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DHANURASANA BOW POSE
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In ancient yoga, as well as in modern science, the spinal cord is the most important and most subtle part of the body. The yoga asanas are designed to cultivate the root of our tree of life, the spinal column. Today we are going to talk about Dhanurasana which also has the development of spine as the main focal. Dhanurasana is made up from 2 words: DHANU which means bow and ASANA which indicates yoga pose. The name of this asana is a contribution towards the final position of the body, which represents a bow. In this pose, the abdomen and thigh represent the wooden part of the bow whereas legs lower parts and arms represent the bowstring. This is one of the most important yogic postures, which is known for many health benefits including belly fat reduction, strengthening the lower back, treating asthma, making your entire spine flexible and supple and so on.How To Do It?1. Lie on the ground (on stomach) facing downwards.2. Relax completely with 2-3 breaths.3. Inhale slowly and starts bending your legs backwards and catch the ankles with the hands as shown in the above image.4. You will see that your body is now in the shape of a bow.5. In this position your whole weight will come on your abdomen. Only your stomach and pelvic area will touch the ground.6. Hold this position for few 15-20 seconds and continue taking a deep breath. You can increase the time after practicing this.7. Now after 15-20 seconds exhale slowly and come back to starting position.8. Repeat this cycle for 4- 5 times daily.Dhanurasana & Weight LossIf you are looking for losing weight from your belly and hips then this yoga posture is for you. Dhanurasana, also known as bow pose stretches and tones your core muscles. It also stretches the muscles of your glutes, thighs and hamstrings, helping you give them a defined shape. Continuously doing this asana will help you get rid of belly fat for sure. Other than aiding the weight loss process, some of the other added benefits of including this asana in your routine are highlighted as under:-Added Benefits of Dhanurasana1. This asana is effective for curing constipation, improving digestion, and appetite. Further, it also helps in treating obesity, rheumatism and gastrointestinal problems.2. It improves the functioning of liver, pancreas, small intestine and big intestine.3. It gives flexibility to back by strengthening back muscles and releasing pain.4. Strengthens ankles, thighs, groins, chest, and positively targets the functioning of kidney and liver.5. Cures respiratory disorder like asthama.Who Should Not Perform This Asana?1. The person suffering from high blood pressure, back pain, hernia, headache, migraine or abdomen surgery should avoid doing this asana.2. Ladies should not practice yoga during pregnancy and in periods....

SHOULD YOU EXERCISE WITH A COLD
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If you are feeling sick because of the weather changes, exercise may be the last thing on your mind and it is actually right also that when your body is already under stress you should not make it work harder. In context to this, in some cases it holds true that light to moderate activity may actually help you feel better. The basic funda that comes into role play here as highlighted by Richard Besser, MD, chief health and medical editor at ABC News and author of Tell Me the Truth, Doctor: Easy-to-Understand Answers to Your Most Confusing and Critical Health Questions, is the NECK RULE – If your symptoms are above the neck namely – sneezing, sinus pressure, stuffy nose then breaking a sweat can actually be helpful for you. There are some good workout options which can play a positive role in curing the disease while there are some workout which should be avoided as they can put your body under stress.Good Exercises to Do When You Have a Cold1. Walking2. Running3. Dance4. Yoga5. Qi Gong (A slow, mindful movement which is a cross between martial arts and meditation. It is low intensity in nature and has been for thousands of years to reduce stress and anxiety, improve blood flow, and increase energy.)Worst Exercises to Do When You Have a Cold1. Endurance running2. Machine training3. Swimming4. Team Sports5. Weight liftinIt is usually safe to listen to your body symptoms while doing exercises when not well as there might be some risky situations that need to be taken care of. The medicines for cold increase your heart rate and when you exercise the combination results in making your heart pump very hard. You may become short of breath and have trouble in breathing. Also watch out if you have some other problem like asthma or fever as in that case it is likely that your body might feel worse when your workout and it can slow down your recovery!Too much exercise may increase coldThe key to make the most of your workout session while suffering from cold is MODERATION! In case you are an exercise freak, make sure you take time for rest and recovery after periods of intense training. When workouts get too strenuous, the number of infection-fighting white blood cells in your body can go down. At the same time, your stress hormone cortisol may go up, which may interfere with the ability of certain immune cells to work right. When you have cold it is important to give your immune system some rest as it is able to work best when it is not stressed!Thus, the bottom line of the discussion can be concluded that working out in moderation when you are down with cold or flu can actually help in boosting up the recovery process but be careful and keep yourself away from strenuous exercises....

