I think over the last few years I have made all sort of mistakes – over-training, not training enough, wrong shoes, not enough strength training, no foam rolling. And I have been injured time and again except last year (when I behaved). No matter how many times I get injured, it always seems to follow the same cycle, just the time spent on different stages varies. So, it goes like this (inspired from the Kubler-Ross model) –
Denial – Nah, it’s just a niggle .Oh! this pain is temporary, it will go. My head is making up this pain as it wants my body to stop. Yes, I’m living in denial.
Anger – Is it really happening to me? – It’s been a few days and let me press where it’s hurting and see. Damn, the pain is for real. And it’s here to stay. Why me? I have a run coming up?
Bargaining – Let me just do short runs. No harm really. This is the worst stage where I’m trying to fool myself in to believing that short runs won’t worsen the injury. But they actually do. Let me try, ice and foam roll, which I should have done after stage one!
Depression – Too late, shit has happened. Now what! Physio asks me to take a couple of weeks off. With too much time in my hand, I don’t know what to do. I’m already perceived as anti-social, how will I explain myself? I will put on weight. Worse still, I will forget how to run! Damn, it’s the end of the world.
Acceptance – It is what it is. After a few days of sulking, loitering around without any sense of purpose, I get into the yoga and do-any-exercise-to-stay-active mode. Only once I accept it’s going to take time, do I relax before getting restless again.
As we packed up the Diwali lights this
year, Kabir was fervently telling me how he couldn’t wait to resume school and
meet his friends. Dad and I were discussing how we could shed all the holiday
weight with regular morning walks. I, more than ever, was honestly looking to
get some productive writing done and step out to wrap up all the procrastinated
chores. But as usual the blanket of haze over Delhi this time of the year morbidly
washed down our plans. The capital city’s pollution had escalated to an
alarming level and brought schools to a standstill till November 5th.
Every newspaper circulation in the last few
days reiterated how fallible we have been in arresting the rising pollution
levels. Those with delicate health problems are severely suffering and the rest
are unable to cope with the ‘worst’ air quality recorded in this season.
Before the city’s unorganised chaos blew
up, I thank my stars for having the chance to get my hands on the Havells
Freshia Air Purifier ahead of time. The ‘air purifier’ scenario is still
relatively new and not many are aware of the amazing health benefits an air
purifier bring to your home.
Air purifiers – necessity or trend?
An air purifier is an effective way to
clean the indoor air. It kills contaminants, allergens, foul smell, bacteria,
viruses and propels a better quality air for us to breathe and also improves
general health including better sleep quality. Air purifier is an intelligent
investment especially when you have children and elderly citizens at home.
So, the positives pacify the debate. Air purifier is a necessity; especially for urban homes.
When it comes to giving yourself and your
loved ones the gift of longer and healthier lives, it is always wiser to make a
well-informed choice. It’s not only about the product quality but in this case,
after sales service is equally important as the filter does need to be changed
at least once a year.
Havells is once such leading Indian brand
popular for fast moving electrical goods. So, when they invited me to check out
their new range of Freshia Air Purifiers, the opportunity couldn’t have come at
a better time. While I can do very little to control the type of air outside
the comfort of my home, I can absolutely try to purify the air indoors and
protect the health of my family. If given a choice, I would rather be at home
than step out and into the mouth of the hazardous monsters – air pollution,
traffic and scorching heat. But, that’s not possible!
All you need to know about Havells
Freshia Air Purifier Range
Havells recently launched the Freshia Air Purifier range in
four uniquely designed products which provide a rich consumer experience. The
four products AP-20, AP-40, AP-46 andAP-58 are made from HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter technology. What’s HEPA you ask? So in simple words, it primarily works by
forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as
pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke.
As per your space requirement, the AP-20
and AP-40 are most suitable for smaller spaces such as a kid’s room or office
cabins. The AP-46 caters to master bedrooms and conveniently large spaces.
While the AP-58 model is best suited for living rooms, office and fairly large
spaces. You can always inquire with the store staff to help place your air
purifier in a strategic location for optimal performance.
Now you would want to know how the Freshia
models are priced. With pocket-friendly pricing starts from MRP 9,000 upto 32,000
for the top-end model; trust me when I say it’s a great investment!
