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By Sarah Tan

Recently, there has been a series of road rage incidents and accidents where cyclists were injured badly. While this may deter newbie cyclists from feeling safe on the roads, it had made some of the more seasoned cyclists more aggressive towards drivers, which in turn sparked quite a lot of controversy amongst Singaporean road users.  I, myself had been also involved in an accident about 3 years ago so I do understand the plight of cyclists who have been unintentional victims.

That being said, I do follow a set of principles which I would like to share with you on safe cycling:

  1. Use appropriate hand signals while cycling

Let fellow cyclists and drivers know if you are switching lanes or filtering using hand signals IN ADVANCE so that there is some time for them to react to your movement and slow down if required. Do ensure that you catch the attention of the driver/cyclist before you make a move to prevent any accidents from behind.

  1. Ride on the correct side of the road and in view of drivers

It is strongly advisable to cycle on the double-yellow line if you are alone on a road with heavy traffic so that drivers do not get too angry with you hogging the roads. Ensure that you are not cycling too close to the vehicles as there are blind spots where the driver is unable to see the cyclists to prevent getting side-swept.

  1. Give way to drivers who might seem like they are in a rush and smile

If you do meet an impatient driver or drivers who seem like they are rushing for time, allow them to go first instead of being aggressive. In such a situation, it would not benefit you to show aggression to the driver as the cyclist would usually be on the losing end should there be an accident. Smiling would also help to banish some frustrations built J

  1. Be visible especially while cycling in dark areas

Remember your front and rear lights while cycling late at night or early morning, wear brightly coloured clothing so that you appear more visible to drivers.

  1. Be alert on the roads

It is strongly not advisable to put on earpiece and listen to music while cycling on the roads as it might lower your level of awareness especially when incoming cars horn and distract you from concentrating on the dangers on the road. While Singapore’s roads are fairly smooth, there are potholes, items littered on the roads, large gaps which may cause you a nasty fall if you are not alert while cycling.

Let’s strive to be gracious road users to make the roads friendly and safe for all!

 

About the author:

Sarah is a full-time HR executive doing talent management and an athlete. She was selected to join the national developmental team for cycling and was roped in to be a pilot (guide sitting in front of a tandem bike) for a visually-impaired athlete for tandem-cycling. She is now part of the Paracycling Federation of Singapore as a volunteer pilot for the visually-impaired. If you’re curious and like to find out about how she trains and how Astavita Sports has helped her, follow her journey here!

 

By Mona Gill

I have always been into yoga as everyone knows and lately it was more meditation as opposed to the physical practice of yoga. Which I still do but not as intensely. It is mostly taking control of the mind over body.

With all that said, diet does play a very important part. I have always known about the ayurvedic diet but recently was when I actually understood it more after being educated by someone who is living the ayurvedic lifestyle and has tempted me to make this a part of my health and wellness regime for longevity and a healthier lifestyle.

What is Ayurveda?

It is made up of our physical, emotional, lifestyle including the foods we eat and times we go to sleep etc.

They are made up of our doshas called Vata which is air and ether, Pitta which is fire and water and finally Kapha which is earth and water.

By knowing what our doshas are, we can customise our yoga practice accordingly. It brings immense benefits and maximum results .

Firstly find out what your dosha is.

There are 3 types :-

Vata– those under the vata dosha are very active physically and mentally.

Vatas usually experience imbalance through anxiety, skin dryness and also have difficulty sleeping.

Yoga can help with these imbalances by practicing certain postures that help in grounding them.

Asanas recommended for these are spinal twists, mountain pose , headstands and any kind of inversions will help. Also slow, calm breathing is important to cultivate self care and also stillness .

Vatas should be eating more foods rich in protein,fat, warm, moist and oily. That balances out the excess vata.

Basically Vatas should emphasize sweet, sour and salty flavours and minimise pungent, bitter and astringent foods.

For examples Vatas can have eggs, buttered toast, avocado for breakfast

Or hot cereals with ghee and sliced almonds

Lunch can be yellow dhal with naan or rice and pasta with an oily dressing.

Ideal dinner for vatas can be avocado fried rice, soups and stews.