EAT MUSHROOMS TO LOSE WEIGHT
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Across the globe, mushrooms are considered to be a very healthy vegetable. While some people have it because of its delicious taste and others prefer it for its medicinal qualities. Can you believe the fact that a 3 oz of portabella mushroom cap provides more potassium than banana or an orange. Let’s checkout the nutritional benefits of this amazing vegetable in detail:1. Mushrooms are a great source of lean proteins since they are low in carbs and have no cholesterol at all. Furthermore, mushrooms play an active role in balancing the cholesterol level between LDL (bad) and HDL (good) which is important to prevent various cardiovascular diseases like artherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.2. Mushrooms are a good source of iron too which makes it a natural cure for people who are suffering with anemia. Over 90% of the nutritive iron value can be absorbed by the body, which promotes the formation of red blood cells and keeps people healthy and functioning at their full potential.3. Mushrooms are a powerhouse of antioxidants namely selenium, ergothioneine, etc. Ergothioneine, which is unique to mushrooms is effective in providing protection from free radicals as well as boosting the immune system.4. Vitamin D is rarely found in vegetables but this one has this nutrient also. This essential vitamin facilitates the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous. Mushrooms also contains a good amount of these two nutrients, so this effective combination in one vegetable, makes it a good idea to eat them whenever possible.5. As highlighted above mushrooms are a rich source of calcium, which makes it important for the formation and strength of bones. Regular supply of calcium in the diet can reduce the chances of diseases like osteoporosis, and can also reduce joint pain and general lack of mobility that is associated with bone degradation.Mushrooms & Weight LossAlong with the benefits of having mushrooms highlighted above, would you believe me if I said that a completely lean protein diet is ideal for losing fat and building muscle mass? Well, believe it or not, it’s true. They are an ideal food for people who are aiming for weight loss as they contain almost – no fat, no sugar, and no salt but are a valuable source of dietary fiber. Further they contain a lot of water around 80-90%, making them low in energy density. Foods that are low in energy density don’t contain many calories per gram which can help you lose weight.Use as Part of a Healthy DietFrom the above highlighted points it can be inferred that adding mushrooms in your daily diet helps in increasing the fiber intake leading to weight loss, fighting high cholesterol and lowering the risk of heart diseases. Following listed are some of the simplest ways you can include this wonder vegetable in you routine without much of an effort:1. Grilled mushrooms2. Use them as pizza toppings3. Add to your favorite soups4. Roasted mushrooms as side snacks5. Sandwich fillinAfter reading the amazing benefits we are sure that you will be compelled enough to add some mushrooms to your daily meals to ensure that you do not miss out on them!...

BRUSSELS SPROUTS
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People are unaware about the exact origin of this vegetable, though it’s logical to assume that it originated in Belgium. As part of the cruciferous vegetable family, brussels sprouts share a close relation to broccoli, kale, cabbage, and cauliflower. Though for some reason this superfood hasn’t been able to get the attention it deserves from health food enthusiasts, but if you see the nutrition they behold you will be surely amazed:-1. It has more vitamin-C than oranges.2. It is loaded with vitamin A, folacin, potassium and calcium.3. It has almost twice vitamin K that is found in a red cabbage.4. It contains 3-5 grams of fiber per cup.5. It has more glucosinolates than any other common crucifer.6. It is extremely rich in protein.Weight Loss Benefits of Brussels SproutsThe benefits of Brussels Sprouts are not only limited to their nutritional richness, but they expand further to weight loss as well. Brussels sprouts are very low in calories (1 oz of cooked and drained Brussels sprouts weigh in at about 10 calories), and they contain only trace amounts of fat. Furthermore, the large amounts of vitamin C that are found in this vegetable play an important role in improving the body’s ability to burn fat. A study conducted by a team of scientists from Arizona State University reported that the study participants who had low blood concentrations of vitamin C burned 25% less fat during a 60-minute walk on a treadmill, compared with those who showed adequate blood levels of vitamin C.Further, this vegetable has also shown up on on HealWithFood.org’s list of the best food remedies for cellulite. They contain a natural compound called indole-3-carbinol (I3C), which is a pre-cursor to diindolylmethane (DIM). DIM helps certain liver enzymes to block the production of 16-OH estrogens, harmful substances that can cause cellulite by breaking down collagen which is supposed to keep your skin strong. The high content of vitamin C, acts as real anti-cellulite nutrient, which fights those unsightly bumps and lumps by promoting collagen synthesis and by scavenging free radicals.Use as Part of a Healthy DietYou can simply consume this wonder vegetable by – try roasting them, lightly coated in olive oil, or saute them in a mixture of no-sodium broth and minced garlic. Add flavor to your sprouts by using fresh herbs, such as rosemary or basil. Further, you can also have them raw by adding the to your favorite salads. You can also steam them and top up with some dressing for a variation in taste.It is true that brussels sprouts have not been able to gain the attention they deserve but now it is time to give this tiny vegetable more of a chance because they really are among the healthiest vegetables and foods on the planet....

