The Bellyrina Diaries

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#BellyrinaDrives: The New Gen Hyundai Verna

#BellyrinaDrives: The New Gen Hyundai Verna

As a content creator, I have longed to use all that knowledge and passion for cars to talk about how women experience driving. And I’m thrilled to finally start by documenting my experience with the new Hyundai Verna 2018!

What Fitness Goals Should You Be Setting?

What Fitness Goals Should You Be Setting?

The first step in any health or fitness journey should be setting a goal. For some, it’s fitting into clothes from 5 years ago. For others, it’s lowering their cholesterol. But are these the right fitness goals you should be setting for yourself?

Ode To The Portable Bidet

Ode To The Portable Bidet

There are a few things every Indian who travels abroad can relate to. For starters, the lack of spice in most foreign food can be bothersome to many. But more importantly — They. Only. Use. Paper. I mean, the whole paper vs water debate is one that has been burning for years now, and I swear I don’t see any merit to the paper argument. But well, it is what it is, and especially if you’re travelling to Europe or America, you’re pretty much guaranteed no jet sprays (or even buckets and mugs!) in your bathroom. So do you sit back and just give in to the paper propaganda? HELL, NO! You get yourself what is undoubtedly the most valuable travel accessory ever created — a portable bidet.

What is a portable bidet, you ask? Well quite simply, it’s a delightful little contraption that allows you the luxury of a bum spray wherever you go.

Behold!

Portable Bidet | Ultimate Travel Accessory | The Bellyrina Diaries

I’ve had this beauty for 3 years now, and it is by far the most dependable and vital travel accessory I own. My passport, wallet, and one of these, and I could take on the world! I bought this in 2015 before my first trip to the States, on a friend’s recommendation. Hell, we ordered 5 of them, one for each member of the family. And to date, the family loves this friend (despite never having met him!) solely because of how the portable bidet changed our travel.

Using a portable bidet is fairly straightforward — you tank it up with water from the wash basin before heading to the toilet, and then use it to clean up once you’re done. Easy peasy, gently squeezy.

The bidet is also very convenient to carry around, which is a boon, particularly for women travellers. The nozzle fits into the main bottle, both of which sit comfortably in the discreet carry pouch provided. The pouch is also mildly waterproof, to prevent slight dampness from wrecking anything in your handbag. And yes, it fits in your handbag!

I say it’s especially handy for women because unlike men, we ALWAYS need to wash up. Even after we pee. And don’t even get me started on when we’re on our period! In fact, it’s also a handy way to be able to rinse out menstrual cups (for those of you who have made the switch to silicone).

So when should you carry a portable bidet? My vote is ANYTIME you travel. Even on long flights. It makes toilet hygiene so ridiculously convenient, that I would recommend that women just always have it in their handbag. Okay, that might be a tad excessive when you’re in India. But when travelling internationally? Definitely carry this everywhere.

I got mine from Amazon, and you can order by clicking on this link. Thank me later. And you will thank me!


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Old Town Hostel, Kotor : The Place To Be!

Old Town Hostel, Kotor : The Place To Be!

I recently spent a glorious 3 weeks in Serbia and Montenegro. While we stayed in multiple hostels, my favourite was the Old Town Hostel, Kotor. Here’s why!

Getting Fitter With Aaptiv

Getting Fitter With Aaptiv

Working to get fitter means always looking for something new to try, or to help boost your workout. Lucky for me, I discovered Aaptiv, a fitness app that features audio guides for everything from running to yoga and HIIT routines.

Gym vs Home Workouts: Which One Should You Do?

Gym vs Home Workouts: Which One Should You Do?

TwitterGetsFitter started because I wanted to share easy home workouts and routines with people who, like me, struggled with fitness. 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…

Every workout has its own kind of benefits — Yoga helps flexibility and peace, running helps improve cardiopulmonary health, and so on. But does where you do it really matter?

While it may not be a make-or-break factor, it most definitely is a factor. I’ll explain why in further detail in this post.

Let’s talk about gym workouts first. You’re surrounded by (more often than not) very fit people, who are lifting heavy weights, running marathons on the treadmill, or box-jumping into outer space. There’s also plenty of equipment, dumbbells, barbells, benches and whatnot.

Gym Workout vs Home Workout | Indian Fitness Blog | Bombay Bellyrina | The Bellyrina Diaries

For a lot of people, the gym provides a plethora of options to work with. The equipment you find in a gym can help you target different muscle groups, and allows you to go pretty intense. Having trainers around can be very helpful too. They can show you new moves to try out, or help you perfect and improve the ones you’ve been doing.

Moreover, joining a gym can be a great place to meet new people with common interests. Take it from me, a lot of great friendships are forged in a Zumba class, or while alternating on the leg curl machine. (Hey, Manisha

Now for the negatives.

For some, all the above factors could be less than thrilling. Particularly for a fitness newbie, having to walk into a gym full of fit, toned bodies can be very intimidating. And I speak from personal experience, as well as anecdotes I hear from dozens of my clients.

“I go wearing the baggiest t-shirt I own, and loose, shapeless pants. I keep my head down and try not to make eye contact. I can feel them judging me.” – TwitterGetsFitter participant

This is a common sentiment that people share, particularly those just starting out on their fitness journeys. While most do manage to move past it as they focus on their own workouts and progress, there are several who prefer to opt for home workouts that allow them to exercise in private, or among friends.

There’s also the matter of travel time, prep, etc that can play a part in killing the enthusiasm to head to the gym. I mean, it takes some serious commitment to willingly brave 30-odd minutes of traffic snarls to then sweat it out at the gym… before dealing with another 30 minutes of traffic on the way home. Home workouts, on the plus side, require minimal preparation. What’s more, once you’re exhausted from a good workout, it’s a lot less effort to crawl back home!

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Next, the equipment. For some, the plethora of equipment in a gym can be daunting. There’s stuff to pull, push, squat, jump on… Gah! There are plenty of people who are far more comfortable with just a mat (and maybe a resistance band or something).

On the other hand, there are some (like me) who really enjoy the equipment. I get quite a kick out of lifting weights and galloping along the treadmill or spinning the hell out of a stationary bike. It challenges me and adds an interesting dimension to my routine.

Gym Workout | Stationary Bike | Indian Fitness Blogger | Bombay Bellyrina

So what’s truly “better”?

Neither.

That’s right, neither is “better”. While each has factors working for and against it, neither form of workout is, in and of itself, “better”.

It’s like nutrition. There’s no one-size-fits-all for diets, right? Someone needs more protein, someone else needs to go super low carb. That doesn’t make either diet “wrong” (though I imagine a diet comprising mainly donuts and pizza is probably pretty “wrong”).

Similarly, no workout is inherently good or bad. It’s important to recognise what suits your needs and your personality. The “right” workout for you is the one you can do correctly and consistently, and which makes you feel energised at the end of it. Whether that’s running, yoga, weight training, Pilates, or even just playing with your dog, you do what you gotta do. 🙂

The “better” workout is the one that works for you!


Psst… Are you following me on social media yet? I post about my personal fitness journey, as well as share my favourite workout moves. Find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!


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