Simplifying fitness.

Prashant Paliwal
Feb 18, 2018 · 3 min read

Am I fat? Why am I not losing weight? How do I get abs? What should I eat?We’ve all had these questions at some point in our lives and with all the information around us, the idea of being fit has become very complex and unachievable. We all perceive the word differently. For some, fitness could be going to the gym or playing a sport, for some it could be running or going for a walk and for some it could be practicing meditation or yoga. It doesn’t matter what your definition of fitness is, what matters is, consistency.

I am a normal person with a normal lifestyle. I work in a startup with uncertain working hours, I go out drinking and I devour chocolate pastries every now and then. But, I am still able to maintain a decent physique and a good level of fitness and health.

I don’t believe in the ‘No Pain, No Gain’ strategy. You don’t have to do intense workouts or eat boiled food to achieve your goals! 95% of us don’t have to get into competitive bodybuilding or fitness modeling so we can be healthy by leading a normal life and enjoying our favourite food. After all, what is the use of being healthy when you can’t enjoy life!

The law of conservation of energy says: ‘Energy can neither be created nor destroyed’. If we are to skip the complex diet and training, we ought to make up for it someplace else. The human body tends to resist change which makes it difficult for us to adopt a fitness regime. The idea is to be consistent and focus on the smaller things in order to achieve bigger goals.

It could be as simple as doing 10 pushups a day, which would add up to 300 a month, and in 6 months you would have done 1800 pushups! Also, in that period you would have built muscle and gained strength. It may look like a really small change but over time it adds up to become a significant amount of progress. The most important thing is to start. Start getting up 30 minutes early to go for a walk. Start eating more natural foods. Start cycling to work instead of taking a cab. Start ordering nachos instead of fries at the bar! Start by making small changes in your lifestyle which you can sustain to achieve big results.

You can follow this very simple morning routine to start with,

  1. Make your bed- If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another.
  2. Drink a glass of warm water with lemon- Helps in digestion. Flushes out toxins. Rich source of Vitamin C.
  3. Do 20 squats and hold a plank to failure- Exercise wakes up your central nervous system. Makes you stronger and functional.
  4. Eat a balanced breakfast with a good source of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to fuel you for the day ahead.

My goal is to make people realise that fitness is not that hard to achieve and we can look at it in a much simpler way. A good level of fitness is very much achievable with just minor tweaks in our day to day routine and being consistent. Follow me for more content on how to be fit and healthy in a much simpler way.

Prashant Paliwal

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A fitness enthusiast who wants to change how people perceive health and fitness and drive them towards their goal.