transformation coaching is all about unleashing your inner beast mentally, physically and emotionally to bring out that intense self.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your goals and set your life on a transformation course.
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One of the second largest body part (legs being the largest muscle group), back comprises of multiple layers muscles that needs work to earn that V-taper lats coming out like wings.
Not only having a great wingspan enhances everything about an individual’s masculinity but it is also a sign of hard work that has gone in building it.
The workout I want to share here is simply unforgiving when it comes to bringing every last breathe out of you. All I hope is when you finish this workout, every muscle within the structure of your upper to lower back is screaming of lactic acid.
Let’s get started-
- T-Bar Rows – 3 Sets of 8 to 10 Reps
- Close Grip Seated Cable Rows – 3 Sets of 10 – 12 Reps
- Overhead Machine Pull Overs – 3 Sets of 12-14 Reps
- Deadlifts – 4 Sets of 6 Reps
- Pull Ups – 3 Sets to failure
Now, normally you would start with pull ups because that’s what everyone is doing. But for us to create results that others can’t we need to do things that other’s aren’t.
For exercises 1 till 3, i.e. T-bar rows till Overhead Machine Pull overs, taking 60 seconds rest intervals is good enough to get your ATP levels back up. Increase the rest period from 60 to 90 seconds when you start Deadlifts all the way till last set of pull ups.
The idea is to shock your back by doing unconventional moves by breaking some rules. Although all moves are compound but every rep is purposeful.
All the Best!
Whether it is a celebration of change of season, cultural tradition, religious practice or health benefits, fasting is one of the common approach around the globe. It is also being used within fitness industry by athletes for cleansing, improved digestion/metabolism, improve hormonal balance and fat loss.
Regardless of the purpose of fasting, in simple words, the basic nature of it is to go without food for a significant amount of time in a given day. Depending on how long one is fasting for, the lack of food intake does shrinks our stomach as it gets adjusted to the amount of food it is getting during that period.
BUT when it comes to breaking the fasts, most people make these common mistakes:
- Eat big meals straight after the fast is over
- Drink less water, therefore, the body is dehydrated which, in turn, makes an individual more of mistake (a)
- Eat very fast trying to consume everything at once
- Break the fast with food that is high in sugar and high in saturated fats
- Go out for big feasts
Now, I am not here to talk much about the fasting itself but how to break them in line with appropriate timing. During the fasting period the stomach shrinks and the body is used to less food. The internal machinery of digestive system has had a good break, so it can’t be put to work with huge meals straight away.
So here is how you can break your fast in a chronological sequence
- Hydration – if you are fasting for Ramadan, where an individual doesn’t drink fluids, then you break you fast with water to open up the stomach lining. However, if you are fasting is where you are drinking fluids, make sure you stick to fluids with high electrolytes such as coconut water or simply water.
- Raw Vegetables/Salad – the first form of solid food you must introduce to your body is salads or raw vegetables that are high in fibre and fluids to help your digestive system at ease. This puts less pressure on your body as a whole.
- Cooked Vegetables – once you have introduce raw veggies and salads, the next up is semi cooked or cooked veggies to follow the path.
- Protein – once your body has open up its doors, then you can start introducing a form protein to your body, like your low fat cottage cheese (paneer); tofu; fish, chicken, lentils, egg whites, salmon or tuna. Make sure the protein source is in lean form.
- Fats – after your protein source, comes your fats from nuts, avocado, chia seeds, hemp seeds etc.
- Carbohydrates – last up is carbohydrates such as your sweet potato, brown or basmati rice, wheat pasta, potato etc.
The reason we go in this sequence is to help our body get used to food. The important task in this process is to make sure you are eating very slowly instead of gulping down your throat like a hungry monster.
Follow these steps your body will thank you and your fasting will become much more fun because you will come out as a winner.
Thanks for reading this blog.
All the Best!
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