Pitta– those in this dosha category are usually very passionate and courageous. They experience imbalance through anger, inflammation and competitiveness.

To help counter these imbalances, the yoga practice has to incorporate relaxing postures to release tension such as back bends and heart openers. Such poses would include the bow pose, camel and a full wheel pose to encourage patience.

When it comes to pitta doshas, their diet would include more raw fruits and vegetables. Since pittas have more internal heat it is best for them to have less spicy dishes like hot fiery curries and more cooling foods instead. Less caffeine and alcohol is also advisable.

Suggested meals would be: breakfast would include raw fruit salads, oatmeal with ghee and chopped almonds and some maple syrup to taste.

Or avocado and egg whites (recommended) with toast.

Lunch: purple cabbage ( sauteed with ghee), lentils with whole grain bread

Or avocado fried rice

Or whole wheat pasta with fresh vegetables

Dinner: vege /tofu/turkey burgers with avocado, soft cheese, lettuce and fries

Or green dhal with rice are great options!

Kapha -individuals under this dosha are very strong and stable. Their imbalances come through as procrastination, congestions (sinus or chest).

They usually need to be stimulated therefore poses such as sun salutations and some fast breathing poses will help stimulate some enthusiasm and also focus.

Kaphas generally should have less dense and heavy foods and go for foods that are light in flavour and airy.

Kaphas need foods that stimulate digestion and clears the channels of the body and also helps with sweating.

Kaphas definitely need to go easy on the sweet, sour and salty .

Examples of a kapha dbreakfast would be a baked apple/ stewed fruit with some rice porridge if needed.

Or rye toast with some unsweetened tea.

Lunch: lentils with a side of greens with some light flavors.

Dinner: quinoa with some lentils / or a rice and lentil porridge.

Or soups such as leek and potato with a light and refreshing flavour/ dressing such as ginger and lemon.

With all these doshas one is not better than the rest but it is important to feed your body what it needs so the better understanding you have of your doshas you can feed it the nutrition and practice what your body needs for longevity and health. It is important to be present with all of your meals and yoga practice to have a better of what foods and ingredients have an effect on you for a start.

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About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife /yogamonadollsup

By Mona Gill

How can you integrate meditation into your weight loss journey?

I have been one to work out all the time for the last 14 years until I discovered the power of meditation in the last little while. For this to work you must have a healthy relationship with food and your body.

I truly believe that meditation not only helps with anxiety and reduces the levels of stress but it does also help with stabilising your hormones. Even if you are eating clean and working out consistently but have high levels of stress and can’t manage it well, you are going to have a hard time losing weight if that is one of your goals due to high cortisol levels. One of the biggest obstacles of weight loss is ourselves. Therefore, when we do embark on the traditional weight loss journey that includes working out and dieting, it tends to lead to short term results and also can contribute to low self-esteem and unhealthy eating habits. Thus, it is important to include meditation for long-term weight loss and to keep it off.

Meditation helps you become more aware of your mind and explores your motivations for weight loss and how you can get there. It also promotes self-love and compassion. Meditating does help us be more mindful and present while we are eating which is also self-care.

The best way to introduce meditation into your weight loss journey would be by taking small steps. Everyone experiences meditation differently so it’s important to not feel overwhelmed and start by just simply being mindful and more aware while eating, working and working out. When I say be more aware I simply mean being more present and slowing down, take note of what triggers your bad habits and what does slow your weight loss journey down. An example of a trigger would be eating too much dessert late at night or skipping breakfast. Once you have noted and practiced these steps, find a way to diffuse the situation, maybe take a walk when you feel like reaching out for desserts late at night or write down your emotions in a journal. This is self-love and self-care. If affirmations work for you, write them down or close your eyes and say them out loud and visualise your end goal. It is important to take care of your entire being for the mind and body to connect or it will always be a vicious cycle when it comes to a healthy long-term weight loss journey.

Meditation is the greatest thing you can do for yourself to achieve optimum health, reach your goal weight, happiness and also self-love.

