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Gym vs Home Workouts: Which One Should You Do?

Gym vs Home Workouts: Which One Should You Do?

Early in the movement though, I started hearing the question “Gym vs home workouts — which one’s better?” More than a year on, and I’m still asked that question fairly often. Well, here’s my opinion…

My Journey With Endometriosis

My Journey With Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects more women than we realise. Far too often, it goes undiagnosed. I myself went undiagnosed for nearly 15 years, until I found the doctor who changed my life. Here’s my story.

Drink Clean With The nkd Pod+ Water Bottle

Drink Clean With The nkd Pod+ Water Bottle

Fitness isn’t just about exercise and external health. A great deal of true fitness is what you put in your body. Good food and clean water play a massive role in determining your overall health. But ensuring that the water you drink is clean and pure isn’t always easy. Most of us resort to buying bottled water when we eat out or travel, but all that does is cost a lot of money. What’s worse, it adds to the planet’s already staggering piles of plastic waste! Which is why I’m currently in love with the nkd Pod+ water bottle.

nod Life Pod Water Bottle | Fitness Blog | The Bellyrina Diaries

The product if a UK-based startup, this very cool, very stylish water bottle is a lot more than just a pretty face. With an inbuilt filter and purifier, it can literally turn any water into drinking water. The brand claims that water from sources like lakes, rivers, ponds, muddy puddles, etc. — anything but sea water — can all be used. The output is clean water that’s absolutely safe to drink.

As cool as this sounds, I was obviously curious. I wanted to know how exactly the nkd Pod+ purifies water on-the-go.

nkd Life Pod Water Filter | Indian Fitness Blog | The Bellyrina Diaries

Let’s talk about the magic filter in the nkd Pod+. The filter screws right into the lid of the bottle, and purifies water as you drink it. Its patent-pending anti-bacteria technology filters up to 99.9% of all contaminants — that includes bacteria, viruses, cysts, heavy metals, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides. The filter also contains a layer of pure activated coconut carbon, which improves taste while removing odour and chlorine. Even better, the filter also gently alkalises and ionises the water, while increasing antioxidant content.

Sceptical? Well, what if I told you that the nkd Pod+ uses space-age technology? Literally! The technology used in these water bottles is the same used by the NASA space programme. That’s interplanetary-level purity, guys!

nkd Life Pod | Space-age water purification | The Bellyrina Diaries

Well, that’s all cool. But what about actually using it?

I’ve been using this water bottle for 2 weeks now, so I can give you an honest review on how it works and feels to use. To be fair, I haven’t used water from sources like puddles and ponds, but I did use tap water, and it seems to work really well. There was none of the weird metallic taste that tap water usually has, so I’m taking that as a good sign.

For starters, I’m going to address the size and shape of it. The styling is sleek and compact, and it fits well in my handbag. The nkd Pod+ has a capacity of 585ml, which is reasonable. But if like me, you drink a lot of water, you’re going to need to refill that often. The filter itself lasts for 300 uses, post which it will need to be replaced.

It’s perfectly leakproof, which is a major bonus for me. I commute a lot, and have had far too many instances of my water bottle leaking into my bag. This one has stayed watertight, not a drop out of place.

nkd Life Pod+ Leakproof | Indian Fitness Blog | The Bellyrina Diaries

Using the bottle is simple enough. You fill the water, screw the filter closed, and snap the lid shut. The lid has a lock feature which allows you to prevent it from popping open accidentally. Sliding the lock downwards and pressing it pops the lid open.

Drinking from it is a little different from your regular water bottle or sports bottle. While the mouth of the bottle is similar to most sports ones, the filter does slow down the flow of water a bit. It needs a bit of suction to pull the water through the filter, so prepare to strengthen those jaw muscles!

Drinking from nkd Life Pod water bottle | The Bellyrina Diaries

On the whole, I think this is a fantastic water bottle to have. You’re guaranteed clean drinking water wherever you go, AND you’re helping to reduce plastic waste across the planet.

The nkd Pod+ water bottle comes in 6 lovely colours, and is now available in India on Amazon, Flipkart, and Croma. The retail price is INR 2,499 for the bottle (filter included), and INR 999 for replacement filters. Order yours now: http://amzn.to/2EWGGgl


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Working Out In The Water : HydroFit at JW Marriott Bengaluru

Working Out In The Water : HydroFit at JW Marriott Bengaluru

If you’re looking for an effective workout that tones you up without hurting your joints, then HydroFit is what you need. Check out what this fun fitness routine is all about!

Beating DOMS With the Bodycraft Sports Massage

Beating DOMS With the Bodycraft Sports Massage

Dealing with DOMS? Ease the pain with a good Sports Massage, like the one at Bodycraft Spa in Bangalore!

PeeBuddy : For The Girl On The Go

PeeBuddy : For The Girl On The Go

I wrapped up 2017 with a few delightful road trips. With trips to Mangalore, Shoranur, Cochin, and Coimbatore, I spent several hours on the road. And as any woman who has done road travel in India would agree, our country is still severely lacking in clean, hygienic restroom facilities. This often leads to women holding their urine for far too long and developing urinary tract infections. Not to mention how ridiculously uncomfortable it is. Well ladies, say goodbye to having to hover-and-pee at gross public toilets. PeeBuddy is here to save the day!

PeeBuddy | Women Stand And Pee | Travel Accessory | The Bellyrina Diaries

The lovely people behind PeeBuddy saw how often I travelled, and very kindly sent me a few samples to try out. Their timing couldn’t have been better, given all the road trips I had planned for December. I’ll admit, I was both excited and a tad sceptical. I mean, standing and peeing? Could it be true?

