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Why Pilates?

Fitness, Fitness related - Anupriya kapur - November 30, 2017

As a blogger, I have been open to trying a lot of new things especially when it comes to any form of fitness activity. Even though I love CrossFit, I have been intrigued by Pilates for some time now. CrossFit involves high intensity workouts and I wanted to balance it with something which will slow me down. Now, by slowing I don’t mean easy but something which will involve more of me. And a couple of Pilates sessions at Red Mat Pilates later, I realise, how much focus and concentration it involves. It basically forces me to be only in the present and, with all the chaos, this is something I crave for.

So, what is Pilates?  It’s a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength. Pilates concentrates on posture, balance and flexibility. In Pilates the chance of injury is much lower than with other more strenuous forms of exercise.

It can be done on a mat as well as the intimidating looking “reformer machine” but a reformer machine usually kicks in when you are a bit stronger. Even though you can do mat Pilates at home, a good instructor as per me is critical. A good instructor will not only guide you correctly but will ensure your posture and form is correct all the time. And I feel there is a certain segment which can really benefit from this form of exercise:

Beginners and inch loss – If you have been sedentary all your life and want to slowly get in to an exercise regime, this is a great option. Also, if you have been sedentary but want to take up running or pick up anything high intensity, then it will make a lot of sense. It will help you make a strong base and create better mobility, for more activities. Or for that matter if you are looking for something completely different from the regular yet targeting inch loss and toned body, then this is it for you (I would probably write about this again in a few months as I’m working towards toning my “mommy pouch”).

Rehab – Pilates exercises can be modified for each person and still be extremely effective. You can go from basic movements to very advanced, depending on how you need to progress or how badly you are injured. At Red Mat Pilates, I have seen patients recovering from knee replacement surgeries and get stronger every day. And many people with severe back ache issues completely recover.

Injured/burnt out from another activity – I know the previous category is rehab and this should be the same yet I choose to segregate it. Let’s be honest, the number of running, biking and CrossFit related injuries in India are on a rise. And Pilates is a great way to keep building your core while you can’t do other activities. It will also take care of the frustration one feels when you are unable to do much.

Mental well-being –  When exercising such as in the gym or running, you are so engrossed that it takes your mind off all things that weigh you down on a day to day basis. You’ll be more focused on your breathing and on the moves that you are making with your body. It is an excellent way to relieve stress. Any form of physical activity helps cope with depression and even better is one which forces you to be in the moment.

Older people – Pilates is gentle on the joints and focuses on controlled breathing and quality of movement and not quantity of repetitions. As per Taru, Co-founder and Chief Instructor at Red Mat Pilates, “Pilates teaches control and stability in a small range of motion, graduating to a larger range of motion as they gain control and confidence. Increased control and stability is crucial for older adults as it can help them improve much of their functional movement, including balance and posture.”

Collaborative/Combining it with running and CrossFit – Having been a runner and now a Crossfitter for a while, I can very confidently say that both forms would benefit greatly if you include Pilates in your routine. Running requires good core strength especially uphill and Crossfitters can benefit from not only core strength but the functional mobility that comes along with Pilates.

In case you are in Gurgaon, you can join Red Mat Pilates. To know more, you can call Sonal at 9711572656 or drop in your details at http://www.redmatpilates.com for a call back.

 

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Travel Essentials

Travel - Anupriya kapur - November 23, 2017

I have been traveling a lot lately, making up for most of the last few years as I hardly got to travel at all during that time. It has been such a great rollercoaster ride!

From budget travel to the hills to supreme luxury in Rajasthan, from traveling long distances in buses and cars to flying at a minute’s notice. I have loved every bit of it and I can safely say that it has changed me in many ways.

Apart from becoming a far more open person, I have also become more patient under unpredictable circumstances. Maybe I can dwell and write a separate article on this, but right now what I want to share are the must-haves I carry while traveling – Continue Reading

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7 things to bring some fun this Children’s Day or otherwise :)

Parenting - Anupriya kapur - November 13, 2017

Children’s day has always been something we celebrated in school and that tradition continues with my son too. It has meant going to a carnival organised by his school and nothing more than that. However, this year I have been thinking of ways to surprise him with something without spending too much money yet making it special. I always wanted him to grow up fast when he was a toddler and now I’m holding on to the few years l have left before he goes in to his teens when I can still do things which he might not roll his eyes for. So here are few things that can be done – Continue Reading

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What made me turn into a #YESMom

Parenting, Uncategorized - Anupriya kapur - November 7, 2017

Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time knows that I never claim to be a great parent. For me, it is a journey of learning that helps me evolve both as a mother and as a person. One of the most valuable lessons that I have learnt is that we, as parents, are very generous with the word ‘no’ (and strangely a video I saw recently triggered this revelation).

