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.

HEALTHY REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE A SPA-APPOINTMENT TODAY.

“The true health and balance come from the gifts of the earth and elements of nature..”spa5

Following Are Few Benefits Of Spa Treatments & Products:
MANAGE ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION:Massages soothe anxiety and depression.
It reduces levels of the stress hormones, resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure.
EASE PAIN & STRESS: It helps people in pain feel and function better compared to people who didn’t receive any massage treatment. Massage has also been linked to decreased stiffness and pain, as well as better range of motion in people with osteoarthritis.
IMPROVES SLEEP: If you’ve ever dozed off on a massage table, you don’t need to be convinced that a massage can promote healthy sleep. Massage’s effect on delta waves, the kind of brain waves connected to deep sleep. BOOST IMMUNITY: Multiple studies have linked massage to better functioning of the immune system.

ENHANCEMENT OF BEAUTY: Spa therapies like facials and body polishes use gentle exfoliation techniques to remove dead skin cells and stimulate new cell growth which gives you healthy, glowing skin. Body wraps and anti-ageing facials firm up loose skin and treat the unsightly appearance of cellulite, revealing younger-looking skin.

BEAT PMS: Massages can kick PMS symptoms, like bloating and mood swings, to the end.

IMPROVES FOCUS & AWARENESS:Massage therapy helps reduce mental stress and relaxes the mind by increasing alertness.

REDUCES HEADACHES: Just like muscle and back pain, headaches can also be alleviated thanks to massage. A regular rubdown can reduce a person’s number of migraines.
IMPROVES BLOOD FLOW: Massage increases blood flow, which plumps up slack skin, encourages drainage of toxins out and away from cells so that more nutrients can travel in, adds vitality to a dull complexion and healthy hair HELPS TO DETOXIFY:
Exposure to pollution, erratic eating habits and frequent consumption of alcohol lead to accumulation of toxins in our body. Accumulated toxins interfere with the body’s metabolism and lead to hormonal imbalance and indigestion. It is therefore important to regularly detoxify one’s body.

Is the SUN still BURNing you?

The Summer of 2015 has surely been quite a heat wave. Whilst we wait for the monsoon to come and chill us, here are a few home remedies for sun burns:

  1. ICE: Of course it is common sense that if you have a burn, you should put something cold on it. And it’s true, experts agree that a cold shower, ice pack, can surely help cool the skin and make it feel better.
  2. Aloe Vera has a long history of providing sunburn relief because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Try the fresh gel from the plant; it is surely better than over-the-counter products.
  3. Shaving Cream: As weird as it sounds, shaving cream has menthol and other chemicals, that are cooling and feel good to the skin. Menthol is a highly volatile compound that evaporates fast and takes the heat from the sunburn leaving a cooling effect.
  4. Vinegar: Specifically the apple cider vinegar is a famous home remedy for sunburn. It works as an antiseptic and helps to cool the skin as it evaporates. Theoretically, vinegar helps to balance the body’s pH levels to take away the stinging feeling.
  5. Milk is known to help soothe pain, itching and burning when used in cold compression. Yogurt also seems to have a similar effect.
  6. Honey is an antibacterial and multiple studies have shown that honey can help to heal wounds. Because of this, applying honey to a sunburn could help the skin re-epithelize (grow new epithelial skin cells).
  7. Lastly Tomato: Yes, it may sound crazy, but rubbing tomato on sunburn can help soothe the burn.

So if you have had many days by the beach and burnt your skin out, run into your closets and apply any of the above the heal your sun burn!

If you have any other easy home remedies, do share! 🙂

Summer is GLARING!

Gone are the carefree days where our skin longed for the sun. With the summer sun heating up the city, we need to buck up and get out our sun protection gear. While we begin to take shelter behind our fashionable glares, hats and scarves, it is our skin that takes the worse beating from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Apart from sunburn, sun spots and blemishes, unprotected exposure to the sun can also cause skin cancer. Therefore, it becomes very important to protect your skin from the summer sun at all times. Follow these simple tips to stay protected.

1. Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm
The sun’s rays are most powerful during 11am and 3pm. Prolonged exposure to the summer sun at these hours can be very harmful. However, if you must go out at this time, ensure that you take the right precaution by covering your skin and applying a good sunscreen.

2. Always apply sunscreen before you leave the house
Even if you use an umbrella or a hat, the sun’s rays can still reach you by reflecting off the floor. Therefore, it is extremely important that you apply sunscreen every time you step out of your house. This also applies to the days when the sky seems cloudy as UV radiation also penetrates through the clouds.

3. Use the right sunscreen
Using just about any sunscreen doesn’t suffice. You have to choose the right sunscreen for the right purpose. If you have acne prone skin, you will have to choose a gel based sunscreen. You will also have to choose a sunscreen with the right amount of SPF. It is advisable to use a sunscreen that has SPF 30 or above to protect you from the Indian summer.

4. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go out
Putting on sunscreen right before you Summer Specialsgo out is one of the most common mistakes people make. In order for it to work well, you need to apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you step out into the sun.

5. Reapply sunscreen every two hours
When you perspire, the sunscreen gets wiped away, thereby exposing your skin to the sun again. Therefore, it is important to reapply sunscreen after 2 hours for complete protection.

Stay protected, stay stylish!

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! 🙂

FestiFIT

Festivals around the world are about meeting people, celebrations, drinks, sweets, food and more food and a lot more food. So, how is one to resist these temptations? How do we stay fit? Concentrate on well-being without binging? 

