Monday, August 1, 2022

Why Taking the Stairs Can Improve Your Health

Greener Me Challenge Day 1: 

Take the stairs instead of elevators

We've all been there: rushing to catch an elevator, only to realize that it's out of order. And so we grudgingly make our way up the stairs, panting and sweating as we climb each step.

But for some people, taking the stairs isn't just a last resort. My uncle, who is over 60 years old, climbs a 25-story building every day – just for exercise! And he's not alone. More and more people are recognizing the importance of being healthy, and are choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible.

The benefits of taking the stairs are many. First and foremost, it's a great way to stay fit. Climbing stairs burns calories and strengthens your muscles, especially your legs and glutes. It's also a cardiovascular workout, which means it's good for your heart and lungs. And because it's a weight-bearing exercise, it can help improve your bone density and reduce your risk of osteoporosis.

But the benefits go beyond physical health. Climbing stairs can also boost your mental health. Exercise releases endorphins, which can improve your mood and reduce stress and anxiety. Plus, taking the stairs can give you a sense of accomplishment and boost your confidence – especially if you're able to climb more stairs over time.

Of course, climbing a 25-story building every day is not realistic for most people. But even small changes can make a difference. Climbing just 10 steps a day – whether at home, at work, or in a public building – can help improve your health. And if you're already in good shape, challenge yourself to climb more stairs or take them at a faster pace.

So next time you're faced with a choice between the stairs and the elevator, consider taking the stairs. It may not be the easiest option, but it could be the healthiest one.

Here is my video of The Greener Me Challenge Day 1 : Take the stairs instead of elevators. Stay Healthy

Here are top reasons to take the stairs instead of elevators

 Anytime, Anywhere: 

By climbing stairs of 5 minutes a day is equal to doing one physical activity. With this form of exercise, you don't have to pay or buy any equipment, and you can do it anywhere as long as there are stairs.  Yes, Anytime, Anywhere

Good for Environment:

 It is also good for the environment because it reduces energy consumption.

Increases Good Cholesterol:

Doctors say that climbing stairs regularly can lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol in your body.

Save Time:

During peak hours you don’t have to wait for lift and can save an enormous amount of time.

What are you waiting for. Let's being eco-conscious journey and Let's Go Green to Make a Difference! 

Let's take simple steps to build a better planet. Do post your activity in your comments section. 

#GreenerMe #GreenerMe Challenge #stairs #elevatorsclimbing #walking #exercise 

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Empowering Women 2.0: Balancing Career and Motherhood - How to Make a Comeback

Being an ambitious woman, taking a new role of mother and a maternity break was dead scary. Because my friends constantly complained that it would be difficult to commit to career after a child and there will be an impact to the career growth. But the maternity break made me realize, how women are blessed to take a break from career and to look after baby.

When I returned to work after my break, I was unprepared for the overwhelming experience that awaited me. It was March 2020, and everyone was struggling to adapt to the "new normal" brought by the pandemic. On top of that, I had to navigate the new challenge of balancing my job, caring for a newborn, and taking care of household responsibilities. Cooking, which was completely new to me, became a part of my "new normal."

The client had high expectations for the equally challenging project, which required the delivery of a new automation tool. Along with the new team members and client, there were also new skills to learn and weekend demands to manage. This made it feel like a completely new job, and it was difficult to balance work and motherhood. There were nights where I stayed up to comfort my crying son, making the challenge even more trying.

Despite this, I made the decision to accept my circumstances gracefully, much like a cocoon that fights to transform into a butterfly. I thought of ways to succeed both personally and professionally, and started by discussing my limitations with my partner. I created a plan to manage my time efficiently by completing all household chores and cooking for the day before 10:00AM. I also listened to automation videos while completing these tasks, effectively multitasking. With this approach, I was able to concentrate fully on my office work during the day and sometimes compensated by working on weekends.

Through my journey, I have learned some valuable lessons:

Firstly, planning is crucial. Taking the time to plan your day and upcoming week can be incredibly powerful. Don't underestimate your ability to overcome challenges. Instead, focus on how to handle the current situation and think of ways to overcome any obstacles.

Secondly, being a working mom is tough. However, it's equally important to remind ourselves how lucky we are to have this opportunity. When I focused on gratitude, it had a positive effect on my life.

Thirdly, when life gets tough, our minds may instruct us to quit. But leaving a job and staying at home can be just as hard. Yes, it's a challenging road, but the struggle is worth it.

Lastly, taking just 10 minutes for yourself can do wonders. Don't forget to prioritize "me-time" and take care of your own well-being.