Even if you are busy do find time every single day to take care and not neglect yourself, because once you are able to integrate meditation into your daily life, you are able to understand how to apply this in all aspects of your life and find true inner peace.

Namaste

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife /yogamonadollsup

By: Lynnette Koh

We all know the feeling of waking up in the morning after a day of intense training, lying in bed and feeling our muscle ache in our body. Muscle soreness is common post-workout due to the micro-tears that damage the muscle tissues after an intense session. The stress placed on your muscles will cause adaptation in your body and it is only once these muscle tissues are recovered will your body be stronger. Hence you might be training very hard but without adequate recovery, your body is unable to adapt and become stronger. Your recovery is as important as your training! So take it seriously!

Have you had days where it felt like your body have been ran over by a lorry, maybe you tried a new workout or had a very intense training the day before? Some days the soreness and aches are so bad that it affects whatever training you had planned for the next day. So how do you reduce these kind of days? Here are some methods which I rely on to help me recover daily.

Myofascial Release (myo = prefix meaning “muscle”, fascia = soft tissues surrounding our muscles)

If you’re feeling a little indulgent with some spare cash you collected from Chinese New Year, you can go pay for a sports massage. But honestly the cheapest and equally effective way is to release your muscles yourself (self-myofascial release) via foam rolling. Takes a bit more effort on your end but trust me it’ll do wonders in reducing muscle tightness, creating better ROM and also allowing better blood flow for removal of metabolic waste.

Nutrition

Your body requires plenty of fuel so do eat properly – lots of vegetables, and adequate amounts of protein, carbs and fats. I do love my fruits and veggies so I don’t think it’s necessary to take any multivitamins however I do take

  • Iron tablets (apparently I have low hemoglobin levels when I tried to donate blood recently)
  • Calcium (because of my previous spinal injury, and anyway I think it’s a good supplement for females to take to prevent osteoporosis in the future) and finally
  • Astavita Sports which contain natural astaxanthin which helps to reduce muscle fatigue and decrease recovery time

 

Hydration

Carry a bottle around with you so that you drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydrated muscles and also prevent yourself from buying sugary drinks.

 

Active Recovery

It may seem like such an irony to engage in any form of exercise on your rest day but the best way to recover is to engage in low-intensity exercise like an easy jog or swim rather than spending the whole day in bed, watching Netflix.

Sleep

We all sleep, but how much sleep are you giving yourself? Sure, you can survive on 6 hours of sleep but if you had 7-8 hours, you’re providing your body with adequate time to recover. So give your body the rest it deserves.

Lynnette Koh is a sport climber and an aspiring triathlete. Despite a bad fall which resulted in a spinal fracture, she never gave up her love for sports and got up even stronger than before. She believes that the “impossible can be possible” and enjoys challenging herself. Lynnette consumes Astavita Sports to help her improve recovery from muscle fatigue. You may follow her on Instagram: @lynnettekoh

By Mona Gill

As I have gotten older, I find myself leaning towards more natural and DIY skin care products for cleansing, toning and even as a mask. I tried a few different ones. Here are two of my favourite ingredients you probably can find in your kitchen and pantry.

Avocado facial masks are one of the best facial masks out there. They are nourishing and revitalizing. This DIY mask is skin-friendly as it’s packed with minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, magnesium, vitamins such as A ,E , B, K and unsaturated fats.

Benefits:

1) Great for dry and acne prone skin

2) Promotes elasticity

3) Very anti-ageing

4) Inexpensive

5) Restores your skin PH balance

What you would need includes:

1 full ripe avocado and mash that up.

Depending on your skin type, if you need extra moisture add ½ to 1 tsp of manuka honey into the mixture.

Use your fingers or a special brush to apply the mask all over your face. Do cleanse your face prior to application.

Leave the mixture on for 10-15 mins.

Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

The second ingredient I have been using quite often lately is Manuka honey!

Honey has so many benefits and one of them includes it being excellent skin care.

I personally recommend to use it as a facial cleanser. It provides your skin with moisture that it needs and is so soothing to your skin because of its antibacterial properties and if you have sensitive skin, this is one of the best natural skin care alternatives to use as it is very healing.

