I am a fitness enthusiast and love sweating it out in the gym. I also look forward to bonding with people who love exercising to stay fit, both physically and mentally. So just imagine my pleasure when I read about a fellow author who has penned a book on fitness and exercises.
With great pleasure today, I am introducing Anami Mittal.
Anami who also goes by her pen name – ‘Nami’ is a poetess, a writer and a blogger who suffers from the incurable defect of observing life and its dwellings with a keen eye. She add words to her observations regularly on her blog – Anami’s Pensieve (www.namiwise.wordpress.com). A learner from life, Anami is an MBA(Management Science) and currently is a stay-at-home mom to a sweet little 17 months young princess.
What inspired you to write on exercising?
Me, Myself. I love working out. Since childhood, inspired by my mother, I am doing exercises. And after pregnancy it came as a challenge for me to be FIT. Physically. Mentally.
Mothers, are you reading this?
Who is the target audience of your book?
Everyone who wants to stay fit. Anyone and everyone who loves and respect his/her body is my ultimate target. Oops, Target Audience 🙂
You are a big advocate of body weight training. What would you like to tell our readers about body weight training?
Body weight training / exercise does not mean exercising for reducing weight. It means you are not lifting any external weight (like you do while at a gym) but using your own body’s weight. I have never been to a gym and so I just shared what I do myself, at home. With no equipment required, body weight workouts are important whether you do at gym or at home. The moves strengthens the muscles and keep you FIT. And that is my focus. People are so busy digitally, they are forgetting themselves. Body weight training is not something small. It provides fitness at your doorstep. 😉
Which exercises do you recommend for someone who has only 30 minutes per day?
30 minutes !!!!!! 30 minutes are not “ONLY”, it is all you need my dear friend. It is more than enough. I have mentioned even a 30 second Plank can be a starting point. For 30 minutes there are many exercises one can do depending upon their level and strength.
Start with 10 minutes walk / warm-up, 15 minutes intense workout followed by 5 minutes cool down. Plank, mountain climbers, bicycle crunch, jogging, jumping jacks, squats and lunges are some of my favourites and would recommend them to include in the routine.
30 minutes are not ONLY!! You had me there, Anami!!
Do you think minding one’s diet is an important aspect of losing weight along with exercising?
Of course. MINDING and not STARVING. Mind it. Proper nutrients, vitamins and minerals are necessity of one’s body. One should focus on losing weight only when s/he is ACTUALLY overweight. Not just because you “think” you are. 😉 Losing or not losing weight, one must always mind the diet. One must keep FITNESS in mind not WEIGHT. Proper balanced diet and exercise both complement each other and both are important at their own place.
What a thought!
What are your thoughts on converting your blog posts to an e-book?
Initially I was not converting, as it has GIFs and I was not sure how to do this. But somehow, I managed and did it, for, more and more people to be aware of their fitness and well-being. Ebook needs a bit more of attention than normal blog posts. A book requires a good content management and of course some designing before it is published.
If you had a choice to replace Gregory Peck with another actor in the classic book to movie adaption ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, who do you think could do a better job?
Haha.. First I have to watch the movie for answering this question. *after searching and reading about it on the internet, (bolo google baba ki jai) * Oh it’s a 1962 movie, I was not even born back then. Well, I don’t really like comparison (unless it is with my own earlier self) 🙂
I think Peck has done a great job and done full justice to the character he played. Furthermore, I open this question for our readers to answer and let us know their views.
Friends, over to you…what do you think of this question of mine?? Thoughts please?
How do you overcome writer’s block?
Make a pillow and sleep on it. I suffer from two types of writer’s block (state of mind). First, the usual one, when one gets blank and don’t know what to write. Second is overflowing of the thoughts, where I have so many thoughts racing (fast and furious types) in my mind that it becomes tough to write. So in both cases, I sleep. With my diary by my side I lie on bed and close my eyes. It calms the mind, sorts the thoughts, and gets the focus required. It helps me.
Type B i.e. The latter is more challenging for me. It is only few days ago I had this thought. “In this era, when we have slow-motion everywhere, in dance and in movies. Even Mobile camera nowadays comes with slow-motion mode. Koi mere thoughts ko slow motion mode pe daal do. 🙂 Well, sleeping does this to some extent.
Share tips on publishing and marketing your ebook.
One word answer for beginners. Blogchatter. They provide the basic ABC about both publishing and marketing. Next comes Kindle. When it comes to eBook, KDP is a great platform for publishing. This is my second ebook and I have not published it on KDP yet.
In today’s age, where even a 2-yo knows about Youtube there is nothing unknown about anything to anyone. When you are ready with your script, everything checked, all confident, hit publish.
Follow your instincts till publishing and after that, be a bit shameless for marketing. Internet and social media provides a huge scope for marketing. Use internet wisely. I used FB and Twitter for marketing.
Throw some light on how you research while writing.
Well, I rarely research “while” writing. Like most of us, it is books and internet where I do my research work. Once I have gathered all the information then I start writing. But yes for this one I did research WHILE writing. Since it is my first take on such a topic and I am not a certified expert, so I have to make sure all the exercises are “doable”. It is the internet where I researched about dos and don’ts, how and when of exercises. I tried all of these and many more to shortlist few. Read more about my research here.
That was quite an eye opener of an interview, don’t you think so, friends!!
About Anami’s book:
This book is a compilation of few Body weight Workouts you can do at your home. These do not require any equipment.. It is a great way to exercise for those who get bored easily. Try them and you will love them.
Those who have journeyed through Anami’s book :
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