Monthly Archives: April 2013

Do Adventure, Holiday With Family!

Do Adventure, Holiday With Family!

Early summer sunshine, warm beaches, adventure water sports, late skiing and lots more is what April can bring in for you. Knowing where to travel this month should be your agenda. Get your brood ready and plan the best trip ever.

Colorful Rajasthan

April will be hot but Rajasthan won’t stop being colorful. If you know you can beat that for fun and adventure in the desert then this is the place to be. Right from exquisite hotels to easy transport, all you need is a pack of excitement to get there. Step into Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ajmer and Jaipur and dazzle the kids with elephant rides, rickshaws, forts, food and lots more.

Beautiful Jaipur Palace

Beautiful Jaipur Palace

Relaxing Oman

This is a favorite getaway for families. Clear coastal waters, friendly resorts and enticing dunes could give way for a relaxing trip with the family. From camel trekking through the sands to camping, Muscat will give you the thrills of desert life. What more? Laze around the beaches and let the kids enjoy the sand and water. Stop at Sur to visit the nearby turtle reserve at Ras al-Jinz. As child-friendly as it can get, Oman will make it a happy Middle Eastern odyssey for all.

Awesome Resort at Oman

Awesome Resort at Oman

Exotic Sri Lanka

An absolute treat for families, Sri Lanka is the way to go this season. The teardrop island, once called Ceylon, is magical and is an ultimate stop destination for enthusiastic travelers looking for fun and adventure. Ruined cities, monuments, forts, monkeys, elephants, beaches, Sri Lanka has something for everyone. What should fascinate kids the most is the dolphin cruise or dolphin watching, that usually happens between November and April, and helping the fishermen with their catch. Discover more on a jungle safari, rock climbing or spend quiet time on the beach.

Egyptian Mummies

The pyramids are waiting to reveal their secrets to you! Cairo is a guaranteed exotic destination for the family. The noisy toddlers and the bored teenagers will be awed by the majesty of the place. You will be Continue reading “Do Adventure, Holiday With Family!” »

Learn how to beat the blues…

Learn how to beat the blues…

Burnt Out Already!

The world is not what it used to be a couple of decades ago. Rising competitiveness, unmanageable work schedules, a world pressurized by materialism and rise of technology have made our lives better and worse all at the same time. Our parents’ or grandparents’ generations were one where peace of mind and a work-life balance was something that was given more importance. Cut to 2013, and it is a cut-throat world where the rewards are enticing but limited, and hence begins the vicious rat race, which can have far-reaching effects.

Busy and hectic schedules leaves you burned out

Busy and hectic schedules leaves you burned out

Mid-life crisis hits men in their mid forties or early fifties, but that was then. Today, we live in the age of what is called the quarter-life crisis. This new age problem catches people much younger – those in their late 20s or mid 30s – characterized by what psychologists call ‘a feeling of being burnt out’.

We live in a society where our desires outstrip our capability to meet them, and with risking work pressures, there is little time for family or friends. This shift in social behavior has resulted in younger and younger people feeling Continue reading “Learn how to beat the blues…” »

Naked Truth About Barefoot Running!

Naked Truth About Barefoot Running!

Ditch Those Shoes… Start Running Barefoot!

Barefoot running isn’t a new trend! History has enough evidence of barefoot running or running in moccasins (thin-soled shoes). Some parts of the world such as Kenya and Mexico still practice barefoot running today. Historians divulge that ancient Greek runners ran barefoot. The legendary Pheidippides, the first marathon runner, ran from Athens to Sparta, covering thirty six hours, all in bones, muscles and flesh, but no lace.

Good Old Barefoot Running!

Good Old Barefoot Running!

Modern barefoot running was recognized in 1960 when Abebe Bikila won the Olympic marathon, running barefoot, because the Olympics shoe supplier – Adidas – ran out of Abebe’s size. The runner was uncomfortable in a smaller size and ditched it to win the race. The pros and cons of barefoot running is a contentious issue even today among Continue reading “Naked Truth About Barefoot Running!” »

Why are sports important for women?

