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How to become fit to go for a hike

The busy work schedule at Office , home and assignments, hectic city life will never let individual to allocate time for physical activities. It becomes necessary when you get crazy to explore the outdoors. The fitness part plays a important role and eligibility criteria. As you fitness cannot be built in overnight.It becomes necessary and mandatory to assign sometime for being fit and have a healthy body , mind and soul. It doesn’t mean that you have to shell out thousands of rupees from your pocket and go to a fitness centre or invest on a thread mill for a work out.A 30 minutes of time everyday as per convenience will be enough to keep you fit .You are start with walking, jogging or cycling.

  1. No matter what your speed is, walking, jogging and cycling are very important parts of a healthy lifestyle as they are activities that keep your muscles active and your blood flowing. If you need to keep your knees strong or have body aches and pains then cycling is the best solution.
  2. Go out of your way to walk more. For example, if you go to the grocery store try to park in the farthest spot from the entrance so you are forced to walk those extra steps to get there.
  3. Walk or bike to work/school. If you live close enough to work or school a good solution would be to start walking or cycling.
  4. Don’t use lifts or escalators when you go for malls or at home.

* Eat simple Vegetarian diet food , Avoid oil food rich in fat and cholestrol

 

Breath Counting

If you want to get a feel for this challenging work, try your hand at breath counting, a deceptively simple technique much used in Zen practice.

Sit in a comfortable position with the spine straight and head inclined slightly forward. Gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Then let the breath come naturally without trying to influence it. Ideally it will be quiet and slow, but depth and rhythm may vary.

  1. To begin the exercise, count "one" to yourself as you exhale.
  2. The next time you exhale, count "two," and so on up to "five."
  3. Then begin a new cycle, counting "one" on the next exhalation.

 

Santhanam Sridharan
Trekker/ Yoga teacher at Thakurs Artistic Yoga

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