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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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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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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Fats – Lots in a Name

 We instinctively tag a person as a villain if they are called ‘Mogambo’, ‘Gabbar’ or ‘Shaakaal’. Sounds judgmental, but that’s how we are wired to think. Something similar happened with fats, one of our body’s three most essential nutrients. Just because we associate the word fat with a shape and outer body appearance, the nutrient too got bundled with it and popu...
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The Ball is in Your Court

The exercise ball, often called Stability ball or the Swiss ball, is an excellent workout aid, for young and old alike. It is a great tool to build stability and balance, to tone up large muscles , as well as for recuperating from an injury. Moreover, working out on a stability ball doesn't feel like workout at all! Simply sitting on the ball reminds the body to constantly ...
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The Punishment that was a Blessing in Disguise

Squats, or Uthak Baithak, as they are called in India, are a wonderful way to workout, especially if you are someone who has never lifted weights but would still like to tone up your large muscles. Squats incorporate full body balance, lower back stretching, abs crunching as well as training of the thigh and leg muscles in order to strengthen them up.While most fitness ...
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Stress, Cortisol and Testosterone – demystifying the relationship

Stress is bad for health. Who doesn't know that? But how exactly does is take a toll on our health? Stress leads people to overeat, indulge in smoking, drinking and other harmful habits, promotes diseases and be chronically fatigued. But on a cellular level, there is much more to understand about stress.Stress is our instinctive response to a fight-or-flight situation. ...
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Your body – To Love or Not to Love?

My husband and I are both quite health conscious, but our outlook on what constitutes good health differs quite a bit. While he is a perfectionist and is super critical of even the smallest of flaws in his own body as well as of others, I am a lot more accepting of different shapes and sizes, as long as they are fit. To him, fitness means low body fat percentage, taut abs, ...
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Why maintaining a healthy body and mind is an important social responsibility

 Of all the things in the world, every person fears one thing the most - death.  Every day when we get up, we have a full list of things to accomplish in the day. Some get done, many don't. Indeed, we always have many things on our present and future lists to tick off. Somehow, this busyness and need to do many things carries over from one day to the other and the ...
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Don’t Weight Up. It could give you a Headache!

There are plenty of studies published on WebMD and other medical sites online that highlight the relation between obesity and frequent headaches among children and adults alike. While I couldn't get my hands on to a study that provided a cause-and-effect relation between the two, there is no doubt that obese people are more likely to have episodic migraines and are at a ris...
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