HOW A COMBINATION OF CARDIO & STRENGTH LEADS TO WEIGHT LOSS
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Strength training plays an important role in boosting the weight loss process as it leads to faster fat loss, improved metabolism and better muscle mass. Along with making a healthy diet a part of your routine, the right way to go towards your weight loss goals is making a program that consists of both strength & cardio training!THE EFFECTIVE COMBINATION – CARDIO & STRENGTHThe main target of strength training is on building muscles. Lean muscles are working on burning fat even when the body is at rest. The point to notice here is that no matter how strong or defined a muscle is, it will not show any result as they are hidden under layers of fat. Both males and females should go for cardio on top of strength training to make the most of their weight loss efforts. The main logic behind is that cardio helps in melting away the fat that is hiding the muscles. When these cardio sessions are combined with lifting weight they help in maximizing the calories that are burnt. Ultimately since the body is using more energy than it is consuming it leads to weight loss!DOES STRENGTH TRAINING WORK FOR ALLIf a person is not suffering from any type of injury, sicknesses or other limiting issues, strength training is a wonderful tool. Though males are used to strength training while females are sometimes afraid that strength training will to lead to big, bulky muscles and an unfeminine shape, but actually the opposite is true. With the proper combination of cardio and strength training techniques, women can tone their muscles and increase definition.SPECIFICATIONSWhen targeting weight loss the focus should be on a strength training program with a specific number of sets, repetitions and weight rather than adding a lot of bulk. When going for strength training do 1-3 sets of an exercise with at least 12-15 repetitions. By the end of the strength training your muscles should be tired and the selected exercise should be hard to complete. This is primarily because a lower number of repetition will lead to bulky muscles while lesser repetition will make no impact. Every move with the weights should be slow and controlled.There is a difference in the definition of appropriate cardio plan to follow depending upon a person’s ability. The right approach top follow is that people who do not have a good cardio base should complete a low intensity cardio workout for 30 mins where as people with a strong cardio base should use interval cardio training (periods of different work intensities) for 30 mins.Thus from the above highlighted points, it is quite clear that Cardio and Strength together form a solid combination and are really effective for people who are willing to lose weight!...

