We are spoilt for choice when it comes to fitness options – from swanky disco themed studios, fun sweaty Zumba classes, competitive hulk functional fitness hangouts and the list is endless. Being fit is in and so are all the frills attached to it – cool gear, yoga pants, dedicated Instagram accounts and the likes.
Fitness is reaching out and catering to people who are already inclined to it and the shy, hesitant, older woman (for lack of a better word) unknown to the world of working out somehow gets pushed further behind and finds herself very de-motivated to even venture to workout.
The big burly men intimidate her, the tight pants make her flinch about her own thighs, the weights scare the daylights out of her! Next in line is the lack of time for herself and the excuses that follow are endless – kids, work, there’s no hope for me, get bored very easily, the fear of getting injured and so on..This is the woman who looks for aerobic classes or a simple ‘Ladies’ Yoga class or sticks to the usual 20-minute morning walk all in her comfort zone. The same woman who you will find running to a treadmill or a cross trainer and shy away from the much-needed strength training in a gym.
I can only harp on how important fitness, especially for women of ALL ages. Make up your mind and start with one physical goal and one nutritional change for the better every month. Don’t hesitate to take a new fitness routine you may just start to love it. It’s all about making it a lifestyle change so do it long enough and it will just become a part of who you are. The gyms and fitness studios are at your disposal they are here to help you reach your goals and help you see results. Don’t let them intimidate you. Let’s welcome these women and help them make a start.
Tanvi Chawda, started her journey as a part-time member with a Bangalore-based dance company called Tarantismo Creative Dance Company, who she worked with for 6 years from 2007 to 2013. She has performed at various events across the country including popular Indian National television shows such as Dance India Dance (DID) season 1 and India’s Got Talent Season 2 (2010) where she was a quarterfinalist. She has completed her diploma at Attakallari Center for Movement Arts (Bangalore) in Movement arts and mixed media. She is a certified yoga instructor associated with Sanathana Yoga Shala (SYS). She is also a LesMills certified BodyBalance and BodyVive instructor and is part of ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network).She currently runs VIVAFIT – women only fitness center in JP. Nagar, Bangalore.