An appropriate combination to suit your life

09 Oct

Over the years during my career I have observed that often people choose a wrong combination of exercises to develop their daily workout regime and end up blaming the activity, the instructors or the organisations where they visit regularly for these exercises. 99% of the times this is not the case; it is purely of choosing the wrong combination of exercises. For example: Mrs. X wants to choose exercises in order to loose weight and come back in shape. She decides that she will have a combination of cycling and weight training. After a few months Mrs. X seems to have lost enough weight but she has developed a general stiffness in her body that she doesn’t realise at the moment, after a few more months she tends to develop joint pain. Now I ask you a question that although her weight problems were solved but why did this combination create a new problem for her?

None of the exercises are to blame here, but the combination of these two exercises causes too much muscle strengthening leading to eventually overall body stiffness and joint pain as one of its extreme cases. Mrs. X ideally should have looked at a combination of 2 different exercises in order to try and balance her body’s needs, the body needs the best of both worlds and in her case along with one of these strengthening exercises she should have chosen an exercise which would help her improve her flexibility. Along with her aim of reducing her weight and getting back in shape, this would help her keep up to the needs of her body. Similarly there are several combinations one can choose in order to maintain ones body as well as achieve the overall aim of improving the fitness levels of the body, such as:- Yoga along with weight training, Antigravity with cycling, Yoga with cycling, Antigravity with weight training, Gymnastics with Running/cycling etc.

The list for all combinations is endless but the main motive here is to try and balance out the needs, if we look at all exercises as of today we can divide them into 3 categories: Cardio, Strengthening and Stretching. Each exercise although doesn’t just have one of these elements but it focuses on one of them. Upon further dissection it is clear that each of these elements have a purpose: Cardio aims to help you burn the fat and improves heart function, Strengthening exercises aim to make your muscles stronger in order to make your body stronger as a whole and finally stretching exercises work on improving muscular flexibility, joint mobility, physical and mental stress relief and prevents muscular injuries. In the end in order to make the most out of the wonderful exercise techniques available one should choose wisely and think carefully of the type of benefits it offers in order to create balanced exercise regime.

A boon in disguise

09 Oct

Its summer time and also the season of the very famous king of fruits “The Mango”. Often I have found that people hesitate to consume this fruit with the common misconception that eating a mango isn’t beneficial for health. Well this is not that true, nature has its reasons for sprouting various fruits in the respective seasons. Each fruit grows in the particular season with a particular reason. Similarly the mango also comes with its benefits. Although as we all know too much of anything is always harmful for health, but when we look at the mango its all about eating the right amounts at the  right time of the day.

Ideally it is suggested to consume mango 30 minutes before workout as it is filled with energy and hence will make you feel fresh and more energetic, leading to better results. It can be consumed in the morning in various ways such as mixed with oatmeal or muesli, topping over toast or mixed in the form of a milkshake or even made into a nice soothing frozen yogurt.  Many of us prefer eating this delicious fruit while having lunch, well this is also a good time and it can be consumed through dishes such as mixed in homemade salad or salsa along with lunch. Infact eating this fruit whole is also preferred but we don’t realise how many we consume at one go. Hence it is advised to consume one whole mango in a day. This helps you gain the most of  the fruit as well as helps you avoid the question of overconsumption.

Mango as a fruit has many health benefits, it has high dietary fibre content which helps in improving bowel movement as well as reducing indigestion and other gastrointestinal issues. It is also loaded with vitamins A,C,D,B-6 and B-12, which help in maintaining various systems of your body. It has a lot of carbohydrates which helps you feel energetic as it is broken down by your body into glucose. So this summer don’t prevent your taste buds from stopping you to consume the king of all fruits!

3 cycles of life

09 Oct


The Human Body undergoes three different Biorhythmic cycles throughout its lifetime; Physical, emotional and Intellectual  Biorhythmic cycles which vary on a daily basis. Each cycle has a different span and deals which different aspects of your life: the physical cycle has a span of 23 days and deals with physical strength, durability, resistance, stamina and courage, the emotional cycle spans 28 days and deals with emotional stability, intuition, emotions, moods, susceptibility and creativity, the Intellectual cycle is 33 days long and deals with thinking, analytical ability, judgement, concentration and composition.

