In Expert Diet Tips On 13 March 2015
Gone are the days when kids used to run down in the evening to play some fun games with friends like catch and cook, lock and key, cricket etc. Today’s generation kids also play but not physically. They are hooked on to the tab, ipad, computer etc. and the only part of their body which gets worked out is their fingers. So when do they get their share of physical activity and how would their fitness levels improve? This is the also the exact reason why childhood obesity is so very prevalent everywhere and these kids grow up to be obese, lethargic and sedentary teenagers who have more chances of developing diabetes, heart issues, arthritis and so on. It is very important to inculcate the habit of exercise or being active in kids so that they continue it throughout their life. Active children grow up to be active adults who realize the importance of physical fitness even in their most busy schedule. When you tell teenagers to exercise they may feel it as such a burden and something that they are being forced to do. Tell them by exercise you do not mean something boring and monotonous. It could be anything that they like and enjoy. All they need to do is remove 1 hour from their hectic college or work schedule at least 4-5 times/week and invest that time in some activity of their choice. They can choose from: Aerobic exercises: your heart is a muscle which enjoys a good workout. Aerobic exercises like walking, jogging, running, cycling, swimming, dance, aerobics etc strengthen your heart and improve its ability to pump more oxygen to all the parts. This also makes you less prone to heart problems in your later life. You can also choose any sport like basketball, tennis, football, volleyball, skating etc. make sure your heart rate increases for 20 minutes or more atleast 3 times/week to benefit your body. Strength training: apart from the heart, other muscles also need to be worked out so that they become strong and support your joints and prevent injuries. You can opt for a gym membership or use free weights at home, therabands, resistance tubing or your own body weight like squats, lunges, push ups etc. Working out the entire body 2 -3days a week is ideal but make sure you do this with help of a coach or professional trainer. Avoid lifting very heavy weights as it can cause injury and do not expect to get bulky muscles as such an early age. Focus more on strength. Other activities: exercise may not necessarily mean you to follow a structured agenda. It could also mean adopting an active lifestyle like walking back from school/college to home, taking the stairs rather than the lift, walk the dog, clean up the house, help parents in household chores, going for treks, planning a cycling race with friends etc. this will not only make you fit but also more alert and active. Even a hobby like skating, dancing, hula-hoop etc can be a good form of exercise. Exercise tips: Always wear a comfortable gear and shoes while exercising. Eat a small meal like egg sandwich/ idli/ poha/ sprouts salad etc. 1-2 hours prior any activity Carry a bottle of water with you while exercising and keep sipping in between to prevent dehydration. Do not over exercise. Sometimes teenagers with the desire to lose weight may tend to over workout which can cause injury or harm their body. When you start any new activity or sport try doing it under the supervision of a trainer. Do not exercise immediately after any meals to avoid digestion issues or late at night as it can disrupt your sleep patterns. If you are a beginner, try keeping exercise sessions small like 20-30 minutes with low intensity and slowly increase time and intensity as your body gets accustomed to it. How will exercise benefit teenagers? Helps you lose the baby fat, tone up and gives you a better self image by maintaining a healthy weight. Releases happy hormones called endorphins which reduce stress level, lower heart rate and makes them relaxed and calm helping you cope up with study pressures. Reduces the risk of developing diabetes, blood pressure and heart problems which is becoming extremely common in teens. Prevents risk of osteoporosis and back problems in the future as weight bearing exercises like squats, jumping, weight lifting etc increase bone mass. Helps to increase lean muscle mass which protects the bones and joints preventing injuries and fractures. This also defines the body shape and gives you that figure/physique you have only dreamt about. Helps improve self confidence and social integration skills helping them deal with competition in all spheres of life. Boosts blood circulation which helps improves nutrient delivery to the skin removing toxins and revitalizing the skin giving you a glowing, acne free complexion. Increases stamina and energy levels which help you study well, concentrate better and improve performance. Kick starts the immune system protecting you from common cold, cough and viral infections. Reduces chances of depression and increases the blood flow with oxygen and nutrients to brain thereby improving brain power. Active teens have lesser chances of developing cognitive problems like Alzheimer’s , Parkinson’s in their later years. How to get going? Warm up: start with 5-6 minutes of basic warm up exercises like marching, jogging, neck, Main exercise: give this part of your regime atleast 30-40 minutes. You can opt for any Cool down: 10 minutes of cool is good enough. Do not stop at once. Slowly reduce the hand and leg movements, stretching. exercises like walking, skipping, swimming, dancing or playing any sport. Don’t forget to focus on your core which includes the stomach and back muscles to prevent back issues later.intensity of your activity, stretch and breathe. Always remember exercise is just 30% whereas 70% is diet. So support your exercise efforts with a good healthy diet including fruits, nuts, salads, whole grains, coconut water etc. Give your body enough rest both mentally and physically. Try to involve family members as well like planning a hiking trip with them, playing cricket, swimming on a hot Sunday afternoon etc. We all are born young but how we perish depends on us. Make your youth a part of your personality forever by following a healthy and active lifestyle.
