Walk, do a household chore, hit the gym: Live long by being active for 30 min daily

Walk, do a household chore, hit the gym: Live long by being active for 30 min daily

How active are you in your everyday life? If you find that you are not even engaged in physical activity of any kind for even 30 minutes a day, it’s time to find time to exercise and change your lifestyle. The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study involving more than 130,000 people from 17 countries, led by the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences, showed that any activity is good for people to meet the current guideline of 30 minutes of activity a day, or 150 minutes a…

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Hate going to the gym? Just 25 min of yoga can boost energy levels and brain function

Hate going to the gym? Just 25 min of yoga can boost energy levels and brain function

Meditating and practising yoga have numerous health benefits. They can boost your body and mind, and even ‘reverse’ stress-causing DNA. A new study suggests that just 25 minutes of hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation every day can significantly improve brain function and energy levels. It can boost the brain’s executive functions, cognitive abilities linked to goal-directed behaviour and the ability to control knee-jerk emotional responses, habitual thinking patterns and actions. Researcher Peter Hall from the University Of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada said that hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation both focus the brain’s…

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When it’s raining, ditch the gym: 4 DIY workouts you can do at home, in your bedroom

When it’s raining, ditch the gym: 4 DIY workouts you can do at home, in your bedroom

Imagine a day when it is pouring outside. Even getting to your car, to get to the gym risks getting drenched. And yet, you need your daily dose of sweating it out. We have the answer to your troubles. Here are 4 DIY workouts to do in the comfort of your home, as told by Shwetambari Shetty, a Zumba and fitness expert. 1) Movement: Plank Jack How to do it: Begin in plank position, with your shoulders over your wrists, your body in one straight line, and your feet together. Like the…

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Gym rules for beginners

Gym rules for beginners

Finally decided to hit the gymafter months (or years) of procrastination? While you congratulate yourself on finally taking this big step, here are some things that you need to keep in mind when you start working out at a gym for the first time… Exercising cannot be done while you wear just about anything, so invest a bit in your gym wardrobe. You don’t have to stick to only black colours, rather purchase some gym clothes in funky neon colours. Make sure what you wear isn’t too tight or loose….

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How to make your gym workouts successful

How to make your gym workouts successful

Planning your workout in advance will help you train better (Thinkstock) Not everyone who joins a gymmanages to get into shape. In fact, some people are gym regulars for years but fail to get into the shape they desire. There could be several reasons for this. Following an unhealthy diet, underlying health complications and hormonal imbalances are just some of the reasons why you could be unsuccessful in the gym. Take a cue from people who are not only successful in achieving their workout goals but are worth getting inspired…

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How to Get Six Pack Abs Without Going to the Gym

How to Get Six Pack Abs Without Going to the Gym

The summer season is around the corner and it is time to get into your short pants and t-shirts to flaunt your physique. That perfect V-shaped torso, chiseled muscles and toned body are desired by all yet achieved by very few. Burning enough calories and following a strict diet is one way to get into shape. Six-pack abdominal muscles are one of the most desirable fitness goals around the globe today. It’s a fitness statement like no other. What exactly is ‘Six-Pack’? Six-pack is a thin sheet of abdominal muscles;…

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5 nasty skin conditions you can pick up at the gym

5 nasty skin conditions you can pick up at the gym

Next time you hunker down on that bench, consider all the other guys who sweated their way through their workouts there, too. Along with that pool of perspiration, the other guys could be leaving a host of other nasty things behind. Things like viruses, bacteria, and fungi that can cause some gross, uncomfortable, or even serious skin conditions if they make their way into your body. Here, 5 nasty skin conditions you can pick up at the gym—and what you need to do to cure them, stat. (For the ultimate…

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Having an Off Day at the Gym? Listen to Your Body and Lay Off

Having an Off Day at the Gym? Listen to Your Body and Lay Off

You’re at the gym for a weightlifting session. But something feels off. You’re not a beginner and want to get your workout in for the day, but your body isn’t responding positively to the movement. Or you’re an experienced runner, and your body can’t keep up with the pace at which you started while on a training run. You want to achieve a high level of exertion and are unsure how fast or slow you should go. How do you make sense of what your body is telling you? Autoregulation…

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The Ultimate Guide to Gym Memberships: 7 Ways You Can Save Money

The Ultimate Guide to Gym Memberships: 7 Ways You Can Save Money

An estimated £3 billion is spent by British gym-goers annually to get into shape and it is a similar case in other countries as well. A large chunk of it goes into buying nutrition books, fitness DVDs, equipment and of course, gym clothing. The budget hits the roof in no time and when it comes to expensive gym membership, one only begins to cringe. Self-training or regular outdoor runs will always remain the best and most inexpensive ways to stay fit. However, for people with absolutely no history in fitness…

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The Ultimate Guide to Gym Memberships: 7 Ways You Can Save Money

The Ultimate Guide to Gym Memberships: 7 Ways You Can Save Money

An estimated £3 billion is spent by British gym-goers annually to get into shape and it is a similar case in other countries as well. A large chunk of it goes into buying nutrition books, fitness DVDs, equipment and of course, gym clothing. The budget hits the roof in no time and when it comes to expensive gym membership, one only begins to cringe.Self-training or regular outdoor runs will always remain the best and most inexpensive ways to stay fit. However, for people with absolutely no history in fitness and…

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