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15 Video Tips for Staying Fit AT Work

December 12, 2009 by  
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The last thing most of us want to do when finished with the work day is go to the gym. Now you don’t have to make that trek with these 15 tips for staying fit all within the confines of your workspace.

Workouts are best when seen rather than read. Watch these videos on pilates, yoga, running, and more.

  1.  Can Ten Minutes Change Your Life?: Dr. Toni Yancey of UCLA’s School of Public Health says that even ten minutes a day can be a trigger for more lasting healthy changes. In this interview for NPR, this new micro exercise movement is discussed, along with its benefits.
  2. Jillian Michaels’ Mini Workouts: From internationally renowned trainer Jillian Michaels come this series of short workout videos. Many of these can be performed in a short time, with little or no equipment. Get workouts for your arms, legs, abs, and much more.
  3. How to Do Office Yoga: Lena Koontz had been studying and teaching yoga for over ten years. In these free how to videos, you’ll learn tips and techniques for yoga stretching exercises you can do in the office. With 17 in the series, you can find poses for your neck, shoulders, spine, wrist, legs, and more to relieve stress at your desk.
  4. Desk Pilates: Complete Workout: Do pilates like a pro without leaving your desk. Instructor Eleanor Gomez demonstrates a simple workout that will help prevent repetitive strain injury, strengthen your spine, and make sitting, working, and playing more comfortable.
  5. Resolution Solution: This series of workout videos is ideal for those who want to build rather than maintain an exercise routine. For those who would like a simple workout, start with strength and toning which can be done at the office or home. Those who would like more have the option to build a more complex routine.
  6. 15-Minute Desk Workout: Coach Nicole shows you this simple workout without the need for exercise equipment. She shows you exercise techniques using only your weight and a stationary chair. You can also get a print out of this routine to take to work.
  7. How to Massage Away a Headache: One of the most common ailments of the workplace is a headache. Learn these simple techniques from a licensed massage therapist to avoid or relieve a headache.
  8. 4 Minute Death Squat Workout: For advanced users only, this brief workout will have beginners straining. It is a continual set of power squats for four minutes. Those who can master this workout can expect a leaner, toner lower body.
  9. Packed Purses can Cause Neck Pain: Learn how to avoid this common problem for women who carry heavy purses, or men who carry hefty bags. Doctors and experts weigh in on this problem, as well as offer alternatives.
  10. Desk Stretch: Trainer Kendell Hogan from ExerciseTV shows you this technique. Whether at work or at home, use these easy and effective exercises to stretch and rejuvenate throughout the day. Perfect when waiting for large downloads or a slow printer.
  11. Tricep Dips: Cindy shows you how to do this simple exercise using just a chair. In this short video, you will learn how to tighten and strengthen your upper arms.
  12. One Mile Walk: Have a free lunch hour? Then learn how to pack the most into a short walk with boosters. There are also links to videos for more advanced walkers going for two or three miles.
  13. The Center Space Ten Minute Lunch Break: This ten minute lesson gives you simple yet effective pilates exercises. Abdominals are focused on, as well as other areas. There is also a link to the second part of this workout.
  14. How to do Basic Deskercise: This short video will teach you how to maximize your downtime or lunch hour. It will teach you simple stretching and breathing exercises. It also has tips to relieve the stress of staring at a computer screen.
  15. Lose Weight on Your Lunch Break: Megan shows you how to do a fast, effective workout you can do in one hour. In this short video, she shows you how to do various sprints. You can also learn how to do rowing, along with other exercises for those who can sneak to the gym during lunch.

Whether you are just starting a workout routine or developing an existing one, these 50 entries will have you doing everything from exercising to eating better to relieving stress in no time

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Fitness At Workplace

December 4, 2009 by  
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‘Fitness at workplace’ is the latest mantra in the corporate world. Companies have realised that regular exercise boosts employee morale, enhances productivity, reduces absenteeism and signs of burnout or depression.

Here are some easy everyday things you can do to get healthy and fit while at your workplace:

Stay hydrated: Water helps your body with physical and mental performance, detoxification and digestion. Keep a water bottle at your desk and you’ll find it much easier to drink the recommend eight glasses of water each day. It will ease stress and result in sustained energy throughout the day. You can also supplement it with fresh lemonade and coconut water, etc, to avoid monotony.