Manuka Honey removes all impurities without stripping skin’s natural oils hence keeping your skin soft and supple and also does improve and refine skin texture because of its natural enzymes.

Use one to two times a day. Remove your makeup, use ½ tsp of honey and apply it to your face using fingers.

Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

I always follow up with two drops of Astarism after to restore hydration and also it boosts my skin’s base conditions for skincare and  makeup application if needed.

I hope this quick skin care tips will help if you are looking for more natural products to take care of your skin!

Of course it is not only what you put on the outside that matters but what you do ingest also does make a difference. So take care of you and be happy, stay healthy and love yourself!

Till next time.

Namaste

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife /yogamonadollsup

By Pris Chew

In today’s highly inter-interconnected world, it is commonplace to travel frequently, whether it is for work or vacation.

But because you have to go on a trip, this is not an excuse to pig out, enjoy your destination city, and simply leave your fitness routine at home in the process.

So then, here are some tips on how to maintain your fitness routine when you embark on your next trip.

Pack in workout gear

If you pack some workout gear into your luggage, you will be able to do a workout, regardless of whether there is a gym at the hotel you are based at.

For instance, running clothes and shoes, skipping ropes and resistance bands will not take too much extra space in your luggage, and are there if you need to fit in a quick workout during your day.

And with your workout shoes in your luggage, this also serves as a reminder to you to get moving and get that workout in when you reach your destination city and open your luggage up.

Exercise before the day starts

It may be hard to get out of bed after a late night with colleagues, but sometimes this may be the only time that you have during the day to get your workout in. So try and pull yourself out of bed just half an hour early to say, run on the gym treadmill.

If there is no gym in your hotel though, then you can just exercise in your hotel room. There are so many exercises that you can do without leaving your room, such as bodyweight squats and lunges, burpees, mountain climbers and so on, and all of them will work up a good sweat after just 10 to 15 minutes when done correctly.

Wear a fitness tracker

Having a fitness tracker on will make you more aware if you have not gotten your workout in during the course of the day, and you may find yourself more eager to get in that run before the end of the day due to this. As well, when you are exploring your destination city and what it has to offer, a tracker around your wrist, is also a good way to track how many steps you are taking throughout the course of the day.

Attend Fitness Classes

Sometimes it may be good to check out what are the exciting new fitness classes in your destination, perhaps by asking your hotel concierge what they have to offer, or if there are any gyms around that you can check out on a guest pass.

In addition to getting your workout in, this may also be a great way to try out different types of workouts that you usually do not do back at home.

Conclusion

After reading through this article, I hope that these tips have inspired you to keep up your exercise regime when you are travelling, in your bid to stay healthy and fit.

 

About the author:

Priscilla Chew is the winner of Best Health & Wellness Blog at the 2015 Singapore Blog Awards. Pris is Astavita’s sports ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her running lifestyle with the help of Astavita’s Sports. She hopes her passion for running and sports will inspire other people to exercise on a regular basis for fitness and health. You may follow her on Instagram: prisgooner

Or is it not really a secret?

By Mona Gill

What are the secrets to a healthy long life? Is there a magic pill? Or is it living an overly cautious life by killing ourselves with crazy amounts of exercise and counting every calorie that goes into our mouth?

Well, here are my thoughts.
1) Diet :- Everything in balance. I do not believe in low-fat, non-fat, skimmed, sugar-free and guilt-free products. Wholesome, nutritious, full fat foods are necessary for you and your brain!

Our brain craves fat rich foods to prevent disorders such as ADHD, Dementia, and Alzheimers.

Increasing amounts of fats in our diets can protect our most valuable organs. So please drop the low-fat and skimmed stuff. It’s going to leave you “hangry” most times!!
2) Activity :- What is your lifestyle like? Do you have an active lifestyle?

It is so important to find an activity that you enjoy. It increases the quality of your life and lifespan. What motivates you? Golf, yoga, running, tennis? It can be anything!

