‘Exercise with proper diet can work wonders’

Namrata Devikar
Thursday, 4 April 2019

“In our tradition, we cook twice for our meals. But we should also focus that we take a lot of proteins because culturally we all are carbohydrates eater. Fresh food is recommended. For a balanced diet, it is advised to use food and vegetables of all types. Pulses and sprouts should be taken as a part of a balanced diet,” said Dharmatti.

Pune: Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand, a combination that urban population fails to implement in daily life. City-based experts note that along with 40 minutes of exercise, having a balanced diet which comprises of unprocessed food is equally important. They highlight that eating and exercising in the correct manner is also important.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Geeta Dharmatti, a city-based nutritionist, said that the focus should be that 75 per cent of the diet should come from fresh fruits and vegetables.

“In our tradition, we cook twice for our meals. But we should also focus that we take a lot of proteins because culturally we all are carbohydrates eater. Fresh food is recommended. For a balanced diet, it is advised to use food and vegetables of all types. Pulses and sprouts should be taken as a part of a balanced diet,” said Dharmatti.

She added that fresh water to fresh beverages are also a part of healthy diet. “We often depend on the carbonated drinks which have a lot of sugar, which is again processed. With the rising temperature, our emphasis should be on fresh drinks with less or no sugar. And instead of sugar, we can use jaggery which is natural as well as healthier than sugar,” she added.

“Tetra packed juices also contain preservatives and so, are not advisable. The focus should be on fresh,” added Dharmatti.

Exercise a must
City-based health experts also mentioned that even 30 minutes dedicated to small efforts for exercising can be very helpful in maintaining healthy living.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Sandeep Narawade, Director and head coach at Pro-Performance Strength and Conditioning, said that everyone can exercise at home to keep fit in just 30 minutes.

“Many people are busy with their work and exercising after a 12-hour shift can be challenging. So I advise everyone who gives the reason that ‘from tomorrow I will start exercising’, they should at least do ‘10 Surya Namaskar’ at home at a moderate speed,” said Narawade.

He further added that many of his gym members are advised to climb the stairs of their building at a faster pace to keep the cardio good.

“Such small things can be done on a regular basis,” added Narawade.

He further added that many fitness enthusiasts now indulge in the regular running. “Running is a very good exercise. But after two or three months, runners should focus on body strengthening as well. If the core body strengthening does not happen, runners can get injured. Overall body strengthening helps the runners a lot,” said Narawade.

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