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Some tips for aspiring bloggers

For the soul - Anupriya kapur - October 31, 2017

I’m writing this post as I get a lot of mails regarding things one needs to do to be a blogger. It has been almost a 3-year journey for me. I was very erratic in publishing my articles in the first year. I used to publish one article a month, sometimes not even that. I used to constantly question why  anyone would want to read what I have to write. Am I adding any value whatsoever. In the last 3 years, I have given up on my blog too many times as well. It’s not easy to put yourself and your life out there. There have been occasions of complete writer’s block and panic. There have been times when I have received little response for the article I have poured my heart into and that’s the most heart-breaking thing. I have cried a lot over it too as I didn’t know anyone in the blogging world with no one to give me direction and I felt helpless. Continue Reading

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5 reasons to be a fit mom

Fitness, Fitness related - Anupriya kapur - October 26, 2017

This article has been written by me and published in The Hindu on 9th October, 2017.

When you start working out for the first time in your life, the revelations that good health bring are magical. It’s not about dragging yourself through a workout in the hope of losing some weight; it’s about loving the time you spend doing it. When I started running, it helped me literally run away from the insecurities of being a stay-at-home mom. When I ran my first full marathon, I knew that if I could run 42 km, I could do a lot more in life. Exercise helps unleash your potential, as these moms say. Continue Reading

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Mamaearth Apple Cider Vinegar and Stress Relief Tea Review

Fitness, Fitness related, Reviews - Anupriya kapur - October 17, 2017

It might sound like a cliche but I have recently discovered again that as we get older how we stop trying new things. The ‘I know better’ syndrome gets the better of all of us but just once in a while, we should make it a habit to try something new. I discovered this recently when I thought that I had tried all types of infusion/green/medicinal tea over the years when Mamearth sent me package with their Stress Relief Tea and Apple Cider vinegar (more on that later) and I had two cups of it without giving it much thought. When I woke up the next morning I felt fresh and because my sleeping pattern has been erratic lately, also pleasantly surprised. But I hadn’t made the connection with tea yet. It only occurred to me later in the afternoon that it might have been because of the tea so I decided to try it again. As it turns out it wasn’t really a coincidence because I gave it to my father to test and he exactly that feedback. And I slept well three nights in a row! Continue Reading

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Lifelong Foot massager and Body Massager Review

Fitness, Fitness related - Anupriya kapur - October 6, 2017

As a runner and someone who works out on a regular basis, I understand the importance of a good massage. A foot massage is great to relieve pain, reduce stress and anxiety, rehabilitate injuries and boost general health. The only problem is that I’m unable to get it done regularly as it involves money, time and effort (I’m not fond of driving around in Gurgaon!). And I will be honest, a lot of times I find most massage parlours shady and the good ones are way too expensive for me. So, when I received the Lifelong Foot Massager for review, I leapt at the opportunity. Continue Reading

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As I get older

Fashion, Lifestyle - Anupriya kapur - October 3, 2017

I have written a bit about how I have suffered from body image issues in my previous blogs and on Instagram. Even though the intensity of how I felt about myself varied, it was at times crippling enough to avoid social outings. When I look back, I realise how I would only wear deep necks and short clothes because I thought it would take away the attention from my face. As I believed (and at times still do) there was something really wrong with it (my face). But as you get older you worry less about the superficial. And if you feel great inside you radiate that feeling. A fit mind and body have a very big role in helping me deal with these issues. But don’t get me wrong I still love wearing deep necks and I’m in better shape than I ever was, just that I don’t wear them to cover my insecurities now. My choice of clothes now is completely dependent on how good I feel in them. If it means tiny shorts and a crop top because I’m on a holiday so be it. I don’t like sticking to one look but lately I find myself buying a lot of cottons as staying in Gurgaon, that’s the best choice of fabric as per me. And as I’m getting older somethings that I look out for are- Continue Reading

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Things to take care of during monsoons

Parenting - Anupriya kapur - September 28, 2017

I hate to admit it but every year I dread the monsoons. It warms my heart that my son still loves to play in the rain just like he did when he was a toddler, yet I lose sleep over all the diseases that come along during the rainy season. Apart from viral infections, the scarier ones are like chikungunya, dengue and Zika and some which we don’t even know the names of. I have seen some of my friends suffer specially from chikungunya and still complaint of joint pains even after months of apparently recovering from it. On top of that symptoms like fever, rash, joint pain, joint swelling and muscle pain are common among all. Continue Reading

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