In our part 2 of the frequently asked questions, I will respond to more of the frequently asked questions. We listen to your concerns and try as much as we can to suggest ways that can work for most of us and suggest pointers that can help you to formulate how to navigate through the challenges.
We had tackled 4 questions in the 1st response on August 17th.
Question number 5
What is the best time for exercises?
This a common challenge to most of our working class people especially those who do an 8 A.M – 5 P.M job. For those of us who work in Nairobi, we spend a lot of time in traffic. Some of us have to leave home before 6 A.M to make it to the office before 8 A.M.
The evening is not any better. Because of traffic jam, we get home past 8 P.M. We have to catch up with kids homework before they sleep. Workout I the last thing that come in mind.
This leaves us with small options to get active. Some of us ( I used to do this) carry the gym bag hoping to squeeze sometime to go to the gym but the activities won’t let you.
Personally I figured out that the best time to do my workouts is at home first thing in the morning. I trained myself to wake up at 3 A.M and after oxygenation and taking my morning concoction of lemon, turmeric, ginger & Apple Cider Vinegar to clean the gut, I go to the gym.
When I was putting up my house, I did a house gym and over the year, I have equipped it with most of the basic equipment I require for my workout. I advise those who do not have a gym to invest in buying the basic gym tools with the heap of your trainer .
These are simple items that can fit below your bed if you are short of space. You can also keep them behind your sitting room door and use the sitting area early morning to exercise. Example you can remove the coffee table and use that space to work-out if you cannot go out for security reasons. There is surely no excuse not to work out in the morning.
This is the best timing to start the day on a high note. Exercises help us breathe in fresh oxygen and expel the carbon dioxide in our lungs. When you push your body beyond the comfort limit, you breathe with your mouth. This helps to release the gases produced in the gut over the night.
The body release these gases during the day as we talk but when we are asleep they have little channels to escape.
It is advisable to visit the toilet in the morning after waking up for a long call. Even when you are not feeling like a long call, passing out wind is good enough. These are gases the body produced that need to be expelled from the body. Make it a point to assist the body to dispose them.
Exercise is best done on an empty stomach. In the morning on waking up, our body is at its best. The restorative processes have been done during our sleep and all cells which had been taken out of circulation are replaced.
This is the time we are potentially most active. Working out until you sweat helps to expel the toxins that remained inside the body. Sweating also opens the pores in the skin to allow for expulsion of toxins throughout the day.
Remember not to apply petroleum jelly or others that cover the pores.
Dress in free fitting clothes to allow your skin to breathe.
The best workout if you do not have excess weight should not exceed 30 minutes per session. Always start with stretches to relax your muscles, then warm-up by jogging on the spot or skipping.
It is advisable to consult a fitness trainer to prepare a workout program for you to ensure you exercise all parts of your body. To achieve a well balanced body require a good work out program that target different parts of the body. The body loves routine and committing to workout at the same time of the day will help make your body save this setting.
Let us commit to consistent exercise for better healthy.
I will tackle more questions in the next article. Keep them coming.
With profound regards,
Founder and CEO
Azima Wellness Consultants Ltd
Conference Speaker & Corporate Trainer in Total Wellness