Fitness and Corporate Life – A Tug of War

Corporate or professional life, as we call it, is demanding for sure and bringing anything else but fitness into that lifestyle does become harder, especially when we are working long hours and then we have social, family and personal commitments outside of the four walls of the corporate culture.

Most individuals stop focussing on their own health as the priority changes in life and as we are growing from being single to a life of committed relationships with our partners, kids and the triumph of enlarging circle our focus change from self to that of everyone else first. Subconsciously we start treating ourselves less than everybody else, slowly to realize that we have become our own victims.

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How to Prevent Workout Injuries?

There are many things you want out of your physical training such as, sweat, results and satisfaction but what you don’t want is an injury out of it. It is very common to experience injuries during or as a result of physical training.

Some of them are instant due to incorrect technique in the gym or home, so they can be identified immediately to fix with pain killer and/or rehabilitation. The most dangerous and, ones I am scared off, are the slow with some warning signs but not enough to stop a hard hitter like me, a decision which I regret later on.

So how do we prevent these injuries and what can be done to mitigate the risk. Below are some tips that you can take along with in your fitness journey for injury free workout or least reduce the probability by half –

  1. Proper Warm Up – you need to make sure your body is warmed up properly before we go do the heavy lifting or movements. A warm is simply a self-assessment of the body, connect with the muscles mentally and to find out how your body is feeling for the upcoming session
  2. Stretching – our body has muscles going all over it underneath that beautiful skin you are flaunting on Instagram. Our muscles are like rubber bands, they snap if they are too tight. A proper stretching of those muscles after your warm up is simply giving that body space for the blood flow as well as loosen up to prevent any snapping
  3. Fluid Intake – drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after workout has a great effect in minimising injuries. A de-hydrated body is prone to injuries mostly due to cramping muscles. Make sure you are carrying a bottle of water along to your gym or the area of your workout for hydration.
  4. Supplementation – if you are putting your body through some tough work then recovery is the key for its long term performance. In order to have good recovery, better stamina, improved joint mobility and endurance you need to add supplements such as multivitamin, omega 3, calcium, joint support, vitamin D, iron and protein. Even though some of you may argue the importance of these supplements against a nutritious diet which I truly support, the crucial part for long term performance and durability is recovery.
  5. Listen to Your Body – our body gives us sign to how it feels almost instantaneously and our job is to listen to it to recognise those signs before it snaps completely. Coming from a personal experience on many occasions, I usually slow down when I body has almost been through hell which is bad. Make sure you recognise when to stop to give your body rest as much as you know when to start back.
  6. Posture in Check – an obvious but important one is your posture while doing a particular move. Exercises are designed keeping a certain posture in mind, so you must learn that proper position to perform it. A lot of people try to do everything on their own without any help, causing injuries to themselves. Get an experienced trainer or a mentor to guide you through proper postures and positioning.

Injuries sucks big time because they can slow us down or even hurt us for life. Fitness needs to be fun and should also be done with cautious moves. It’s a long term journey for life, not a short term contractual deal.

 

Rahul Talreja

Be Your Best Self Transformation

http://www.rahultalreja.net

Reasons Your Workout is Failing or Not Giving Results

You are regular with your training in the gym or outside and giving your best everyday but still not getting great results. The worst part is you see other guys and girls around your who are spending less time then you are but still have better results overall.

I have been in those situations many times but each time I have found myself in that spot of self-criticising, I rather went ahead to find more answers to my questions. That search of finding better answers to becoming a best version of myself made me aware of lot of points that I was doing wrong at the start of my fitness journey.

It is a learning process and the best learning comes when you apply instead of just reading about it. I want to share some reasons that might be holding your results back, if not all then at least one or two.

Reasons Your Workout is Failing or Not Giving Results

  • Clarity of Goals – you need to have a very clear specific goal of what you want to achieve and by when. Only then you will be able to pick the right workout plan. Get help from someone you look up to and find a coach to guide you setting up goals. Give yourself time to set them up as the more specific detailed they the better plan you can lay down for yourself.
  • Missing Visual Connection– it is important to have a visual connection with your goals. So you can emulate someone whose physical shape you admire and have their pictures around you for visual connection.
  • Diet and Supplementation – your workout should be supported by right nutrition plan and supplementation. This is an area where you need consultation and preparation.
  • Rest and recovery– it is said that you break your muscles in the gym, feed in the kitchen and build while you sleep. Resting and recovering is as important as working out. Providing your body with right recovery through various other measure like massage, chiropractic adjustments, cryotherapy, physiotherapy etc., is also crucial.

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  • Chore vs Fun – your workout needs to be fun that is something to look forward to. If you are taking it as a chore then you pick something that you can enjoy and can do on a regular basis. If you don’t like weight training, then identify a sport or an activity to match your goals.
  • Comfort Zone – people generally stick to things they know and do not want to learn/try new ways or training methods. Educate yourself more on techniques and apply in line with your goals.
  • Missing Passion – passion is something that comes from within. You need to have a very strong reason, “WHY”, for your goal. That connection with your goal will bring out the passion to achieve the goals.

