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FAQs

  1. How do we stay motivated during Lockdown?

Lockdown has been a difficult test for everyone, but if we want to come out happy on the other side we need to stay motivated to maintain the right habits. It’s a challenge! To make it easier, break it up into smaller tasks. Apart from all the things you have to do every day to take care of your home and family, add one small thing to do every day, that you do for yourself. It could be reading one chapter of a book or a small 10min exercise routine. When starting a new exercise, remember the key – start slow, increase gradually, be regular. Pay attention to how you feel and what you think, during, and after this ‘me time’. It’s difficult for others at home as well. Think about how you can help them deal with it better.

Lockdown can be a learning experience and you can use it to better yourself!

 

– Milind Soman

 

   2. How to get fit for running while at home?

Even though we can’t run outside during this period, it’s important to keep ourselves prepared for the time that lockdown is lifted and we are allowed to run on the roads again. Choose simple exercises that keep the overall body strong and flexible, focusing on the core, legs, and foot strength. Surya Namaskar, planks, pushups, squats, stair climbing, and skipping with a rope are some good exercises that anyone can do. Remember to start slow, learn the movement well, and get comfortable with the exercise before you increase the intensity. The idea is to be prepared. You don’t want to injure yourself through over-enthusiasm!

 

– Milind Soman

 

   3. What diet should one follow during a lockdown?

The ancient saying is ‘food is medicine, and medicine is food’. Now, more than ever, it is important to pay attention to how food affects your body and mind. Food affects our energy levels and also affects our mood. Some foods make our body happy, some make our mind happy, some only make our taste buds happy. More awareness and common-sense will help us to differentiate and choose wisely. Do not think too much about proteins, carbs and fat. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. As a rule, choose fresh, whole foods, as unrefined as possible, that you find easy to digest. Cook lightly, with less oil. Say no to packaged food as far as possible.

 

– Milind Soman

 

   4. How to choose good shoes for running?

The debate is ongoing about the best shoes to wear. It really is a question to be carefully considered by each individual. Some people run barefoot, some in sandals and some in high tech shoes. The fact is, human beings are evolved to run barefoot easily. But if we have not run for many years, then it is best to start with the most neutral shoe with basic support or cushioning, and run slowly very small distances, even as small as 100mts, to see how our feet respond. It is very important to increase foot strength and that happens gradually with regular slow running. Allow at least 3-4 months of slow running and gradually increasing your distance for basic foot strength and conditioning. Choose a distance and a pace where there is no pain or discomfort. If any kind of pain persists even after you stop running, consult a physiotherapist for advice. After slow running for a few months, and with the help of your physiotherapist, you will have a better idea of whether you require more cushioning or support in your shoe.

– Milind Soman

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