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This story has been submitted by GurgaonMoms on behalf of Niruti Sud Bajaj, an
IT professional by occupation and internationally-certified yoga trainer by passion. She is also the founder of StreeFit, a venture that is dedicated to female fitness and wellness.
Fitness and health is THE most important aspect of life especially in the “kalyug” era when everyone is running after money and fame but not actually running (or jogging or walking!)
Unfortunately fitness is or has become the last priority as we get busy with our lives, day-to-day routines and family. And especially for the majority of the women, everything and everyone on the planet will come before themselves. We have taken over ourselves to be perfect in everything and please everyone around apart from ourselves.
FACT: A woman is the base of household and the root of the family. She is considered an epitome of multitasking. She cannot even get sick for a day and all of us reading this will relate to it. The whole house is in a mess and everything topples over in a single day if we are unwell.
That’s the POWER and essence of being a woman. So, let’s use that magic in us to actually help ourselves. Our body is the only thing, which will remain with us till the end. This is hard hitting but actually TRUE, and more so the body has no replacement—we just get one body, and it is one with us.
A one-hour workout is just 4% of your day—we can and should take at least that time out for us on priority.
Even I realized the importance of regular workout after an extremely unfortunate phase in my life
I was always an all-rounder, and into sports and athletics in my school and college days. But as I grew and other responsibilities and priorities took over—working out and my fitness took a backseat.
After my second delivery (both first and second being a caesarian section) I started getting swelling and extreme pain in my feet. I came to know I had multiple plantar fasciitis. And no amount of physiotherapy and naturopathy helped me.
Slowly the swelling started to reach my knees. I cannot even mention the amount of pain I felt and how much I cried. It became so bad that it was difficult and unbearable for me to walk and I was almost immobile.
I visited three very famous doctors of NCR and they said these are symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. But blood tests came out just fine, and multiple x-rays of knees and back did not help either. I was prescribed a very high dosage of multivitamins, steroids, and painkillers.
I was very skeptical of these medicines as I was exclusively breastfeeding my baby, and also since there was no cure but ways to manage the symptoms. Not to mention, I would also have to consume these medicines for a very long time.
All this took a toll on my mental health
Along with that, I had the responsibility of taking care of two small children. All this took a heavy toll on my mental health as well, as I started feeling guilty for not being able to nurture my newborn baby and ignoring my elder child.
We moms have a tendency of blaming ourselves for all the not-so good things that happen with our children and I was no different. Though family and friends are there, your pain is yours and nobody else’s. And it’s YOU who has to face the consequences.
Regular practice of yoga and homeopathy helped me get back into the groove
This was the time I realized the importance of mental and physical health. If one is healthy and fit, then the sky’s the limit and there is nothing one can’t achieve.
It’s the need of the hour to bring a lifestyle change and incorporate yoga, meditation, aerobics, jogging, and strength training in our daily lives. When you engage in exercise, your body and brain produce hormones and neurotransmitters that have a positive impact on your mood, memory, energy levels, and sense of well-being. Regular exercise also helps balance your body’s level of stress hormones.
We are what we eat, you all must have heard this and it’s so very true. Working out and proper diet/nutrition are like a couple, they will fight, they will ignore each other, they will try to overpower the other—but at the end of day they have to be in sync for happiness to prevail. So working out and nutrition go hand in hand to get a fit and healthy mind and body.
Like working, sleeping, drinking water, and spending time with our loved ones is essential—so is also working out for at least half an hour every day and consuming fruits, raw salad, dry fruits, superfoods, and home-made detox drinks.
And the most important thing, do what you enjoy and can follow every day without fail. Mark my words, your body will be so happy and it will give your back double of what you invest in it. So it’s never too late. Start TODAY and be a better version of yourself and yes keep the EXCUSE box closed please.
I am a mother of two kids, a techie by profession with 13 years of experience doing a full-time job, a fitness enthusiast and certified trainer by profession—who is doing a regular yoga practice to keep herself mentally and physically sane. And I am teaching and motivating other women too. If I can take out the time, why not you?