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Impact of mind on our body.

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!” »

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!” »

Fly to be Fit with Jukari Moves

Fly to be Fit with Jukari Moves

Ever fancied being a trapeze artist? Try Jukari Fit to Fly and Jukari Fit to Flex to add spunk to your fitness routine to make you feel like a gymnast.

Imagine yourself floating in the air while working out! Sounds fun but unbelievable? It is possible with Jukari Fit to Fly and Jukari Fit to Flex workouts. It is a hot favorite of Hollywood celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Mischa Barton and Kelly Brook and is finding space all over the world.

Jukari fit-to-fly moves is too good of an exercise

Jukari fit-to-fly moves is too good of an exercise

Jukari means ‘to play’ in Italian. It was devised by international artistic entertainment company Cirque Du Soleil. Reebok tied up with the company to devise this workout that works on your core, balance, cardio and strength. And the highlight of the workout is, you swirl and dance with a specially designed fly set. The fly set consists of a durable, three-strand rope of adjustable length that is fixed to the ceiling with a 360-degree swivel point. It was primarily decided to help gymnasts and artistes have a lean and fit body.

Audrina Patridge  trying out Jukari Workout

Audrina Patridge trying out Jukari Workout

Each session includes intense intervals of cardio that involves Continue reading “Fly to be Fit with Jukari Moves” »

Fighting Fatigue During Pregnancy

Fighting Fatigue During Pregnancy

Fatigue can be an early pregnancy symptom. One of the biggest complaints about the first trimester is how tired you feel. Sleeping sickness is another common problem encountered. Of course, one of the rookie mistakes that most pregnant women make is to slow down and get the rest that they need. Ensure you have the luxury of time, fewer demands, a regular exercise routine and good nutrition to get you through. Listen to your body and rest when requested. Check out these secrets for fending off feelings of exhaustion when you’re expecting and get the rest you and your baby deserve.

Tired and stressed out during pregnancy

Fatigue and stress during pregnancy

Fatigue is common

Most women experience increased weariness during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Don’t worry. It’s a perfectly normal stage. Generally it occurs because your body is working overtime making a new human life. Hormonal changes, particularly increasing levels of progesterone, cause the body to slow down and feel tired. Any nausea or vomiting can also significantly sap energy. If tiredness persists into the Continue reading “Fighting Fatigue During Pregnancy” »

Music’s the Medicine of the Mind!

Music’s the Medicine of the Mind!

Lost when your hip friends discuss the merits of big-room house against acid house? Read on to find out more.

‘Dance music’ is a very loose and nebulous term. If I had to define it, I would keep it simple and say, its music that makes you want to dance. That concept has been interpreted many different ways by different artists at different points in history. Dance music has so many forms and permutations that it’s impossible to categorize them all. I’ve tried, here, to list the main genres of electronic music, and explain their historical, cultural and social significance. But, beyond a point, its ridiculous to attach names to sounds. Music is about feelings not taxonomy.

Move your body

Move your body

As Armin Van Buuren famously said, “Don’t be a prisoner of your own style.

HOUSE MUSIC

It first came into prominence in Chicago in the 1980s. It famously developed in Chicago’s gay club and warehouse scene, where it provided the soundtrack to parties at which people felt liberated enough by the music to let go and express themselves. House grew out of disco, which was the sound of the ‘70s. As people began to tire of disco, they began to gravitate towards Continue reading “Music’s the Medicine of the Mind!” »