In Expert Diet Tips On 13 March 2015
Surya Namaskar or sun salutation is one of the most highly spoken of forms of exercise today because this ancient yogic ritual can do wonders for your body, mind and soul that no other exercise, spiritual course or meditation can. No wonder it\'s so highly endorsed by all the leading celebrities. Surya Namaskar is usually done in the morning to express gratitude towards the sun. Sun is the source of life for planet earth. Everything we eat, drink or breathe has an element of the sun. Apart from being a great form of exercise, it also helps to build dimensions within us where physical cycles are in sync with the sun cycles. Benefits of Surya Namaskar Tones up abdominal muscles. Improves digestive system and helps get rid of constipation. Ventilates the lungs and oxygenates the blood. Regularizes the function of all glands. Stimulates the nervous system and improves focus, concentration and memory. Helps you sleep better. Improves skin and hair texture. Prevents menstrual irregularities and menopausal symptoms. Helps lose weight. Improves muscle, spine and waist flexibility. Helps you feel energetic and adds to the spirit of youthfulness. Helps relax the organs and muscles through deep oxygenation. Helps protect the heart, tone the body and calm the mind. How to go about it? Surya Namaskar is a repetition of 12 postures that need good strength and stamina. So jumpstarting a schedule is definitely not a good idea especially if you haven\'t exercised or stretched your muscles in ages. You need to give your body time to open up by doing some basic exercises, stretches, yoga asana, and flexibility exercises. Once you\'ve reached a basic level of fitness you can start with 3-5 suryanamaskar and then gradually increase it to 10 and 20. The idea is to get each posture right, as the essence of doing this ritual lies in perfection. But one thing everyone needs to remember is that warm is extremely important before starting the postures. Neck: start with moving your neck to the left while breathing in and bring it back to the centre as you breathe out. Repeat on the right and do this 3 times. Rotate the neck clockwise and anti-clockwise 5 times each. Arms and Shoulders: stretch you arms in front of your chest and move your palms up and down. Close your fist and rotate them clockwise and anti-clockwise 10 times each. Place your fingers on your shoulders and rotate your arms clockwise and anti-clockwise 10 times. Knees and Back: Bend your knees slightly with palms on your thighs, join the knees and move them forward and backward 5 times, then rotate the knees clock and anti-clockwise 5 times each. Now stay in that position and arch your back, hold for 5 seconds and then round the back for 5 seconds. Repeat 5 times each. Stomach: Stand straight with fingers interlocked and hands stretched above the head. Now raise your calves and bring them down, repeat 5 times. Legs: stand with legs wide and knees straight, bend down and touch the floor, now turn your waist to your right and hold the ankle of the right leg for 10 seconds. Repeat on the other leg. Now once your body is suitably warmed up, you can start with the 12-posture course on bare floor or green grass. 1. Pranamasana (Prayer pose): Stand erect at the edge of your mat with feet together. Expand your chest and relax your shoulders. Now bring both your arms in front of the chest and join them in a prayer position. This posture induces a state of relaxation and calmness. 2. Hastauttanasana (Raised Arms pose): Inhale, lift the joint hands up and back pushing the pelvis forwards so that the biceps are close to your ears and the back is arched, stretching the whole body. This posture stretches the chest, abdomen and spine and lifts the prana (energy) upwards to the upper parts of the body. 3. Hasta Padasana (Hand to Foot pose): Exhale and bend forwards from the waist, keeping the spine erect. Now place both the hands on the floor beside the feet. This helps massage the abdominal organs like liver, kidneys, pancreas, uterus, ovaries and cause a good flow of blood to the brain. 4. Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian pose): Inhale, push the left leg back as far as possible and drop it to the ground. The right knee is bent in between both the hands. Lift the spine, open the chest and look up. 5. Parvatasana (Mountain pose): Exhale and bring your left leg back to the right, parallel to the ground and simultaneously push your hips up, keeping the arms and legs straight. Lower your head between the arms forming a mountain-like pose and try touching the heel to the floor. This pose helps strengthen the arms , calves, legs and nerves. Take a deep breath while in the posture. 6. Ashtanga Namaskara (Salute With Eight Parts/Points): Exhale and gently drop both knees to the ground, slowly slide the body down. Bring the chest and chin to the ground. All toes, knees, chest, hands and chin should touch the floor. The butts should be up. Hold your breath. This posture develops the chest and strengthens arms. 7. Bhujangasana (Cobra pose): On inhalation, lower the hips while pushing the chest forward and upward, elbows are bent so that the spine is arched and head is facing up. This posture helps relieve tension in the back muscles and spinal nerves. 