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Wellness Models & Role Of New-Age Leadership

Along with all else, COVID-19 has changed the hues and challenges of leadership substantially and perceptibly. The concept of a VUCA world exists since way before the pandemic hit, but making sense of recent, radical and unprecedented disruptions across levels – individual, enterprise and world – is going to need and forcibly seed serious changes, both subtle and pronounced. The pandemic has just blitzed urgency by openly exposing cracks and chasms in our thinking, attitude and approach to work, home, wellness, in general, and life, in particular. It has been a great leveller in reminding us that at the bottom of it all, we are humans first. To be honest, some of these changes are long overdue and this exposure a matter of time and trigger. Borne out...

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Exercising With Arthritis

What Is Arthritis? Arthritis is a joint disorder causing inflammation and pain of joints. There can be swelling and tenderness in one or more joints of the body.   A joint is part of the body where two or more bones meet. Joints hold the skeleton together, and their function is to support the movement. Since Arthritis causes pain and stiffness limiting the functioning of joints, it thus impacts ease of movement. It can afflict men, women, children, and adults. Arthritis can be of different types, and the most commonly known are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation (US), there are more than 100 types of Arthritis and related conditions. Depending upon the type of Arthritis, signs, and symptoms may vary and include: Pain Stiffness Swelling ...

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Social Media & Decision-Making For Wellness

Social Media is one of the most potent and powerful media connecting people across geographical boundaries and timelines. It allows us to consume colossal amounts of information on just about any conceivable topic in multiple formats. Entertainment, education, news, arts & sciences… information pertaining to any field is available 24/7. You are only limited by your own choices and ability to surf. This can feel very liberating and empowering. However, as with everything else in life, it comes with caveats. The pace of social media is so frenetic that it gets quickly overwhelming and can cloud one’s better judgment. One needs to stay vigilant against getting swept up in the torrent of (glitzy) information, not abandon due diligence in sieving what is relevant and in authenticating...

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Wellness Gifts Of Love

Supporting family and friends on their Wellness and Fitness journey is awesome! However, often we may plead, prod, exhort and emotionally prompt people around us to embark on this path, only to have it fall on deaf ears. How about considering something more tangible to shake things up? How about exploring wellness gifts of love that might kick start a procrastinator’s progress towards their Health and Fitness? To me, such gifts show that someone truly cares, understands, and values you to go beyond the obvious in gifting. Not to mention, that these gifts can compare so favourably with usual (often recycled) ones that irritatingly demonstrate not only a clear lack of thought and effort in gifting, but also a lack of knowing a person well - contrary...

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8 Things To Consider While Choosing Your Wellness Coach

First things first - before choosing a Wellness Coach you need to do your bit about deciding your Fitness/Wellness Goals. Need and goal assessment is your responsibility. Understanding and stating your goals well is the foundation of your fitness journey and relationship with a coach. So is being clear in your head about expectations. A Coach is someone who works with you, not for you. She/He is a valuable guide and partner, who will plan, teach, supervise, nudge and encourage you, refine your goals, and hold you accountable for actions and results. Once the role and scope of a coach are clear, comes the next question, “How do I select a good Wellness Coach for myself?” Here are 8 points to consider while deciding upon a suitable Wellness Coach who could become...

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Managing Hypertension With Exercise

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a medical condition in which the blood pressure (BP) in the arteries remains persistently high. Blood pressure is the force exerted by the person’s blood against the walls of their blood vessels and determines how hard the heart has to work against the resistance of the blood vessels. A common health condition, Hypertension is also called ‘the silent killer’ since it may not necessarily produce symptoms for some time. However, uncontrolled or over the long term, it can become a major risk factor for several other health issues such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, aneurysm, stroke, dementia, kidney problems, damage to the eyes, among others. Hypertension is one of the most important modifiable cardiovascular risk factors. Exercise For Prevention & Management Of Hypertension Medication may...

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Tracking Goals & Staying On Course

In my recent article, The Why & How Of Wellness Goal-Setting, I had mentioned some foundational aspects of goal setting for defining smarter, sharper, and more relevant personal goals. Once the goals are delineated, the next step is to track the process and progress of staying on course and achieving these goals over a sensible period of time. In fact, the absence of a system and tracking mechanism can quickly lead to disillusionment or a casual approach, often spelling the end of one’s goals journey.  How can one steer better for successful goal achievement?   Be S.M.A.R.T. Adopting the S.M.A.R.T. approach yields multiple benefits. It helps lay down essential constituents  Dynamic in nature Inbuilt method of course correction Provides the right mix of flexibility and stability Promotes adherence and success  S.M.A.R.T. is also the way to go with any/all phases of a...

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How To Spot Your Stress Triggers

“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye Stress is that wily, insidious visitor that sneaks into our lives and surreptitiously ingrains itself permanently in its hosts. Everyone is a host. There is a renewed dialogue around stress and stress management, especially against the backdrop of COVID-19 and the unprecedented changes and adjustments it has demanded from humanity as a whole. Thus, it is more essential to understand its multifarious nature – short or long term, internal or external, and to recognize individual stressors in order to address it effectively.   Stress & Its Types The dictionary defines ‘Stress” as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. That which causes a stress response is called a ‘Stressor.’ Stressors, and stress responses...

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The “Why”​ & “How”​ Of Wellness Goal-Setting

The advent of a New Year is usually the time when the pitch around words like ‘goals’ and ‘resolutions’ picks up. New beginnings, new hopes, desire to break away from the old, or build upon it… form some of the underlying sentiments while making personal resolutions. Our individual needs to provide emotional impetus, but without clarity and structure, these goals can soon wither away. And they do, as I have observed for many people. It’s not always for want of trying. Rather, the cause is often trying haphazardly.   Making Goals/Resolutions As with business, with goals and resolutions too, it helps to work backward from the macro to the micro perspective, rather than the other way around. This helps in formulating clearer objectives, sharper problem statements, and desired outcomes. Consider...

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How To Say “Cheers”​ Without Piling On Calories!

2020 has been a tough year for one and all with the pandemic sweeping across all corners of the world. The year-end festivities may be tempered and toned down compared to previous years, but there is no reason why we cannot raise a toast to the resilience of the human spirit. In that vein, how about some tips on saying “Cheers!” without piling on much guilt and calories? Being aware of how and where these calories come from can help one make smarter drinking choices and enjoy the spirits along with the spirit of the season. One of the comprehensive charts on how much your preferred tipple packs can be found here: Alcohol Calorie Chart - Consult The Alcohol Calorie Counter (the-alcoholism-guide.org) It covers a wide range of...

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