This post was authored by Protima Tiwary, and originally appeared on TwitterGetsFitter. “You don’t need to go to the gym, you’re so thin already!” “Gain some weight, which boy will like such a stick?” “You need to lose some weight if you want to get […]
It has been a few months now of people calling me “inspirational” and “a fitness motivation”. I am yet to relate to those labels at all, but am very grateful that people view me as such. The TwitterGetsFitter movement allowed me the honour of helping people along their fitness journey, and let me be a small part of their lives. Most members of the group know me as upbeat, funny, cheerful, and always positive.
Ah, but the truth is a different story.
Every day, every single day, I battle my personal herd of demons to be the person that they need me to be. Depression has had me in its clutches for years now. Every few months, it loosens its grip just enough to give me hope. But even then, its claws dig firmly into my being, reminding me that I am at its mercy.
I record videos alone. This allows me to morph into the person I need to be, and only then do I turn the camera on. Because you mustn’t see the crippling anxiety that you would notice in person. When I get tongue-tied meeting new people, or break into a cold sweat just thinking about being in a room with a group I don’t know.
Any time I ask a question in an e-mail, but get no responses, I ache. “Do they not like me anymore?”, I wonder. “Am I no longer relevant?”
But then you post your wall-sit times, and your post-workout selfies, and my heart soars.
You hear me tell you there’s more to you than your body. The truth is, that chant is as much for me as it is for you. Years of battling body image issues has left me with dented armour.
You hear me tell you not to give up. Truth is, I have been on the verge of giving up multiple times. So many that I’ve lost count. And I know how dangerous that can be. That’s why I won’t let you do it.
TwitterGetsFitter isn’t just some movement I started, or an attempt to get famous, or anything of that sort. TwitterGetsFitter has given me a reason to wake up in the morning, and a purpose to my day.
You call me inspirational. You call me motivation. But you, my tribe — you are my motivation.
Thank you for making me stronger.
I’m a big fan of home workouts. They offer me the convenience of choosing when to workout, and the ‘where’ is taken care of. This is particularly helpful on days when lethargy rears its ugly head. Working out at home means I don’t need to dress a certain way, or waste valuable minutes in traffic trying to get to the gym.
Home workouts, however, do come with one tiny problem — they can easily get boring. The very factors that make them convenient — at home, no trainer or company necessary, etc — can quickly turn into negatives.
Several members of the TwitterGetsFitter tribe often reach out to me, asking for tips to make their home workouts more fun. I admit, it isn’t the easiest thing, but here’s one of my favourite tricks — Use props!
I was inspired to record this workout when my groceries were delivered. I know, not exactly earth-shattering. But there they were, two beautiful 2-litre bottles of water, just waiting to be bicep-curled!
Water bottles make great props, mainly because they’re easily accessible. Pretty much every home has, or can easily find, them. For the video, I’ve used a pair of 2-litre bottles, which means they weigh approximately 2 kilos each. That’s just enough resistance for me, since I’m still working on my arm strength. Use whatever weight works for you (though I think the next available size is a 5-litre jar, which wouldn’t be very easy to workout with!)
So here’s the workout! If you like it, head on over to my YouTube channel and give it a thumbs-up. If you’d like more such videos, hit Subscribe to let me know. 🙂