8. Parvatasana (Mountain pose): Exhale and resume to posture 5. 9. Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian posture): Inhale and bring the right leg in front between the hands. Left leg remains back like posture 4. 10. Padahastasana (Hand to Foot pose): Exhale, bring the left foot forward, join both the legs and resume posture 3. 11. Hastauttanasana (Raised Arm pose): Inhale, raise the arms up and resume posture 2. 12. Pranamasana (Salutation pose): Straighten the body, join arms in front of the chest and resume posture 1. Things to remember Try doing Suryanamaskar in the morning on empty stomach or in the evening 2 hours after a meal. After the whole workout, lie down in Shravasana on the back, with arms and legs relaxed on both the sides. Breathe deeply to feel the calm in the entire body. Pregnant women should avoid doing Suryanamaskar. People with arthritis, osteoporosis, slip disc, knee or back pain should consult a doctor before doing it. Make sure you warm up well before doing the routine to avoid injuries.
In Expert Diet Tips On 26 May 2015
November 14 is World Diabetes Day. Diabetes does not mean the end of a good life. It just means that it is time to change your lifestyle for the better. Though diabetes is a rising health concern for most Indians today, but if taken good care of, one can live a normal life as before. Here are some lifestyle, diet and exercise related dos and don’ts by noted nutritionist Neha Chandna that diabetics should follow to live well with diabetes. General guidelines It is essential that diabetics keep a constant tab on their blood sugar levels for better health and to avoid complications. Follow these tips: Get your blood sugar levels and HBA1C checked in a laboratory every 3 months if you are above 30 years of age. Check your blood sugar with a blood glucose monitor in the morning, after lunch and after dinner, every 2 days if you are a diabetic. Keep a check on blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels as a diabetic generally tends to have high BP and cholesterol. If you are on insulin, check your blood sugar before all the major meals to modulate the food intake. Check your toes and legs for any hurt or wound and don’t delay the treatment. If obese, try to lose weight and maintain it. Diet guidelines Monitoring your diet is highly vital as the food you eat directly affects your blood sugar levels and weight. In order to make sure you are eating healthy, follow these tips: Eat every 2-3 hours in small quantities rather than eating 3 large meals. Include complex carbs in every meal – whole wheat, ragi, jowar, brown rice, oats, etc. Avoid refined cereal products like bread, noodles, polished rice, etc. as they can raise blood sugar levels. Choose fibre-rich foods like vegetables, whole grains, etc. You should aim for 25-25g of fibre/day through diet to maintain blood glucose levels. Low-fat milk products like curd, paneer and egg whites, lean chicken and fish are great protein sources which can prove helpful in diabetes management. If you are a vegetarian, whole pulses and dals can provide little protein and good amounts of fibre. You can enjoy all vegetables especially green, leafy ones. Limit your intake of potatoes. Depending on your blood sugar, don’t have more than 2 fruits/day and if you are fond of mango/banana, opt for these early in the morning. Reduce butter, ghee or oil intake. Also, avoid processed foods like cakes, biscuits, ready-to-eat foods as they are loaded with fats. Salt and sugar and can aggravate complications like blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Sugary foods are a complete no-no. You can use artificial sweeteners occasionally, but avoid overdependence on them. Always carry a snack with you when travelling to avoid hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and dizziness. Exercise guidelines Only monitoring your diet won’t work, you also need to get a fair share of physical exercise to maintain normal levels but there are certain guidelines diabetics need to follow: Make sure you exercise at least 4-5 times/week to help you get your blood sugar in control. You can choose moderate exercises like aerobics, brisk walking, weight training, swimming, dancing, etc. Check your blood sugar at home before and after exercise. Avoid exercise if your blood sugar levels are too high or too low. If you are on insulin, modify your carb intake before and after exercise depending on your sugar levels. Eat a complex carb snack like sandwich, wrap, oats an hour before you do any activity. Eat immediately after exercise to avoid fall in blood sugar. Carry sugar tablets or glucose water with you in case of an emergency hypoglycemia situation. Avoid exercise in case of severe complications like kidney problems, nerve problems or wounds. These guidelines will help you lead a normal life even with your existing diabetes condition and also make your lifestyle a healthier one preventing other heath complications.
