Home trends to try out this monsoon

Home trends to try out this monsoon

Romantic upholstery The best way to do up your pad is by giving your upholstery a makeover. Instead of using plain bright linens, go for something soft and soothing this season. It can simply be a few big flowers in shades of red and green. From bedspreads to curtains, table mats and linens — there is no end to it. Soul wall Many a times most people use one single colour in their house as the focal point. This trend is passe. Instead use a printed wallpaper to liven up…

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Have a family vacation in mind? Try Japan’s Osaka and these other destinations

Have a family vacation in mind? Try Japan’s Osaka and these other destinations

Japan’s Osaka is emerging as a major hotspot for family vacations this year. Looking to shake up your family holiday in 2017? Get inspiration from Airbnb’s new list of top trending family vacation destinations 2017, which has identified Osaka, Japan as an emerging hotspot this year. After looking at the destinations that experienced the biggest increases in guest arrivals at family-friendly listings by groups of more than three travellers, analysts at Airbnb compiled a top-10 list of hotspots for family vacations in 2017. And according to the results, it looks…

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Want to reduce your heart attack risk? Try eating breakfast for once.

Want to reduce your heart attack risk? Try eating breakfast for once.

MAYBE THIS IS just an American thing, but no meal seems more controversial these days than breakfast. The debate has raged for decades: Should eat breakfast every day? Can planning out the timing of your meals help you be healthier? Past studies seem to go both ways one the subject—and some people just don’t like to eat in the morning. But here’s a new volley of evidence: Doing both can help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., according to …

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Stressed and Frustrated with Office Work? Go Take a Walk or Try Swimming

Stressed and Frustrated with Office Work? Go Take a Walk or Try Swimming

Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress. Stress isn’t always bad. Stress within your comfort zone can help you stay focused, energetic, and able to meet new challenges in the workplace. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation or alert to prevent accidents or costly mistakes at work. But in today’s hectic world, the workplace can often seem like an emotional roller coaster. Long hours, tight deadlines, and ever increasing demands can leave you feeling worried,…

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Yoga Can Help Fight Back Pain: 4 Effective Poses You Must Try

Yoga Can Help Fight Back Pain: 4 Effective Poses You Must Try

Back pain can be caused by simplest of things. One of the most common reasons would certainly include sitting all day long with minimal physical activity. Wrong sitting posture, excessive driving, wrong sleeping posture or just an old injury resurfacing can be few factors contributing to that nagging back pain. In some cases skeletal imbalance or morbid obesity are also to blame. “The muscles between your shoulder blades, the Rhomboid and Trapezius muscles, work hard to keep your head straight in line with the centre of gravity.  When these are…

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How to Increase Your IQ: 8 Fun Brain Exercises to Try Everyday

How to Increase Your IQ: 8 Fun Brain Exercises to Try Everyday

Now, who doesn’t like to be brainy or called an Einstein? We all aspire to be the intelligent one, who can answer all the tricky questions at the snap of the fingers while the others gaze and wonder. The brain is a miraculous organ with incredible capabilities, and good intelligence can take you a long way towards your road to success. So how can you work on it? In the early 1900s, a German Psychologist called William Stern coined the term “IQ”, which means Intelligence Quotient, and it referred to…

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Skip the Super-Flexible Yoga Instructor, Instead, Try Six Weeks of Introductory Moves

Skip the Super-Flexible Yoga Instructor, Instead, Try Six Weeks of Introductory Moves

Plagued by stiff or painful joints as we age, some of us consider yoga. We sign up for a “gentle” yoga class but find ourselves pushing too hard to keep up, feeling inadequate, becoming more rigid instead of more relaxed. So we try a yoga video, which we can do alone at home. But there’s still that incredibly flexible teacher on the screen, effortlessly making us feel tense and clumsy. In contrast, there’s something soothingly achievable about “Relax into Yoga for Seniors: A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility and…

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The Stress of the Holidays – and 2016 – May Make This the Perfect Time to Try Meditation

The Stress of the Holidays – and 2016 – May Make This the Perfect Time to Try Meditation

If we can agree on one thing, it’s that this holiday season is especially stressful. This year it’s not just about the crush of shopping, decorating, cooking and traveling, but the whirl of emotions about getting together with friends and family, some of whom may disagree with you on matters more weighty than whose holiday sweater is ugliest. It may be the year to spike the eggnog. Better yet, it may be the year to try meditation. We spoke to Tara Brach, a psychologist, teacher and founder of the Insight…

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Suffering from High BP? Try Yoga

Suffering from High BP? Try Yoga

Practising hatha yoga — a combination of asanas, pranayam and meditation — daily as well as maintaining healthy lifestyle may help reduce blood pressure in patients with pre hypertension, a study has found. Pre hypertension — slightly elevated blood pressure — is blood pressure readings with a systolic pressure from 120 to 139 mm Hg or a diastolic pressure from 80 to 89 mm Hg. Readings greater than or equal to 140/90 mm Hg are considered hypertension — or high blood pressure. “Patients with pre hypertension are likely to develop…

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Want a Full-Body Workout? Try a Rowing Machine

Want a Full-Body Workout? Try a Rowing Machine

Shoulders down, back straight, abs tight, Fola Awosika instructed during a Foundations class at RowVigor in Arlington, the Washington area’s first pop-up rowing studio. Then: “You want your legs to do the bulk of the work.” Wait, what? “Your legs are the strongest part,” he explained, despite the commonly held belief that rowing is all about the upper body. In fact, rowing engages 86 percent of muscles, an English Institute of Sport study found. Rowing is obviously not a new sport, but interest in indoor machines is growing. One reason…

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