Make reasons to walk around: Give yourself several reasons to take a break and move around after every 40 minutes. Simply getting up and moving around for a few moments can keep you focused, less fatigued and feeling better. For example, avoid ordering a cup of coffee/ tea at your desk, go and get it yourself or while speaking with someone on cell phone walk around till you end the call. Get down from your car if driven by a chauffer a few blocks before your office and walk the remaining distance provided you leave home 10 to 15 minutes before your usual time.

Hit the office gym in lunch hours: Try to exercise for 30 minutes during the lunchtime and grab a bite at your desk afterwards. Encourage having an area of a simple gym in your office. It could be jogger or a stationary bicycle or a treadmill. If you have a gym in your office building – sneak out during work day – you can always cover by working at hour extra.

Simple stretching: People often face stress, back and joint pains and weight gain problems at work. To get rid of such health problems, while sitting in your chair, flex your feet and circle your ankles, stretch your legs and arms as frequent as you can.

Take the stairs: Whenever possible, get moving and take the stairs rather than the elevator. Taking stairs will keep you fit and energetic.

Pack healthy snacks: Rather than buying chips, junk food and sodas during office hours, bring some granola, fruit or raw veggies to snack on. This healthy diet will keep your energy levels fit and steady.

Walk n Talk: When it’s practical, schedule walking meetings or brainstorming sessions. Do laps inside your building or take your walking meetings outdoors.

Participate in different office games: Office games such as table tennis, basket ball are an interesting way to keep healthy and fit. These games not only keep your energy levels high but also keep your body in good shape.

Posture: Ergonomics at workplace is very important, it will help you maintain a good posture while at work.

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Bring “OM”ph in your sex life – the Yoga way

November 27, 2009 by  
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The New ‘Om’ of good sex life!

In yoga studios of suburban Delhi, there’s a new asana for sexuality, which is bringing a revolution in the lives of men and women. Delhi-based yoga expert Mini Shastri advises Surya Namaskar every morning for a scared sexual connection.

” Surya Namaskar is a combination of 12 different poses, back bends, forward bends. While doing the namaskar you contract and expand your nerves to the pelvic girdle, which is your sexual core. This stimulates your sexual hormones and helps you achieve a new sexual equilibrium. While kundalini yoga is also beneficial for a better sex life. For instance, vrkasana or the scorpio pose helps your reproductive organs.”

Awake your sensual being

Ellen Barrett’s book Sexy Yoga, is designed to open up seven chakras (energy centers) that involve sexuality: root, sacral and heart. “Yoga means union or yoke in Sanskrit, and it focuses on bringing the body into harmony with the mind and spirit. The awareness of sexuality through yoga is deeper and more intimate. Yoga is about discovering the joys of elegant sexuality,” says Barrett.

Why are more people rediscovering the yogic position on sexuality? “Yoga helps you in creating a balance. Kundalini yoga helps you create bio-energy, It activates your sex hormones. There’s a spiritual connection between yoga, sex and celibacy on the other. Yoga helps you achieve your needs, you can be celibate or satisfied sexually through yoga, it helps you supress or express sexual desire. Kundalini yoga is a bio-science of sexuality and psychology. It can rejuvenate through breathing exercises, which enhance consciousness, with bio-magnetic awareness, you can use your charms sexually. We have higher forms of prayananam ,” says Kundalini yoga expert, Meena Nanda, who teaches dynamic life management for well-being.

Do we really need Nude Yoga?

Perhaps, some people are taking yoga for sensuality a bit too far. Like New York-based ashtanga yoga teacher Aaron Star is the founder of Hot Nude Yoga, which combines ashtanga and vinyasa yoga session. “The students discover breathing techniques that will help you to relax and bliss out. The practice involves the classic stretching postures and breathing exercises, coordinated with chanting and meditation to stimulate the release of so-called kundalini energy. It uses the energy of sex to raise the kundalini energy to the higher chakras. It is a good idea to be a regular practitioner of ordinary yoga before you embark on yoga for sex,” says Star.

