Milk – Not your Child’s Best Friend

One thing synonymous to healthy growth of a child is MILK. We’ve all grown up drinking milk throughout our early life and are still continuing to do so.

While I have already discussed about the need and negative impact of milk on an adult, let’s explore just how much milk is good milk even for a child. Especially when everyone around us advices to give the kid “THE HOLY WHOLE FOOD”.

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ACE YOUR WORKOUTS WITH THE RIGHT ROOM TEMPERATURE

As random as it may sound but yes, there IS an ideal room temperature for workout. As you would know, there are multiple factors that work in tandem to make a workout session successful. Room temperature being one of them. In outdoor workouts, temperature cannot be controlled and since it is natural with more air and usually sunlight, it does the body good.

But it becomes important when it comes to indoor / closed room workouts, such as in gym or fitness studios.

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Workouts – Period’s Best Friend

Girls! We know what a messy pain period can be. Regardless of how much or how less your period cramps hurt, there is no denying that the hormonal changes during PMS and periods can make us extremely moody. And it also tires us out mentally and physically. Resting is usually recommended as it helps us. But what we don’t realize is that working out during periods can be of an ever greater help. I’ll just say it – Workouts are a period’s best friend. Period.

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Destination Workout

A new trend in the fitness industry is Destination Workouts. What are they you ask? It’s about a fitness and travel enthusiast traveling to various locations all across and working out in a natural environment. It gives a raw feel when you work out amidst nature and with no gym equipment support.

The workout focuses on strength training as well as cardio, while using your body weight and what nature has to offer. Sometimes, a few people also include basic equipment if nothing is available in the surroundings. The impact is not only on your physical body but also your mental well-being as nature makes you happy!

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KNOW YOUR DIETS – DEBUNKING 8 MOST FAMOUS DIETS (Part 2)

As we are exploring the most famous diets, I have spoken about 4 diets in the Part 1 of this article.Now, let’s move on to the other diets and understand what is what and should we even be going ahead blindly with any diet that any one recommends. Know this – only because everyone does or knows it, does not make it right.

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KNOW YOUR DIETS – DEBUNKING 8 MOST FAMOUS DIETS (Part 1)

For a fit & healthy lifestyle, there are two most crucial elements – fitness and nutrition.

While you work out to maintain your fitness level, all fails if your nutrition isn’t proper and more importantly, right. Without the right nutrition/diet, all the intense workout that you may have done either reaps results really slowly or doesn’t have any effect at all.

So what kind of nutrition is right for you? While I have explained all about dieting and bad diets in my articles (DIETING – An introduction to mindful eating and Bad Weight Loss Diets to AvoidDieting-A Good Diet, , here we explore the famous diets, how to follow them, and how they affect your body.

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Breath Right to Live Right

We’re all breathing, no doubt. But have you ever stopped and wondered if you’re doing it right? Only because your body does it involuntarily, doesn’t mean you are doing it right. 

Even in Indian culture, the importance of breathing has always been highlighted in terms of Pranayam – 

“The way you breathe is the way you think”

Today, let’s understand the dynamics of breathing right (Deep Breathing), to make sure that we are taking in all the required oxygen and positivity and the same is supplied to our mind, body and soul. 

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FOODS FOR PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or commonly known as PCOS, is a very common health concern but thankfully, we have enough awareness around this issue. Although the problem may seem overwhelming, it really can be handled very easily with a few changes in your lifestyle and eating habits, and of course, a positive approach where you accept your body and nurture it with love. While we have already discussed the syndrome in detail in our article – PCOS, today let’s explore the foods that we can and cannot eat to help cope with this situation better.

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Temperature Therapy

Be it a gym injury, an awkward sleeping position, less or sudden movement of a joint or muscle, a major fall or a chronic muscle/joint condition – all these can cause soreness, stiffness and injuries, leading to mild to severe pain. Recovery in such cases might need a little more help than just pills, creams and rest. Today let’s explore the ‘temperature treatment’ method to combat such pains and injuries safely. 

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Lose the Fat. Not your Mind.

There’s one universal chant on almost everyone’s lips these days – I NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT!!

Are you one of the religious chanters? Do you know what exactly you’re getting yourself into? Because weight loss is much more than just a drop in that number. If done right, it can accentuate your wellbeing but if done wrongly, it can harm in multiple ways. Today, let’s look into what actually healthy weight loss is. 

What is weight loss?

In simple terms, weight is a reduction of number on your weighing scale. But a closer look will tell you if that drop is because of fat loss, muscle mass loss or body fluid loss. That’s right – weight loss can happen as a result of any of these loses. 

*Weight loss = Muscle loss + Fat loss + Water loss

You need to balance this to experience healthy weight loss that doesn’t bounce back. 

  • Muscle loss causes weakness in the body and it also slows down your metabolism drastically which means your body fat increases and so does your weight. 
  • Fluid loss can mean you’re severely dehydrated and such type of weight comes back almost immediately. So this too cannot be considered as true weight loss. 
  • Fat loss is the main area where the real weight loss happens and that is what you must majorly focus on. A healthy lean body has lower levels of fat percentage, 10% to 15% for men and 15% to 20% for women. Your fat percentage is the true measurement of how fit and in which shape you are.