In Expert Diet Tips On 26 May 2015
Nutritionist Neha Chandna shares a sample meal plan to help you shed a few kilos in a healthy way before your special day. Instead of going on a crash diet and starving yourself, lose weight in a healthy way to avoid fainting and other health problems after the D-Day is over.Just remember that you need to follow it at least six months before your wedding. Remember, though diet is 70% responsible for a healthy weight loss, you also need some sort of physical activity every day to stay fit and burn calories. Early morning: green tea + 1 fruit Breakfast: 1 bowl of oats porridge/ poha/ upma/ idli Mid morning: 1 fruit + 4 almonds/ walnuts Lunch: salad + 2 rotis/ 1 cup brown rice + veggies + dal + curds Evening: whole wheat bread sandwich/ bhel(no sev)/ sprouts Dinner: soup + salad+ veggies/ chicken/ fish + 1 roti Bedtime: 1 cup skim milk If you haven’t had the chance to focus on yourself with all the shopping and wedding arrangements, there is still time to tone-up your figure and look your best. You can follow this meal plan three months prior to the D-Day and drop a dress size. Early morning: green tea + 2 dates Breakfast: oats upma/ oats dosa Mid morning: 1 fruit + 4 almonds/ walnuts Lunch: salad + 1 rotis/ 1 cup brown rice + veggies + dal + curd Evening: 1 fruit Dinner: soup + salad+ veggies/ chicken/ fish Bedtime: 1 cup skim milk It’s just 30 days to the wedding, fret not! You can still lose weight. This is a meal plan when only it’s only 1 month to the wedding. In addition to this, get some exercise and don’t stress – with the right outfit, you will look perfect. Early morning: green tea + 2 dates Breakfast: fruits + nuts Mid morning: 1 bowl sprouts/ salad of pulses Lunch: salad + veggies + dal + curd Evening: soup Dinner: salad/ stir fry+ veggies/ chicken/ fish Bedtime: 1 cup skim milk Even if you start with the 6-month meal plan, you can move to the 3- and 1-month plans as you inch closer to the wedding day. Be happy and you are sure to glow and look wonderful on your special day.
In Expert Diet Tips On 26 May 2015
Quench your thirst this summer season with a cooling, natural drink made with cranberries. This juice is very high in antioxidants, which are great for your hair, skin, nails and overall health. It is low in fat too. So store a bottle of it in your fridge and have a sip whenever you feel thirsty. Ingredients: 100g cranberry 1 cup water Stevia Method: Put the cranberries and water in a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and cover loosely. Simmer for 10 minutes until the cranberries have burst. Strain through a strainer. Do not press on the fruit to extract more juices, it will make the juice cloudy. Pour the strained juice back into the sauce pan and add stevia. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Cool at room temperature before cooling in the fridge.
