Tag Archives: Yoga

4 Effective Exercises for Piriformis Syndrome

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As important it is to working your muscles everyday, stretching those muscles before and after the workout is equally important. I have suffered with sciatica pains on and off in the last year. There are many reasons for that. Maybe it was due to the workouts I do that require me to move very quickly, sometimes causing me to compromise on my posture and causing injury. Or it also could be due to having a desk job and long hours of sitting. Or it could be stress.

If you are somebody who has suffered frequent flare-ups of your sciatica nerve, these exercises will bring faster relief to you compared to any pain filler. In any form of a back pain, stretching is best solution. So here are a few exercises that might help you overcome the pain, and speed up the healing process-

Pigeon Pose
pigeon pose
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6 Ways – In Shape For A Big Day

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in shape, big day, wedding
We all have one of those big events in life that creep up on us very quickly. We wanna look our best in a very short period of time, for say – cousin Sam’s wedding, or for that much awaited prom night, or for that sexy beach party, or even for your own wedding! These are all times when we tend to be the most conscious about our appearance. There will be a million pictures taken and like you know, pictures stay forever! 🙂 So can you quickly diminish the effects of bad eating habits? Here’s how!
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Stop Being A Maniac!

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Rest Days
Importance of Rest Days:-

Whether you are a runner, a swimmer, a figure skater or simply crazy about losing pounds, reassess your workout regimen and see if you might be overdoing it. Today’s materialistic society has eliminated the idea of having a natural human body. The thoughts of the “six pack abs” and “size 00” have taken over the world. Which in reality is a wrong target to aim at. And people are working and pushing their body harder than what is needed. The aim should be to lead a healthy and hollistic life through exercising, good diet and a winning attitude. And that can only happen if your body is in the best condition to do so.

Have you had one of those days when you wake one morning and you have to “peel” yourself off the bed because your muscles are so sore? I know I have. That’s your body telling you that you need to get some rest. Rest days are super important because it is then when the body adapts to the stress from the new exercises and the effect from your workout takes place. Your workouts cause muscle tissue breakdown and during the recovery period is when your body repairs the damaged tissues as well as replenish the energy lost during the exercising.

So here are few things you could do to take a break:
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Secret To Living Longer

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4 types of resilience,jane mcgongil

Spring break has officially begun! What it means for me? A week off from school! What it means for you? More posts from me to read! I am extremely excited about having sometime out from focusing on school work and spend that time in writing for all of my wonderful readers. Just the other morning as I was getting ready for work, I happened to stumble upon a TED talk and had it playing in the background as I was getting ready. And I must say, it had a huge impact on my day!

Jane McGongil is a game designer by profession and in this video she starts talking about the top 5 regrets of a dying person, and how playing a game can help a person achieve those things while they are still alive. She does an extremely great job in banishing the common myth around playing games – it is a waist of time and it kills brain cells. She scientifically proves that games can in turn have a highly positive impact on people and help them feel better, more confident and fulfilled with their lives. She then goes on to talk about “post-traumatic growth” and how playing certain kind of games help in improving and bringing about life changes after a traumatic incident.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t3y7EeBhxg

But what I want you guys know the most in this post are the 4 types of resilience – physical, mental, emotional and social.

1. Physical resilience – Physical activity increases our body’s ability to handle stress and heal itself. Eg. adoptive an active lifestyle.

2. Mental resilience – Activities such as creative flow, reading or any kind of concentration increases discipline, determination and the ability to focus.

3. Emotional resilience – Provoking positive emotions such as curiosity, and love increases our overall wellbeing, health and longevity. Eg. hugging your pet, spending time with your loved ones, etc.

4. Social resilience – When we practice positive social engagement especially when touch and gratitude are involved, we get a hit of the bonding chemical Oxytocin. Eg. say thank you to a friend for his/her help, be grateful about your life and all the positive things you are surrounded by.

Now you must wonder what has this to do wit fitness? Well it has everything to do with fitness. Exercises and a good clean diet will only help if you are fit and happy from within. Having a low drive and determination along with low self-esteem or confidence, will not help you develop the will power which is needed to have a fit life. Hence it is as important to be fit from within. So for the next few days, make it a point to do these 5 things with me:

1). Take time out to spend an hour relaxing with your loved one. Eg. your kids, your husband, your friends, family, or even your pet.

2). Genuinely thank people for their help and do a little something to make their day.

3). Spend a few minutes infront of the mirror and tell yourself – “I am the best and I will strive to be better!

4). Smile alot!

5). Play some angry birds for a few minutes everyday 😉

Have a great week all!

5 Ways To Get In Shape For Summer

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Get In Shape For Summer, summer fitness

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, the excitement of summer being around the corner fills all of us with new energy and enthusiasm. One great way of using this energy is to get in shape. I have been trying out a few things which have been working for me greatly and I would like to share them with you.

1). Morning Workouts: Try and start a new workout program and schedule the workouts for early mornings. Other than getting one’s metabolism high and burning more calories through out the day, the biggest benefit of working out in the morning is that once you are done, you have the entire day to plan and do other things. The human psychology tries to postpone those events of the day which are hardest to do, and to ultimately not get around to completing them. So in order to prevent frustration and guilt later, push yourself a little extra and get done with your workout in the morning itself.

To get more ideas on waking up early: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvv2LJdABnk

2). Drinking water before every meal: Drinking a glass of water (approx. 8 ounces) before a meal will help you consume less food. The water will not only hydrate you, but also give you a temporary feeling of having a full stomach. This feeling will tell the brain to only eat as much is required.

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Insanity/Asylum Vol 1/Asylum Vol 2 – Which One is for You?

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By Pallavi Sharma

Continuing on my “Insanity” journey, I picked up Asylum Volume 1 over the month of January and successfully completed it! It involved alot of hard work and more than that, dedication. Currently I am over half way into Volume 2. Now out of all these workouts, which one is best suited for you?

There are multitudes of blog posts and articles out there which will give you quite a detailed analysis of each workout in each of the programs. I will be listing some of those in this post for your reference. But my idea of this post is to give you a gist of all the three and give you an honest picture of which one is best suited for you.

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Yoga : A Cure For Swine Flu

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By Pallavi Sharma

Swami Ramdev, popularly known as Baba Ramdev, is a Indian Hindu Swami (Saint) whose efforts have been greatly instrumental in the widespread demand of Yoga among individuals of all ages and walks of life. It is because of him that Yoga today has a completely different look and feel and has gained acceptance by one and all.

The growing threat of Swine Flu in India has shaken people from within and everyone seems to be resorting to extreme medical and pharmaceutical care. But little do we realize that the age old Yoga can prove to have the best and the most lasting cure for Swine Flu. Here’s a video clip of Baba Ramdev talking to reporters of India Times, spreading the word that Yoga can be practiced as a great preventive measure against Swine Flu.

“An individual who has a strong respiratory system can never be affected by this disease. In order to have one, by regular practice of pranayama one can strengthen their immune system, especially respiratory system.” says Swami Ramdev. He also added that the media has created intense panic among people for this disease which is very much curable and should not be looked upon as a scare. Click on the link below and check out the video.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videoshow/4885141.cms