BEST FOODS TO EAT BEFORE YOU GO OUT DRINKING
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Do you love drinking but avoid it because of the consequences like hangover and regrettable behavior the following day? Don’t worry, today we have got the list of wholesome real foods, which will help you drink easily while warding off the hangover and keeping regrettable behavior at bay. Just remember to follow this list next time you plan to host or go to a party1. AVOCADOThis green pear shaped fruit, is loaded with healthy fats which keep you full for longer as they take time to get digested. Before going out for drinking it is advised to have it so that the desire to drink is lowered keeping you in control and warding off the consequences.2. CEREALCereal tend to be fiber rich especially ones like grape nuts, that will provide a good buffer for the alcohol, and will slow its absorption. It is recommended to have these mixed with low fat milk as it is a very healthy option!3. HUMMUSHave this chickpea dip with a bunch of raw veggies, which is sure shot way to get all the macro nutrients in the right quantity! Since it is going to load you up with nutrition you are likely to effective balance the alcohol intake!4. MILKThis cow’s gift to humanity is an excellent option for an effective pre-game on its own. Alcohol leads to excessive urination, which results in loss of potassium from the body and this is where milk comes in which is extremely rich in this nutrient. Not only this, since it’s made of 90% water, so it tends to keep you hydrated.5. SALMONAlcohol depletes your body’s vitamin B-12 levels, but salmon has super high levels of the said vitamin along with omega 3’s. These B-vitamins have many physiological functions in the body, that include the promotion of short-term memory and general neurological function, which makes them a great option to eat before you actually plan to drink6. CHICKENFoods like chicken which are rich in protein take longer time to digest, which helps in slowing down how fast your blood alcohol level goes up. A chicken sandwich is the premier mix of protein and carbs, to avoid more calories just use the poultry portion that’s about the size of your palm.7. EGGSThis incredible food is not only good for curing the hangover but it also one of the best foods to eat before you do things that cause you to get one there in the first place. This is because of the presence of essential amino acids in the eggs, which are needed to breakdown some of the alcohol.8. LOW-FAT YOGURTYogurt is actually a great snack option before you go out, just top this creamy stuff with a sprinkle of granola and you’ll get all the important macronutrients in one food item: carbs, protein, and fat. The selected food item will digest slowly in more than 4-6 hours which will help in lowering the impact of alcohol intake.9. QUNIOAThis one is extremely rich in protein and fiber. A high fiber meal that includes quinoa results in slowing down the stomach’s emptying time, which helps ensure that alcohol’s effects don’t sneak up as a surprise.10. SPAGHETTAlcohol changes your body’s stores of glycogen, a quick energy source stored in the liver. Carbs help your glycogen levels stay full, as well as your stomach. It is suggested that you pre-game yourself with spaghetti (made in lighter sauce like aglio e olio) to minimize the negative impact of alcohol!...

YOGURT MISTAKES THAT MAKE YOU FAT
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Yogurt is one dairy product which is a part of almost everyone’s daily life. Yogurt along with being delicious is good for weight loss since it keeps you full for longer duration so that you are not starved an hour after you eat. Along with this, it also caters to the coldness and protein needs of our body. But can you believe that the way in which you are consuming this superfood can convert it into secret calorie bomb instead of making it a weight-loss weapon. Following listed are the few common mistakes which can be reason you are not able to reap in the benefits of this amazing dairy product:-1. Not Measuring PortionsSuper saver packs are really lucrative as they save money in comparison to individual portions but what is worth noticing is that it may also lead to over serving yourself. Rather than just measuring the portions with your eyes use a proper measurement spoon to actually measure them. Be careful with your portions and avoid going overboard!2. Focusing Too Much on CaloriesCounting calories is helpful when you want to lose weight but it is quite misleading in case of yogurt. There are many yogurt options out there in the market that are low in calories but along with this they have lower quantities of proteins. Rather than only looking at how many calories a container racks up, be sure to check out the protein level too, as it helps to keep you full until your next meal required to avoid overeating.3. Adding Too Many ExtrasAdding your favorite extras to a cup of plain yogurt may seem to be great idea, but in the long run it is another action which could be sabotaging your healthy-eating efforts. When you add toppings like nuts, cereal, fruits or honey you unknowingly convert you snack into a full meal. The basic rule if you want to keep yogurt as snack is to ensure that it does not have more than 200 calories. If you want to have it as a breakfast then you can add your favorite cereal, fruit or nuts but a still be careful that you don’t go too much over the top4. Turning to ParfaitsDon’t get deceived by how pretty they look because they are simply disguising themselves since they are a unhealthy snack. They are misleading as they generally have full-fat yogurt, and they’re usually packed with granola. What else, the granola breaks into pieces and make it easy to think you’re eating less than you actually are. If you’re in a rush and jonesing for a dairy fix, go for a regular packaged yogurt. When you really want to have a parfrait the best option is to make it at home!5. Going for Fat-FreFat free products use sugar to compensate the taste of actual item. Though yogurt is naturally sweet in taste as it is a byproduct of milk, but some options may also have insane amount of sugar added to boost up the taste. Rather than going for fat free options it is recommended to go for low fat products and also check the nutrition list to ensure that you get enough protein and not too much sugar. As a tip, it is advised that you should avoid such products, which have more than 18g of sugar in one serving or have the first ingredient as sugar in the product label!6. Seeking Out Probiotics Above All ElseThanks to results of various advertisements, which have shown the probiotics are good for health, it has become one of the important ingredients for all weight watchers. Don’t get fooled by the products with the label of probiotics, which is no more than an added benefit. The simple thing to understand here is that its ok to hop on the probiotics train, but there’s no need to start loading your diet with yogurt to get your fill....