In Expert Diet Tips On 03 June 2015
It\'s a gadget-obsessed world, and it\'s the ultimate reason for our lazy and sluggish attitude. With the rise in new technology, there\'s been a proportionate rise in our inactivity. Thanks to touch, button and voice commands, we don\'t even need to move our butts to get our work done. We get groceries delivered home, food ordered over a call and even shopping for clothes happens at a click of a button. This leaves us with little to no motivation to move about and do things. Thank the stars for not having robots yet, otherwise we would become completely useless as living beings. Sitting on a chair, couch or bed for hours is all we do throughout the day without realizing how weak it makes our muscles and joints, giving rise to the so-called \'lifestyle diseases\'. Our body is a fantastic creation of nature. It notifies us of all that is happening inside, but we choose to ignore the signs and symptoms. If we can go to great lengths to find a solution for issues in your computer, why ignore the messages our body is trying to communicate to us. Our body tries to tell us in a number of ways that we have been inactive or idle for too long: Stiff neck: This is lifestyle related issue that almost every corporate person suffers from. Sitting in front of the computer for hours makes your neck movement less frequent and increases the chances of strain and muscle spasms in your neck, making it difficult to move your neck freely. Shoulder pain: Your shoulders have literally have a lot of pressure on them, as they have been assigned the duty of supporting your neck. This makes your them shrugged all the time, leading to shoulder pain. Lower backache: Almost 90% of the urban population suffers from a lower back problem just from sitting for long hours. Especially sitting in the wrong posture adds extra weight on your lower back joints, which keep pressing and ultimately cause pain and stiffness. This also happens due to loss of strength in your core muscles over a period of time. Yawning continuously: We all have moments of incessant yawning and we fail to understand why that happens. It\'s a simple sign from your brain saying that that it needs more oxygen, which happens through movement and proper breathing. Leg cramps: This is a very common phenomenon that we come across after we sit for long hours. We\'ve all experienced that feeling of not being able to feel our legs with a pins-and-needles sensation when we try to move them. In such cases, you need to stand up and walk around a bit, no matter how uncomfortable, to help the blood flow well and get your legs back to their normal state. Indigestion: When your stomach feels a bit under the weather, just remember that apart from eating wrong foods, you\'ve been inactive for a long time due to which your digestion has become sluggish, causing acidity and gas. Fatigue: You might be wondering how sitting in one place can make someone tired, but the fact is that the more you sit, the more it gets difficult for you to get back to your active state as blood flow reduces throughout the body making you feel tired and sluggish. Inability to focus: Do you remember as a kid when your parents told you to take short breaks between studies and move about? This was so that by allowing good blood circulation, you could freshen up your mind and restore your focus. The same goes for when you\'re working or trying to concentrate on something. Get up, move about, take a tea/bathroom break or just go for a small walk. The best way to avoid sitting yourself to stiffness is by getting some movement every hour and trying to incorporate active habits in daily life. Move about while talking on the phone, use the stairs, walk towards your colleagues to have a discussion, get to the coffee machine yourself, bend and stretch well, do small household chores, etc. So get up and stand tall to increase your long term health, short term well being and productivity!
In Expert Diet Tips On 09 June 2015
Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! Many a times, we all dream of having a magical wand to complete our work, be it household chores or office deadlines. It\'s very easy to say, \"Let it be, I will do it tomorrow\". With the increasing craze of leading a fast paced life and affection of smart gadgets, lethargy has become second nature to us. All we need is a steady mindset and balance. Each one of us loves to get compliments from others and feel good within. Here are interesting tips that could help you to stay active and fit for longer period of time: Use public transport: In day to day life, we use car even for travelling small distances. Instead, prefer walking or take the aid of using public transport facilities. This little practice can become a habit. Being social: With the invention of various social applications and short messaging services, our life just seems to be limited inside four walls. In a week, spare out some time for your friends and acquaintances. Staying socially connected could increase your networking skills and open up opportunities. Sharing lunch and ideas during lunch time could work wonders. Using old techniques: Nowadays, you may spot various Bollywood actors using the effective methods of cycling for staying fit. You can use them too for maintaining your physique. Start with short distances and then gradually increase. Climbing stairs: Do you know why our forefathers were fit and happy, and thus less prone to diseases? The best known reason is that they didn\'t have any machines or equipment to do their work. Lifts, for example, are one of the major causes of laziness for those working outdoors. Try using stairs instead of lift whenever you can. Cleanliness is the way: The best way to get active and burn some calories is to clean your wardrobe and room on your own, with minimal help from others. It also helps to increase flexibility, blood circulation and muscle nerve coordination. Pre-organising things could aid a lot in increasing your activity levels. Why rely on magical wands when moulding our lifestyle is just a habit away!
