I was always a chubby kid. As a pre-teen, I was, well, “healthy” looking. I also quickly gained the 13 kilos I had lost due to a severe attack of Typhoid, when I was 12 years old. And as a teenager, I went back and forth between being chubby and “just fine”. But I’ve always been a fit person. Thanks to dance.

For most of my adult life, I have remained concious about the way my body looks. I had been extremely unhappy with my appearance for a while. And it was mainly because I let what a boy said get to my head. He compared me to other girls in our class and always made me feel inferior. I was naive and let him make me feel awful about the way I look. But, I still remained fit. Thanks to dance.
Once I started university, all that changed. With dance progressing toward being so much more than just a physical activity for me, I started taking exercise more seriously. I began exploring other forms of exercise. Ever since, I have pushed my body to do things which once seemed like an unachievable feat.

I have tried various forms of exercise. Yoga, running, pilates, even explored a little bit of Kalaripayattu solely for body conditioning purposes. Of course, I still view dance as a fantastic form of exercise. But exploring these other techniques has made me realise that I really do love exercising. Be it dancing at the studio, or sweating it out in the gym. Plus, it’s made my dancing a whole lot better. What with the increased stamina and extra energy.

Regular exercise has made me a far more productive human being. And I’ve found that it’s a wonderful way to clear your head and improve focus. It’s obviously helped me lose weight and tone my body. And it has also made me think about what I eat. Also, exercise has helped me immensely with setting a schedule for the entire day.

More than helping me with my appearance, exercise has helped me mentally; to overcome issues I had with my body. And by realising that each body is so unique and responds in different ways to different things, exercise has taught me not to give a rat’s ass about what anybody chooses to say about my body. And most importantly, it has taught me to respect every person’s body and their struggle (or lack thereof) with it.

Published by TejaswiniHalthore

Hi. I'm a 25-year-old dancer and social worker. I love hot cups of chai and all things Indian.

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