DELICIOUS WAYS TO EAT MORE VEGETABLES
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Vegetables and fruits play a crucial role in the weight loss process. There are high chances that you are eating fewer vegetables than you actually should, which is proven by the fact that 9 out of 10 Americans struggle to get in the recommended three plus servings of veggies in a day. There are numerous benefits associated with vegetables – fresh produce is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and fabulous phytonutrients that you can’t get by simply popping a pill. So why aren’t vegetables landing on your plate more often? There are high chances that being equipped with daily tasks leaves you with lesser time to prepare them — washing, chopping, dicing, and slicing can be a chore. Now today we have got some quick fixes for this problem, which will make it easier for the mother nature’s gems to simply sneak into your daily diet. Check them out now-1. SANDWICHESDon’t forget to add a whole lot of vegetables in you favorite sandwiches as they help in providing the vitamins, flavor and an additional crunch to it. You can go for pre-prepared items like grated carrots, sliced beets and some leafy vegetables, which makes it quite easy to pack up a health and delicious lunch.2. VEGGIE CHIPSIt time to replace your potato and tortilla chips with fresh veggie chips. Just slice veggies like carrots, cucumber, pepper and zucchini in chip-style and enjoy with your favorite dipping!3. EGGSEggs are a great way to add vegetables into your diet. Finely diced peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, or a fistful of microgreens make eggs and omelets even more delicious! In case you are in a hurry the quick fix is to toss roasted veggies from last night’s dinner into the pan before adding the eggs4. SMOOTHIESMake your smoothies richer in terms of nutrition by using some of the healthiest vegetables as the ingredients. You can add a vitamin boost by adding a couple of handfuls of dark, leafy greens, like kale or spinach into your regular smoothie.5. PANCAKESAdding vegetables to your pancakes is another quick way to boost up the intake of vegetables in daily diet. Rather than going for sweet pancakes you can go for savory ones and load them up with your favorite vegetables.6. MUFFINSJust puree some vegetables like zucchini or steamed broccoli in a food processor and add the green goodness to your next batch of muffins. You won’t even notice their flavor in your favorites baked goods.Above highlighted are few of simplest ways using which you can increase the daily intake of your vegetables without compromising on taste or investing too much of time! Try them out now and you’ll surely love all of them plus you will also be able to have your minimum vegetable intake....

FOODS THAT CAUSE WATER RETENTION
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Everybody knows that 60% of the human body is made up of water. Your body is a complex system and if it lacks or gets too much of something, this system can actually breakdown. The imbalance can manifest itself in the form of Water Retention. Water retention is a big road block for weight conscious people as it hinders their long-term goals. Something which can be held majorly accountable for causing water retention in the human body is sodium. Keeping the salt shaker at bay is very good practice, but along with it, there are some other food items as well, which can be held responsible for increasing water retention. Checkout the list now and beware of them!1. Sodium Rich FoodsAs pointed above, salt is the biggest culprit when it comes to bloating. High-sodium foods cause the body to retain water, which can actually balloon you up. Though you know the culprit, but it is not that easy to throw this one out of your diet as it sneaks into almost everything – processed and packaged foods, soups, breads, etc.! Further table salt contain around 40% sodium and when you consume too much salt your body dilutes the sodium with water and retains this excess fluid. Instead of using table salt for enhancing the flavor it is recommended to use spice and herbs to avoid bloating.2. Carbonated & High-Acid DrinksAll the carbonated drinks ranging from sodas to fizzy drinks are responsible for causing bloating since they have carbon dioxide, which is responsible for creating gas in the stomach. Not only this, there are some beverages like alcohol, coffee, caffeinated drinks, tea, and some fruit juices that are high in acid which create trouble for your GI tract ultimately leading to bloating!3. Cruciferous VegetablesCruciferous vegetables like cabbage, kale, broccoli etc. which are considered good for weight loss are also a culprit in the context of water retention. This is because these vegetables contain raffinose, which is a type of sugar that remains undigested until it gets fermented by the bacteria in your gut, resulting in gas and bloating. Though these vegetables cause bloating, but their numerous benefits still point out that they should be a part of your daily diet; what needs to be taken care of is the portion. Along with this, rather than going for raw form its better to steam these vegetables as it will actually make it easier to digest them.4. ApplesApples are high in fiber, which makes it a good choice for people who want to lose weight but along with this, it also contains fructose and sorbitol that are difficult to digest for people resulting in puffy feeling in the body. Apples are great snack as they are rich in nutrition – 4.5g of protein and give you around 10% of your daily vitamin C requirement so it is advised not to stop having it. Rather have them in moderation and time their intake by separating it from your meals!5. StarchesMost products that are rich in starch like potatoes, maize, pasta, wheat, etc. produce