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Air Quality Index and why it matters

Fitness, Fitness related - Anupriya kapur - January 4, 2018

I stopped running during winters two years back post the bad bout of cough that I experienced right after running Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. Last two or three years, the air quality is only getting worse with no respite whatsoever. I attended a very informative session on air pollution recently and thought of sharing what I think is really important for one to know specially if live in North.

First things first, we often assume that indoor air must be safe and healthy for us if we can’t see or smell anything indicating otherwise. Truth is, there are a lot of hidden factors affecting the quality of our air and indoor air can be way more polluted than outdoors. Continue Reading

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Health tips for women

Fitness, Fitness related - Anupriya kapur - December 20, 2017

I have understood the importance of healthy living the tough way. I went through post-partum depression and was physically weak for the most part of my life. I used to fall sick very often and used to confuse fatigue with laziness. But once I started taking my health seriously, everything else followed. I thought of listing down some of the things I have been doing religiously now –

Get Your Health Check-ups and Screenings – I can’t reiterate more on this. I had fatal levels of Vitamin D when I was running about 50kms a week and I ended up with a fractured rib. If I had taken annual medical check-ups seriously, this would never have happened. I don’t mean to scare you but it’s very important to spot signs of serious diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, conditions and deficiencies early, so you have a better chance of successfully curing or effectively treating them.  Continue Reading

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Pain Management – A necessity

Fitness, Fitness related, Lifestyle - Anupriya kapur - December 14, 2017

There is nothing more difficult than seeing your parents age. The very shoulders that used to carry you now slouch with the burden of age. But the spirit of your parents is something that stays unassisted through the roughest times of life. No matter how old your folks are they will never let you know how difficult things are or how much pain they are in. No matter what, pain is an inevitable part of aging but pain can be a debilitating condition. I have known my father has suffered from arthritis for may be ten years and there is little I could do. I have insisted for the longest time that he spend some time in the U.S. with my brothers and enroll in a good pain management programme but you know what parents are like.  Continue Reading

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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. 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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What keeps me going

Fitness, Fitness related - Anupriya kapur - September 1, 2017

Quite often I get messages asking me to write about what keeps me motivated to continue my workouts. And I have never written about it because I always thought my reasons are the same as anyone else’s or that others might find my reasons too trivial. Basically, I have had my share of inhibitions in sharing them but I also understand that it’s unfair to my blog not to.

Not too long ago, I used to struggle to workout until it finally became a part of my routine and there is so much I have gained from being physically fit that there is no other way I would have it. Come to think of it, that in itself is one of the reasons which keeps me motivated. Here are a few more.

1) My son – I started taking care of my health for the first time after two years of giving birth to my son. I hated falling sick again and again. I feel it’s my responsibility to be strong and healthy, only then I can take care good care of him. An added advantage is that I also get to lead by example. Continue Reading

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You are still a runner

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Running Related Injuries - Anupriya kapur - August 4, 2017

The best part about running as a recreational sport is that it is inclusive. That probably explains its popularity the world over. Anybody can run, it’s that simple. And the more runners I meet, I realise how therapeutic it is and how it forces you to take note of yourself. For me, it was as if I connected with myself for the first time when I started running. Even pregnancy had failed to do that for me. However, nowadays it also comes with a lot of noise and commotion. There is pressure of what races are you signing up for, your finish time, how much you are running in a week etc. It feels good initially as a new runner but slowly the pressure builds up. Of course, it’s great if you want to improve continuously and important to strength train to remain injury free but it’s not ok to constantly compare yourself with others. Continue Reading

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A Healthy Start to The Day

Fitness, Fitness related - Anupriya kapur - June 27, 2017

I had always taken my well-being for granted until I got pregnant, that too in the last trimester as I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. My whole outlook towards food changed during that time as it was the first time I understood the importance of eating right. Yes, eating right and not eating less.

The most important meal of the day is when we break our 8-10 hour fast, this meal is breakfast. Yes, having breakfast is important, but what’s more important is having a healthy one. Regular breakfast consumption has proved to have plenty of benefits especially for children. It includes improved attention, problem-solving skills and better comprehension during reading & listening. In adults it may help in reducing risk of hypertension and diabetes. Eating breakfast regularly keeps our weight in control, and prevents us from binging on high calorie foods when we have started our day in full josh and a satisfied tummy. Continue Reading

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