"Exercise is the ‘in’ thing, gyms are cropping up in every nook and corner, roads are occupied by recreational runners and yoga schools have an enviable waiting list. But along this has grown the number of injuries and disillusionment at not getting results," says Diwekar. (Agencies)
Trainer and nutritionist Diwekar, whose celebrity clients include the likes of Kareena Kapoor, Preity Zinta and Anil Ambani was here recently to launch her book ‘Don't Lose Out, Work Out’ in which she talks about various myths and malpractices about exercise.
“It is sad to see that there are just too many malpractices which are prevalent in the centres. The diets which are supposed to make people healthier and fitter are making them weaker and older,” she says.
She writes about how youth are duped on a large scale at the centres as they are unaware of the ‘suitable’ exercise for their bodies.
"Gymmers must know that they can fight the malpractice with better education about the right type of exercise suitable for a particular body," she says.
Some trainers, she points out, impart incorrect instructions such as drink less water to reduce calories but they contradict body metabolism.
An adult is required to have 55-60 percent water content in the body and some physical trainers use techniques like reducing water intake to make clients instantly lose weight, which in the long run is detrimental for the body
Breaking such myths is what Diwekar aims for saying the science of exercise must be reachable and understood by all.
"General assumptions that the more we sweat means more calories burnt is wrong. Sweating is a cooling process and that does not burn calories. Myths have occupied our minds which now seems very obvious to us," she says.
Others common myths prevalent for many generations the book points out are- walking is the best exercise, running on the treadmill weakens the knee, doing 'cardio' is best for the joints and the legs, 'crunches' for flat stomach, and gymming makes you bulkier.
Diwekar says ‘weight training’ is important, instead of random work-outs.
"It not only makes the body a better fat burning machine but it has been proved to be the best inhibitor of lifestyle disorders, especially diabetes," she says.
Perfect and scientific exercise now is not lost in jargon but is accessible to everyone. She claims that she has completely tried to stay from the jargons unless what was necessary.
"We Indians do not understand the science behind exercise. They only worry about exercise when they get fat. In fact, it should be a part of our lives," writes Diwekar.
"Working-out is not only for the fit or unfit, it is for all the sections that we generally miss-out. Active is the new guideline, and sitting is the new smoking," she said.
The book has detailed chapters on strength training, cardio and yoga along with pre and post workout meals.
"Exercise is the ‘in’ thing, gyms are cropping up in every nook and corner, roads are occupied by recreational runners and yoga schools have an enviable waiting list. But along this has grown the number of injuries and disillusionment at not getting results," says Diwekar.