Saraswathi, a family friend, and now an ardent fitness fan, is a homemaker by choice.
“I never really thought about fitness seriously as my weight was always under control. I was rather sporadic in working out in our home gym and I used the treadmill about twice a week. I also went for occasional walks.” she said.
In 2011 she was confronted with a host of health issues; frequent stomach upsets, headaches, a hysterectomy and numbing back pain. In 2014 she received a further jolt, as she developed hypertension and was advised lifelong medication. Her concern and dismay didn’t spur her on to immediate action. It was only in 2016 that she made a firm commitment to change her lifestyle when she came across the Dance to Fitness Studio, in Sector 41, Noida.
“I joined the morning Batch in April 2016 and have been at it every weekday except when I am travelling. The sessions are well paced with aerobics, pilates, weights and yoga and a balanced diet that is tailormade for each of us,” she said. She feels sisterhood and camaraderie with others in her batch and finds the instructor, Ms. Sonal Singh, young, committed and considerate. Saraswathi said, “It is therapeutic. Health issues were weighing me down, now there was a hope that they could be handled. Talking to fellow batch mates, I could see how medical issues like thyroid, obesity, knees and back issues, menopausal problems etc have been systematically cured.”
Saraswathi’s weekly exercise schedule has a high component of fast paced aerobic activity to the rhythmic beat of Western pop and Bollywood songs. Also included are planks and stretches and various floor exercises very similar to Yoga, which helps develop the core. She said, “Stretches make our body pliable and relaxes muscles. We use dumbbells which strengthen our muscles especially biceps and triceps. ”
These weekly workouts have started to show benefits. She said, “My back is a lot better and my hypertension is a thing of the past. My skin tone too has improved with the sweating These sessions have become an indispensable part of my life now and I feel guilty if I miss a session. Quality of life has improved and I am more confident about myself and my health.”