Workout talk

by Khushboo on October 23, 2014

Wishing you all & your families a very Happy Diwali!  May the festival of lights shine health, wealth & prosperity into your lives!

Have you ever had one of those weeks where every workout has been on par?  That pretty much sums up my week so far in terms of exercise- I feel like a whole ball of endorphins!  It started off with a 5 km run on Monday at the gym which was my first run in about 3 months.  Although it was fairly slower than past times, I am proud of myself for running the whole thing without stopping…and actually enjoying myself.  The latter came as a surprise, particularly because I stopped running after I got back from London in July- consider it a case of Runner Burnout.

Regent's Park

Regent’s Park

Four factors that contributed to this great run was:

1) Focusing on my breathing: I used the ‘talk test’ to guage my speed i.e. making sure I could carry out a converation without getting out of breath.

2) Taking the pressure off: After taking over 3 months off running, I knew it would seem like a struggle initially.  Therefore I didn’t start with any distance or speed goals…I just wanted to run. 

3) Eating a proper, carb-heavy breakfast beforehand:  As always, oatmeal worked its magic!

Apple Pie Oatmeal

4) An upbeat playlist: duh!

I’m looking forward to November when the weather cools down here and I can start running outdoors again.  Aside from running, I have been working out with a personal trainer 3 times a week at home, which involves a mix of TRX training, kettlebells & boxing.   We often use the staircase for quick bursts of cardio in between exercises.  I actually came across my trainer through chance, but he’s definitely a keeper!  The rest of my workout week, I try to balance out with weights at the gym & swims. 

On another exercise-related note, I went for a talk on Sunday given by Dr. Aashish Contractor, who is Head of Department of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation at the Asian Heart Institute.  He’s also been the Medical Director for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon since 2004.  One point that stood out was his reference to exercise as medicine. There’s no doubt that regular exercise can make a positive difference to almost every aspect of our health including lowering the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease…the list is endless. 

positive fitspiration


However like every medicine, there is a risk of overdose and the dangers that come with it.  Although it’s easy to carried away with exercise, there’s a fine line between exercising enough & exercising too muchAfter a certain point, exercise can actually provide more harm to our health than benefit including, but not limited to, hormonal imbalances, knee damage & excess stress on our heart.  A few signs to look out for when assessing whether you might be exercising excessively include:

  • Poor sleep
  • Low energy levels
  • Loss of menstrual cycles
  • Mental fogginess 
  • Lack of appetite
  • Stagnant progress in workouts

From personal experience, I know that my body works best with 2 rest days a week on average- anything less & I can feel both my motivation to work out & the quality of my workouts start to dwindle.  Being Diwali & all, I traded in my workout today for a massage….good call if you ask me ;) !

What workouts have you been doing lately? 

How many rest days do you take a week?


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