In Expert Diet Tips On 10 June 2015
Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! We all love playing games on our gadgets or smartphones, don\'t we? Many of us are aware of the fact that every game has a cheat code and by applying these codes, the chances of winning are sure shot. Our mind too is the remote control of our body and it sends signals of hunger in the system. In our routine, while looking at ourselves in the mirror, we make numerous promises like resisting ourselves from eating junk food and unhealthy foods. How much are we able to keep up with these promises is a story for another day. Isn\'t it? But not anymore as we present the 10 best cheat codes to control your mind and body: Everything is possible for me: In India, every nook and corner has a chain of restaurants serving junk food items like yummy sandwiches, chocolate shakes, caramel ice creams, pizza etc. Firm control on your mind and tongue is all you need. Be a strong believer that it could be the greatest aid in shedding off those extra kilos. Divert your mind by simply counting or do brisk walking. With a firm mind simply say \'stop\' to your cravings. Reward yourself with small gifts when you meet your goals. Aroma matters: According to research, good smells can help reduce negative emotions a lot. In many situations we tend to overeat due to stress or anxiety. This activity could help in sending positive signals to our mind, thus suppressing the urge of overeating. Use swap techniques, send signals to your mind say I\'m full and can\'t overeat. Eating Slowly: Avoid any kind of distractions during consuming your meals, take a smaller plate and try to eat slowly. Instead of quantity, keep your mind active in tasting flavours. Initially, it would be difficult, but gradually it will become a habit. Opt for boiled foods; a sprinkle of tasty flavours is allowed. Maintaining diary is my necessity: If possible, try to maintain a diary of the food consumed. This procedure will be helpful in maintaining calories and following up with the necessary protein and vitamin intake. Alert your brain to be active: Be it workplace or home, being active matters. Instead of using the tools of intercom, short messaging services for colleagues or family members, walk towards their cubicle for work. At home, after eating do not wand off to bed directly. Keep a considerable gap. My body is dependent on hydration: Before every meal my body needs plenty of water, converting these instructions into actions could help suppress your appetite a lot and increase your metabolism levels. Only little rest and childlike sleep can give me relaxation: In the society we may see many people around us who may be addicted to alcohol or several other addictions. More often the consumption rises during stress. Say no to this awful habit, resist! Your body can relax only if it has considerable sleep of 7 hours during the night. Leptin and Ghrelin are two hormones controlled by sleep and can easily decrease your craving for food. Fill colours of positivity: Today I have no place for pessimism and nothing can stop me from achieving my goals and positivity. Every morning, reasonable time of relaxing and meditation can give your day a head start. Sharing your problems with closed ones is a good idea. Triggering mind to erase everything unpleasant: Like games, even in our life we may face many obstacles like working for long hours, stress and may other occasions. The best thing to do is, recall all the good things and erase the bad ones. Good attracts good. Zeal of fulfilling it into strategies: Focus in life is all we need; mediating is the best way to improve our focus levels. Try to think about only the positive things, dreams and desires to achieve all of them. Think of a great healthy body and it shall be yours just like the Aladdin\'s chirag. Not just on papers, we need to follow the cheat codes in real life too in order to attain a healthy physique and sound state of mind.
