Year Ending!

Yes.. Yes.. It’s been 3 months since we are in 2016 and we all have already been caught up in the daily rut and monotony of life. All those resolutions have almost faded away. Some new fitness trial classes were joined an discontinued. “I will do one new thing everyday” has become last year’s story.

But hey, there is always the ending of “the financial year”. This is that time of the year when all organisations and employees pledge for the #health #wellness and #goodFitness of their companies and their people. Everyone is talking about revenues, numbers, targets, budgets, increments etc.

Let’s try and do more than this… #Motivate all our people to start living a healthier lifestyle. When people live healthier, they stay happy, when they are happy they work better, if your people work better, the organisation grows faster and looks healthier!

A few things that you can bring in to your organisational life ti improve the wellness quotient of your people:

  • Send out motivational emails, quotes, videos to all
  • Have a wellness board in your office where people post their activities
  • Share your wellness tips / activities with colleagues
  • Have a bring a #HealthyMeal to office day
  • Break out of your chairs and do a quick 10 minute workout
  • Organise Friday sessions: Zumba, Yoga, Spa, Aerobics in office
  • Play music in office and much more…

These are just a few things, we can suggest. So, get going and this year end, let’s pledge to live a healthier and happier corporate life! 🙂

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Choosing The Best Spa Services Guide

A few years ago, getting spa treatment was considered something that only rich people did. Today, however, many spa services available are quite affordable. Many spa centers have opened across the country and people are taking advantage of the reasonable prices they charge. The most popular spa treatment is a massage, and this is something that has been around for centuries and has been credited for its health benefits.sommer_buddha

Other popular treatments provided in the spa services include facials, foot reflexology, body wraps and hair & nail treatments. Most spas also offer hair styling services, and the level of treatment available will depend on the type of spa. Some specialize in different types of massage such as reflexology, Thai massage, hot stone massage and other treatments. Whatever beauty treatment you need, you can find a spa that provides the service.

People go to the spa to feel pampered and the atmosphere is one that is relaxing. Many of the up-market spas will have best of facilities. The treatment sessions have different durations depending on the service.

Some hotels offer spa services that last for days, for those looking for a weekend of being pampered. Spas are located at various national & international airports for special Jet Lag. Spas are more popular with women than men are, but now-a-days due to high stress levels & deep awareness for health & wellness, more men are also involving themselves in spa luxury treatments

When looking for the ideal spa, one of the factors you should consider is the ambiance. The environment of the spa should put you in a relaxed mood the moment you walk through the doors. There should be no noise or distractions and the air should smell nice and clean. The amenities available are another important consideration. A spa that is well equipped will offer a wider range of services.

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Make sure that the facilities are clean and all the linen provided is freshly laundered and folded neatly. These are small signs that show that the business cares about the clients. The services offered should be consistent, with well-trained staff. Being a masseur requires training and a good spa will make sure that they employ well-trained staff who have good customer care qualities. When you go to the spa, you should expect to be treated in a courteous manner at all times.

Most spas require clients to make reservations for the service. This is important because the facilities usually get fully booked especially over the weekend. A good spa will have a good reservation system, which respects all the clients. The spas that get fully booked are those that offer quality services.

Spas have wide ranging services and in many cases, the costs vary widely. Some exclusive resorts will have very expensive services that target specific clientele. Those looking for a full range of personalized services can end up paying thousands of dollars for it. There are, however, affordable services that are of very good quality. If you are simply looking for a good relaxing afternoon at the spa, there are many options to consider and you can find something that suits your budget.

RESoluTions!

Hello 2015! We are almost at nearing end of the first month of 2015 and the actual test results of whether our resolutions will last for the first quarter or not come out within these first 30 days. Well, if you have survived for the first month, there are about 80% chances that you will get through the first quarter as well… 🙂

So what are the most common things that we hear on 31st December of every year? Or even 1st January of every new year?

  1. Let’s get fitter this year
  2. Lose some kilos or inches to fit into those wonderful old pair of jeans
  3. Do ONE good deed every day (or week or even month)
  4. LIVE life to the fullest (stress-freeeee)
  5. Spend more quality time with myself, with family and friends
  6. Travel MORE

Yes of course the list can go on and on… But for most of us the top 2 stand true every year! Here are a quick few lifestyle choices that can help you get there without the stress of counting calories, changing your social life or dieting.

