Aging. It’s just one of those things we have no control over; growing old is inevitable and honestly, not worth fighting. The aches and pains, the wrinkles, the sagging etc. will all be there. There’s no escape. But none of this means that we should stop trying to stay fit, because growing older has nothing to do with how healthy or fit you keep yourself.
As I was doing the side-lying leg-scissors exercises today, my mind raced back to the times when I was in my late teens in my small-town Bengal home doing the same exercise while watching a Jane Fonda aerobics video tape.
Life coaching is not something I had ever planned or aspired to do; I just grew into it with time.
I am moderately active on social media and express myself freely through my posts. I started getting inbox messages from both men and women asking me for advice on certain situations in life that they were going through.
If there could be a Utopian world for me, I would like to have the possibility to combine living with the family and some periods of being on my own. The ideal life of a gypsy woman.
I have always been a perfect couch potato.
I was the epitome of a lazy Bong woman, happy with my books and rather sedentary lifestyle. At school, nobody wanted me in a sports team and sport’s day was something I had deep-seated dread for. For good reason, I had accepted the fact that the sports gene had not been handed over to me and I was very complacent about keeping myself moving or fit.
You know what’s funny?
Too many (Indian) women of our generation never had the opportunity to live on our own. We went from living with our parents to living with our husband’s families or with our husbands.
Love, lust, and passion - these are some of the most hushed up topics of our lives; yet some of the most dominant ones as well because of how taboo they are. When was the last time you talked about passion and sex the same way you talk about setting goals for your life or your fitness levels?
Imagine filling your life with work, family, and children for a good twenty years. You spend these years, absorbed by your responsibilities, juggling them effortlessly (on most days!) and just when you you think you’re beginning to get a hang of it all, it’s time for another change.
This change is a lot more quiet, and sometimes, disconcerting.
Let me tell you a secret.
When I was a kid, I’d always wanted to have a photoshoot done for myself - you know the kinds that models have? That one.
I think as teenagers in India, so many of us had these little fantasies of becoming actors or models, but I must admit I was a bit more glamour-struck than many others. I would pore over magazines like Filmfare, Cine Blitz etc., trying out different outfits and looks and deluding myself to believe that some director/producer was going to discover me one fine day.
- Certified fitness Trainer