Namita Jain gives Jaldi Fit ideas for people with no time
Namita Jain, a renowned wellness expert and clinical exercise specialist based in Mumbai, reveals how to use everyday opportunities to get fit.
A couple of months back, Namita launched a “Jaldi Fit” DVD, a home workout DVD in English and Hindi showing result-oriented exercise routines. Before you get your copy of the DVD, follow these easy ways to keep the blood flowing and the body running.
Stretch at your desk
It is a great idea to take short breaks to simply stretch and release stiffness and tension from your muscles while at work. Make use of small available opportunities, use your time on the phone, while working on your computer or waiting for an appointment to stretch.
Contract and relax all your muscle groups while sitting. This improves circulation and energises the body.
Take the stairs
Take the stairs rather than the elevator. With practice, you will be able to do this without getting out of breath.
Get up and walk around the room every hour of sitting. Remember to do this when you are watching the television or at the office to avoid stiffness and improve blood circulation.
Relaxing your eyes
Simple eye relaxation techniques will help improve vision and release eye strain. With regular practise, the eye nerves are nourished, receiving a richer supply of blood.
Here are some techniques to relax the eyes: Palming: Briskly rub your palms together until they are warm and then place the cupped palms over your closed eyes. Remain in the position for at least one minute. Repeat this exercise as often as you can. Blinking: Cultivate the habit of blinking regularly to prevent eye fatigue. This is a simple but effective method to release eye stress. Splashing cold water: Cold water is an excellent way to refresh and relax the eyes and the surrounding tissues. Using your cupped palms splash cold water 12 to 15 times over your closed eyes. Then gently wipe your eyes using a towel.
Take deep breaths when you are stressed
When you are stressed, take a few deep breaths. Deep, slow breathing results in a stronger and more efficient working of the heart and lungs.
Suck in those abdominals
Remember to keep your abs tucked in at all times. This will help strengthen the muscles and maintain better posture.
Get your daily dose of vitamin D
The early morning rays of the sun are gentle and will provide you the valuable vitamin D for healthy bones. However, exposure to the sun for long periods is not recommended.
Make housework fun
Realise that all physical activity counts and is good for you. Dust and vacuum to your favourite tunes and throw in a dance step or two along the way. Even chores like gardening or walking the dog can pay you health dividends.NANDINI NAIR