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Resuming Activity After COVID-19 Illness

This article is based on guidelines provided by World Health Organisation, John Hopkins Medicine Network, and The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) Sports Medicine Institute on how to resume activity post COVID-19 illness.   As far as virulence and unpredictability of viral infections go, COVID-19 is right up there. Not just with symptoms and response, but in recovery and rehabilitation too, wide variance is being observed. The disease affects everyone differently and the impact of long-term effects are still being discovered.  While exercise and movement are therapeutic for illness in general and strongly encouraged, crafting general recommendations/advice for resuming activity and exercise post-exposure to COVID-19  is not easy because of this variance. We now know that the virus can impact multiple organs and systems (heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, musculoskeletal,...

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Why Leaders Need Self-Care

A greater need for focusing on effective employee wellbeing, as part of Corporate Wellness, has undeniably grown now. However, there is an equally strong and urgent case for business leaders to focus on their self-care, too, building on their Wellness quotient along with those of the people who work for them. Here are a few simple reasons justifying this compelling necessity: Demands Of Leadership  In times of crisis, people look up to their leaders for reassurance and some semblance of certainty and control. However, COVID-19 has not only thrown open unexpected crises, but also a protracted, ongoing one. Exposure to such a long-drawn and heightened crisis, with no parallels in recent memory, has put leadership under severe duress of its own. The strain has been felt even by the most seasoned. [mkdf_blockquote text="To...

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Wellness: The Powerful Corporate Communication Channel

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”- George Bernard Shaw As I packed my laptop bag, I did a final check. All cables, chargers, stationery, my notebook, pen drive with a backup of presentation, phone…check, check, check. Enough time to navigate traffic and reach the client site for the workshop – check. A corporate wanted a series of workshops for their “Employee Wellness Initiative.” The ‘team’ in charge of overseeing this had been communicating vision and needs with me over emails and calls and had even narrowed it down to the topics they want to be covered. “Quite involved!” I thought to myself. I reached the venue a little ahead of time, as I prefer to. I was lead to the big hall where tables,...

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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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Women Leaders, Work & Wellness

“You educate a man, you educate a man. You educate a woman, you educate a generation.” - Brigham Young These words made me ponder. It is an obvious statement, yet not so obviously acknowledged, including by women themselves. While many societies are still struggling with embracing true gender equality, diversity, and inclusion beyond the rhetoric, it speaks to the power and force of women operating through it all. To me, it doesn’t jump out as a man vs. woman battle, rather, as a powerful potential of women still lying untapped.  There are a lot of women who naturally learn by way of being primary caregivers and multi-tasking the way they do, across strata of society. They draw incessantly from their internal reserves to fulfill multifarious demands placed on them,...

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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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Challenges for Youth – How adults can help

10 big reasons parents and coaches should read this NOW. Guiding and coaching youth for their physical, mental and emotional needs requires an approach different from treating them as miniature adults. Here's what you need to remember to stay on top of things and up your game, while upping theirs, without going bananas.   I recently conducted a webinar with parents of young children & adolescents, some beginners in sports, and some graduating to competitive levels. We covered concerns relating to physical training, nutrition, injury management etc. The questions coming my way revealed some interesting insights, not all surprising. Sharing a few observations for the parent/adult in you: 1) Children aren't miniature adults. Their training programs need to be intelligently designed for their age group and commensurate with their development timelines...

When convenience and fashion cause pain

When convenience and fashion cause pain, there are ways of addressing it. This is the age of smart devices and high fashion. We walk around cradling the digital version of the world in our palms, looking dapper in heels and tight fitting shoes that defy gravity and physics. This digital world never sleeps, constantly demanding our attention, to a well-established point of addiction. Footwear bows to the dictates of fashion, mechanics of foot and motion be damned. Well, keeping up with the joneses comes at a price that affects not just our pockets but also our biomechanics, posture and mobility. We now have another source of pain in our lives, literally and figuratively.   Texting Neck Smart phones have taken over our lives. But they’ve only made us less smart...

Poor Posture Alert! These habits could be ruining your posture.

Poor posture doesn't just affect us negatively physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Most of us go through our daily actions unaware of our posture – sitting, standing, walking, or sleeping. Recurring aches, pains and niggles are a constant source of discomfort. Poor posture doesn’t just affect us negatively physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Any pain or muscular stress, especially chronic, is a source of irritation. If allowed long enough, it can even become depressive. Here are few habits that could cause poor posture:   Slouching You could be slouching sitting or standing. This commonly leads to stress/pain in the neck, shoulder and back muscles, and affects the spine along with the abdominal muscles. Correct it: Rotate the shoulder muscles back and down to correct forward droop. When seated,...