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While you were not sleeping…

your body did not get a chance to renew itself. Read on to see if you suffer from sleep deficit syndrome It is a common experience that a problem — difficult at night — is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. — John Steinbeck How good are we at understanding an activity as natural as sleep? Do we fully understand its functioning and the far-reaching impact it has on our lives? The common notion is to think of sleep as a period of total inactivity. It is often the first casualty of our chock-a-block lives and a recurring sacrifice at the altar of work or merriment. This has resulted in alarmingly increasing numbers of people — young and old — accumulating a...

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On a roll

Foam rollers work wonders for sore and stiff muscles and are the hottest, new fitness accessory, says Saimi Sattar Athletes swear by them and fitness gurus are creating a regimen around them. Foam rollers of different sizes and density are edging their way into fitness routines. Over the last two years, these new fitness accessories have become an intrinsic part of wellness programmes to soothe sore and stiff muscles. Exercise specialist and master rehabilitation trainer Vani B. Pahwa lays stress on the importance of exerting the correct pressure on the roller during a workout. Photo: Jagan Negi Cylindrical in shape and made with foam, these rollers help increase blood flow, improve the efficacy of a workout and relieve stiffness post a workout. The rollers primarily work upon fascia or...

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Gender Bender – How Much, How Little.

We’ve often heard the expression, ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’. While the debate rages on fractiously on its emotional interpretation, let’s see if there is any scientific merit in it from the health and fitness perspective. Concerns and (mis) conceptions keep erupting, suggesting there is little awareness of the underlying physiological factors and consequent approach to setting and attaining health and wellness goals. That physical and mental differences exist between men and women, is well established scientifically. What may not be well known is how these generate different responses to physical endeavour (exercise), stress and disease (cardiovascular and psychological reactions). Health is a continuum, an aggregate of physical ability and stress handling capability. Hence, understanding gender based differences in both spheres is useful in understanding...

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So, what exactly do you do?

Of all the questions, to which I should have an involuntary answer ready to rattle off by now should be, “So, what do you do?” Or it’s peskier and open to interpretation sibling, “What exactly do you do?” The first question is common place requiring an appropriate answer, though it comes with inherent challenges. At least to yours truly. But when you ask me the paraphrased version I have to do a more thorough quick assessment of the situation since these challenges just multiplied in my mind. So when I stare you in the eye and take a deep breath before blurting any words out I might come across as someone wanting to avail all three lifelines of a quiz show simultaneously. Thinking EmojiTruth be told,...

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How To Get Fit Without A Gym

You don’t have access to a gym (or worse, are a ‘no show’ paid member), travel frequently, keep erratic hours and have some other excuse tucked under your frequent flier belt. Let’s take the bull by the horns. The truth is, you always carry the best and most effective piece of equipment with you at all times — your body. Thus, a cracker of a bodyweight workout is always at your disposal. The possibilities are immense, but let’s begin with something easy. With five common exercises — Plank, Squats, Lunges, Pushups and Bridges — done in an effective manner, you can work out most of the muscles in your body, and done with intensity, it is a good workout for the heart as well. The table...

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Visual guide to 36 useful stretches

The effectivity of performing stretches and deriving their benefits in terms of enhancing flexibility, strength, injury prevention and general well being depends on targeting intended muscles appropriately. Without this bodily awareness focus is missing and stretches are often performed incorrectly. The following visual guide along with descriptions, shows the muscles involved in these stretches. Vicky Timón, an exercise expert and author of “Encyclopedia of Pilates Exercises,” created these beautiful illustrations, and James Kilgallon, CSCS, creator of Mazlo’s Body Maintenance Program, contributed the expert commentary. Don’t worry if you don’t understand muscle names. The muscles being stretched are highlighted in the images explicitly. It’s an invaluable source and a delightful way to learn! 1. CAMEL POSE Muscles highlighted: Rectus Abdominus and External Obliques. This stretch is best reserved for people...

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This is really child’s play

Children today are as sleep-deprived as adults. Their access to junk food is limitless and the effects of technology ensnaring. While focus on adult health and fitness is growing by the day, how much attention is being given to the younger age group (children, pre-teens and teens) is the big question for today's parents. The rising incidence of childhood obesity and the prevalence of lifestyle diseases among the young is a matter of concern. The perception that children are more immune to ambient stresses is misplaced, and reality clearly suggests otherwise. Demands of competitive education, the ensnaring effect of technology, limited availability of easily accessible open spaces, security concerns, easy access to fast food/ junk options, changing home/ school environments and ignorance on part of caregivers about...

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The sugar babies

Sugar. The body needs it. And sometimes craves it. But there is a recommended daily allowance (RDA) that we often tend to exceed, as sugar manages to work its way stealthily into our lives in guises that defy identification: in breakfast cereals, granola bars, fruit juices, canned fruits, flavoured milk/ coffee/ yogurt, sodas, reduced-fat salad dressings, even breads. Quite like a drug, it affects the brain and can lead to addiction. In fact, sugar addiction is a reality that is now recognised and documented, and considered to be in the same league as any other form of substance abuse. Sugar stimulates the “reward centre” of the brain closely related to the release of dopamines (neurotransmitters or a chemical messenger that helps in transmission of signals in...

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The various forms of body abuse

The human body has evolved over time to become what it is today, a complicated ecosystem, a complex web of smaller sub-systems, each geared to perform specific functions, individually and as a whole. Most of this complex working happens without our cognition. We go about life and living unaware of this balance and power, till it gets disrupted. For many, health and fitness is often a pursuit in response to some breakdown of this functioning, a health scare, or a doctor’s advice. Which may all be fine, except for the basic reality that without a deeper understanding of the source of the problem, any solutions sought may, in all probability, not be the best or most effective. We are guilty of assigning extraneous reasons to any deviations...

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Overload principle and social media

Diet and nutrition can make or break any fitness routine. Consult knowledgeable professionals rather than social media while making important health decisions. With the permeation of social media everywhere, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to sieve truth from hype. Defining truth itself is becoming the biggest challenge of our times. All actions, nay all thoughts, seem to be conceived, nurtured and delivered to address the public spectacle that is social media. Gone are the times when newspapers and the television were our links to the world outside, when information coming with a time lag, and after much thought, at predetermined times was not unnerving or anxiety-inducing. Today, multimedia devices have become wearable and technology feeding us a constant stream of information. Exciting as it is, social media does...

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