This doesn’t mean you should not lose overall weight. In some cases, where people are overweight, an overall reduction is required. It is best to consult your doctor and a professional trainer to help you decide the path of your weight loss journey. 

So let’s focus on the star of weight loss – FAT LOSS.

What happens in Fat Loss?

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Fat loss means reducing your body-fat percentage – the amount of fat you carry. It means burning the fats (stored as triglycerides) and turning them into energy to be used by the body. Fat loss happens when you burn and use more fat than the intake amount. And to pace up or increase the fat loss, your body needs to start using fatty acids as its primary source of energy. 

What happens to the fat when you lose weight? 

Your body converts fat to usable energy for your muscles and other tissues through a series of complex metabolic processes. This causes your fat cells to shrink.

These metabolic activities also generate heat, which helps maintain your body temperature, and waste products. These waste products — water and carbon dioxide — are excreted in your urine and sweat or exhaled from your lungs.

How does Fat Loss Happen?

Presently, the primary source of energy for your body is glycogen (found majorly in carbs, sugar). Because glycogen is easier for your body to use as energy, it’s used before fat. So if your glycogen stores are full, your body doesn’t burn fat. To start burning fat, you need to diminish your glycogen stores so your body has no other choice than to use stored fat for energy.

Glycogen depletion happens when we run out of glycogen stores because of lack of food (rich in carbs and sugar) or intense exercise. Glycogen in the muscles can only be used by that muscle. Glycogen stored in the liver can be used throughout the body. So it’s important to monitor closely what you eat. When following a low-carb diet, your body needs time to adjust to a new fuel source.

*Low-carb and ketogenic diets, as well as strenuous exercise, deplete glycogen stores, causing the body to burn fat for energy, hence making you lose fat faster. And since you’re losing fat faster, you’ll also need to refill the stock with good fat.

Some good fat choices include:

  • Avocado
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Salmon
  • Grass-fed butter
  • Ghee
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds (in moderation)

To maintain a low body fat and/or lower body fat:

  • Exercise at least 5 hours per week
  • Eat whole/unprocessed foods at regular intervals, while being aware of physical hunger/fullness cues
  • Sleep 7-9 hours per night
  • Don’t engage in extreme diets
  • Stay consistent with your habits
  • Incorporate non-exercise physical activity
  • Ignore food advertising

Remember, people with same height and weight can look different and that could because of fat percentage! So understand your body thoroughly before embarking on this journey and make sure you lose the right kind of weight. If you have any more questions, drop a comment below and I will be happy to help you out.

 

It’s never too early or too late to start working out

It’s never too early or too late to start working out. The agility, stamina, endurance, focus, will power and most importantly – the positive “can-do” attitude that comes as a result of workouts can benefit people of all ages. Even kids! But there’s a lot to consider before you let your kid into the field because the mind and body at a young age are highly impressionable. When done the right way, exercising / working out can form a strong foundation for the kids’ physical and mental future. Today let’s understand when is the right age for kids to start exercising and what precautions are to be practice. 

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Healthy Children: Children and Food Habits

Every mother has found herself saying, “EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!” This “motherly wisdom” never goes out of fashion because one thing that almost all children resent is VEGETABLES! 

You know it’s imperative for your kid to eat their veggies for the healthy growth. So, how do you get them to eat the healthy food, without making a fuss every time?

Today, let’s get a fresher perspective on our children’s eating habits.

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Sweat

They say that when you work out, you don’t perspire; YOU GLOW! But let’s face it – nobody likes to sweat or see others sweat. But again, there’s no escaping it. Everyone sweats while working out – just the intensity varies. And sweat becomes even more repulsive because of the odor it carries. There’s no denying that body odor (B.O) is a big turn off! Since you are in a social setting, whether in a common gym, group class or with your personal trainer, there is a certain social protocol that you need to follow so as to not cause inconvenience to others. You wouldn’t want someone smelly working out next to you now, would you?  

But should we resent sweating altogether because of B.O? Or is there a way to tackle it? Today, let’s sweat it out to understand this whole concept of Perspiration better and how not to spread the wings of B.O everywhere. 

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Core Training

The root of any structure’s strength lies in the strength of its core – the powerhouse of the entire structure that is the basic and most important part. And this fact holds true even for the human body – the most complex of structures. 

What exactly is our core? Simply put, core is your midsection and it involves all your muscles in that area including the front, back and sides. Be it your daily activities, workout or simple leisurely time – you’d be surprised to know just how much of everything you do is impacted by your core. And this highlights the importance of having a strong core. Without a strong core, the system fails in many ways, subtle and big.

Today, let’s understand the importance of Core Strengthening for the Human Body. 

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Hydration

There’s one mantra that everyone swears by – STAY HYDRATED. With 60% (approx.) of our body being water, humans are walking, talking, breathing water bodies. And this itself underscores the importance of water intake. Majority of our daily functioning of organs and joints is based on water. It is when you’re dehydrated that you start feeling sick / down.  One activity when your body is prone to excessive dehydration is Workout. And hence, I cannot emphasize enough about the need to hydrate when you exercise.

Today, let’s explore this fact in detail to understand it better. 

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