Why are sports important for women?

Go Woman Go!

Lethargic, lazy, fatigued and don’t know why? Bouts of irritability streaming through your stressed mind? Envious of your neighbor, who despite being a mother of three, looks fit, happy and glows? There is hope and there is a journey. Once on it you’ll feel the youthfulness, freedom and the conviction to achieve anything.

Life today poses new demands on the modern day woman. Apart from taking care of the home and kids, you step out to fulfill your own dreams, career and professional life. You fight, adjust and overcome odds at almost every phase of your life, every age being a constant reminder of certain physical and mental changes – menstruation, pregnancy or menopause. At the same time you aspire to look and feel beautiful, and the only way to do it is to focus on a proper diet, exercise and lifestyle. Healthy eating patterns, rest, sleep, regular activity and sports can see you through the day, happy and healthy.

Maria Sharapova - ready for a forehand crosscourt winner

Maria Sharapova – ready for a forehand crosscourt winner

Importance of Sports

Well, they can improve efficiency at work, play or home. Regular physical activity in the form of running, swimming, cycling, etc, can reduce body fat and improve metabolism, which in turn would again aid in better calorie burning. The sense to achieve, play and get into a routine can contribute towards a better self-esteem and more confidence, thereby boosting your mental and emotional strength. Finally, and most importantly, any sport activity beats fatigue, boredom and laziness, thereby boosting stamina and energy to carry out daily chores.

It’s a proven fact, that if you look better, you feel better. Sports can help you achieve just that balance, and bridge the gap between boredom and fitness. You don’t even have to enroll yourself in Continue reading “Why are sports important for women?” »

New Ways To Fight Hair Loss – Part II

New Ways To Fight Hair Loss – Part II

Drugs and Dangers

When it was noticed in the 1970s that minoxidil, a drug developed originally as an oral treatment for hypertension, produced hair growth on foreheads, upper cheeks and arms, researchers began testing it in a two-percent solution applied to balding scalps. Today that solution, the only drug approved for hair growth, is available in India.

The Upjohn Company, minoxidil’s major US seller however, explains that minoxidil isn’t for everyone. And those for whom it does work see different gains. A study conducted by Upjohn found that when more than 300 women with hereditary hair loss were treated with minoxidil, 60 percent showed some regrowth and 55 percent noticed a decrease in hair shedding. In another study, 2300 men who suffered hair loss but were not completely bald tried minoxidil. After one year, 39 percent had moderate to dense growth at the top of the head.

Homeopathy products are eing used for hair loss

Homeopathy products are eing used for hair loss

Minoxidil acts by increasing the blood supply to the scalp and by directly stimulating the hair roots. Once a root dies, no medication can help grow the hair back, not even minoxidil. If you start minoxidil, you can’t stop. When you stop, your genes will take over, and the minoxidil supported hair will soon start shedding.

Women seem to be responding to minoxidil slightly better than men do; men appear to benefit most from the drug when they begin treatment in the early stages of Continue reading “New Ways To Fight Hair Loss – Part II” »

New Ways To Fight Hair Loss!

New Ways To Fight Hair Loss!

Stress, nutritional deficiency, pollution… The causes of hair loss are many. However, there are several new ways to fight hair loss, for both men and women.

Hair loss can be triggered by infections, drugs, diseases, diet and other factors, but most of the time it’s a result of genetic predisposition. The generic trait, which can be passed on by either parent, determines not just if, but when, we will lose hair. The condition is called androgenetic alopecia because it is an androgen (a male hormone) that causes the problem.

