LARA DUTTA ZONE Your Source For The Actress
Aug 06 Lara Dutta shares 6 tips on staying active and productive.

Lara Dutta is a Bollywood actress, Miss Universe 2000 and a yoga enthusiast. The avid traveller and health advocate was also a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador for a decade. Her association with the UN saw her address the Harvard Aids Institute as well as attend the UN world youth summit in Senegal on issues related to gender sensitivity as well as the HIV/AIDS crisis in Asia and Sub Saharan Africa. Lara supports many causes dear to her heart and is constantly involved in advocacy and social work. As a trained classical dancer and an avid sports enthusiast, Lara has also recently launched her own line of prenatal yoga and fitness H.E.A.L. (Health, Excercise, and Longevity) DVDs. With her firm belief in living an active and holistic lifestyle, it makes absolute sense that Lara has been appointed a Westin Well-being brand advocate. Lara seems to be a woman who can do it all and we are delighted to have her share her approaches on how to maintain an active and productive lifestyle while on holiday.

Sleep Well

When I travel, I open my hotel room curtains and blinds during the day to catch some sunrays. Natural sunlight helps us produce melatonin to regulate our sleep-wake cycle. If you’re clocking enough hours of sleep on the road but still feeling tired, you may be not having enough deep sleep. I cut out sleep disruptions in an unfamiliar hotel room by wearing an eye mask and ear plugs.

We did some digging on the benefits of deep sleep and here’s what we found… It helps us process, our memories, stress and emotions a lot more easily and assists our brains in processing new skills and information. Deep sleep also promotes the release of human growth hormones which for adults helps in cell repair.

Eat Well

To give me energy throughout the day, I opt for a diet with minimally processed foods.

Here’s how I do it:
7am: Start with some fruits
9am: Have a cup of green tea or black coffee
1pm: Add a portion of salad or avocado to my meal
4pm: Snack the healthy way- try nuts like almonds
6pm: I go for a light and early dinner to help my body rest better at night

I make an effort to select well-balanced meals even on the road. The Westin Sohna Resort and Spa makes it easy with organic dishes that keep my body feeling at its best.

Work Well

Try my tip for recharging at work in just under five minutes. Close your eyes and take in some deep breaths. Visualize a calming setting such as blue skies, and return refreshed. To get specific tasks done, I allocate uninterrupted blocks of time. Close the door, ignore your phone, and your productivity will increase.

Time blocking is a good way to increase your productivity. Focus on one task at a time rather than trying to do multiple things at once. The former produces better results and the task gets done much faster.

Feel Well

I use aromatherapy to feel well and boost my immune system. If you’re staying at The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace, you’ll be offered a range of healing scents- from sensual Jasmine to revitalising Lemongrass. Aromatherapy can offer a relaxing environment to aid in recovery after illness. A good starter kit includes ylang ylang, eucalyptus and lavender. If an extra boost at work is what you need, try rosemary essential oil. Studies show its scent perks you up and enhances your memory by 15 percent.

A study done in 2005 shows that aromatherapy “acts on the central nervous system, relieving depression and anxiety, reducing stress, relaxing, sedating or stimulating, and restoring both physical and emotional well-being.”

Play Well

Have some fun with your kids the Indian traditional way- try kho-kho, a tag sport, or kallankal- also known as five stones. For relaxation, try your hand at traditional Indian activities such as rangoli, a folk art that involves creating patterns on the floor using colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals.

“Five stones” is played by two or more players. The objective of the game is to for a player to be the first to complete a set of steps. The game is said to increase hand-eye coordination, memory power and concentration skills. If you are keen to learn more, there are plenty of instructional videos on YouTube.

Move Well

Studies show that people who exercise with lively background music burn more calories. I plug in to pop and rock tunes at the gym. To prevent bodily injury, I increase my workout intensity by no more than 10 percent each time. Personal trainers are also available at the WestinWorkout Fitness Studio at The Westin Mumbai to help you with your workout. If you have no weights, make your own. Simply fill empty plastic bottles with sand or water. As a guide, a 500ml bottle of water weighs about 500g.

Listening to lively, uptempo music while exercising isn’t an entirely new concept, it is however something to take note of if you don’t already do it. A study done by British researchers in 2009 found that “healthy individuals performing submaximal exercise not only worked harder with faster music but also chose to do so and enjoyed the music more when it was played at a faster tempo”.

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