Body in Motion / Wellness (Page 3)

To be or Not to be (Outdoors)?

If you are living in north India, and specifically in the Delhi-Punjab-Haryana-UP belt, you would know winter is setting in. Not just because of the slight nip in the air but because of the smog engulfing us, making it hard for us to breathe. It has been on a bad-to-worse trajectory for the last few years and this year pollution levels have set the alarm bells ringing. Burning eyes, throat and chest constriction, breathing difficulty on the outside and toxic deposits in lungs on the inside – the situation at present is nothing short of a health crisis. Schools have been shut down, health advisories released and air purifiers are flying off of the shelf. Each time you switch on the television or flip through pages...


Management principle for life

Ancient shloka offers a roadmap to finding focus Being engaged meaningfully in the process is as important as the final product or goal Fragment, polish each piece and reassemble them to make something, perhaps bigger and/or better "Yatho Hasta thatho Drishti, Yatho Drishti thatho Manah Yatho Manah thatho Bhaava, Yatho Bhaava thatho Rasa""Where the hands(hasta) are, go the eyes (drishti); where the eyes are, goes the mind (manah); where the mind goes, there is an expression of inner feeling (bhaava) and where there is bhaava, mood or sentiment (rasa) is evoked." This verse from the Natya Shastra, the ancient Sanskrit treatise on performing arts by Bharata Muni, is as relevant to modern life as it has been to classical dance. Our ancient scriptures offer modern guide maps...


Corporate Health Programs – Be Rewarded and Be Healthy

I continue with the thread of my previous two blogs about Building a Culture of Health, with focus on Corporate Health/Wellness Programs. Often Employee fitness and health programs are unable to achieve the desired engagement and outcome due to a disconnect between the program construct and employee expectations/needs. It doesn’t need to be so. Professional intervention, a supportive management and active employee feedback in tweaking the program construct can help turn around its effectiveness and ensure employees leave with rewarding takeaways for life. I share a real-life example to elucidate the above. I was called to conduct a workshop at a regional office of a company in another city. I was briefed about the concept of the workshop. Participants of the workshop were members of the winning sales...


Building a Culture of Health – Where to begin

In my previous blog Building a Culture of Health, I wrote about how a healthy workplace helps build a productive and happier environment within an organization. And how success in achieving this objective depends largely on its Leadership – to inculcate and provide a supportive environment for a ‘Culture of Health’.I now take that forward to suggest an outline on how to go about it without feeling overwhelmed and where to begin.‘Talk the Talk’ to ‘Walk the Talk’Many organizations espouse concern for the health of their employees. And they should. After all it makes business sense to have higher productivity, low absenteeism, greater camaraderie and a general feel-good space to work in. But a successful transition from ‘talk the talk’ to ‘walk the talk’ requires...


Building a Culture of Health

A Healthy workplace is a more productive workplace.It is a well-documented and accepted fact that maintaining a workplace where employees are healthy, in addition to improving their quality of life at the individual level, positively contributes to their productivity thereby adding to the company’s bottom-line.Even though this fact is commonly accepted and acknowledged by organizations, most face a challenge in designing and implementing effective policies and programs that can help them achieve the desired objective. The major stumbling block, in an overwhelming number of cases, is at the initial stage of designing an effective health program.It all starts at the beginning.Setting a house in order is no small task. But if implemented correctly, the results are equally rewarding. The process can be made meaningful by...


Could That Nagging Pain be Your Posture

This might seem like an utterly basic, common sense question not deserving any screen space, but my long professional experience as a personal trainer, rehab specialist and corporate health and wellness mentor, screams otherwise. So here we are, back to addressing fundamentals of one of nature’s most complex creations– the human body.The world keeps moving at a brisker pace. People are constantly busy doing their stuff, be it working, clawing up the corporate ladder, racing to meet deadlines or chasing endless thankless chores, day after day. A relatively minor percentage engages in some form of active health and fitness pursuits- recreational or competitive, while majority is still relatively sedentary in their daily routines. The health and fitness industry keeps churning out programs in changing avatars...


The ‘Sunshine Vitamin’

Yes, that’s what it is also called. Vitamin D. While there is some growing awareness about this Vitamin, knowledge about its functions and the role it plays in maintaining health is still poor.WHAT IS VITAMIN D?It’s important to first understand what Vitamins are in general.Vitamins are organic compounds needed in small quantities by the body to power and sustain life. We source them externally from the food we eat and supplements, because the human body does not either produce them or does so inadequate measure.They are of two types:Fat soluble Vitamins – Are stored in fat tissues of the body and the liver, where they reside as reserves for longer time.Water Soluble Vitamins – These are not stored in the body for a long period...


The Four Pillars Of Well Being

Holistic fitness includes physical, emotional, mental and spiritual fitness.The word ‘holistic’ has made its way into common vocabulary, especially in the health and wellness industry. What does it mean?It’s a basic and intuitive concept on which our very existence should rest, not just health and fitness. It is a multidimensional web of our foundational pillars and their interconnections. There is an Indian proverb that says that everyone is a house with four rooms — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but we need to go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired.So, holistic fitness includes physical, emotional, mental and spiritual fitness. It should be clear that a lacuna...


Keep falling off fitness goals? Here’s maybe why.

We all know someone who has trouble getting on and staying on board the health and fitness train. Chances are, we are that someone. Here are some common reasons why most people fail to start or stick to their goals:Setting a future date. You keep the beginning of next week, next month, after a holiday, event or the beginning of a new year as your target day to start or restart your fitness journey. How about the very next day the thought crosses your mind? Experience shows that farther the targeted date, greater the chances of not starting. Most people would then also become more prone to throwing all diet control out of the window (having given themselves a future deadline) and wanting to “live...


Life beyond the hot flashes

That much-dreaded journey to menopause need not be all misery if you make some simple but healthy changes in lifestyleMenopause marks the end of the monthly menstrual cycle for women. It’s the time when the ovaries cease to function and the woman can no longer reproduce. Though it is a biological phenomenon, it represents a major transition in a woman’s life and is often accompanied by very individual physiological and emotional changes. This makes it complex to understand.Menopuase is not a sudden phenomenon, but rather a gradual process. There is no definite age or timeline that can be authoritatively assigned to it. Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, the average age being around 51.Some reach menopause before 40 or 45....