My foray into fitness

Back in the day, when running up and down seven stories was part of my daily routine if I didn’t want to miss class, I was confident that I would never see myself get pudgy, no matter what I ate or drank. I have to laugh at my naivety, garbage in always means garbage out. “The jeans aren’t too tight now, but they will be in a few months’ time.” said a friend I went shopping with. Reality check! Yes, I had let myself go. A sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy food will do that to anyone.

Well, better late than never, I started running, clocking at least 15 Km every week. My stamina improved, enough to make me run a few marathons, but visible results weren’t significant. Some amount of de-motivation and research later, I learnt that what I ate was as important as any workout I put myself through. And then it began!

No, I do not endorse the school of thought that skinny equals fit. Yes, sometimes it does frustrate me when people try telling me that too much is too bad and that it is time to put some weight back on. However, I know my body well. Today, I am at the peak of my fitness levels, and I also know that my best is yet to come.

Getting in a workout at least 4 times a week and eating clean cannot just be “a phase”. It needs to be a part of our routine, a lifestyle change, so to speak.

“Little drops of water, tiny grains of sand, make the mighty ocean.” Take one step at a time, cut down on sugar today, spend a good 30 minutes sweating from every pore of your body tomorrow, eat more greens the day after, the list can be endless. One leap is all it takes, your body will thank you for many years to come.

This article was also published on VIVA Voice.