FAQ-1: What is the best time to work out ?
The best time to workout is either morning or evening. The only thing you have to observe is to do this exercise on empty stomach (ideally before your breakfast or before dinner). My preference is to workout in the morning after I had my first cup of tea (leaving a gap of 15 – 30 minutes after tea).
FAQ-2: How do I get over body stiffness?
One problem you will encounter when you start working out in the mornings is that you will find your body quite stiff and will find it difficult to bend effectively. Tip that you could use effectively is to take a hot shower before you start working out. A good hot shower will loosen your body and will also put in a good mode.
FAQ-3: How to handle excessive sweating ?
You will sweat excessively when working out the way I have described. It is advisable to keep a cotton towel to wipe your sweat as you progress through first or second set
FAQ-4 : Where should I workout ?
This is the best part. You can virtually workout anywhere you have unhindered space of 6 by 3 foot. Ideally the room you are working should be airy. If you could workout in open air then it’s ideal, but it may not always be possible. I always workout in my gym room
FAQ-5 : What should I wear ?
Light clothing that allows you stretch completely and that is not uncomfortable when you stretch is all you will need. You should ideally NOT be wearing watch, jewellery, ipods and shoes… You are better off doing this workout bare foot.
FAQ-6: What are the benefits of doing Surya Namaskars?
There are innumerable benefits of Surya Namaskars. I will articulate them in detail in another article, but briefly it makes your body supple, help you loose weight and trim fat from all the unwanted areas and control hunger.
FAQ-7: Why is it called “Sarvanga Sundara Asana”?
It is a sequence of 10 asanas, where you bend, stretch, do a push-up, do a lunge, breathe deeply and increase your target heart rate similar to that of running. It works on your abs, neck, hands, legs, thighs and also massages some of the internal endocrine glands. Hence it is but appropriate to be called “Sarvanga Sundara Asana”, meaning a total body workout…
FAQ-8: Can I do this when I am traveling?
Absolutely, yes. This is probably one the best workouts a person traveling can do as it does not demand any special attire, place or environment for a workout.
FAQ-9: How many calories does it burn?
It burns nearly similar number of calories as medium speed running or high impact aerobics. It burns an estimated 7 to 10 calories per round. An effective 45 round workout burns anywhere from 300 to 450 calories.
FAQ-10: What should I eat on this workout plan?
There is no specific diet that you should follow when you are working out with this plan. However, any weight loss plan without a sensible eating plan, is doomed to fail. Eat sensibly and above all “Slowly”. Slow eating and properly chewing your food will restrict you from having larger servings for every meal and in effect will cut down the amount of calorie intake.
Above all, please ensure that your body is well hydrated by drinking atleast 8 to 10 glasses of water.
FAQ-11: How much weight would I expect to loose a week?
Depending on how effective you are with your food, you could expect to loose anywhere from 1.5 to 2 pounds a week.
FAQ-12: How many times should I do this a week?
I would strongly suggest doing this workout at least 5 times a week. Shoot for 6 – 7 times a week.