Cold water, nuts: Secret to healthy life

Start your day with cold water, nuts and stretching exercises to stay in the pink of health, says an expert.
Chirag Sethi, founder of fitness consulting company Battle of Bulges, shares tips to live a healthy life:
– Drink half a litre of cool water. Drinking cold water on an empty stomach helps you raise your metabolism since your body needs to maintain a neutral temperature at the core. So, the calories are burned to neutralise the temperature of cold water to neutral.
– Take six to 10 almonds and walnut on an empty stomach to help make some enzymes to raise metabolism.
– Breakfast should be the most fulfilling meal of the day. It should have carbohydrate and protein-rich food items.
– Go in for stretching exercises as you leave bed in the morning. This will help to maintain flexibility of muscles and delays the degenerating processes.
– Try walking as much as possible as it helps in burning up extra calories apart from your workout regime.
– Nuts, like almonds and walnuts, are the powerhouse of energy; Peanuts can be munched anytime during the day while raisins remain an excellent choice for post-workout recovery.
– Practise meditation and relaxation. They can assist you in managing your thoughts and are also good for general health, stress reduction and well-being.
Sweat etiquette rules for the gym
Before you wonder about what sweat etiquette rules for the gym might be, take a minute to remember how grossed out you get when a sweaty, smelly guy does squats right next to you in the gym.
Buckets of sweat deposited on the gym floor, is no one’s idea of a pleasant workout experience. Also, sweat stains on workout machines and equipment could even be a cause for concern when it comes to bugs and infections. Here are four very important sweat etiquette rules for the gym.
1. Plan to stick around at the gym after a workout? Take a shower first. Most gyms today come with juice bars, wifi hotspots, cafes, even hang-out zones and consultation areas. If you’ve just finished sweating it out, go take a shower before you sit around at any of these places.
2. Carry a workout towel and a bath towel to the gym. You need to worry about the transmission of viruses or bacterias if you constantly touch your nose, ears, mouth or any cuts before you wash your hands after using gym equipment. In order to keep germs and sweat at bay, carry two different colour towels. Keep them handy. Use one colour towel for yourself when you are on a treadmill and wipe your sweat with it, the other one can be kept safely in your gym locker and must be used after you are done gymming.
3. Join a clean gym. Make sure that the gym you join is cleaned on a daily basis by either an antiseptic or a bottle of disinfectant spray.
4. Try and converse with your trainer(s). Make sure you ask your gym trainer not only about the different exercises you’ll be performing but also when was the equipment you are about to use last cleaned. Bacteria can reside anywhere from a few hours to a few days, once settled on weights and gym machines. Sweat can lead to Hepatitis B and a host of other diseases which can be transmitted from one person to another, especially when gym equipment is used by so many people time and again.
One last word of advice: When you are done gymming, please make sure that you haven’t left any sweat marks for the next person to remember you by! Happy exercising! Read more Personal Health, Diet & Fitness stories on