Cool Down

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Last week I shared some insights on Warming Up and why it is so important to do it BEFORE every workout.

Similarly, a Cool-down session is equally important and must be performed AFTER every workout.

Cool-down is a bunch of exercises with lighter intensity, which when performed immediately after a workout helps gradually bring the heart rate back to its resting rate – thereby reducing stress on the heart.

It could be a jog or a walk followed by some stretching or yoga. It will help reduce post-workout soreness and may prevent injury.

It happens most of the times that you are already tired post-workout and you tend to skip on those 5-10 minutes of quickie cool down exercises. Don’t do that.

I recommend to spare some time out for allowing your body to cool down, followed by which you can get re-hydrated and rest well. If you take care, it’ll help recover your muscles and your body will surely reward you for it.

S  l  o  w   D o  w  n.   C  a  l  m   D  o  w  n.

D  o  n  t   W o  r  r  y.   D  o  n  t   H u  r  r  y.

T  r  u  s  t   T  h  e   P  r  o  c  e  s  s. 👍🏼

#RunwithRaah 🏃🏻‍♂️

International Yoga Day

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Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That’s who you really are. Let go of any part of you that does not believe it. 🤗

S k y above. E a r t h below.
P e a c e within. 🙏🏻

Today, I performed 108 rounds of Surya Namaskars (Sun Salutations) to celebrate the International Yoga Day, followed by some breathing exercises for a quick burst of energy and alertness.

Last week I shared some insights on Box Breathing technique to heighten performance and concentration and to relieve stress. 🧘🏻‍♂️

Here’s another one.

This one’s a perfect replacement for coffee. It can be done first thing in the morning or during an afternoon energy slump for a quick burst of energy and alertness.

Method: (6-2)

1. Maintain an aligned posture and be at ease. Now inhale for 6 seconds (from Nose) and let the air fill your lungs.

2. Open your mouth slightly and exhale for 2 seconds

Repeat 4 times or up to 1-2 minutes.

D O N T  S T R E S S.
Everything will be S U P E R  D U P E R. 👍🏼👍🏼

#RunwithRaah 🏃🏻‍♂️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#InternationalYogaDay

 

Box Breathing

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Box Breathing – also called as Four Square Breathing.

It is a breathing technique to heighten performance and concentration while also being a potent stress reliever. It is used by everyone from athletes to Navy Seals to Police Officers, Nurses and Yoga practitioners. 🧘🏻‍♂️

Method: (4-4-4-4)

1) Maintain an aligned posture and be at ease. Now inhale for 4 seconds (from Nose) and let the air fill your lungs.

2) Hold for 4 seconds.

3) Open your mouth slightly and exhale for 4 seconds.

4) Hold for 4 seconds.

Repeat 4 times or up to 4 minutes.

D O N T  S T R E S S.

Everything will be S U P E R  D U P E R. 👍🏼👍🏼

#RunwithRaah 🏃🏻‍♂️

Week 9 – Bodyweight Training

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Warming Up

A warm-up is one of the most fundamental component of any training program. It is often skipped or ignored.

It is very important to warm-up before you workout – whether you are going for a run, training at home or in the gym. Regular warm-up increases your blood circulation and prepares your muscles for the additional workload.

The blood circulation ensures that the oxygen and important nutrients flows through your muscles, thereby improving your breathing and energy production (you won’t be out of breathe to soon).

It also helps prepare your heart for a gradual increase in physical activity and helps increase your body temperature, which in turn reduces any chance of injuries.

Lack of warm-up and / or hydration is one of the major causes of muscle or joint injuries. So make sure you spend at least 5-10 minutes warming up before every workout and stay hydrated.

After successfully completing 9 weeks of my Bodyweight Training I feel a lot stronger, more flexible and balanced. I can see an improvement in my form, control and I’m more coordinated with my movements. 💪🏼😬✌🏼

Here’s Week 9👇🏼

Workout 1

  • 150 High Plank Jacks
  • 125 Triceps Dip
  • 250 Walking Lunges
  • 200 Side Plank Oblique Crunch
  • 200 Scissor Kicks

Workout 2

  • 200 Jumping Jacks
  • 360s Low Plank
  • 140 Sit-Ups
  • 140 Russian Twist Hard
  • 140 Leg Raises

Workout 3 😅

  • 160 Tuck Jumps
  • 140 Walking Lunges
  • 110 Alligator Push-Ups
  • 110 Russian Twist Hard
  • 110 Knee Tuck Crunches

Workout 4

  • 250 Jumping Jacks
  • 200 Mountain Climbers
  • 150 Rockstars
  • 100 Tuck Jumps

Workout 5

  • 140 Jumping Jacks
  • 140 Push-Ups
  • 140 Forward Lunges
  • 140 High Plank Knee Crosses
  • 140 Squats

Each day’s workout should end with cool-down stretches.

Happy Workout. Happy Running.

#RunwithRaah 🏃🏻‍♂️

One Mile – a magical distance

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Everyone should aspire to run a Mile to see how fast they can run this magical distance.

If you are already a runner, it is most likely that you would be targeting a 6 to 7 minute mile. But, we all know that it is not so easy to master the mile at that pace – it requires a good balance of speed, strength and courage.

Today, I attempted a mile in 06:09 as part of a virtual race by #NYRR celebrating Global Running Day week powered by #Strava

It was my first attempt in June this year, and the outcome was far better than the last two attempts (06:26 and 06:17) in June a year ago. This time around I was less tired and was able to finish strong.

Three years ago I had clocked my best EVER mile in 06:08, which is just one second faster than my pace today 😲 – so I am not quite there, but will surely make another attempt this month end. (Looking forward to a sub 6-minute mile – some day)

IMPORTANT: Going out and running a 6-7-8 minute-mile when you haven’t been running previously, can lead to an injury. Pushing yourself too hard can derail you for weeks or even months. Remember, you are not competing with anyone else but you. So take it easy. You can always make multiple attempts.

It is important to finish strong 💪🏼

#RunwithRaah 🏃🏻‍♂️

Body & Mind

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Our body can stand almost anything. It is our mind that we have to convince.

To integrate our body with our mind when we’re confronted with the “too many people, too little time, too much to do” syndrome of everyday life – is tad bit too much. 😒

However, it is very important for the body and mind to be in sync in order to fully experience clarity of mind and radiant health.

i.e. Our body’s health can get positively or negatively affected by our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes – the choice is ours !! 😃

A perfect combination of Yoga and Meditation helps clear out any form of resistance and helps calm down. 🧘🏻‍♂️

Just 10-15 minutes anytime-anywhere works for me.

B  e    A  w  a r e.   B e   C o n  s  i  s  t e n t.

#RunwithRaah 🏃🏻