Home Gym – 5 motivating fitness tips from Shraddha Kapoor’s Instagram feed
There’s nothing like a mood-boost from a good workout, and Shraddha Kapoor knows that well. The actor is always excited to share snippets of her workouts, whether she’s at a dance class or sweating it out on a mat while at home. Not in the mood to start your workout? Let Kapoor convince you: “It’s not difficult to motivate myself. I think of my goals and how I would like to be healthy and that’s what pushes me. Yes there are days when I don’t feel like working out but that feeling can be overcome.” Read on for five lessons in fitness you can learn from Shraddha Kapoor’s Instagram.
1) You can do yoga anywhere
Kapoor makes it clear that you can do yoga wherever you get the chance, even when you’re on vacation. “Fitness is fun, so I sometimes go in for yoga and sometimes other activities. I work out daily for two hours,” she shared. The actor often shares videos and photos of herself working on her mobility and flexibility through yoga on her Instagram stories, as she worked with her trainer, Nishta Bijlani. “We have been practising kriyas (internal cleansing techniques), asanas (hatha yoga), restorative yoga (rested with props), pranayama and guided relaxation/shavasana,” she shared in an Instagram caption.
2) Pilates can serve as a full-body workout
Kapoor makes it clear that you don’t have to rely on intense cardio or heavy weight lifting to get results. Pilates, along with yoga, is her exercise of choice. “If you do it daily, then you don’t need any other kind of workout. It’s similar to yoga in that sense, all in one. It keeps the whole body lean as it’s a full-body exercise,” she shared in an interview. Pilates lets her work on a strong core, which helps keep your body balanced and stable, lets you maintain proper posture and keeps your spine stable and safe.
3) Dancing can be the ultimate endorphin rush
Kapoor loves dancing, and it’s her favourite way to get in a cardio workout. “I shut myself in a room, play loud music and dance for hours till my feet give up,” she shared. “I make sure I dance one or two hours a day even on a holiday. Yes, there are few days when you feel that you don’t want to do anything but I still step up and do it.” Need a form of exercise that you won’t dread, and that’ll leave you feeling happier after? Dancing is it.
4) It is important to warm up
Kapoor makes it clear that warming up before exercising can prevent injury. The purpose of a warm up is to prevent injury, because it increases the body’s core and muscle temperature, which increases the rate of energy production, which then lowers the time it takes to contract a muscle. This is particularly important with a workout like dancing, which can be high intensity.
5) Pre- and post-workout meals are key
While your workout is important, what you eat to fuel yourself and recover after is just as key. “I try to eat 1.5 hours before my workout and eat whatever I feel like but mainly some food that will give me energy,” she shared. Easily digestible carbohydrates, like oatmeal, banana and yoghurt are usually ideal. “And post workout, I try to eat as much protein and vegetables as I can,” she confirmed. Post-workout nutrients are essential for replenishing the muscle glycogen that has been depleted, and is needed to stimulate protein synthesis to repair and build new muscle tissue.
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