Category: Fitness

An ex-skater’s take on skating for children today

I was asked to post about skating for kids on one of my favorite parenting groups and I did an elaborate post on it. So decided to share the same here and would be editing more in a while 🙂
I have been a national skater .. Roller hockey player(more precisely)
I was introduced to skating when I was 4/5, was given a break and reintroduced at 10 years .. Again 🙂
So I know a lot of my friends were into skating since they were 3 ..

My dad was keen about sports .. So we were always playing/exploring/learning some sport or the other ..
We took skating as a sport – it was an integral part of our life ..
Activity is different from a sport ..

We were trained properly for skating .. If we had to do 1hr of skating .. It was always 1 hr or even more preparing for it, warm up, exercises, flexibility, crunches and so on ..

Sometimes skating was just skipped 🙂
What I wanted to emphasise is .. Our bodies were prepared for skating .. (Since i have been hearing in the groups that legs being not strong enough and all — i really can’t comment on this because we had dedicated coaches and they took care that we were strong and developed us )
Also there are techniques as to how we should be skating ..

1.  you would need jonex skates with the brake removed .. to start with and would move on to quads, inline ..

You get the jonex skates in any sports shops .. Plastic skates are a dud and a big NO-NO 🙂

Attaching the pic of jonex .. These are size-adjustable as well

2. You would need bend your knees and skate ..

3. You need to learn to fall first i.e fall on your bums 😆

4. You would need to learn balancing on 1 leg at time first and then both the legs ..

5. You would need to learn to brake 🙂

6. You are ready to go 🙂

Skating is/was always fun .. We used to cover places on skates .. Hockey is any day fun to watch or play 🙂

Thank you Amruta Ramsubramaniam for asking me to post 🙂 nostalgic .. 🙂 Much love ❤️


Rujuta – Her profound impact on my life

I have to start off with Rujuta Diwekar – A celebrity nutritionist (Dietician).

I was always a healthy (read chubby also ;)) girl. When I was a kid, it never posed a problem. But once I started taking sports seriously or rather my dad took sports seriously for me, my chubbiness became a bother! for both him and me 🙂

My dad is a fitness freak and a sports lover. I was never pushed once to study by him, but pulled all ways to go to the ground.

Now if I think back those were the best times I ‘ve had with him, the morning walks(I was made to walk a minimum of 3 km along with him at the age of 5 😉 ), football with my brother and father. My father owes my brothers swiftness in sprints to those simple kicks and chasing the ball. 🙂

Even today as I wake up at 5 AM just for the crisp mornings and fresh air, I thank him 🙂

Ok now that’s another story. When I was in +1 and sweet sixteen, I sprained my ankle and though it was not a major injury, I had to rest.

Now during this injury, though I had to stop my strenuous  training, I failed to stop hogging on to food and the end-result was a fat me at the end of 2 years 🙁

It had a very demoralizing effect on me, I started stooping with inferiority unconsciously. I wouldn’t say hate, but I definitely disliked my body. #ConfusedMe

First things first, i started dieting, (avoid sweets, mangoes, chocolates – everything fattening according to the world around me). I definitely lost weight, but not as drastically as I have put on 🙂 I have to say I have not included exercise.

That was when I came across Rujuta’s first book “Don’t lose your mind Lose your weight” and trust me it changed my thinking completely!

I would not tag this book under diet/nutrition books only, I will, like many others place her book under Self-Help, Motivational Books. It’s a pleasant eye-opener and a bible for many!!

Some key points which impacted me:

  • She first insists on exercise along with diet.
  • Eat local, Think Global is another tagline
  • Your grandma’s wisdom knows more than any of the so-called dietitians out there
  • Your body deserves utmost respect and love!

I started understanding and respecting my body, stomach after reading her book.

My complete perspective changed. Weight is not the only criteria or measurement for a better you is what I figured out 🙂

Also that the various traditions, mouth-to-mouth wisdom is more valuable and reliable than the patented knowledge of the WEST!

Over the years I realized that this very ancient wisdom is more helpful and accurate with personal and logical experience.

Thanks to Rujuta 🙂 She always mentions her favorite client is Kareena Kapoor and she actually earned my respect after Rujuta’s mentioning about Kareena’s unconditional respect towards her body. 🙂

My body does even more than just for others to see. It functions perfectly well and helps me in resisting the many ailments and diseases common in this world. Should I not be thankful to it?

Also I started relishing mangoes guilt-free! After all my year long nutrients are provided only during the summers 😉

Bananas, peanuts and all my favorite foods found their right place back in my diet. I relish better 🙂 I also feel better!!

She sends a lot of positive energy and info around with her books, blogs, outlook columns, open days and Facebook page.

Rujuta Thank You 🙂 for making me realize the most wonderful creation of GOD is a human’s body 🙂

Thanks a ton!

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