PeeBuddy | Women Pee Standing Up | Travel Blog | The Bellyrina Diaries

Before I get into the working of it, take a look at the PeeBuddy. It’s made of laminated paper, and is essentially really cool origami. It’s shaped like an angular funnel, to mimic a man’s you-know-what. The instructions are fairly straightforward — you unfold the PeeBuddy to unflatten it, press the wider opening into your crotch, and pee! Sounds simple, but I needed convincing.

I carried my pack of 3 PeeBuddy devices along during my road trips, armed and ready to deal with icky public bathrooms. Lucky (?) for me, the route did not disappoint. I encountered many a gross bathroom, where I really did not want my tushie to touch the toilet seat.

PeeBuddy | Women Stand And Pee | Travel Accessory | The Bellyrina Diaries

So out came the PeeBuddy. The flattened device unfolds easily. After that, it’s pretty simple — press against crotch (make sure it covers your clitoris, urethra and vagina, so you don’t have any leaks), and pee! Remember to make sure you aim the end of the device properly, or you risk getting pee on your clothes/shoes or missing the bowl. For most women, the first time you use one can be equal parts empowering and totally weird — it certainly was for me. It took me a moment to really come to terms with the fact that I was indeed, peeing standing up!

Once done, simply toss the used PeeBuddy in a trash can (not in the toilet). It’s paper, so it’s bio-degradable. Yay!

So what’s my final verdict on the PeeBuddy? I’ve listed pros and cons (my personal opinion only!)

Pros

  • Fits comfortably in most purses and handbags, so easy to carry around.
  • Easy to use. No complicated instructions or assembly.
  • Great for travel.
  • Also useful for pregnant women, or those with any sort of joint issue that makes sitting on the toilet difficult.
  • Biodegradable.
  • Affordable — it retails on Amazon (get it here!) for only INR 195 for a pack of 10.

Cons

  • Because they’re single-use, you need to make sure you’re stocked up. (I know, not exactly a con, but you know what I mean!)

So ladies, if you travel often — even if it’s just around the city — I highly recommend keeping a pack of PeeBuddy with you. It makes life SO much easier, that I now always have a few in my handbag. I would advise also keeping some wet wipes, just in case you don’t have access to water to wash up after.

Shop for PeeBuddy by clicking here for a pack of 10, or here for a pack of 20.

Vive la revolution!


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My Diary

My Fitness Journey (So Far!) – Part 1

My Fitness Journey (So Far!) – Part 1

“How on earth did you put on so much weight? Aren’t you a dancer?”

“I thought dancers were supposed to be fit.”

“And they say belly dancing makes you lose weight lol.”

These are just a few of the many hurtful (some intentionally so, others not so much) comments that were directed at me over the past couple of years. As someone who has always struggled with weight issues and body image, I can tell you that they were all equally painful, intentional or not.

To give you a little background, I gained a tremendous amount of weight — 15 kilos — over the past couple of years, owing to health issues (which I am in the process of having remedied). Losing the weight has been an uphill battle, to say the least. Weight gain that’s associated with illness is also generally a lot more stubborn than the sort gained from overeating — hormones and stuff get involved, and it’s really tricky to battle those! And that, in itself, destroys the will to even try to get fitter. After all, if it takes 3 months of intense exercise and diet control to lose a glorious 400 grams, why bother, right?

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And that’s what I did for a very long time. Not bother. But thankfully, I have a family (specifically, a husband) that won’t let me simply feel sorry for myself, and instead pushed me to get back on track. And thus began my fitness journey.

I started cutting out all the junk food that I would hug close as I watched TV on the couch, and replaced it (not entirely, but for the most part) with fruit, nuts, and other considerably healthier options. I would head out for a walk every evening, getting a solid dose of fresh air and activity for about an hour. I would Google various home workouts and hop about each day, trying exercises I didn’t know existed.

My fitness journey needed me to make healthier snack choices
My fitness journey required that I make healthier snack choices

J (the husband) was often greeted by a sweaty, out-of-breath mess when he got home each evening. And while he wouldn’t hug me until I had showered (I really don’t blame him, I wouldn’t have hugged me either!), he was always cheering me on, telling me how proud he was that I was doing something to fix my fitness.

The problem, however, was keeping myself motivated. It’s a Herculean task to have to push yourself to workout, and yes, you’re bound to fail every now and again. I needed a buddy — someone who would make sure I stuck to my workouts, and didn’t fall off the wagon too easily.

And so, like I usually do, I took to Twitter (read more about how that happened in this post) to find me some workout buddies to join me on my fitness journey. And so, #TwitterGetsFitter was born!

The premise is simple — we keep each other motivated, and accountable. We were on this fitness journey together, and we were going to do everything we could to make sure nobody hopped off the bus!

And you know what? It works!

Not only has #TwitterGetsFitter changed my life, and the lives of 70+ other enthu cutlets, it has grown into a tribe. The WhatsApp group and email lists are forever buzzing with activity! People share their workout updates, talk about what they’re eating, and even share ideas for ‘reward meals’. And most importantly, we shared insecurities. We were all united in our quest for fitness, some of us by body image issues — and it didn’t matter. Here was a place with no judgment, no negativity, no bullying.

TwitterGetsFitter celebrates each other as we continue on our fitness journey
The group is always buzzing with energy, and cheering each other on

The movement saw far more traction and interest than I had ever imagined. What’s more, they didn’t want it to stop! While the initial plan was for everyone to get fit in time for New Year’s Eve, about 90% of the group requested that the program continue into 2017. And so it has! And I’m thrilled to report that enthusiasm levels haven’t waned. 🙂

Watch this space, as my fitness journey — and the fitness journey of over 80 other amazing people — continues! You can also catch everyday updates on my Twitter and Instagram.


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