10 Things To Do For The Best Workout

So you’ve paid the gym membership, watched Rocky Lara Croft 4 times, bought protein supplements and changed your Whatsapp status to “At the gym”. Now what? Today, I’m listing some Do’s and Don’ts of gymming which will ensure a good workout for you (and others). Let’s get cracking!

  1. Get a Good Pair of Running Shoes

Carry these shoes to the gym and change there. The point being, the gym must be a dustless environment and besides, no one wants to see that chewing gum on your sole while you are busy doing leg extensions.

  1. Don’t Repeat Gym Clothes

So you’ve had a strenuous workout and got drenched in sweat. You go home and dry that tshirt and there is no odour next day. DO NOT WEAR THAT TSHIRT TO THE GYM! As soon as you sweat for a second time, you will become a weapon of mass destruction.

  1. Powder your Feet and Change your Socks Before Every Workout. Enough said.
  2. Stay Hydrated

Have water in the breaks between sets. First things first, staying hydrated is important. During workout, your body needs energy and there will be times when your body will start burning muscle for energy. Having water will prevent that to an extent.

  1. Pop a Mint Whenever your Mouth is Dry

After a serious workout, you are dehydrated and your mouth is dry. At this point, you WILL have bad breath. Save yourself the embarrassment and others the torment, and have a mint.

  1. Always Maintain Proper Form

Remember that it’s about how you lift, than how much you lift. A bench press with 10 pounds and proper form will give you more gains than lifting 40 pounds with an improper posture. Always ask your trainer to demonstrate the correct form before you try anything.

  1. Don’t Work Out for More Than an Hour in One Session

Anabolic (muscle building/toning) = good and catabolic (muscle destruction) = bad. Our body is designed to work at an extreme (anabolic state) for an hour, beyond which the body goes into catabolic mode and starts burning muscle instead of carbohydrates and that is definitely not what you want.

  1. Supplement your Diet with Fibres and Vitamins

It’s not only about egg whites and chicken breasts (read ‘proteins’); your body needs roughage and fibres for proper functioning of the digestive system. Also, when your body is burning those carbohydrates, it creates “pollutants” which have a muscle-diminishing effect. Vitamins counter these pollutants.

  1. Get Rest

Remember, it’s not during the workout but during the rest that your body tones/builds muscles. The pump that you see during the workout is just lactic acid produced during workout. But the actual muscle density increases when your body repairs your muscles during sleep.

These are the commandments that every beginner should follow to make their gymming experience a pleasant one. Proper hygiene, diet, form and rest will definitely give you the gains for which you decided to work out in the first place. And if you wondered why the list ended at an awkward number 9, the 10th commandment is the most important.

  1. Stay Motivated!

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6 Beauty Boxes You Must Try!

Hello people! I have something new for you today! Read on to find out more 🙂

In the past few years, the “beauty box” trend has steadily caught up in India. But what is a beauty box?

As the name suggests, it involves a box. Full of goodies. Of your choice. YES! Beauty boxes let you try out a variety of products at less than half the market price!

I have narrowed the list down to six boxes that you must try! Each of them has a  USP. Let’s take a look! 🙂  

Fab Bag

Fab Bag gives its happy customers sample size products and sometimes even full size products to sample and enjoy. I tried Fab Bag for a few months and found it pretty good! There is variety in the products that they send, and you can also buy the full size products from their site. fab

Subscription Plans: Monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual. Check out the plans in detail here.

Price: Fab Bag extends amazing subscription options. You can take a bag for 599 INR per month, but the annual subscription gives you these bags for as low as 399 INR per month!

USP:

  • Cute, quirky bags every month! Great for carrying cosmetics, especially while travelling.
  • Options of women’s and men’s bags!

 

My Envy Box

My Envy Box offers a box full of luxury items its subscribers every month. The items come in a lush satin pouch inside the box 😀 These items are usually makeup and wellness items such as nail lacquer, clay mask, moisturisers and perfume samples. Subscribers can order full sizes of their favourite items on the website. envy Subscription Plans: Monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual. Check out the subscription plans here.

Price: Envy Box offers a huge loyalty and shopping programme. You can book an Envy Box for 850 INR per month OR 708 INR per month on an annual subscription!

USP: LOTS of luxury items, especially perfume samples in dainty vials! 😀

 

Sugar Box

Sugar Box is a very new and exciting service in fashion and lifestyle. The subscribers receive boxes full of exclusive goodies, quirky items and gourmet treats! How does a box containing flip flops, a ‘message in a bottle’ pen drive, a straw hat, a tote bag and a gourmet kiwi drink sound? These was their latest beach edition 😀 You can also shop for your favourite items on the website! Beach-Edition Subscription Plans: Monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual. Check out the subscription plans here.

Price: Sugar Box offers its services at 1499 INR per month. This can go as low as 1199 INR per month if you opt for the annual subscription!

USP: Each month has a new theme! Uber Mom, the Beach Edition, Girls’ Nigh In and the Spring Edition are some of the past themes.

 

MSM Box

The My Style Mile (MSM) Box believes in  “a lot in a little”. It contains not only samples, but also full sized beauty products! There are two kinds of Boxes available – the Express Box contains exciting, upcoming brands, while the Select Box contains premium, luxury brands. You can also shop for products on their website, exclusively for face care and body care. msm Subscription Plans: Monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual. Check out the subscription plans here.

Price: You can get an MSM Express box for 495 INR per month. This can easily go down to 416 INR per month if you choose the annual subscription! The MSM Select Box costs a little more, at 995 INR per month. The annual subscription lets you have it at 833 INR per month 😀

USP: Exclusive Discount and Gift Vouchers from the partner brands, including salons and spas!
 

BeautyWish Box

This beauty box service by The Nature’s Co. gives you humane beauty. The BeautyWish Box offers amazing vegan and cruelty-free hair and body care products! From citrus body washes to delicate lavender body lotions, BeautyWish covers all your wellness needs. natures Subscription Plans: Monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual. Check out the subscription plans here.

Price: The subscription starts at 595 INR per month, and can go as low as 495 INR per month if you go for the annual subscription!

USP: The Nature’s Co. is PETA-certified. They produce ONLY vegan and eco-friendly products. You can feel good about yourself as you splurge on BeautyWish! 😀  

 
Zotiqq Box

This comes last but is definitely not the least! Zotiqq is a very new brand and concept in India, as it is not exactly a “beauty” box, but rather, a fashion box. The Zotiqq box comes loaded with jewellery! You can score the latest statement neckpieces, rings and earrings every month by choosing between the Must-Have Box and the Fashionista Box. zotiqq Subscription Plans: Monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual. Check out the subscription plans here.

Price: The Must-Have Box costs 1000 INR per month, and 834 INR per month in the annual subscription. The Fashionista Box costs a tad more, at 1500 INR per month. It goes down to 1250 INR per month when subscribed annually 😀

USP:

  • Each box is unique, customised according to the subscriber’s preferences. One item represents the theme of the month.
  • The Fashionista Box comes with 2 statement neckpieces.

So which box do you like the best? Which one would you like to try out? Which ones have you tried already? Do share your thoughts! 😀


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