gas in human body. They are also high in fats and if you are looking for quick weight loss you should say no to such products. Further it is important to stay away from refined grains like white flour that’s often used in white bread, cake and biscuits. Not only do they offer little nutrition, they can also cause water retention, with bloating as a result.6. Dairy ProductsIf your body is unable to digest milk or dairy product it might be another major reason for bloating. People who are intolerant towards lactose, their bodies are not able to digest dairy products passing them to the colon where gas is produced by the bacteria, which tries to break it down. So its time to get diagnosed for lactose intolerance and consult a dietitian to ensure adequate consumption of calcium-rich foods.7. LegumesThis is the most common element in our list as everybody knows that beans, lentils, soybeans, and peas are gas-causing foods. Though these small pearls are loaded with protein but they also have quantities of sugars and fibers which our bodies can’t absorb. When the legumes you consume reach the large intestine your gut bacteria starts feeding on them, which ultimately leads to gas and bloating in the body. Th quick fix to this problem is to have legumes along with some other grain, which gets digested quickly like quinoa, oats, or rice!8. Spicy & Fried FoodsThe intake of greasy food items like burger, chips, doughnuts, etc. causes bloating in the body as the stomach takes much longer to break down the fats and properly digest them. On top of it, when you have spicy foods, it stimulates the release of stomach acid, which can cause irritation. So its time to listen to your stomach and say no to foods that are high in spices like pepper, cloves, nutmeg and also limit the intake of fried food items.Don’t get upset by seeing the list above as it indicates that most of your local grocery store is stocked with nothing but foods that cause water retention. All you need to do is pay special attention to the sodium content of pre-packed foods. As per the guidelines laid by USDA an individual should not have more than 2300 mg sodium/day. Further you will be able to handle bloating by having foods that are rich in potassium and exercising as well. Just sweat it out to get rid of water retention. We hope that from next time you will be more careful when you go for picking up grocery to stay away from water retention and related problems....

MAKE EVERY RUN EASIER
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Going for a run for the first few times can feel really hard – it’s difficult to breathe, muscles ache, lungs burnout, and all you want to do is STOP right away. Listen, don’t give up! We have got some simple tricks and techniques, which you can incorporate in your routine and these will actually help to make running as easy as a breeze (definitely, for the first time you will enjoy running) instead of a difficult chore. Here’s the list-1. Slow DownThere’s no need to start your run at a speed of 8 minutes per mile. When you are new to running, the key to become a master at it is to go slow. The right speed for a starter would be enough so you’re breathing faster than you would if just walking, but not huffing and puffing so much that your lungs hurt or you’re gasping for each breath. Just chuck the interval training (we know its great for faster weight loss especially around the tummy) and opt for a consistent running pace. If you slow down a bit, it will allow you to focus on correct running form, give you ample time to enjoy the scenic beauty and also you’ll have the energy to chat with your workout buddy, all of which can actually make you love going out for a run. When you get used to running and are comfortable with it, your pace will increase naturally, and then you can begin to challenge yourself with sprinting intervals.2. Hills & SquatsStrong leg muscles are a must-have to run easily. One way to achieve that is to incorporate leg-strengthening work into your runs by adding hills. Running uphill is very challenging, but as soon as you get back to flat surface you’ll be amazed to see the difference in your running speed. Another option for a stronger leg muscles is to incorporate leg-strengthening moves like squats, lunges, burpees, or step-ups!3. Add the element of funIf you literally hate your run it means that you are actually doing something wrong. It’s time that you start finding ways to make it more enjoyable like bringing your dog with you, running while listening to your tracks, explore new running place and fitness gears, etc.. Adding an element of fun will bring a new spark and motivate you to go for runs more often!4. Being Regular is the KeyIn order to make your body accustomed to the demands of running, being regular is the key. Instead of waiting for free time or a nice weather to go for a run, it would be better if you could make a weekly running schedule. When you plan to run often it will help in strengthening the lower body and core muscles which will ultimately make the running an easy activity for you. Ease into running regularly with shorter runs, and as it begins to feel easier, gradually increase the mileage per workout.5. Don’t Beyond RunThough running regularly is going to make you body very adaptive towards it, but it is important to go beyond running to get over boredom and repetitive-stress injuries. It is advised to mix your cardio routine with biking, hiking, dancing, swimming, trekking, etc. Engaging yourself in other kinds of cardio is going to enhance the overall strength of your body, so next time when you prepare for run, it easier to stay ahead. Not only this, since you are taking a break from run, you are actually gonna miss it and when you get back to it, you will surely find it more enjoyable and fun!...