Getting these strategies in place will enhance your performance in your training as well as overall life. What we do in one area of life also follows in other areas of your life too. Even if you are already doing these things, then my suggestion is to review them again as you might come across some surprises of self-sabotaging.

Rahul Talreja
Messenger of Fitness and Transformation
BE YOUR BEST SELF TRANSFORMATION
http://www.rahultalreja.net

Truth about Cheat Meals – Are They Good?

When I started bodybuilding in November 2013, I came across this term rather concept of “Cheat Meal”. Prior to that even though I have been a fitness enthusiast for several years, I wasn’t aware of this whole concept. However, my learnings were through professional bodybuilders and people who have been in the industry for a long time, therefore, my introduction to the whole concept was backed up with proper knowledge and scientific / biological reasoning.

Cheat meal is simply a meal where you indulge yourself in the high calorie food (basically junk food) one day of the week. This is very famous concept or term used within bodybuilding world because it is a sport where athletes have to eat multiple meals a day (every 2-3 hours) with specific ingredients, therefore, boosting cravings for junk food.

Over last 3 years, I moved away from cheat meals because as and when I started getting more understanding of my body, its functionality & response to certain foods etc., I stopped advocating about such meals. There is surely no denying that my approach to nutrition has now become stricter and that’s what I expect the same from people who approach me for guidance in nutrition and training.

My reason is simple, our body needs to be fuelled with clean nutritionally rich food for its longevity and survival. If I am to be specific then below are some primary reasons for my strict approach to my nutrition day in and day out.

  1. Gut Feeling

With the whole week of clean eating, whenever I have had my cheat meal I face various abdominal issues almost immediately such as, cramps, bloating, and excess gas usually follows, which can quickly took away the joy I was looking for. All the sugar, bad fats, preservatives etc., upsets the good bacteria that lives in our gut causing inflammation and digestive issues.

  1. Dehydration

Another side effect of having junk food, especially ones high in sodium, can lead to dehydration because of the shock body has got through introduction of unhealthy food rich in sodium and fluid. The whole imbalance of nutrition generally leads people feeling puffy and dehydrated which is exactly how I felt. Don’t forget the headaches dehydration comes with and other snowball effects of it.

  1. High Risk of Disease

Consuming unhealthy fast through junk food may be a good feeling to your tongue and lips but certainly not a treat for your arteries. Over time, that fat storage in our veins and arteries can lead to heart diseases, increase in blood pressure and other horrible escalations such cancer.

Be Your Best Self Approach

The approach I follow and also put my clients through BYBS principles is simply clean eating using whole foods that cooked at home. Not saying stick to tasteless food but there is no room for junk food. Even I like to mix things up, that’s why I am constantly trying new recipes at home but the condition is choosing the right ingredients. If you check my YouTube vlog on Home Made Pancakes, you can notice all the ingredients are carefully selected.

If you are beginner to your transformation journey or even if you are fitness freak like me, do consider above points for your nutrition. You can also check my Vlog on the same topic to hear my views first hand here.

Rahul Talreja
Messenger of Fitness and Transformation
BE YOUR BEST SELF TRANSFORMATION
https://rahultalreja.net/

How to Make the Most Out of Your Weekends?

Weekend is what most people look forward to, specially, those who work in jobs and small businesses because that’s when an individual get time away from work to spend time with family and friends.

But more than that it is also a time when people look forward to procrastinate by – sleeping in/ waking up late; eat junk food; drink more alcohol than they would normally; party hard and do nothing productive.

This eventually leads to few things for us-

  • We feel like crap because we sabotaged our health buy feeding our body unhealthy nutrition less food / drinks.
  • We did not do anything productive
  • We spent more money than we wanted to so now we even feel more bad
  • We do not look forward to work because our mind has slipped into self-pity mode where the world is against us and life sucks

I will probably leave it to that as I can feel you getting the gist. If you are one of them then you better gear up to start making some changes my friend.

Before I tell you how you can change all of that, I have to confess that I for 3 years of my life I slipped into that this state myself and therefore, ended up in a pretty sad space mentally impacting every area of my life – especially my health and relationships.

So I changed my perspective towards my weekends as I knew I wanted to feel differently when I get back to work on Monday. There are things I applied and you should too if you want to have the best of weekends, get your health back in track, feel good about yourself and make the most of the time you have.

