Simple Tips to be Active

Simple Tips to be Active

By Silky Mahajan  on: 27 March 2015
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Healthy Tips to be active:

  1. Take an after-dinner walk
  2. Walk during your breaks and at lunch
  3. If possible, schedule a "walking" work meeting
  4. Park in the farthest spot from the grocery store or mall (it is easier parking as well).
  5. Avoid valet parking (saves money too)
  6. Take the stairs instead of elevators or escalators
  7. Walk while your kids practice or warm-up at their sporting events instead of sitting in your comfy chair (this one I know from experience).
  8. Walk to drop off/pickup kids from school.
  9. Take public transportation; walk around the terminal when waiting for the train/bus/light rail.
  10. Walk the dog. Have you heard our pets are getting fatter too? 
  11. Avoid the drive-thru.  If you must eat at a fast-food establishment, park at the farthest spot and walk in. And, of course, choose a healthier food option!
  12. Walk to visit friends or neighbors.
  13. Like to golf? Walk instead of renting the cart.
  14. Read/watch TV on a treadmill (or stationary bike).

Any other ideas you can think of?


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An author of 'Nutrition for Sportspersons' book (published by Department of Youth Empowerment & Sports, Government of Karnataka), Silky Mahajan is a highly acclaimed name in the list of top Nutritionists in India. She is the Founder & Nutrition Expert at Foods & Nutrition Clinic, Bangalore. An award-winning nutritionist, she changes the way you eat forever with her acute understanding of nutrition and its significance in the diet. She has a Masters degree in Foods & Nutrition from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Also, she is Certified Sports Nutritionist from International Sports Science Association, USA. Silky also got trained in the field of Nutrition from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Chandigarh and Fortis Escort Hospital. She is holding Certified Diabetes Educator certification from International Hope Health Academy (IDEEL) in order to have the vast knowledge of Diabetes/Insulin response in athletes. Also, she is an active member of Indian Dietetics Association (IDA).Her profound knowledge in the field of nutrition and dietetics has made her the youngest most Nutritionists in the country. In an extremely short span of time, she has dealt with athletes globally, both elite players who have participated in top International Championships as well as young budding athletes with a promising future. She believes that all the joy of life comes from the right food you eat- in right amounts and, at the right time. She has acquired wide experience working with Fortis Hospital, Alere Medicals, Sports Academies, and many other reputed MNCs that have led her to become one of the country's pre-eminent nutrition experts working towards proper nutrition therapy for society to lead a healthier lifestyle. She is one of the very few certified sports nutritionists in India offering services to NGOs as well. As a prolific author, Silky Mahajan's columns appear in leading newspapers, sports/fitness magazines, social networking websites, and other online platforms.  She has also participated in many panel discussions on nutrition in FM Radios, corporate houses, sports academies, schools, and colleges.Silky has been practicing Nutrition for more than seven years in the field of sports as well as clinical nutrition. As part of sports nutrition, she covers most sports nutrition sub-specialties like carbohydrate loading, hydration strategy, energy & endurance, muscle building, insulin management, optimize performance and sports nutritional deficiency. As part of clinical nutrition, she covers Human nutrition (Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood & Older Adulthood), Weight Management, Medical Nutrition Therapy (e.g. Diabetes, Hypertension, Eating disorders, Thyroid, PCOS) as well as corporate nutrition classes.
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