BENEFITS OF MEDITERRANEAN DIET FOR WEIGHT LOSS
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The origin of Mediterranean diet can be contributed to the historic eating and social patterns of the regions around southern Italy, Greece, Turkey and Spain. Can you believe the fact that along with being a tasty way to eat, drink, and live, Mediterranean diet is also a realistic and sustainable way to lose weight. This is because it is one of the healthiest diet known to man as people living along the Mediterranean coast have indulged in a high-fiber diet of fruits, vegetables, quality fats and proteins. Though this cuisine has been famous in regions like Italy, Greece, and Spain but it began to take hold around the world in the 1990s, when a Harvard University doctor showcased it as a diet useful for improving heart health, losing weight fast and easily, and clearing up other health issues.HEALTH BENEFITSMany nutrition experts have expressed their views that Mediterranean food is one of the most heart-healthy ways of eating. This diet is loaded with anti-inflammatory foods which mainly comprises of plant-based foods and healthy fats. The best thing about this Mediterranean diet is that it allows people to eat, drink and enjoy and at the back also takes care of heart diseases, metabolic complications, depression, dementia, cancer, type-2 diabetes, OBESITY, and Alzheimer. The combination of healthy unprocessed diets with a positive lifestyle is the main reason the people from this region seem to be so happy and cheerful. To support this, Harvard School of Public Health stated that,”Together with regular physical activity and not smoking, our analyses suggests that over 80% of coronary heart disease, 70% of stroke, and 90% of type 2 diabetes can be avoided by healthy food choices that are consistent with the traditional Mediterranean diet.”Main food items of Mediterranean DietMajority of traditional dishes that are cooked in Mediterranean diet focus on the following as the key ingredients:a) Olive oilb) Whole grainsc) Herbs and spicesd) Nuts and seedse) Fruits & veggies(Spinach, kale, eggplant, cauliflower, artichokes & fennel)f) Legumes & beansg) Fish & seafoodh) High quality pasture-raised poultryi) Limited red meatj) Plenty of waterBenefits of Mediterranean Diet1. Healthy Approach to Lose WeightThe approach to losing weight without being hungry and in a realistic way can surely be achieved by this diet. Mediterranean diet is a sustainable approach which helps in losing weight by reducing the fat intake in a natural way as it focuses on intake of nutrient-rich food. The main target approach of this diet is to improve an individual’s protein intake and considerable reduce the carbs consumption. Further, the inclusion of fish, and dairy products provide the benefits of omega 3s and probiotics. All the healthy fatty acids that are needed by the body to work and feel full, manage weight gain, control blood sugar, and improve your mood and energy levels are provided in right quantities in this diet.2. Low in Processed Foods & SugarAs pointed above, thisdiet primarily consists of food items which are natural, i.e. close to nature. In comparison to the American diet, the Mediterranean diet is very low in sugar and artificial ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and flavor enhancers. In order to satisfy their sweet tooth, the focus is on the consumption of fruit or small quantities of homemade desserts made with natural sweeteners like honey. Though most of the Mediterranean aren’t vegetarians, but rather than preferring red meats and heavier meals they go for fish. This actually proves to be very beneficial for those looking to lose weight and improve their cholesterol, heart health and omega-3 fatty acid intake.3. Helps You De-stress and RelaxAnother important factor considered in this diet is a No Stress approach. This diet encourages people to spend time with family and bond over home cooked healthy meals, get a good sleep and enjoy natural scenic beauty which helps in busting stress. This is known to all that chronic stress can kill the quality of your life along with your weight and health. Further addition to this is the inclusion of love for and fascination with wine — especially red wine, which is considered beneficial and protective in moderation. Overall, the smart choice of healthy living helping you get relived of chronic complications and diseases related to stress, such as those caused by