How relaxing a good stretch can be! Ever seen how any animals, from the African lions to the common house cat, all stretch before and after a good snooze? Well, there’s more science than we think. Stretches are the best ways to relax your tense muscles. Here are simple stretches[.....]
Yoga can help strengthen your neck muscles, improve range of motion, and even combat associated issues like headaches or stress and tension in the neck and shoulders. Certain asanas are especially recommended, including the mountain pose, cobra pose, boat pose, child’s pose, and corpse pose, to name a few. Learn these stretches and focus on your breathing and accuracy and you should be able to find pain relief from chronic neck pain, cervical spondylosis, and other neck problems have found.
If you love to jog, your pregnancy is no reason to stop your favorite activity. In fact, OB/GYNs recommend that expectant moms who jogged regularly pre-pregnancy continue to do so for the duration of their pregnancy as long as they are comfortable. Moms who jog during their pregnancy tend to gain less weight, have babies of a healthy weight, and experience shorter labor. It can also help you snap back into shape more quickly, postpartum. Get your doctor's go ahead and jog those pregnancy jitters away.
Yes, it is okay to exercise during your period, but it is important to understand when you need to give your body a break. Exercise may actually help ease your menstrual cramps and lighten your blood flow. For those concerned whether their performance will be affected, rest assured it won’t. Shark week may also be a good time to try some HIIT.
Chronic back pains are commonly seen in people mostly due to unhealthy lifestyles and lack of exercise. Instead of popping pills every time, try yoga as a natural remedy for your pain as it targets either specifically lower, middle, and upper back or the entire back. With constant practice, these asanas will get rid of back pains permanently.
Numbness in the hands is a fairly common issue and usually one we ignore. Your hand may be numb right after you wake up simply because you've put too much pressure on it while sleeping. Sometimes, however, numbness in the hands may be a symptom of chronic conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome or diabetes. A host of other conditions such as systemic diseases and medication can also cause numbness in hands. It is important to find and address the underlying cause of the condition.
Minimize joint inflammation to enable free movement of bones. Keep off foods containing harmful lectins (specific to blood types): wheat, corn, and white potatoes for type O; red meat, cow’s milk, and kidney beans for type A; chicken, peanuts, and buckwheat for type B; chicken, bell peppers, sesame oils and seeds for type AB. Aerobics and strength training build lean muscle while reducing joint swelling.
Trim your thighs and hips with the help of squats, yoga, or HIIT. Make a few changes to your lifestyle like taking the stairs, or even cycling to work.
Sarcopenia or age-related muscle loss is a normal part of getting older. Luckily, fueling up on enough protein and vitamin D can slow it down. Regular physical activity like resistance training, strength workouts, flexibility stretches, aerobic exercises can also help. Top it off with a gentle yoga practice (shakti mudra or kapalbhati posture) for a holistic remedy.
A sore or stiff neck is often accompanied by chronic pain and tension in the neck and shoulder region. While pain relief medication may help you in the short run, this isn’t a long-term solution. How about a more natural alternative? You may be able to manage the pain and stiffness better by exercising your neck muscles to strengthen them. Simple neck tilts and stretches, resistance band exercise, isometric strengthening exercises, and yoga can all help with neck pain relief.
Taking a walk might be one of the best things you can do if you have diabetes. Walking not only improves the way in which your body responds to insulin but also reduces abdominal fat, which is linked to insulin resistance. So get your walking shoes on and tell diabetes to go take a walk!
Abdominal fat aka belly fat depends on hormonal and genetic factors, but may also develop due to poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and high stress levels. Research highlights that since belly fat surrounds vital internal organs, storing excess levels of this fat may increase your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and even cancers of gall bladder or pancreas.
During your period, go for a walk. This simple exercise will release tension by loosening up your pelvic muscles. Doing leg lifts and side lunges can also relieve cramps in the thighs and legs. To ease tension in the lower back, do yoga poses like the plank and child’s pose. They’ll work by lengthening and strengthening your spine. Always inhale and exhale to deliver enough oxygen to your entire body.
Squats encourage menstruation by waking up your abdominal and pelvic muscles. You can also tense up your stomach by doing sit-ups and twisted crunches. These moves work your core muscles up to encourage menstrual bleeding. The standing twist can be done anywhere, and it gets your muscles moving. Thirty minutes of running, jogging, or walking are other ways to induce a period.
The simple act of drinking water may not be the first thing you think about when it comes to weight loss. But this essential liquid for survival is also an easy elixir for good health. Water can help you cut calories, ensure your workouts run efficiently, reduce your intake of sugary beverages, and may even boost your metabolism. So, drink up!
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