Mudras for Sexual Healing

Sexologist Dr Prakash Kothari believes, yoga is the perfect for emotional, sexual and spiritual well-being. “There are certain asanas that enhance physical intimacy — bhramari prayanam , chanting of Om with eyes and ears closed reduces anxiety, helps in contracting and expanding sexual nerves. While vajrasana helps in erectile dysfunctions, vajroli and ashwini mudra can help pregnant women pursue a healthy sex life after delivery. These mudras help the pelvic muscles. I also advise surya namaskar to those who have endrocrine imbalance. If you follow these excercises, yoga can really improve your sex life.”

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Soccer Better than Running for Fitness

October 19, 2009 by  
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Soccer is better form of exercise than RunningLead researcher and Associate Professor Peter Krustrup from University of Copenhagen said that many women find it difficult to fit in sport and exercise in their busy daily lives, and many give family and especially small children as the main reason for not finding the time.

The study showed that flexibility of running as exercise form actually makes running harder to stick to for most women than soccer, which requires a fixed time and place.

“What is really interesting is that the soccer players differed from the runners in their motivation,” said associate Professor Laila Ottesen.

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“The runners were motivated by the idea of getting in shape and improving health. But the soccer players focused on the game itself and were motivated by the social interaction and by having fun with others.

“As it turns out, the soccer players got in better shape than the runners, and that combined with the social benefits makes soccer a great alternative to running”, she added.

The study involving 100 untrained adult premenopausal women, showed that women who played soccer have continued their soccer training as a group whereas few of the women in the running group continued running after the study.

“While playing soccer, the women have high heart rates and perform many sprints, turns, kicks and tackles, making soccer an effective integration of both cardio and strength training”, said Krustrup.

“Our study shows that the 16 weeks of recreational women’s soccer causes marked improvement in maximal oxygen uptake, muscle mass and physical performance, including the endurance, intermittent exercise and sprinting ability,” explains the expert.

“This makes soccer a very favourable choice of exercise training for women,” he added.

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Harness the Power of Yoga – Relieving the Stress!

October 10, 2009 by  
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Yoga exercises are regarded as one of the best in integrating your mind and body. Yoga poses and postures is a proven effective way for reducing the aging process, diseases and disorders.

Yoga is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is based on ancient theories, observations and principles about the mind and body connection which is now being proven by modern medicine. Substantial research has been conducted to look at the health benefits of Yoga – from the Yoga Postures (Asanas), Yoga Breathing (Pranayama), and Meditation. Regular practice of asanas, pranayama and  meditation can help such diverse ailments such as asthma, arthritis, arteriosclerosis, blood pressure, chronic fatigue, diabetes, digestive disorders, varicose veins and  heart conditions.

It can easily be adapted by any person at any age and in any physical condition. However, some techniques are more suited for specific age groups. For example, some asanas that involve forward and backward bending are good for children aged 5 to 10 years. At about 10 years of age, the asanas that have an upside down position and deep breathing can be started. Relaxation is necessary for all, irrespective of age. People in all age groups can therefore practice mediation regularly. It is desirable that older people avoid asanas that involve excessive stretching.

Yoga has become extremely popular in recent years due to multiple benefits offered if practiced regularly.
One of the great things about yoga is the fact that it is very powerful at relieving stress irrespective of the type of work you do, your role in life or the type of food you eat. Yoga can help everyone play his or her roles more efficiently, more smoothly and more comfortably.

Releasing stress from the body boosts the energy levels and gives a refreshing feel to the mind and body. This in turn improves your mental as well as physical posture thus making you healthier, stronger and effectively younger. The limberness that developes from doing regular yoga exercises work wonders on aches and pains, having constant pain and the energy that it absorbs from your body, is very often mirrored on the face, making you appear tired and older.

Yoga teaches you to focus on living for the moment not in the past or the future. If you can learn to live for the now a lot of your stress will disappear. It is amazing how just a mind set can change your life. Yoga not only works out the tension in your body but prepares your mind to deal with daily stress. Your thinking will become clear and decisions easier to make.

The first time you start your yoga practice you will notice why you can use yoga for relieving stress. The tension in your body will melt away and you will come out of your practice feeling happy and relaxed. People who practice yoga tend to not have any problems sleeping or unwinding at the end of the day.

More and more individuals are now are realizing all the important benefits of Yoga and it is no longer sidelined as an old person’s activity. In fact many professional sports now use Yoga as a critical part of their training routines to reduce injuries, improve strength, temprament, concentration and overall health.

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