These cycles follow a particular pattern such that when one cycle is down the other two are up. This is highly subjective to date, but the effect of these cycles can be balanced out by doing yoga.

Yoga is a powerful tool which helps balance the effect of each of the ups and downs in life,  for example: if your emotional cycle is not at its peak you will still have the strength to handle emotional situations properly.

Hence, Surya namaskars or yoga asanas can help balance the ups and downs of biorhythmic cycles on a daily basis.


Antigravity For Women

09 Oct

Today’s multi-tasking woman needs to be perfect at everything. She works hard, parties hard, and wants the best that life can bring. But nutritionists say health and fitness is fast deteriorating due to high consumption of sugar, junk food and alcohol, all of which are full of calories, combined with a sedentary lifestyle.
Looking good and feeling good is turning tougher with each new decade, so let’s take a look at how this is affecting today’s woman from youth through old age.

Age                                                      Disorders
18-25 Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Thyroid imbalance, Menstrual disorders, acne, depression, low immunity, PMS
25-35 Fertility issues, endometriosis, back pain, migraine, mood swings, poor sleep
35-45 Weight gain, digestive disorders, weak back, blood pressure, headaches, hair fall
45-60 Weight gain, high blood sugar, cholesterol, back issues, blood pressure, menopause
60 plus Diabetes, heart problems, knee disorders, hair loss, failing eyesight, memory loss, joint pains, bone density

During the first decade, friends mean everything and everyone out there is looking to have a good time, be seen at the right places, and be featured on social media daily. This can result in preoccupation with the wrong things that results in skipping meals, late nights and fad diets.

Then the second decade comes on, and women begin to feel the power of their independence. Careers are just starting out and the focus is on climbing up the ladder and multi-tasking between home and work.

The third decade finds women juggling home and work, kids and ageing parents. The pressures are mounting –emotionally, financially, physically and mentally. Stress levels are usually very high at this stage and this results in poor metabolism.

By the fourth decade, the past catches up. The excess fat has piled up over the years and this is also the time when kids leave home to study and women are faced with an empty home.

In the fifth decade, women tend to slow it down. Since they already know the health problems that they are up against, many tend to fall into depression and become lethargic, losing interest in the way they live.

This by far is the most challenging part of every woman’s life.

That’s why it’s best to start an AntiGravity fitness regime early. Give yourself one hour a day to exercise on a hammock. It will help you through the various problems that crop up in life like:

  • Stress
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Thyroid imbalance
  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches
  • Lower back disorders
  • Fertility problems
  • Sleep disorders
  • Hair fall
  • Wrinkles
  • Cholesterol
  • Joint mobility
  • Bone density
  • Weight gain
  • Failing eyesight

Physically, AntiGravity decompresses tight joints, strengthens your core, increases overall agility, helps you to hold challenging poses longer, and most of all introduces you to the joy of doing inversions.

Mentally, you get more confidence as your overall posture improves and you think faster on your feet as the brain gets a proper workout.

So don’t wait for the decades to pass you by. Start your practise at whatever stage of life you’re at –the younger the better– and see the difference!

One hour a day

09 Oct


You are not born a woman, you become one! International Women’s Day (March 8) is celebrated the world over to mark the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a day to remember that men and women are equals in all walks of life.

International Women’s Day has been around since the early 1900s. And it assumes greater importance today because women are scaling new heights in every aspect of life be it sports, films, music or education. And as women, we must continue to support each other’s rise to the top. This can only happen if we’re physically and mentally fit. Which is why this Women’s day, we must start focusing on a healthier life. This is only natural considering that today, we expect to be perfect both from outside and within.

We need to look good and feel good at the same time, so expectations are high both at home and outside.  This all-round perfection can be made possible only if we set aside one hour a day, everyday, for ourselves, in the pursuit of health and fitness.