  1. Hot water and lemon: It’s as simple as a cup of warm water and lemon. Begin your day with this warm cup feeling lighter all through the day. This cup of water does nothing but boosts your metabolism for the day.
  2. BREATHE: Take about 5 minutes to do some simple breathing exercises (preferably in a natural and open environment or even by your window). Taking deep breathes first thing in the morning not only energises your lungs but also works on your abs.
  3. Spot Fitness: Most of us are the lazy types, who do not like to venture out of our homes (for a walk or the gym) early in the morning. Here is the spot fitness regime for these kinds. In this regime what you got to do is simple: Set a timer for 15 minutes > Put on some music > Exercise until your buzzer rings. These exercises could be as simple as spot jogging, stretches, push-ups, lunges etc.
  4. Eat Right: Diet is one of the most important parts of being healthy and fit. We all have cravings and weaknesses, well not asking you to give up a lot but follow a few simple rules:
    • Have a good filling breakfast
    • Eat every 2 hours (a small snack like a cookie, some nuts etc.)
    • Eat your meals on time.
    • A complete lunch in adequate quantities
    • Avoid over eating (makes you lazy)
    • Carbs only until 7pm
    • Have a filling high-protein dinner (salads, meat, lentils etc.)
  5. Hydrate: Drink a lot of water through your day. Drinking water has a lot of benefits. Keeps your system clean. Reduces hunger pangs. Hydrates and nourishes your skin as well.
  6. SPORT: Pick a sport and play atleast three times a week. We all love playing a minimum of one sport or the other, so this year team up with a sport buddy and get on the field / court (skipping, cycling, TT, badminton, basketball, football, cricket etc.)

There are a lot more ways of staying fit and healthy. These are only a few easy recommendations for a positive lifestyle change.

Good luck to all with their resolutions (let’s check on them after the first quarter). Stay fit & healthy always! 🙂

Ho ho ho… Holiday :)

Yessss! It’s holiday time and Santa is almost here… It is indeed that time time of the year when everyone is on a holiday; school’s are off, work shuts early,  people head out and hopefully the mind, body and soul are also in a happy place!

Every individual has their own style of spending their holidays.

  1. Some people like to go back home and spend time with their families
  2. Romantic getaways for couples are the most ideal way of welcoming the new year
  3. We also have the adventurous souls, who are always hunting for new destinations to explore and challenge themselves
  4. Of course it is also the time to party, shake a leg and forget all about the year that was

Holidays are always fun; though can be hectic for the body; but surely it is the best way to relax your mind and soul. This holiday season, plan out how would you want to end your year and spot your Heaven on Earth destination; here are our ideas:

  1. Book a gorgeous beach resort and welcome the new year with the sound of the waves ~ Goa, Bali, Phuket are great beach side destinations that give you the opportunity to shack out by the beach and also party the night out.
  2. Walk into the sunset of the beautiful hills as they rejuvenate your mind and broaden your horizons ~ Mount Abu, Kandy (Sri Lanka), New Zealand have the some of the most picturesque views trekking and driving along; that will refresh your thoughts and start a new 2015.

So how have you planned to welcome Santa this year? Pick… Plan and get Packing to your Heaven on Earth and bid farewell to all your pains and wake up in to twenty fifteen with a SMILE 🙂

HO HO HO… Happpy HOLIDAYS all! 

Yoga: The art of concentration!

Yoga! What is Yoga? Yoga, is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, it is to be practiced for health and relaxation.

We all are well aware of the benefits of Yoga. Yoga increases flexibility and reduces stress, but the practice can do more than help you twist your body and find inner peace. These hidden benefits will help you in the kitchen, office and bedroom – here are five reasons you must take up to Yoga, if you still have not:

  1. Boosts Immunity: Other than simply increasing overall wellness and health levels a recent study found that yoga practice results in changes in the gene expression that boost immunity at a cellular level.
  2. Ease Migraines: The cause of migraine isn’t fully understood, it is a combination of mental stress and physical misalignment that can be a result of hunching over a computer or cell phone with your shoulders up and head forward. A few studies show that migraine sufferers have fewer and less painful migraines after three months of yoga practice.
  3. Sleep Better: Researchers from Harvard found that eight weeks of daily yoga significantly improved sleep quality for people with insomnia. Breathing and mental exercises allow the mind to slow down, so when the mind rests, you sleep better.
  4. Fights Food Cravings: By causing breath awareness, regular yoga practice strengthens the mind-body connection.  This awareness can help you tune your emotions for certain cravings, and yoga breathing exercises can help you slow down and make better choices when cravings strike.

So either wake up 20 minutes earlier in the morning or spend 20 minutes before you sleep to practice Yoga for a more focused and peaceful day (or sleep) ahead of you…

 

Mind it!