In Expert Diet Tips On 19 June 2015
Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! Without a doubt, we all agree on how important cardio is for our heart and body. The flow of blood through our system has more significance than we can imagine. It delivers oxygen and nutrients to each cell in the body, thus keeping you energetic and fit. The best form of cardio where one uses his maximum potential is running. Running is that one physical activity that has been practised since centuries and made even more famous today through marathons. It\'s a form of exercise that can be done anywhere, anytime and without any cost. There are many more reasons for which running is seen as the best choice of workout by people: Makes you stronger: Running uses the largest muscles of your body, i.e. the legs and to some extent the back and arm muscles as well. Being a resistance workout, it helps strengthen the bones, ligaments, muscles and joints of your lower body, provided you run the right way. It\'s the best way to keep yourself strong even as you age. Burns a lot of calories: Running is the best cardio activity to burn off that extra fat. It also helps to keep your appetite-increasing hormone under check. Boosts memory: For all those who have a family history of Alzheimer\'s or dementia, do not worry. All you need to do is start running. It helps your brain work better by improving your cell condition so that your memory remains sharp as ever. Gives you a glow: The sweat on your face helps unclog your pores and the blood gush helps oxygenate all the cells, improving your complexion. Reduces pressure: Running is by far the best way to keep pressure at bay. As it increases the strength and capacity of the blood vessels, it keeps the pressure under control. Pumps up energy: As running helps blood reach all corners of your body, it provides oxygen and nutrients to every cell, which makes you more energetic and improves your stamina. Feeling sluggish? Just try going for a run instead. Helps you sleep well: Runners tend to sleep better as running controls your hormones and also sets your sleeping routines. Makes your heart stronger: Running helps strengthen the muscles of your heart and reduces your chances of an attack. Lowers stress levels: Running is the best stress-busting activity. When you feel down, just go for a run. It helps boost serotonin levels, which make you happier, calmer and more relaxed. You\'re then equipped to deal with situations in a better way. For beginners, we suggest you start with brisk walking first, then progress to jogging and when comfortable, then start your running regime. Regardless of your fitness level, you can start from zero to running 20 minutes in 10 weeks. Make it a point to run at least 4 times a week to see noticeable changes in your stamina and endurance levels. Before every run, make sure to warm up for 5-20 minutes with a fast walk and at the end cool down with 5-10 minutes of slow walking. Other things to keep in mind: Get the right shoes for running or else you will land up with a shin or knee ache. Get your starting position right: Shoulders rolled down and back, arms relaxed, head up and swing your arms in even front-to-back motion. Maintain a rhythm. Breathe in from your nose for 2 counts and breathe out from your mouth for 2 counts. Run at a comfortable pace where you are able to have a conversation with a friend without panting and do not take big strides as it can exhaust you faster. Aim for short and quick strides. Listen to music that gets you going and motivates you to complete your workout. Once you finish your run, while cooling down, roll your head side to side and your shoulders a few times to loosen your upper body. Make sure to stretch your hamstrings, quads and calves to prevent injuries. Listen to your body. Minor burning and aches are a good sign but if there is unbearable pain or injury in any joint, stop there and go to a physiotherapist or orthopedic to rule out any major issue. Drink plenty of water before, during and after running. Eat healthy well balanced meals 2 hours prior running. Avoid eating anything just before running. Wear loose and comfortable clothes that allow your skin to breathe.
In Expert Diet Tips On 20 June 2015
Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! Fitness in literal terms means improving 5 essential components of the body i.e. flexibility, cardio respiratory endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength and body composition. Most of the physical activities and training programs are designed to work on one or all of these components, which is the ideal way of doing it. But do common people like us understand such a complicated process? No. All we understand is how we feel about our body, mind and spirit, right? The most important thing is the feel-good factor and feeling great within our skin in our own capabilities. Fitness, hence, becomes a very relative term and each person\'s definition of it depends on their interest, physical abilities and goals. It is the ability to physically and mentally do what you want to do, when you want, and with full ease and comfort. It is in your power to complete a task without any limitation arising from stress, injury, illness, low confidence, etc. For someone it might relate to body and for others mind. Here are some examples of what fitness might mean to different people: Waking up fresh and active in the morning Being able to do household chores with complete comfort Being able to move things easily Working all day without fatigue or tiredness Walking up the stairs to your house without losing breath Playing with children when they want to Driving long distances without lethargy Fitting into your 5-year old dress Buying a dress one size smaller than last year Following your workout plan for a week Being able to run for 30 minutes straight Running a marathon successfully Standing in a queue comfortably for a long time Getting a peaceful, undisturbed sleep every night Having glowing skin and luscious hair Having a cycling race with friends and winning it Building great muscular physique Walking your dog for an hour Combating diseases, especially during weather changes Have you found your own fitness mantra?