Well, of course you must enjoy the celebrations of festivals and be a part of all the hoopla including the large spreads of foods, sweets and drinks. These are temptations that tease the mind more than your taste buds. However, we have a few secrets that you can try out without feeling guilty on the festive indulgence and stay festiFIT:

  1. Stand: Don’t be lazy, if you are at a party or at a celebration, stand wherever you can, sitting will only reduce your metabolism and increase fat.
  2. Walk: Parties are all about mingling, so mingle! So while you keep your hands busy grabbing finger food – walk around, meet people and burn those few calories.
  3. Stay Active: Always stay active – standing, walking, talking, dancing et all.

Stay FestFIT and pamper yourself this festival season!

 

 

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…

 

WELL… it is NESSessary!

Health and Wellness is something that is easy to take for granted. Our everyday routine includes: sleep, food, work and play. Some of us are conscious enough to be aware of what we eat and drink; how we sleep; how we work through the day, but there are others who think they are doing just fine and it is not necessary for them to alter the way they LIVE. So are you really LIVING?

Food: Food is the most important part of LIFE, if not important it is surely a part of everyone’s life be it a child, student, housewife, working professional athlete or any one else. Here are some quick fixes for your food in take, that will be beneficial to lead a healthy and fit lifestyle:

  •  Emphasize fruits and veggies
  • Add in lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains
  • Cut out processed JUNK
  • Drink a lot of WATER
  • Cook it up (eating home cooked food is always better than eating out)

FITNESS: The next thing that you must look into is your physical fitness. Being a part of this rat race, most of us are these corporate tech freaks who spend hours in front of their laptops working their eyes and shoulders out. How can you maintain your physical wellness like this?

  • Exercise: spend 10 minutes every morning working on some simple exercises
  • Walk: go and walk-up to your colleagues instead of using the intercom
  • Stretch: time and again stretch your shoulders, arms and legs to avoid pains and aches
  • Posture: consciously sit with a straight back and up-right shoulders
  • Stay Active: Sometimes it’s hard to get a workout in between work, social gatherings and other commitments. All you need to do are the smaller efforts to stay active like: park far away from where you’re going, take the stairs instead of the elevator etc.

Picture1Wellness is holistic! For the Body, Mind & Soul! To keep your mind fit and running is equally important as your body. How do we keep our mind fit? What is mental fatigue? However this week let’s focus on our physical wellness with FOOD and FITNESS, next week we shall take on WELLNESS for the MIND and SOUL!

Wish you all a HAPPY Weekend! 🙂

Sweet Tooth?

What category of people do you fall into – the ones who eat to live or the the ones who live to eat? 🙂

Food is an energy provider. Like fuel in automobiles the food we eat gets processed by the body to produce energy with which we are able to sit, stand, walk, run, work, do chores etc. Therefore food is a major part of our daily livelihood and what type of food we consume affects our overall wellness. Leading our busy lives, we most often than not neglect what we eat.

Sweets, for example is a weakness for many and not a necessity for all. Apart from keeping a watch on our carbs it is also important to watch that sweet tooth.

Cravings and temptations for sweets and desserts in this festive season is near impossible for some. With whiffs of yummy sweets filling everyone’s homes sometimes tempts even the non-sweet eaters. This is the worst time if you are trying to cut down on your sweet intake. How many times have you walked passed that chocolate box, or basket of sweet treats that your friends or family brought home this weekend? Giving long stares and almost opening the box and possibly nibbling on the edges? Caught you..? Hahaha… Well, we all have been there and struggled.

Here are some easy ways for you to try and curb your cravings, first let’s have a look at a few easy replacements, when you do wish to eat something sweet:

  • Eat a fruit: the easiest substitute are fruits, they are natural form of sugar that you can consume and will be easily processed by our system
  • Chew sugar-free gum: when tempted just pop some gum
  • Have dark chocolate: its chocolate, it satisfies your craving and as isn’t harmful as pure chocolate

If you are really wanting to cut down and looking for a more permanent solution, here is your list to start:

  • During meals eat more protein and fat, both of which make you feel full and satisfied, therefore there is no desire for sweet.
  • Have small, frequent meals to help keep your blood sugar level stable and eliminate your body’s need for a quick sugar fix. Avoid skipping meals (especially breakfast).
  • Take a daily multivitamin. Some nutrients help keep blood sugar stable, so ensure you get those by supplementing your diet appropriately.
  • Eat a breakfast that is not sweet, for example brown rice, or lean protein and blanched vegetables.
  • Have no sweets until 3pm. After that eat either fruit or a fruit sweetened dessert rather than sweets that contained refined sugars. Eating sweets in the morning or early afternoon tend to stimulate sweet cravings throughout the day.
  • If you have ‘sugar blues’ in the morning and again in the afternoon, drink 1 cup of sweet vegetable juice (natural juice made from the pulp of sweet veggies like carrots, beets etc.)
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners. Research has shown that artificial sweeteners cause intense cravings for sweets and are also cancerous for some.

Other than this, just NIBBLE your dessert, anything is excess quantities isn’t good, watch what you eat and watch that SWEET TOOTH of yours. Therefore, like we say in India, ‘Kuch Meeth ho Jaaye’ (something sweet please), let the quantity of sweet be ‘little’ only and you shall be just fine!  🙂

PS: If this post got you tempted, it’s a good time to test the above and let me know how it worked. FYI, I had a fruit! 😉