Fit in, check out
I have always had a ballpark in my head when I think of "workout time". It's in the region of one hour. A few minutes over one hour is even better. But working out needs to be done for at least an hour. Otherwise it makes no sense. So, who's hammered this into my head? I can't put a finger to it, but it's probably a montage of advice, blogs, fitness articles and self-help that have led me to concoct this magic - and precise - figure. It's so ingrained in me that if I don't have at least an hour on hand to work out, I opt out and play Candy Crush instead for that "free" half an hour. Why bother with a half-baked timeline - when I can (maybe) manage to set aside an hour tomorrow? Tomorrow comes and goes, and it's pretty much the same story... No time. And then, before I know it, I'm drifting into non-workout zone. A little, timid voice at the back of my head tries to tell me: go, work out - even if it's for 20 minutes... but that squeak is invariably squashed. Now, it seems, time is only a number: if the 5-minute or 7-minute workouts are to be believed, it's not the minutes - or hours - you commit to exercising, but the intensity and the ensuing effectiveness. Short-haul workouts are all the rage these days, so people like me will no longer be able to manufacture excuses about time being a killjoy. Don't have time? Work around it. Let's have a look at how this regimen works out!
The loneliness of new-age existence. Tomes have been written but not enough - there's always room for a new perspective on this urban malaise. Former surgeon-general of the United States Vivek H Murthy waxes eloquent on the subject - following his much-appreciated take in Harvard Business Review. Elsewhere, Amin Sheikh, a former 'street child', overcame his social isolation to start an amazing initiative: a café that employs only homeless people. Travel goes all zen in the Japanese town of Shimabara. Bollywood looks at the industry's A-listed directors and what it is that keeps them on top of things. Arabic healthy meals rule the table in Kitchen Classics. Is low-fat really a better alternative in all matters food? Find out in Fit & Fab. Embroidered wonders walk the ramp in Fashion.
All this and much more. Enjoy reading WKND and have a great weekend.