Stay fit in monsoon

Stay fit in monsoon
For someone like me living in Delhi, the onset of monsoon is a sign of relief from the stifling heat of the preceding months that just does not allow us to venture out for fitness activities; and more often than not, we are completely drained of both energy and motivation to work out indoors as well. However, the monsoon doesn’t come without its own unique set of challenges either.

The hot and humid weather is not exactly conducive to exercising outdoors, and the same is effectively ruled out by the quantum of rain in cities like Mumbai. Just as well, there is plenty for us to do indoors.

Let us be honest, the weather in India for the majority of the year is such that most of our fitness activities take place indoors. But in case, you happen to be one of those intrepid souls who enjoy rains and take their workout outdoors, just be careful about after your feet. Have at least two or three pairs of workout shoes, so that a dry pair is available every day. Exercising in wet or partially wet shoes raises the possibility of developing fungal infections. Also, monsoon brings along mosquitoes in even larger numbers, and a bout of dengue or malaria is the last thing you want.

You need to be extremely careful about the food you eat in the monsoon season. Given the high levels of humidity and heat, avoid going overboard with fried foods like pakoras, samosas, etc. Moderation is the key here as it is all year round. Have light meals, and keep yourself adequately hydrated by drinking lots of water regularly. Water can be supplemented with coconut water and liquids that replenish electrolytes lost through excessive perspiration. A great monsoon snack is the grilled bhutta (corn on the cob), available at practically every street corner.

With monsoon also comes the added risk of waterborne diseases like cholera, jaundice, typhoid and diarrhoea. So, drink only boiled or bottled water. Carry a bottle of water from home to avoid drinking water from unsafe sources. All vegetables and fruits must be washed well in clean water, especially those which are consumed raw. Avoid having salads, cut fruits, juices and chaat from the roadside vendors. Eat home-cooked meals as far as possible, but if it is not feasible at all times, then opt for cooked meals like roti or boiled rice with cooked vegetables or lentils. Avoid having sandwiches, raita and salads containing raw vegetables.

As far as workout is concerned, hit your local gym, or try out new exercising styles, or go for that pilates class you have thinking about, or try functional training. All these ideas are just guidelines; the key here is the willingness to find new spaces to workout irrespective of the weather. Once you prioritise fitness in your life, I am sure you will also come up with enough innovative ideas to keep going no matter what season it is.

(The author is a wellness expert and runs a fitness centre in New Delhi)

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