      1. Early Start – wake up same time as you would on a work day, assuming you work during the day. This will keep you on track with your time management and give you more of it on hand to utilise productively.
      2. 30 Minutes’ Workout – starting your day with a 30 minutes of workout, slow jog, walk, swim or any sport will out you in a zone of performance. This will lift your energy levels up – mentally and physically.
      3. Breakfast with Friends/Family – book ahead of the weekend your time with your friends or family members to have breakfast together early in the morning. With (1) and (2) already accomplished, this part of the day will push you to stay on track with your nutrition and also mentally relaxing to have the people you care about the most around you at the start of a day.
      4.  Projects – pick or create small projects for yourself to be done on the weekends. Something that involves creation; modification or betterment. Example – de-cluttering your house; painting your room; fixing your backyard; re-doing your interior of the house; fixing your car or bike etc.
      5.  Activity – book or pick an activity for yourself to do with your wife, kids, girlfriend, boyfriend or friends etc., so it takes you away from the daily grind and work stress. Doing such activities together reduces our cortisol’s level and also create some amazing memories.
      6.  Advance Preparation – remember school days when we had to be prepared with everything for the rest of the week to go smooth? Yes- it needs to come back. Make sure you doing everything ahead of the week – grocery shopping; meal preps; washing & ironing; cleaning etc. This way your work week will be very much focussed on work instead of stressing about everything else but work. Even use this time to look into your finances & bills to stay ahead of the game.
      7.  Recovery – give the weekends for recovery with massages or spa time, if you can, to release all the stress you have gained throughout the week.

     

     

The key objective is to return to basics of human body & life to make the most of the day. Now some of these points are also relevant during the week but in order to make the most of your weekends these steps/tips/tricks are definitely the way to go.

Rahul Talreja- Messenger of Fitness Transformation
Be Your Best Self

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Stay On Track This Christmas Holiday

December 25th – one of the most significantly celebrated day around the world with family and friends, its Christmas time baby. I quiet enjoy this colourful time of the year when everyone from kids to grandparents are in the joyous mood of celebrating, sharing and giving. The environment around just changes to the beautiful song.

However, there is definitely a correlation between the celebration and calories. There is certainly a huge amount of food intake involved during the celebration which is mostly calorie dense and processed.

So the question is how do we stay on track with our fitness during this holiday season? What steps can we take to avoid the impact on our body that lasts for months?

Christmas Fitness

I sit here writing this content to help be aware of your choices and also give you my own very personally experienced tips that I use for any social gathering for celebration.

  • Plate of Protein – focus on having more protein rich food that are lean sources and not covered in lot of oil. Protein is more expensive for body so it increases the metabolism 8% faster than carbohydrates and fats.
  • Hydration – as much as most people like to over-eat they end up consuming less fluid which can slow down metabolism. Staying hydrated with water or electrolyte rich fluids such as coconut water etc., not only improves metabolism but also reduces food cravings and keeps the energy levels up.
  • Calorie Cycling – with Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner approaching, you can start consuming less calories in the form of carbohydrates and fats 2-3 days leading up to the main day. This way you are putting your body through a calorie deficit which in turn will help you consume the extra calories on the holiday.
  • Increase Your Cardio & Training – Leading up to the day you can increase your cardio sessions and also pump up a little harder in the gym. You are increasing your room for calorie deficit that can assist you consuming that delicious turkey.
  • Stop Grazing- A biggest mistake which fails people, over eating or gazing. Just because there is lot of food around doesn’t mean you have to snack on it. Watch what you are doing, stay accountable to yourself. Best is to make a list beforehand of food you want to eat on the day, that you won’t go bonkers on the food.

Holiday seasons are challenging with so much food around but it is also the time when we can lose focus. It’s about controlling our environment and the above tips or steps I take for myself has helped me a lot in staying in the shape. Now it’s your time to put that effort, you will thank yourself.

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Messenger of Fitness Transformation

Be Your Best Self

Pain Means Growth

“Are You Nuts?” is the first reaction I get when I words such as these about the pain they are feeling in their muscles next day after their training session. If you are someone like me you who has DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) then the pain is lasting more than 24 hours.

Regardless of that, the pain after your training session in the muscle groups you have worked out on is good for muscle growth and reshaping into your newer self. This is because your workout has opened up the muscle fibres stretching the tissues open, therefore, increasing the blood flow in the targeted area. So the pain in the targeted area is now because of the strain it has gone through under the circumstances you have created for your body.

Pain and Growth

Now to overcome this pain you must remember these important tips-

a) Hydrate your body with regular intake of water so you don’t get craps. A well hydrated body will be refuel you for internal recovery process

b) Nutrition is highly important because this is where you are feeding the targeted muscle groups with macro and micro nutrients such as your good fats, good carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals.

c) Recovery – a simple word yet the most crucial part after your training. You need to give your body enough recovery so it is ready for action the very next day or day after, subject to your training routine. Proper sleep, supplementation and mental rest is crucial.

Only then your body will get the chance to grow into the new physical shape as you want it be. Just by simply focussing on these tips, you can find yourself in a much improved physical, mental and emotional state.

One of the beautiful quotes I read somewhere was – “it takes a hammer, a chisel, a vision and a will to suffer the blows to be carved into one”.

So next time you are feeling your muscles are sore that’s because your muscle are ready to grow. All they need is proper rest, hydration, diet and recognition of the hard work.

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Transformation Coach
Be Your Best Self Transformation