In Expert Diet Tips On 22 June 2015
Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! All of us at some stage in life have experienced the feeling of being famished without reason. The panting and palpitation are common things amongst all urbanites! Basic movements like walking also seem like a lot of activity just because we\'re not used to it anymore. We laze on our cosy couches, and get things done at the click of a button. The ease and comfort makes us so lazy that moving our joints becomes a tedious task. But just like your car has an engine that needs to be maintained to perform well, your body also has a natural engine called the heart! This fist-sized organ performs an unimaginable job even in the most edgy situations to just keep you alive and going. From pumping blood every second to your organs to filtering the bad blood in your body, it does it all. And we take for granted. Give it some exercise and make its muscles stronger to help it perform its work without stress! Try out any of the cardio exercises below for a stronger and healthier heart: Brisk walk: Just 30 minutes in a day is good enough to help strengthen your heart. Jogging/Running: The higher the intensity, the better for your heart! The trick is to start slow and steadily increase your speed. This helps condition your heart. Interval training: You can do this by running for a minute, walking for 3 minutes, and repeating it for 30 minutes. You can also increase or change the time limit as per your capacity. Aerobics/Dance/Zumba: These are fun ways to work out your heart muscles. They also motivate you to work out as you are in a group and go along with the groups pace. Swimming: A simple low-impact exercise that gives your heart a good pump and also refreshes you after a hectic work day. Cycling: A fun way to exercise, especially if you are part of a cycling gang or like to roll on empty roads early morning with friends. Just hire a bike and get going. Skipping: A convenient form of exercise that can be done any time and anywhere, even in the premises of your house, compound, or office. You can carry a skipping rope with you wherever you go. Functional training: This includes boot camp kind of activities like jump squats, walking lunges, mountain climbers, burpees, etc. which not only condition your heart but also tone the muscles of your body. Suryanamaskar: You can do these as per your capacity and give your body a good cardio workout. Make sure to get your form right to do it under the guidance of a trainer. Stair climbing: If nothing else works, just take a flight of stairs up and down for 30 minutes at your pace, which can turn out to be a great heart working exercise. So what are you waiting for? Start training your heart for a healthier future!
In Expert Diet Tips On 31 July 2015
We superficially take care of our hair but tend to forget that there is a more deeper and internal nutritional approach to nurture it and give a healthy sheen, feel and look our hair. A balanced diet rich in proteins and iron can work just fine to give you shiny, bouncy and thick hair. Here are a list of certain foods which can work wonders to improve your hair quality: Chicken: they have high quality protein and iron making your brittle hair strong and long. Fish: especially salmon and tuna besides having high amount of protein also contain high amount of omega-3 fatty acids required for good scalp health which makes every cell of your hair luscious. Vegetarians can substitute fish with 1-2 tbsp flaxseeds for plant based omega-3. Eggs: are excellent source of protein and biotin which prevents hair breakage and improves hair strength. Green leafy vegetables: are a great source of iron, vitamin C-helps to absorb iron and vitamin A-helps to produce sebum by your hair follicles, natural hair conditioner.18 Beans: provide little protein alone but have good amount of iron, folic acid, zinc and biotin making hair stronger. Nuts: like walnuts, almonds, cashews etc are a fair source of zinc which prevents hair loss. Whole grains: low carb diet can lead to a receding hairline as whole grains like wheat, jowar, nachni, brown rice etc contain b- complex vitamins and zinc which help to improve hair quality. In a nut shell, a balanced diet including all the above mentioned foods can give you your dream hair quality and look.
In Expert Diet Tips On 01 August 2015
Like other nutrients, vitamins are also very important for normal functioning of the body but the only difference is that they are needed in smaller quantities than other major nutrients. They play many crucial roles in our body and help to optimally perform all our daily chores. There are a host of important vitamins that are highlighted below: Vitamin A: is required for normal vision, good skin texture, prevent acne and pimples, normal growth and repair of the body. Sources: Orange, ripe yellow/red fruits papaya, watermelon, tomato, mango etc, leafy vegetables, carrots, pumpkin, spinach, liver and other organ meats. Vitamin B-complex: This includes a group of vitamins like B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and folic acid which are required for utilizing carbohydrates and providing energy to the body, regulate fat metabolism, helps in Red blood cells production, prevent mouth ulcers etc. Sources: Grains, vegetables, milk and milk products, eggs and meat. Vitamin C: is required for the protection of teeth, gums and bones. It is strengthens the immune system and prevents the body from infections like common cold and flu. It also helps to form collagen which is important part of joints and bones. Sources: Amla, guava, citrus fruits, capsicum and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin D: This is needed for the normal calcium absorption in the bones to prevent osteoporosis and other bone deformities. Sources: Fortified milk, fish oil, egg yolk, liver etc Vitamin E: is an antioxidant vitamin which fights against free radicals and slows the process of aging. It also helps to heal wounds and plays an important role in reproduction. Sources: Almonds, walnuts, vegetable oils, wheat germ, whole grains, peanuts etc.