So this Women’s day make a promise to yourself that you will get that perfect Mind, Body and  Spirit that you’ve been dreaming of!

Fly High… Happy Women’s Day! Wishing you all a healthier life!

Group Therapy

09 Oct

Many people say that yoga is “too easy, in fact, you don’t need a teacher, one can just sit at home and do all the asanas.”

True! There are so many TV programmes, books, websites, photo sharing sites that can introduce you to the different aspects of yoga. But that’s where it all ends.

Aspiring yogis start off on a daily yoga schedule and three weeks later, it’s back to sleeping late. After all, doing 60 Surya Namaskars even to the best of music is boring day in and day out!

And that’s where the yoga class comes in. When a few like minded people get together to further their yoga practice, it ceases to be an exercise regime and turns into a challenge.

If the person next to you is touching their toes and going even further by doing it standing on one leg, you are pushed into doing the same. Perhaps even more!

In the end, the group motivates you to reach out for the sky. Each class turns into a challenge. Soon you start to get better and better and finally you’re hooked! Simply because if you skip classes you lose your edge and your buddy has gone far ahead of you.

In the end, yoga is all about practice. Every pose is possible provided you go after it without giving up. For that to happen, you need a good guide, and people around to challenge and motivate you. It may just be the difference between standing on your head and doing a split while standing on your head!!

So go ahead and find yourself a good yoga class. There’s nothing like group therapy to help you reach for the sky!

Beetroot for better performance

09 Oct


The humble beetroot is known to be a powerful athletic performance enhancer, great for cyclists, runners, and regular gym goers. It increases endurance levels if you have half a glass of juice or a half a beetroot 45m -1 hour before any workout. It is a rich source of vitamin c, niacin, manganese, and calcium.
*Beetroot increases the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.
*It contains nitrates, which convert to nitric oxide that help increase the blood flow and maintain healthy pressure.
*Beetroot creates a by product called glutathione (GSH) which detoxifies the body, is a natural blood cleanser, and great for the liver and gastrointestinal system.
*Beetroot fights diabetes, since it contains alpha lipoic acid which lowers blood sugar levels, protects from oxidative stress, and increases insulin sensitivity.
* It protects the body DNA, is a rich source of folate which helps the body make new cells by copying and synthesizing the existing DNA.
(Avoid if you are suffering from kidney stones as it contains oxalates.)

Goodnight Tea

09 Oct

Belly fat buster

Today’s morning routine for most career girls looks the same- wake up early, rush to the gym, eat a healthy breakfast and head out to work. Working out every day is a must but most complain that it still does nothing for the belly fat. No matter where they lose weight, the belly refuses to go down. For some, this leads to serious health problems like high blood sugar, PCOS, hormonal imbalance etc.

What if we told you that coupled with all that working out and strict diet there’s one more secret that you can add to your routine and all in less than a minute.  Say hello to the ‘magic tea’, a combination of simple kitchen ingredients—cinnamon, turmeric and ginger.

Here’s what you do…

  • Boil two cups of water with a small bit of cinnamon (dalchini) and ginger
  • Put into a teacup and add half a teaspoon of turmeric
  • Stir and sip
  • Add honey if you need sweetening

Studies say that half a teaspoon of cinnamon contains antioxidants called polyphenols. They are rich in vitamins – C, K, as well as minerals. Cinnamon also has calcium, iron and manganese, cures indigestion, gas, bloating, heartburn and diarrhoea, and controls blood sugar levels, cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity and heart disease.

Ginger the magic root also works on obesity, heart disease, leads to a glowing complexion, shiny hair and renewed energy. While turmeric helps the body fight infections, repair damage, and keeps the brain function at optimum levels.

Put all these three magic ingredients together and you’ve got a cup of tea that is unbeatable. Sip it every night and your belly fat literally begins to fade away.

But you have to be consistent for it to work its magic. So skip the vodka tonight, and sip some tea instead. Your body will thank you the mornings after! Especially when the compliments start pouring in…