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Fitness Plan Day 139: Don’t be afraid to try out new exercises in the gym

Get out of your comfort zone in the gym and push yourself to increase your stamina and strength.

Now that it s been nearly five months since you first started exercising and eventually even got into the habit of weight lifting, don t shy away from trying out different variations of the exercises you usually do. Get your gym trainer involved and actively ask him about different machines you can try out. While you might take some time to feel comfortable with new exercises, it will help in keeping things interesting while gymming and you won t fall into a rut.

Morning: Make it a habit to make your bed in the morning itself, before you leave for work. The more cluttered and messy your bed is, the more difficult it will be to get better sleep in the night and have a productive day. After all, one of the best feelings is to come home to a clean and neat bed after a long day of working.

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Breakfast: Don t restrict your breakfast to the usual eggs and upma or idlis. When you re eating healthy, it s important to have some variety so you can keep the temptations of fatty and fried foods at bay. Plan ahead for your breakfast and make this low-calorie rajma kebab. The advantage of having rajma during the day is that it will get digested easily and won t leave you feel gassy and bloated the next day.

Lunch: If you re trying to increase your protein intake and you re struggling mainly because you re a vegetarian, don t worry. You need not go up to the lengths of eating non-vegetarian food. Soya is a great source of protein and if consumed in moderation, it can help in getting rid of unwanted fat. However, the very thought of eating bland soy food products puts most people off. You can instead try out this protein and iron rich palak soya wadi recipe which will taste great with your rotis.

Snacks: For snacks, replace your greasy and unhealthy Frankie with a methi and moong sprouts wrap. Unlike your usual schezwan Frankie, this wrap is fibre-rich and methi is the best home remedy for diabetics. These are the 15 health benefits of methi seeds and leaves.

Dinner: After surviving yet another grueling day of trying to stay fit and healthy,treat yourself to a nawabi curry for dinner. Instead of ordering this dish from your favourite takeout place, put in some extra effort and make yourself this healthy version of nawabi curry that has very little oil in it. This will taste great with phulkas.

Exercises

At home: Those who say that they don t exercise at home because they can t afford exercising equipments or don t have enough space to keep them at home are only making excuses. While trying to lose or even gain weight for that matter, making excuses for not exercising at home isn t going to help in yielding any results. Give these three cardio home exercises a try to improve your metabolism.

Gym: Anyone who works out will tell you how they dread their leg day because of how strenuous and painful those exercises can be. If you re desperate to lose weight around your waist, these exercises are completely unavoidable in the gym! Push yourself harder and try out these 6 exercises to get toned legs. Now that you have been working out for the last four and a half months, you should feel more confident about attempting these leg exercises.

Yoga: After an intense workout, it important that your body gets adequately stretched to avoid feeling too sore the next day. Chakrasana is a great way to stretch your spine and relax your back muscles.

Sleep Well Tip

Having trouble falling asleep at night can wreck havoc with your day-to-day life. If you ve been lying awake in bed till 3am, it might be time to simply invest some time and money and renovate your room. You need not opt for something too fancy but it has been found that a pink wall and white sheets can help you sleep better.

Fitness Plan Day 138

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Disclaimer: If you follow a fitness plan already, consult your nutritionist before switching to this one. If you are allergic to any of the foods/ingredients mentioned, please do not consume it. Do not follow this plan without consulting your doctor if you suffer from a health condition hypertension, hypotension, diabetes, etc. or are pregnant.

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