It isn’t just about that hour in the gym

Wouldn't it be lovely if there was just a single aspect to fitness that we could all aspire to? If hitting the gym for one hour, five days a week could take away all our health woes? After all, it does sound very intense. But it just doesn't work that way.Of course, if you have never worked out and you join a gym, or you start a diet (any diet), there is a huge possibil...
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Watermelon Salad – A treat for every age

 Watermelons are a treat for us tired, dehydrated souls in the harsh summers of Delhi. That feeling of contentment of biting into a crunchy and juicy watermelon on a hot summer day is indescribable. Watermelon is over 90% water and the rest is all nutritional goodness - Vitamins, lycopene (the red pigment), anti-oxidants and amino acids. All these nutrients and min...
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Dip and Rise

#Picture courtesy Pinterest (FitnessMagazine.com) One of the major problem areas for women, especially post-partum, is the tricep area, which is a group of three short muscles at the back of the upper limb. Often times, the mass in the tricep region hangs lose and I too have struggled to tone it up for the longest time. One exercise that I find really effective for working t...
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Tidy Up – Part III

From the last two posts, we know why it is a good idea to declutter right now and where to start decluttering to see immediate benefits. It is now time to delve a little deeper into each of the target areas to derive the maximum benefit from the entire decluttering exercise.The first place that I recommend starting to declutter is your laptop/computer/phone. I have suff...
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10 things that gardening taught me about Conscious Parenting

 I was always in awe of people who kept plants and maintained gardens. For the most part of my life, I didn't have the opportunity to enjoy much greenery around me, since my maternal home was a second floor apartment with next to no open space, and my three years in America too were mostly spent in apartments with affordable rent, so out went the option of a lavish...
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Tidy Up – Part II

In my previous Tidy Up post  , I shared about the amazing benefits of committing to a tidier environment, especially the satisfying "feel-good" emotions that come with it. Do read it if you missed it earlier.In this post, I will talk about 5 immediate places that you can start decluttering as you set out on your tidying up journey, to see an immediate positive impact. I...
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Tidy up – Part I

 This is the first in the series of decluttering posts, so here I am simply focusing on the benefits of decluttering and why you should absolutely do it, like, today!Up until a few years ago, I wasn't the most organised person and always struggled with keeping things in their place. There was always the excuse of having too many things and too little time to ca...
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Jump

I have heard many people say things like they want to lose weight and become fitter but they hate going to the gym or that they don't have a partner to play a sport with or that they don't have the budget to join a swimming class and so on. While the excuses are endless, the truth is, there are many simple, no-cost ways to start working out at home and to bring oneself out ...
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Delayed Gratification

I read about the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment a few years ago when I was working in the Ed-Tech sector with K-10 kids. This study was done on 4-5 year olds who were given two options - the first to get a reward (marshmallow) immediately, or to wait 15 minutes to get two of those marshmallows. The gist of the study is that children who exhibited self control and an abilit...
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Gur is so Good

Gur, popularly known as jaggery, is a powerhouse of nutritional goodness. Most Indians can relate to the elders in their house finishing off a meal with a piece of this sweet. Jaggery is essentially unrefined sugar obtained from raw and concentrated sugarcane juice. It can also be made form the sap of coconut and date palm. It has more minerals and vitamins as compared to t...
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