How Young India Sticks To Its Fitness Plan

    • Team NIE/TNN
    • Publish Date: Sep 23 2016 5:26PM
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    • Updated Date: Sep 23 2016 5:26PM
How Young India Sticks To Its Fitness Plan

We get it. It’s not easy to stay on a fitness routine.
Here is some inspiration from our Times NIE students. Tell us your fitness goals and how you are achieving them in the comments sections! 

Akshatha Bhat, class IX, Carmel High School, Bengaluru 
I need to reduce my weight and increase my stamina. I run for 20 minutes every day at the speed of 6 km/hr. Gradually, I will increase the duration of the run and the speed.

Aishwarya Iyer, class VIII, Deens Academy, Bengaluru
Most people in our parents’ and grandparents’ generation have health issues. I do not want to suffer from the same problems when I grow up. So, I have a simple fitness goal which I aim to achieve. I want to be flexible, have loads of stamina and physical as well as mental strength. I practise Taekwondo and am a swimmer. I also play other sports regularly. To achieve my goal, I ensure I play at least one sport for an hour every day. I set achievable goals for myself which is why ‘my’ fitness goal is simple. 

Rhea Mane, class VIII, Pawar Public School Bhandu, Mumbai 
Eating healthy and participating in long distance running are my goals. Since I play   badminton at the District and State levels , I need additional training. That helps me to keep fit. Also, running has helped me boost my mental stamina. 

Sarthak Rao, class X, DAV Public School, Navi Mumbai
I  am underweight, so my fitness goal is to gain weight. But I must ensure I don’t get an ungainly paunch in the process!  I am eating the right food and at the right time. For fitness, I play badminton. 

Times NIE adds: Are these excuses ruining your fitness plans? 

The fruitful benefits of a workout don’t come easy. There will be hardships, but none that can be compared to the sight of a fit and toned body. We bring you some common workout excuses that are often made to skip workouts and how to keep your momentum going. 

1. I’m feeling sleepy: Keep up with your morning workout commitment, you will have to sometimes give up on your 8-hour sleep. And this means that you will feel sleepy during the day. Try going to bed early to make up for the lost hours instead of skipping your workout. See, no excuses!

2. I am feeling sore from yesterday’s workout: Those who are workout addicts love when it exercises leave them sore but that’s not the case with a lot of people. Many fall off the routine when they experience pain, thinking it’s not suiting their body. But that’s not the case. A sore workout body means you just bolted your body enough to stimulate change. Instead of skipping your workout the next day, try some stretching exercises that will help the muscles to heal.

3. I am feeling tired: Some people skip workouts because they have a general sense of fatigue. Note that working out depletes feelings of fatigue and, in fact, prepares you for the long day ahead. However, if this feeling of tiredness persists, it is good to consult your doctor and get some basic tests done. 

4. I eat cautiously so I don’t need to workout: We all know it is 80 per cent diet and 20 per cent workout and most of us do the maths in our head calculating the number of calories we consume. Many don’t feel the need to exercise if they are within the calorie limit but this is not a valid reason to skip workouts. A workout has innumerable benefits that dieting alone can’t provide.

5. I have an important school project/exam: Do you think working out before an important project will make you lose focus? As a matter of fact, workouts release endorphins in your body and that charges you for the day. A recent study conducted at the University of British Columbia found that aerobic exercise that gets your heart pumping strong ‘appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning’. So heading to the gym before an important assignment is a good idea. (tnn)

To get you going, here are the three stretches that you can do every day. 

1. The Side stretch: Sit in Padmasan or with your legs crossed in the lotus position. As you stretch out your hands in front of you, slowly link and interlace fingers. Your palm should be facing outwards. Stretch your arms out as far and then slowly extend your arms up above your head. Keep your fingers interlaced all the time as you stretch. Then, slowly (from your waist) bend towards your right as far as you can, come back straight up and then bend towards your left. This stretches your upper body, shoulders, arms and obliques. 

2. The Spine twist: Lie down on your back. Now, raise your leg and bring one knee towards your stomach and hold it with your opposite hand. Next, gently twist your spine as you pull your knee towards the floor across your body. You don't need to touch the floor with your knee. The key is to keep both your shoulders on the floor as you stretch and twist your spine. Once back to the starting position, you can do the opposite side. This stretches your spine, back and glutes

3. The Hip lift: Sit with your legs crossed and place both hands behind you with palms flat on the floor and fingers pointing outwards. Shift your weight to your hands as you slowly let your head fall back. Apply pressure on your palms as you lift off your body and butt off the floor, and you slowly bring your chest and hips towards the ceiling. Pause for a few seconds, go back to the starting position and repeat. (tnn)


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Himanshi Dhawan Saffron Public School

I do yoga every morning to keep myself fit and healthy. I guess everyone should go for yoga as it makes one''s body flexible, loads it with stamina, increases your balancing power etc.

Bhavana Jaison Atomic Energy Central School No 2

Yoga, the traditional exercises passed by our ancestors to us is the best way to be fit and fine physically , mentally and spiritually.


i think that this yoga can decrease the numbers of patient because according to me morning yoga is the best medicines. so my request to all please do yoga at morning.


I think that this yoga can decrease the numbers of patient, because according to me morning yoga is the best medicines. So my request to all please do yoga at morning.




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