You do not have to limit activity to working out to sports and volunteering. The act of giving back as well has been proven to lower the likelihood of dying early.
3) Social Life :- This is something  I can vouch for! A good, healthy and positive social life definitely is important for a quality life. Having support from people you can count on, like family, friends, partners or bffs also reduces loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress.
4) Attitude :- A positive attitude in life does help with longevity. You have to be grateful and appreciate all you have in your life. Appreciate the good people you are surrounded with and count your blessings, even the minor ones. Make the most of your everyday and try and not let the small stuff get to you.

I came across this reading by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

He had said “Just loosen up your life a little bit, laugh a little more, involve yourself with people around you. Do things that you think is not so important. Do simple things . Very important to do simple things because the very important things we do in life will become dead serious. Don’t be dead now. A time will come, now it’s time to be alive. Your life is just play “
It simply means, don’t take life so seriously and live your life to the fullest!

Namaste

Mona Gill

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife /yogamonadollsup

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By Pris Chew

Chinese New Year is upon us soon. For many people here in Singapore, the Chinese New Year festival means getting together with our relatives and friends over food and snacks.

However, while it is definitely good to catch up with relatives and friends, we also do need to watch our health, our weight and check that we have enough sleep during Chinese New Year – to avoid tiredness and piling on the kilos.

So here are a few tips that you may want to follow, to look after your health better, during the Chinese New Year.

1) Hydrate

Water has zero calories, making it the ideal beverage to drink more of this, during this festive season.

And additionally, taking in more water than usual, can also help to flush out any waste products accumulated from the constant feasting on the yummy but sinful goodies.
So try to keep a bottle of water with you, at all times.

2) Portion Control

Practising portion control is important during the Chinese New Year season because if you don’t watch how much you are eating, you will very easily put on weight.

So for example, limit yourself to one pineapple tart per household you are visiting, and not one jar of those pineapple tarts.

3) Do not visit on an empty stomach

Try to eat something healthy in between your visiting rounds to fill yourself up, so that you will not be feeling hungry at your relatives’ or friends’ house.

This is because being hungry will only set you up for disaster as you’ll end up chowing down the unhealthy snacks that are available.

4) Work Out Where Possible

Chinese New Year should not be a time to forego your workout regime. Try to work out whenever you find the time to during this season as a way to offset the eating.

If you really do not have time to wake up earlier than usual say, for a run, try and work the exercise into your day.

For instance, park your car further away from the house you are visiting so that you’ll have to walk there. Or take the stairs instead of the lift if you are choosing to take public transport. Getting off the bus or train one stop further away from your destination also helps.

5) Sleep

It may be hard to sleep when you are busy seeing your relatives or friends all day, but try and get as much sleep as possible, even if that means catching cat-naps or sleeping in the car or bus in between visiting rounds.

If you are the designated driver, why not ask your spouse or partner to do part of the driving, so that you can get a nap in the car?

Conclusion

With these tips in mind, I hope that this year, you can have a happy and healthy Chinese New Year festive season, with the opportunity to indulging in good food and catching up with relatives and friends – and at the same time, without emerging from it worse for wear.

 

About the author:

Priscilla Chew is the winner of Best Health & Wellness Blog at the 2015 Singapore Blog Awards. Pris is Astavita’s sports ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her running lifestyle with the help of Astavita’s Sports. She hopes her passion for running and sports will inspire other people to exercise on a regular basis for fitness and health. You may follow her on Instagram: prisgooner

By Pris Chew

Have you been trying and struggling to lose weight for some time now?

If you are grappling with trying to lose weight, you are not alone. In fact, according to statistics by the World Health Organisation, worldwide obesity has trebled since 1975. As of 2016, more than 1.9 million adults around the world are overweight and out of these, 650 million are obese.

Overweight and obesity are measured with the Body Mass Index, which is a simple weight for height measurement that is used to classify how fat you are.

So if you are amongst the 1.9 billion overweight adults and you are looking to do something about it, then here area some simple weight loss tips that actually work.

WEAR A BELT

By wearing a belt and tightening it to your natural waistline, you will find that the belt may tend to feel tight after meals. Do not adjust it. The belt feeling tight is a sign that you need to stop eating and put down your utensils.