A fit body needs a fit mind! In today’s hectic work, home and play routines it is very easy to lose your mental balance and this can in turn cause various problems like fatigue, stress, aches and pains. To avoid these or rather to keep your mind in a happy state it is important to focus on wellness for the mind.

How do we keep our mind fit? What is mental fatigue? When we are over worked (which most of us are nowadays) the brain sometimes either starts operating like a machine or loses complete focus and wanders around wasting precious time. Here’s how you can keep your mind alive, active and fit:

1. Stay mentally stimulated: Smartphones and internet makes it so easy to pick your favourite game – a sudoku or crossword puzzle or even candy crush, fruit ninja (just to name a few) will help keep your mind active, alive and happy.

2. Social networking. Being social to humans is like breathing. If we don’t get enough, our mental faculties suffer and we start losing our grip on how life should be. So make time for your friends! Call up that family member you haven’t spoken to in forever. When you feel balanced, when you feel like you’re an integral part of a community, everything else falls into place.

3. Sleep Well: A good quality sleep is what most people need to de-stress. Disconnect yourself sooner rather than later, possibly 2 or 3 hours before you go to bed. So get off the computer, stop staring at your cell phone, and hit “off” button on that remote control. Read, take a bath, or just chill with your family or roommates. Live in the moment and get a good night’s sleep.

4. Out of the BOX: To keep your mind kicking, do something you’ve never done before. Go to a city you’ve never been to. Pick up a sport you’ve never played. Get creative if you haven’t seen your artsy side in years. Find a hobby that’s always intrigued you but you’ve never gotten around to and make time for it. You’ll feel productive, you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something, and, bottom line? You’ll feel good. Just what the doctor ordered. Whether it’s paragliding, taking a cooking class, or stepping into a big city without a map, there will be something you gain from these new experiences. Even if it’s just a crazy story to tell!

5. Where’s your passion? At the end of day, life without passion isn’t a healthy life. Everybody has a dream and even if you can’t make it something you’re able to pursue 24×7, it can be something that has its own little niche in your life. Happiness is an integral part to being happy, and following your passion is a good way to ensure that your happiness is here to stay. If it gives you that warm feeling on the inside, it’s meant to be. Never let your passions fall by the wayside. They’re there to keep your heart and mind happy and healthy.

Keep your Mind fit and HAPPY always! 🙂

1… 2… 3… Sound CHECK!

If you are in India, you are used the noise decibels in the form of weddings, public processions, rallies, festivals etc. Well, it is not only here but world over we all live in chaotic and noisy surroundings with loud teenagers, crying children, fighting ladies on the trains. Chaos and commotion is all around us.

How can you keep your mental well-being calm and composed with the turmoil that runs outside of your window? Let’s run away! Let’s hunt for PEACE!

Minion Loud SpeakerPeace is not a place; it’s a spiritual state of mind. It’s not easy to find it unless you know how. Here are some ideas that you can try out:

  1. MUSIC: Music for some is the answer to all the questions. Plug in your head phones and listen to the tracks that take you to some place nice, quiet and calm.
  2. Meditation: BREATHE in and BREATHE out. Did you know on an every breath basis, we do not breathe fully and completely? If you focus for 2 minutes on your breathing and fill in your lungs with air you will experience a wholesome feeling.
  3. READING: For some reading a book that is so captivating takes them away to a different planet and they cannot hear, see or feel what is going around them
  4. LISTEN: Sometimes, you should just sit back and listen to all the different sounds that are screaming around you. There will be a moment that you will reach where your mind will go passed these sounds and silence will be louder than noise.

Well, the truth is we live on a planet full of noise or a planet filled with singing birds, sound of the waves, the whistling trees, chirping kids; a world full of song and dance. You can’t run away from the chaos forever, so hunt for your peace, find the happy sounds in your lifeLive them, experience them and love them!

Right Health?

Health and fitness is habit that we must develop. It is a lifestyle we must adopt as kids and encourage kids to lead a healthier and fitter life.  Are kids of today healthy? Are they eating right? Playing right?

Well, the reality is sad: It isn’t a rare sight now to see kids these day consuming protein powders just to look bigger or leaner. Before kids were lucky to get a new toy on their birthday, or go and play with their friends in the parks. But now their perspective of life has changed, they are aware of the concept of fitness.

Here also we deal with two extremes: one being the lazy obese couch potato and the other a fitness freak with intense gymming and training. Awareness and exposure to various concepts of health and fitness gives kids ideas, choices and opinions that make for themselves.

