Monday, November 7, 2016

Top Reasons To Run

I am quite excited to make a trip to Delhi this year to participate in Airtel half marathon with bunch of my childhood friends. It gives me immense pleasure to see them join the “Fit Indian Run” gang on 20th November to do something which none of us dreamed few years back. I am sure the enthusiasm will stay forever and encourages many more to join us next year. Kudos to all our fit brigade.

The following is based on my personal running experience and research on internet. Hope it makes sense and motivates other to run or at least jog.
  1. Top Calorie Burning Exercise
  2. Enhance Metabolism Even When You Don’t know it
  3. No Equipment or Fancy Gear Required
  4. Superb For Your Social Life
  5. Solo Run Provide Time For Self-Discovery And Retrospection
  6. Elevates Your Mood
  7. Boosts Creativity and Build Confidence
  8. Provides Chance to Go Outside And Enjoy Nature
  9. Increases Self-Esteem
  10. Reduces Stress
  11. Fights Depression And Anxiety
  12. Gives You Energy
  13. Brings Positivity
  14. Lengthens Your Life Span
  15. Invigorates Your Sex Life
  16. Makes You Goal Oriented
  17. Turns You into a Good Human Being

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Katy Wellness 5k Run - 9/25


What the Houston wellness program is doing in and around Houston is truly admirable. How often you would find a timed 5k run where registration is completely free? It is a “must do” event for a beginner and any runner who are little reluctant in getting themselves registered for a race. Interestingly, you could just show up in the morning on the race day without even registering and still allowed to participate. Certainly, a big encouragement for people out there who would like to have a family 5k run on a fine Sunday morning to start their day on a high note.

This program has truly made the journey of wellness very simple. Their mission is to empower every individual to make healthy lifestyle choices with little hassle. Today there was one race at Freedom Park near Katy. Despite little rain during the night, hundreds of enthusiastic runners were present at 8 am at the start line. You could see the sense of triumph on their face after the race. During the race, the job done by all the volunteers and kids from Cinco Ranch High School was commendable. I must say that anybody who is interested in giving 5k a try must take advantage of this program. I can assure that you would be excited to be part of this program.

Last but not the least - although it is a free run, don’t forget to donate few dollars because we must support this organization for their noble effort to make Houstonians healthy and happy.  

Check out their site - http://thehwp.org/

Monday, July 11, 2016

Running has Healing Power - How to Attain?

After embraced running for years, I have become a strong proponent of this sport for obvious reasons – health and fitness. Recently I completed 2000 miles of running and during this journey, I have read countless article on running, blogs from elite runners, inspiring stories and how it transformed their life in a positive way. However, my personal favorite one is always the healing power of running regardless of age, region, religion, culture, race and gender. It works almost for all in the same way. Even for avid runners, there is a natural tendency of give up on running because of personal reasons. During the tough times when you stopped lacing up, you're missing out on one of the greatest benefits of running—its healing power. I learned it my way but nonetheless it worked and worked very well. Here's how to get back on track and run through the pain, not away from it.

Envision Success
Running may mean time alone with your thoughts, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Use positive visualization to tackle your angst head-on. While running, actively imagine a finish line (screaming spectators and all!) waiting for you. Think of a word to that finish line ribbon, like "stronger" or "resilient," and break through it each time in a full sprint.

Listening to Music
Running is a full five senses experience, and what you listen to during your bout of despondency is especially important. Make an emotionally intentional playlist by asking yourself what you need that day to heal your sadness much faster - Kishore Kumar or even Arijit Singh tunes. And you would notice the vigor and liveliness enthralling your body and brain after running couple of miles. 

Join a Run Community

It may feel good to isolate yourself during tense times, but connecting with others will actually help you bounce back more quickly. Sharing the universal experiences of disenchantment cuts down on the time you spend grieving them, according to grief expert George Bonanno in his book, "The Other Side of Sadness." Feel free to make your recovery a team effort with group of positive people.

Thwart Illness

Research has consistently shown the benefits of an active lifestyle, including a study that tied exercise to boosted immunity and illness prevention. Getting sick during your bad time would be the nail in the coffin and surely guide you to the nadir of depression. Make running the first step to take back your health and get ready to see a domino effect. After plugging in a few miles, you'll likely eat and sleep better.

Take Control

Loss usually come with no warning. Our powerlessness to control it can easily lead to feeling like a victim. Instead, rise to the challenge and take on something you can control: your response. It may seem small, but making the choice to lace your shoes and run will increase your self-confidence and make you feeling empowered.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fallen out of your regular running routine? How to stage a strong comeback


Even the most devoted or staunch runners can get sidetracked from their routine by crazy deadlines, long-awaited vacations, or (worse) nagging injuries or hardships of life. Recently,
I have been through this and find it real hard to get back on track. Running is my passion still I feel so lethargic and procrastinate about getting on track. Then I realized that rather than fretting over how long it's going to take me to return to active running, it's important for me to keep such detours in perspective.
"You shouldn't feel guilty about taking a break from running," says Marissa Tiamfook, a running coach based in Los Angeles. "Focus on the fact that you want to get back out there." If for whatever reason my running shoes have gathered dust, it’s still there so tie your laces and start running – kind of like ‘Forrest Gump’. Therefore, here's how I am planning to get back on track. Hopefully, I should be able to run few half and full marathons this year. That being said – Delhi Airtel half marathon is definitely on the top of my bucket list. We plan to run together with several of my Indian friends this year in November.
COMEBACK PLAN:
  • Sign up for a 5-K/10-K
  • Set a new goal
  • Exercise and running together with buddies
  • Be regular to my favorite gym
  • Regular blogging on Fit Indian Run