Daily Archives: April 14, 2013

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!” »

Exotic Italy for Art Lovers- Part 3

Exotic Italy for Art Lovers- Part 3

Siena

Siena is situated in the centre-south of Tuscany. The lush province extends over some of the most enchanting Tuscan territories like the southern hills of Chianti, Val d’Elsa and Val di Merse, Val d’Arbia, Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia, right up to the slopes of Mount Amiata.

Check out the beautiful abbeys of Sant’Antimo, Duomo and Romanesque parishes. To get a close look at the Italian countryside, visit the small town of Quirico d’Orcia that preserves its ancient culture even today. Other important destinations are the University of Siena and San Nicolo – an ancient monastery.

Palio di Siena - Religious horse race of Siena

Palio di Siena – Religious horse race of Siena

One thing you must take home from Siena is panforte, a 13th century Sienaian dessert made using honey, nuts and fruits. Second-hand books and ceramics are also Continue reading “Exotic Italy for Art Lovers- Part 3” »