Certain parents who have grown-up kids try so hard to get themselves into the shape but its so much tougher for them because they’ve passed the age! They would definitely prefer going to the gym rather than running around in the park. It would be more of an importance for them to restrict their diet and avoid certain foods but what’s the point of their kids doing it? Even though they are still growing, they feel the need to become very cautious about their body to an extent where they become malnourished.

It would become very difficult for them in the future, as they would not be supplying themselves with the required nutrition! While some kids enjoy eating their life out, certain kids adopt the complete opposite diet. They feel the need to get ‘ripped’ or ‘shredded’ where their real goal should be becoming fit! There are certain ways other than going to the gym which growing kids can do like:

  • Running: A few rounds in the park
  • Playing a sport: Any sport in the outdoor or indoor
  • Basic exercises: Any simple home exercises
  • Yoga: Basic meditation and asanas

These are only few of examples of simple fitness regimes. And all these are not only good for health and fitness but also help:

  • Increase stamina
  • Release stress
  • Clear the mind
  • Enhance thinking

Sometimes variables like parents, peers, fashion etc. are the cause for kids to change but ultimately staying healthy should be a part of their lifestyle and not a goal or target to achieve. It is important for the kids to understand the importance of  the right balance between eating right and burning it all, because attaining this balance is the only key to staying healthy and fit!

It may be really tough to balance it for kids, however it isn’t tough to eat your vegetables and go play some football! And this stands true for all – kids and adults! So eat right, play right and stay fit! 🙂

 

Today’s Tomorrow

Anticipation at times can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Depends on what you’re anticipating but whatever it is, it hasn’t happened yet. Its a mystery or something that is unknown to us. We don’t have the capability of changing something in the future because we don’t know whether it even exists. You may hope for a better future and you would definitely do your best to make the present count but for what reason is the past forgotten? The past makes us who were are today. If it weren’t for the past we wouldn’t be able to judge ourselves today.

At times of sorry or depression, people always say forget your past because the more you think about, the more its going to effect you now but how would you whether what you did in the past was wrong or not? Only by looking back at our actions, we would be able to assess how much have we progressed since the past and whether we have really grown or not. The past always is a part of us. Everybody thinks about what they are now or what they want to become in the future but they wouldn’t think about the person who they were and what they can change into.

As the generations and the time carry on, the past is forgotten. A teenage kid in today would definitely prefer electronic music, which is fast and has hard beats over a slow classical song which the parents would mostly indulge in. The influence also increases as a kid would start listening to mature music mostly due to the influence of his parents or sibling but would never start listening to it on his own. This is a common scenario in today’s world. Certain people wish for the past to come back probably because of a better time however some people wish to forget their past completely.

The past can often haunt you and be a major cause for your mental stress. There are various ways of tackling the past, like:

  • Meditation
  • Music
  • Running
  • Painting
  • Reading etc.

So, whether we like it or not, the past is always going to be with us. It isn’t something that is tangible or something that we’ll have access to but it’ll definitely be a part of us in some way or the other. We only need to know how to control it, not let is affect our future, learn from it and create a better tomorrow. After all, Old is gold.

 

LAUGH it up, LIVE it up!

Seeing gloomy people around is definitely a buzz kill and something we would not want to see at all. You wouldn’t want to see someone with a frown when a jolly environment takes over! We don’t understand the importance of smiling or more important laughing. Laughing can be the solution to all our pains and troubles that we suffer even though we don’t know it! It’s about time we stop relying on so many pills and addictions to get rid of our pains. We’re only in search of a distraction to ease everything out.

In every famous park around the world, there would always be a group of elderly or even middle aged people laughing with all their energy early in the morning. It’s not that they have nothing better to do but their motive is to start the day on a good note! Ultimately every person who laughs ends up being happy in that moment which is something priceless to him or her. Laughing is the main trigger for a positive aura. Not only do we feel good but it makes the people around us feel the same way as well.

We always look at finding the most helpful remedies to all of our problems but little do we realize that the solution can just be to laugh out loud (or LOL) and not care what anyone thinks about it! There are several yet some very obvious reasons as to why you should just get up and start laughing on the bed! Reasons like:

  • Relieves a lot of tension
  • It releases endorphins in your body – a great feeling
  • A good way to bond
  • A form of healing – boosts blood flow and breathing
  • and most importantly It’s a sign of a good and joyful life!

It’s human to laugh at someone’s joke or if someone makes a silly mistake but is it human to burst out laughing in the most random situations with no purpose whatsoever? It should be! Laughing is the most natural thing. It will always end with aching jaws and uncountable smiles but that’s surely the key to a hearty life and like we have heard Laughter is the BEST medicine!

So keep laughing, and have a happy week! 🙂