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
For me Decathlon, Sohna Road is a hop, skip and a jump away. I go there often to shop, but it has been limited to whatever my son needs. So, I have always known how well stocked they are for practically every outdoor or indoor sport and even for equipment for less popular sports such as combat sports, roller sports, horse riding, nature sports, target sports, water sports etc. However, it is one thing to see all the products and wonder what one does with them and the other to actually listen to the people who has been avidly using them.
A year back I would have said a straight ‘no’ for trying out an air purifier. However, I changed my mind after the bout of severe cough and congestion last year post Diwali and Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. According to WHO, India has half of the world’s 20 most polluted cities when it comes to PM2.5 particulates in the air and of course Delhi tops the charts.
But the prospect of one more device, one more remote, one more thing to keep clean wasn’t very inspiring but looks like Xiaomi’s Mi Air Purifier 2 has taken all that in to consideration. Continue Reading
When I wrote an article about how to choose the right sports bra (click here to read), quite a few readers asked me for recommendations on what would be the right fit for them. At the time I hadn’t reviewed enough, so I couldn’t make a fair assessment. Now that I finally have (took me long enough), I might review and share other products that I find useful more often as well.
Getting the right sports bra is probably the biggest challenge we face specially in India as we still don’t have enough variety to choose from. Boobs come in all shapes and sizes after all and definitely seem to have a mind of their own!
I face the problem of being big chested (and I’m a mom so you know what I mean) with a relatively smaller frame. So I end up getting frustrated most of the times as the perfect fit for my cup size would invariably have a loose band at the bottom of the bra. And the only reason I chose to review this particular Climacool bra is because that’s the exact problem it tackles. There is an adjustable loop closure at the sides of the band allowing variable fit. So basically, I chose the bra which fitted my cup perfectly while I had option of tightening the band at the bottom giving me the right snug fit. It covers me well and even though it is not an encapsulation bra (I would prefer that any day), and presses the boobs to hold them in place, you wouldn’t find me complaining as the support is adequate. I don’t face the problem of side boobs in this one either (in most I have tried it feels like that I have a uniboob in the center and two boobs on the side, ughh!).
My other problem being that if I would bend a lot and do yoga, my ‘girls’ wouldn’t want to stay in place. But with this one they stay lifted and I don’t feel the need to keep adjusting them after every back/forward bending asana.
There is a mesh panel on back and side making it well ventilated, my back stays sweat free for most part. The other good thing about having the adjustable loops is that as the bra stretches out over months due to intensive use, you can move the hook a few times before having to buy a new one.
Even though it’s a “Training” Bra, I’m glad that it didn’t deter me from trying it on a run. I have done a maximum distance of 10km in this but wouldn’t be much concerned about doing longer distances. At 2,499/-, it’s competitively priced but I strongly believe that good sports bras are always an investment. And buying anything during sales always makes more sense.
All in all, it’s a great basic supportive sports bra for the bigger-chested women with small frame.
Disclaimer – The sports bra was given to me to review. However, all opinions are my own.
Honestly, Women’s Day has no relevance for me as I feel everyday is everyone’s day irrespective of the gender. However, it definitely gave me an excuse and the push (lazy as I am) to pay an ode to ‘everyday’ women who are an inspiration to many. I have listed their profile in text below in case you want to look them up on social media and follow.
Manisha Khungar – A swimming coach for the last 20 years. Triathlons are new to India and she has coached some of the first triathletes from our country to achieve their dreams.
Christine Pemberton – She is a blogger and I love her very quirky sense of humor. She started running at the age of 60 and has already done two full marathons and several half marathons. And yes she is usually a podium finisher in her age category in most marathons.
Avani Vora – She is a mother of twins and a Pilates instructor. She has inspired many women to make fitness their way of life.
Bhumika Patel – Apart from her regular 9-5 job, she’s out there helping women achieve their running goals be it through Pinkathon or otherwise.
Zareen Siddique – She is a mother of two (15 & 5) and can give a run for her money to any 25 year old. Apart from being a runner she specialises in Post Natal fitness training.
Ratna Verma – She is a teacher, she is an excellent baker, she’s fitter than she even looks and did I tell you that she is a mom to two teenagers as well.
Kavitha Kanaparthi – I have admired her since the day I met her for her courage to stand up for what she believes is right. She is the only woman race director in India. What’s the big deal? She has created some of the toughest and truest international standard ultra marathons in the remotest places in India.
Nirupama Singh – Forget about the fact that she is a mother to two young adult boys, she has a kickass PB of 1:39 for a half marathon and 3:48 for a full. She is also a zumba instructor fitness coach.