Prince William - victim of hair loss

Prince William – victim of hair loss

Researchers believe that in those predisposed to hair loss, the follicles start to produce the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which grabs the male hormone testosterone from the blood and converts it to DHT, or dihydrotestosterone. DHT attacks the hair follicles, which then weaken and shrivel. For men, hair usually recedes Continue reading “New Ways To Fight Hair Loss!” »

Serve to Gain or Gain to Serve ? – Part II

Serve to Gain or Gain to Serve ? – Part II

Billionaire and lifestyle guru Martha Stewart of net worth $650 million was convicted of insider trading in 2001. Not one of her 600 employees reached out to her aid. Why? Because her focus was all about pushing her own agenda. Although her aggression did yield immense short-term success, in the end, she was all alone when it really counted. So what’s the solution?

Martha Stewart - a business magnate

Martha Stewart – a business magnate

Servant Leadership

Serve. Serve the mission you believe in, serve your team, and serve your organization. Service means being absolutely clear on the outcome you are committed to, and comes from a place of contribution rather than demanding significance (pusher) or craving significance (pleaser). The intent is different. Most people have Continue reading “Serve to Gain or Gain to Serve ? – Part II” »

Serve to Gain or Gain to Serve?

Serve to Gain or Gain to Serve?

In every organization, you come across pushers, pleasers and servers. While pushers and pleasers are trying to benefit themselves, it’s often the servers who go far.

“Nice guys finish last” is a concept that goes beyond alcohol-induced, post-relationship break-up rants. It applies to the workplace too. The implicit idea here being that if we are too nice or too kind, we will be taken advantage of, be it our boss asking us to work over a holiday or our peers dumping their responsibilities onto us. Either way it’s our loss… or is it?

Organization Workforce - Pushers and Pleasers

Organization Workforce – Pushers and Pleasers

Some of us who are aggressive or assertive in the workplace have been called “pushy” and “selfish”, and have sometimes been accused of not being a team player. So who wins – the nice guy or the over-assertive pusher? The answer is neither. The ‘nice guy’ epithet has benefits such as popularity in the workplace, people feeling that they are a good team-mate and someone who Continue reading “Serve to Gain or Gain to Serve?” »

10 tips to do the Perfect Squats

10 tips to do the Perfect Squats

How to Squat?

The technique to squat is very simple and can be done just about anywhere. Squats can give you serious results and are the best way to boost your overall fitness levels. This exercise alone can do wonders and must be on everybody’s routine as it requires no equipment and is beneficial for all ages.It aids in building muscle all over the body not just the legs. When done right they help with muscle mass when other areas of your body are trained. It is very helpul in mobility and we all know that aging can take a toll knees – legs and squats come to our rescue.

Proper ways to do the perfect Squats. These rules must be followed diligently in order to avoid backpains while squatting. Most people can find it tough to start with but will soon see how easy and beneficial this oldest form exercise is.

Dumbell Squats

Dumbell Squats

– Stand with legs about shoulder width apart and toes pointed out about 30-45 degrees. You may be more comfortable a few inches wider or narrower. A few reps will show you the optimum distance.

– Clasp your hands and place them behind your head with your Continue reading “10 tips to do the Perfect Squats” »

Shut up and Squat!

Shut up and Squat!

Why Squat?

It is the most basic human movement there is. Our ancestors squatted a lot. Every activity in the olden days from hunting to cooking to transporting food required one to be able to squat. Considering how all the cushy ass-support (aka chairs) is a very recent phenomenon, back in the day, the squat position is how people relaxed (called Asian squat). And for the last hundred thousand years, human babies learnt to squat before they learnt to walk.

Squatting imbibes strength and mobility. A properly performed squat is one in which the squatter sinks so low that his butt almost touches the ground and stands up without losing core stability or balance. Training to perform squats helps improve strength, mobility and balance, which are all aspects of fitness.

T- shirt quotes for squats

T- shirt quotes for squats

Squats are the most compound of exercises. Compound exercises are multi-joint movements that use multiple muscles and are the most effective exercises if you are looking for fat loss, strength or Continue reading “Shut up and Squat!” »