If you are used to exercising outdoors, then the monsoons are a dampener on your plans. How do you go about sticking to your weight loss plan in the monsoons. You get up at 6am only to find the rains pouring down, making it almost impossible to even make a quick dash to your car without getting soggy and uncomfortable?
To continue to stick to your weight loss plan in the monsoons you need to do two things.
1) Ensure that you pay attention to your diet & nutrition (considering that your exercise levels are going to be reduced)
2) Invent exercises that you can do indoors and compensate for your high calorie outdoor burnout
Typical Diet changes in Monsoons :
- Drink purified or boiled water because the ground water, particularly in cities, is affected by overflowing drains and sewage. If you find yourself less thirsty than, for instance, in summer, don’t worry. People who suffer from arthritis should drink warm water with a little tulsi and dalchini first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. This improves bowel movements and also decreases pain in the joints.
- Corn Cob – Monsoons bring with it your favorite buttawala . Enjoy your evenings with roasted corn (with lemon & salt)
- Soups – It can get pretty chilly indoors with all the rain around. Cosy yourself with some nice hot soups. Corn,Mushroom, Vegetables,chicken, whichever way you want to
- Avoid eating raw vegetables & fruits, especially outside. Rains bring with it the common water borne diseases. If you are eating salads at home, make sure that you cut it just prior to your meal, not hours before it..
Indoor exercises for the monsoons
- Lie down on your stomach. Now with your palms and toes touching the floor, push up. Then with your toes firmly on the floor, bring your upper body as close to the floor as possible and push up again, fast. Complete as many pushups as you can in 30-60 seconds.
- Assume a comfortable stance with your legs slightly wider than shoulder width and your toes pointing out slightly. Now push your hips back and keeping your back straight, sit down as if you are sitting on a chair. These are called free squats. The aim is to get your hips and thighs at a 90-degree angle. Make sure your knees do not protrude beyond your feet or you’re not doing it right. Now stand up using your heels to push up and squat down again. Do as many as you can for 30 to 60 seconds
- Burpees: From a standing position squat down, drop your hands to the ground and jump your feet back to assume a push-up position. Do a push-up. Jump your legs forward to between your hands then jump up into the air and land back into the squat. Do as many as you can for 30 to 60 seconds.
- High-knees or high- step run: Stand in a spot and bring your knees to the chest fast. It’s a combination of running on the spot and bringing your knees high. Do this for 30 to 60 seconds
- Spot jogging/skipping/dancing – Make the music work for you. Time your activity. Enjoy a great workout indoors.