WEIGH YOURSELF DAILY

This has physiological effects on a person because you do not want to see the numbers on the scale increasing. So by taking your weight every day, you will find yourself taking smaller portions of food or being more active throughout the day, and end up keeping the weight off.

TAKE MORE FATS

This may sound counter intuitive but compared to carbohydrates, fat makes you feel full and keeps you feeling satisfied for longer, so you are less likely to overeat. So if you are feeling hungry about an hour after a meal, this is a sign that you do not have enough fat in your diet. So try and get more healthy fats which are found in nuts, avocados and fish such as salmon.

SHARE YOUR WEIGHT LOSS GOALS IN PUBLIC

By posting your weight loss goals onto social media and telling everyone about it, this will make you feel more motivated and accountable to achieve your targets, and so you are thus more likely to lose weight.

EAT MORE CHILLI

Chilli contains a component called capsaicin, which temporarily speeds up metabolism after ingestion, and thus helps you to burn calories at a faster rate. So why not add chilli to your food more often?

SLEEP WELL

If you are not sleeping well, you are more likely to feel hungrier and as a result, you will make unhealthy food choices. So if you make sure that up you get about seven to eight hours of quality sleep every night, this will help you to control your urges to snack on unhealthy foods such as candies and chocolate.

 

About the author:

Priscilla Chew is the winner of Best Health & Wellness Blog at the 2015 Singapore Blog Awards. Pris is Astavita’s sports ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her running lifestyle with the help of Astavita’s Sports. She hopes her passion for running and sports will inspire other people to exercise on a regular basis for fitness and health. You may follow her on Instagram: prisgooner

By Pris Chew

So you have decided to do something about your fitness levels and you have signed up for a gym membership to take action.

But on your maiden visit to the gym, the first thing that you see are buff and toned guys and gals strutting their stuff.

Naturally you may feel self-conscious and clueless in front of them.

Trust me – I know exactly how that feels. I have been in the same situation before.

Here are some tips on how you can eliminate those nerves and feel more comfortable about your first trip to the gym.

1) Join A Class

If you don’t really know what to do at the gym, signing on for a class is a great way to begin. This will get you familiar with how the gym works and you can learn a few exercises while you are at it, too.As well, doing a class may even help you to meet new fitness kakis, whom you can then jio for future gym sessions.

2) Find Workout Buddies

Having workout buddies will help you at the gym, as you can motivate each other, and as a result, you’ll find yourself looking more forward to your gym sessions.

It will help if your buddy is of a similar fitness level to you, too, in order to build your confidence at the gym.

Personally, I have found that having workout buddies definitely helps me to stay more driven to keep up with my fitness sessions, as we hold each other accountable to turn up for the session and then to get the workout done.

3) Get A Trainer

If you need some guidance at the gym, another great way to do so would be to get a personal trainer, who will help you feel comfortable during your time at the gym.

And as well, he or she will also prescribe you with some exercises to do, based on your current fitness levels. This should help you to build some gym confidence also.

4) Have A Plan

Knowing what to do before you set foot in the gym will definitely help you to figure out what to do when you get there.

For example, do you want to do cardio or are you going to head for the strength training equipment?
This will help you to narrow down the type of equipment that you want to use, so that you can head straight there purposefully and confidently.

The last thing you want is to enter the gym and then find yourself walking around aimlessly, uncertain of how to progress.

For me, I always make sure that I have a plan when I head out for my workouts, and this helps me to make the most of the time that I have available to me, in addition to getting my workouts done purposefully and with a goal in mind.

If you are new to strength training, I would suggest that you begin with body weight exercises such as squats and lunges, rather than plumping straight for the weights – and making a fool of yourself in the process.

Conclusion

Now, with these tips in mind, I wish you good luck for your fitness journey ahead and I hope that these tips will help you to feel more purposeful, driven and confident at the gym.

 

About the author:

Priscilla Chew is the winner of Best Health & Wellness Blog at the 2015 Singapore Blog Awards. Pris is Astavita’s sports ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her running lifestyle with the help of Astavita’s Sports. She hopes her passion for running and sports will inspire other people to exercise on a regular basis for fitness and health. You may follow her on Instagram: prisgooner

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