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Why I've Started Working Out, How I Workout, & What I Eat - Shreya Sachdev

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice day. For today’s blog post, I thought I would talk about why I’ve started to work out, how I work out and what I’ve started eating. I don’t know if any of you have realized this, but I’ve literally never talked about anything health related on this blog before, and honestly that’s just because for a very long time I wasn’t the person who knew anything about working out, eating healthy, and overall taking care of your body. I still don’t think that I’m any kind of expert now, but I’ve definitely changed my lifestyle when it comes to what I eat and how often I exercise. Before, I would sort of just eat anything I wanted and because I was never exactly “fat” I didn’t think it was a big deal. I also would rarely work out. I joined Badminton club after school for a few years when I was in middle school, but once I entered high school I didn’t do any kind of physical activity. I mean, I would go running in my neighborhood sometimes and I did have a gym membership at my country club but I would rarely go. Therefore, a lot of my teenage years were spent with me not eating correctly or working out. As a result, I became really unfit. I mean, I would get tired from just walking up a flight of stairs in my school, and my school had a lot of stairs so that was certainly a problem. So, when summer started this year, I decided that I would try my best to workout and really push myself to take better care of my body. Obviously, I didn’t really have any excuses since I was finished with school and had lots of time to myself. On top of that, my parents and I have moved to Madrid and all my friends are still living in Geneva so it wasn’t as if I would be going out a lot and wouldn’t have time to work out. It really was the perfect time for me to start getting into shape. Therefore, in the following blog post I’ll tell you guys all about how I’ve been working out and how it’s been going for me so far. Without further ado, let’s get started!

So, the first thing that I did was that I got myself a gym membership. Luckily for me, there is a gym five minutes walking from my apartment and it’s a very nicely built and friendly gym with a lot of machines and different classes to join. The only thing was that I didn’t have enough trust in myself to believe that I really would go to the gym everyday, so I decided to also get my own trainer as this would force me to go to the gym since obviously I would have fixed appointments with my trainer. Moreover, I knew that my trainer would help me understand the different machines in the gym and would fix workout routines for me to follow which I thought could be really useful. Fortunately, I found a really nice trainer and I’ve been meeting with him since early July. I meet with him twice a week for an hour, but because the workout he makes me do is always so intensive it definitely feels like enough. It’s usually a whole body workout, which means I workout my arms, my legs, and abs. He usually starts with a workout quite intensive, and then in the middle of the workout it’s a bit more doable, and then the end is also very intensive. The majority of the workouts that I do aren’t possible without the machines in the gym, so it’s not as if I’m ever tempted to just stay at home and do a workout by myself because I won’t be able to without the machines. Honestly, I’m not sure how he was able to create a workout that was so perfect for me but I’m so glad he did because my trainer really understands my strengths and weaknesses. He also never pushes me to hard but rather just encourages me to the fullest.

Since I only see my gym trainer twice a week, I go swimming the other days. There’s a really large swimming pool right below my apartment complex and it’s created for all residents, so I go there every afternoon around 12:00pm. I’ve always really enjoyed swimming and I even used to do it professionally when I was younger but then I stopped. I’ve heard that swimming is honestly one of the best workouts you can do just because you move your entire body. I usually go for around forty minutes because I don’t want to do anything too intensive the days that I don’t see my trainer, but still get some good exercise. I would say that the worst thing about swimming is honestly getting water stuck inside of your ear, and getting frizzy hair, but the workout is definitely worth it! Furthermore, since my mother and I go swimming in the afternoon, the water isn’t too cold and therefore it doesn’t take a long time for me to get used to the water and start swimming. Overall, I’m really happy with the way in which I work out. Two days during the week I have an intensive workout routine with my trainer at the gym, and the remaining days I go swimming which is not only a good exercise, but is also a nice way to relax. I’m not necessarily working out to look a certain way, but I’m doing it because t makes me feel amazing. Working out is such a great way to make yourself feel better and to give you energy during the day and that’s why I really recommend it. I’m not saying that you have to get a gym trainer, but just doing something to take care of your body once in a while is definitely worth it.

As far as eating goes, then I would say that one of the biggest changes I’ve made to my diet is that I’ve completely eliminated refined sugar. The difference between how much sugar I would eat during school and how much sugar I eat now is huge. What I mean when I say that I don’t eat refined sugar is that I don’t touch any kind of dessert such as cookies, cake, chocolate, or anything like that. However, I do eat fruit but obviously that’s natural sugar and not refined sugar so it’s not bad for you. Another change I’ve made to my eating habits is that I don’t eat as many carbohydrates. I’ve completely stopped eating pasta, but I do still eat rice and bread. I know that rice and bread are both fattening so I try to not eat too much of it, but I’ll allow myself to eat it in small quantities. Usually, I eat a lot of lentils because they’re high in protein and fibre, and then with the lentils, I eat roti. Roti is an Indian dish and it’s made from wheat flour which makes it a lot healthier than naan and rice. I also eat more meat such as lamb and chicken. I don’t know how healthy lamb is because it’s red meat, but from what I’ve read about it’s still high in protein and of course so is chicken. Aside from food, I’ve also started drinking a lot more water and not drinking any juice or soda. By eliminating refined sugar and more carbohydrates in my diet, I’ve begun to feel a lot more full after each meal and just better about myself. It’s definitely a big change from what I used to eat when I was living in Geneva, but I wouldn’t say it’s been very hard just because I feel so good about it and I genuinely want to change my diet. Again, I’m not an expert at all when it comes to exercise and healthy eating, but I can still say that if you start eating healthy and working out, even if it’s just a little bit, it will feel really good. I’m definitely planning on getting myself a personal gym trainer when I move to Toronto too and continue this new lifestyle of mine. My next blog post will be talking about my favorite healthy foods so make sure to stay tuned for that.

Shreya Sachdev