A big shout out to the unique safety
controls, real-time display features and powerful allergen & filtration
technology. The entire Freshia range comprises of a noiseless AC Motor
therefore the peaceful aura in your room is not disturbed. Everything is made
easy with a touch and press from a remote control. Because we are all human and
sometimes forget to turn off appliances, the super-smart ‘sleep mode’ helps
Except AP-20, rest others have a UV and
child-lock mode along with dust sensors. AP-20 and AP-40, both have 5 stages of
filtration process; whereas AP-46 and AP-58 models have 7 and 9 enhanced stages
What’s interesting is that there is an
automatic filter replacement reminder, so even when you fail to remember to pay
attention to your filter needs, the machine send a reminder and you are sorted.
I was really impressed with the aesthetics of the touch screen panel. The
controls are intuitive and the colour indicators help understand the current status
of the air in the room. With 2-year warranty on every model, be rest assured
that service is easily available.
I just can’t say enough great things about
the Freshia Air Purifier range by Havells; except for the fact that I wound up
buying two of them! One is plonked happily by my dad’s bedside and the other
one is my son’s healthy companion in his room.
I sleep better knowing my family breathe clean air when they are
In my article, ‘5 stages of grief’ (read here) I had discussed the emotional turmoil we go through when we are injured. But what if you are out of the running scene for really long? I have been out practically for the last six months except a few decent 10kms and 5kms.
I have come to believe that an injured runner is like a caged animal. No matter how you might treat it, it will never be truly happy until it is set free.
However, this time around I have not struggled to reach the “acceptance” stage. Of course, it’s everything to do with how I choose to deal with it. I have finally realised that running is life long. It’s a way of life rather than short term obsessive goals.
So here are some of those things that help me and might just be of some use to you:
1) Find another recreational fitness activity – And there are plenty only if we runners are ready to give it a fair chance. It’s ok to not be out there for everything you choose to do. For me it’s stationary cycling which I find extremely boring but it’s safe and at least it tires me out.
2) Shut off yourself from running whatsapp groups if it’s making you feel miserable. Even though I’m still a part of it, I rarely ever check it. Continue Reading
I have been working out on my own and my routine usually includes light weighs, jump rope and a bit of yoga. But somehow I felt I wasn’t getting much out of the asanas I was practising. When I met Radhika, who has been practising yoga for 8 years now, I requested her to collaborate with me on an article on yoga for runners. However, the first session we did together turned out to be more of unlearning and learning the basics. I realised how floppy I used to be post every asana and used to let go my body too quickly. Before I do a couple of articles on some poses which will benefit us runners, I requested Radhika to write down some very important things she taught me. These are small things which make a lot of difference to the whole routine.
1. While doing yoga, the correct posture is very important and also maintaining it. Doing it the correct way will reap you benefits. You have to be aware of your position. Initially it will create a bit of confusion but with time, muscle memory will help you achieve the right posture without you even thinking twice.
2. Don’t force your body to do something its not ready to do yet. That doesn’t mean you don’t try . There are many stages to one asana. Don’t beat yourself down if you are not flexible enough to do them at that point of time. With regular practice, you will be able to do all poses.
3. At every step, make sure your body is properly aligned. Be conscious of your movement. If not , it can cause pain.
4. Every pose should be done with control and mindfulness. A simple table top pose can have huge results if you are aware of your body. Don’t flop and let go of your posture. Keeping increasing the level and working all the muscles. Every yoga stretch works all your muscles. A pose could be for your core, but at the same time you are working your arms as well.
5. Every asana should be performed for 3-5 breaths, with deep inhales and exhales. Breathing is a major part of yoga. Initially you will forget to do them, but try being conscious with time. Let the oxygen flow to every part of your body. Yoga is a mindful way of working out. At no given point of time, do you do any asana without being mindful of what you are actually doing . It is the connection of body soul and mind.
6. While performing any stretch make sure you your head is in line with your spine, and the crown of the head is towards the sky. Even with pose where you have to bend your neck either forward or backward, make sure you do it with control. No swinging your head. If not careful, you could hurt it.
7. Don’t rush the poses. Try doing it as slowly as possible in the beginning. Let your muscle get use to these poses.
8. In yoga specially, flow or a vinyasa is very important. A set of stretches for part of the body should be done in a flow. You move from one asana to another like a dance form. A smooth continuous flow, where one posture links to another.
9. At any time, if you are tired and you need to take a breather, come out of the current stretch with control, make sure you don’t lose composure and flow into a child’s pose.
10. At the end of any yoga session, savasanna is a must. It’s the time of the workout when you let your body parts rest, and let the blood flow everywhere. Your mind is in focus about each and every muscle in your body pulsating. Keep a control on your thoughts. Take notice of the breathing and relax.