After owning one of the very first boutique gyms in New Delhi, Studio 60, and now training completely virtually for the past two years, I got a lot of insight into the Indian fitness world. What was probably just about bodybuilding for men and only weight loss for women has slowly evolved into a full health and fitness experience where not just the room we workout in, but also the atmosphere, the people, the food, clothing, equipment and price also play an important role in what and where we train. Social media has shown that documentation and showing our hard work are also top priority. Since the pandemic, we’ve been seeing quite a big shift in the world of fitness. My main observations about fitness in India would be:
Virtual fitness will continue to grow. Whether individual coaching or guided 5-week challenges via apps, WhatsApp and online communities like my online programs www.strongerwithzoe.com – the virtual world offers comfort, no commuting, short, nonsensical workouts and friendlier non-intimidating environments for beginners.
Outdoor and home fitness routines are becoming increasingly popular. The growth in home fitness setups over the past nearly two years has been tremendous. Needless to say, outdoor adventures and workouts are becoming more and more priority as we learn more and more of how much we benefit and wish to be outside instead of being locked in like the pandemic.
My main focus is on the education of women. And my main goal was to educate and get women to focus more on health and fitness, which is all around and an eternal journey, rather than just a weight loss aesthetic mindset. I can see this happening slowly.
Q: When it comes to staying fit, what principles do you swear by?
A: Sticking to an exercise program. To be consequent. Not obsessed with nutrition. Don’t let diets distract you. Instead, a balanced all-round diet that focuses on lots of water, protein, and fresh, unrefined ingredients. Make sure I live a little. Eighty percent clean and with 20 percent space for things that I enjoy. In line with this approach.
Prioritizing rest and sleep. Giving my body the time it needs to properly recover. That means training pauses and thought pauses. Be in nature, relax and learn to relax through the day. It all works wonders for muscle growth and development.
Make strength training part of my routine. No, it doesn’t make you bulky. It changes the internal makeup of your body, which makes you slim and toned and much more efficient with food. It reduces the risk of injury. I feel better, look better, and perform better.
Collect knowledge. It really is a superpower. Learn as much as you can about your body, diet, and mind. Break a sweat mentally, it’s just as important as your physical one.
Q: You talked about exercising during pregnancy on your Instagram, even after 28 weeks, when you were in your mid-30s. What made you want to keep going? They also dropped out of certain exercises, such as the jump rope. Could you say more about it?
A: As a pre- and postnatal certified coach, I have not only worked with incredible women over the years, but also given myself the basis on which I can trust and believe in the capabilities of my body. A good fitness program always gives you lasting results and knowledge that ensures that you trust yourself and know your body. Because I feel safe and trust my body and all of my training, pregnancy didn’t mean I had to stop anything.
Fitness is my world, my job and for all uncomplicated pregnancies it has been clearly proven that exercise benefits mother and child. Every pregnancy is different. Certain changes needed to be made for me, and together with my doctor, I figured out ways to work with what I could and couldn’t do, and that included removing a lot of high impact movements for medical reasons. However, the current Olympics have proven how incredible the female body is, and some female athletes have continued to train and compete and win while pregnant. Information, guidance and knowledge are key. Pregnancy is natural, our bodies are designed to reproduce. Caution is one thing, but staying active for your and your baby’s health is another!
Q: What is your advice to pregnant women when it comes to staying active?
A: In uncomplicated pregnancies that have been clarified by your doctor, exercise will help both you and your baby.
For you: Reduces the risk of pregnancy complications and lowers the likelihood of birth complications. The more you improve your pregnancy fitness, the faster you will recover after giving birth and the fitter you will be after giving birth. Boost Your Mood: Exercise during pregnancy reduces the risk of depression by releasing endorphins that help improve mood while relieving stress and anxiety; relieves back and pelvic pain; relieves constipation; helps you sleep better and feel more energetic through the day.
For Babies: Boosts Brain Health; Lower BMI: Exercise During Pregnancy, Researchers Find Their Babies Were Less Prone To Obesity and Diabetes; A Fitter Heart: Exercising regularly during pregnancy has been found to help lower the baby’s heart rate so that they remain less strong and less stressed.
Q: How different will post-pregnancy recovery be for you as an athlete?
A: I am really looking forward to being able to move a little more freely and to work on my performance and my abilities. Pregnancy is not a time for personal best, it is about nursing, so getting back to my routine will be a nice challenge. However, with this in mind, it is important to remember that every new mom’s journey is unique and that it is her personal choice to be judged or pressured to recover, whether or not she is one Is an athlete or not. My recovery is all about listening to my body and allowing myself to feel and do what I really can.
From a health and healing point of view, it is important to focus heavily on core function, pelvic floor function, and restoring body balance with a slow but progressive program. Diet will continue to play an important role in healing my body, but also in enabling me to produce enough food for my baby while breastfeeding.
Q: How important was Under Armor to your fitness journey? How do your values align with those of the brand?
A: Very. Comfortable and supportive clothing, just one size bigger than my usual Under Armor clothing was all I need! Under Armor’s core values include “Loving athletes, standing up for equality, fighting together, creating fearlessly, always connecting, staying true, thinking ahead and celebrating victories”. All of this is so important and has helped me focus on what my body needs at this important stage in my life as I create another person. As I continue to treat my body with respect, good nutrition, exercise, rest, and rest, I’ve been able to trust my gut instinct, stay true to myself, think about the benefits, and celebrate every little movement achieved for the day without doing myself hard to condemn. The brand has really been my proud driving force behind my focus on being a role model and role model for all of the women around me.
(Siddhi Jain can be contacted at [email protected])
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