hormonal imbalances – fatigue, inflammation and WEIGHT GAIN!4. Improves Heart HealthReligiously following Mediterranean diet, which is rich in monounsaturated fats and omega-3 foods, plays a significant role in reducing all-cause mortality, especially heart disease. The main ingredient that is used for this diet which is responsible for improving the heart health is olive oil. Olive oil is responsible for significantly decreasing the blood pressure, along with lowering hypertension. Another protective element is that it helps combat the disease-promoting effects of oxidation and improves endothelial function. Keeping in mind that low cholesterol levels are worse than high sometimes people in the Mediterranean regions don’t usually struggle to maintain healthy cholesterol levels since they obtain plenty of it from healthy fats.5. Might Help You Live LongerA diet rich that is in fresh plant foods and healthy fats is the shortcut to longevity. Monounsaturated fat, that is found in abundance in Mediterranean diet is associated with lowering the levels of heart disease, depression, cognitive decline, inflammatory diseases, and more. A Lyon Diet Heart Study, showed that people who had heart attacks between 1988 and 1992 were either counseled to follow the standard post-heart attack diet advice, which reduces saturated fat greatly, or told to follow a Mediterranean style. After 4 years, people who were following the Mediterranean diet experienced 70% less heart disease thus targeting longevity positively.Thus, it is quite indicative that you should take an initiative to make Mediterranean diet a part of your weight loss regime if you want to reach your goals faster!...

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Looking for some new ways, which can help you lose weight? Are you bored of the regular exercises and diet processes to lose weight? Are you checking out the list of some the effective and interesting ways to cut down those layers of fat? If YES, you must try to include DANCE in your workout routine! Amazed? Yes, to your surprise, dancing includes one of those moves that makes every part of your body go back and forth. The traditional approach to weight loss is joining a gym, consulting a dietitian, heavy workouts, etc. Basically all the options revolve around two main things – exercise and diet. What is worth considering here is that there is a fun and interesting way to lose weight, which is dancing! How can you lose weight by dancing? The simple logic is that dance moves all the parts of your body, thus it is a full body exercise. Being a weight bearing activity, it builds bone density, while exercising all the muscles in the body. Apart from this, it reduces stress, increases energy and improves strength, muscle tone, and co-ordination.DIFFERENT DANCE FORMS TO LOSE WEIGHTDance workouts have been able to gain attention by fitness enthusiasts as they are a fantastic form of exercise and are really effective in burning calories. Strict schedule of exercising makes it boring and monotonous and hence dancing comes up as a pleasing and interesting option. There are a wide range of options to choose the right dance form depending upon your body structure, strength and stamina. Some dance forms are more strenuous than others and you have to be careful in choosing the right one to get maximum results.1. HIP HOPThis one is the most popular form in the nightclubs. This dance form involves quick succession of movements which move the entire body. This dance workout is good both for the beginners and veterans. The name of the dance itself indicates that the main target of this dance form is the hips and waist area, thus it is clear that it helps in firming and toning your abs. Dancing while watching a video or at a club for an hour will enable you to burn around 250 calories.2. SALSAOff lately, this Latin American Dance form has been able to gain immense popularity in the night clubs and parties. Salsa is basically a 6 step dance, which is performed over the 8 counts of music along with many turns and danced side-to-side. It is a really good choice for weight loss program, as an hour of this dance can actually help you burn around 400-420 calories.3. BALLETThough this one is normally considered as a slow and low impact dance form but what is worth noticing is that this type of dance form involves great flexibility and actually requires strength and precision. The slow pace moves in this dance are very much similar to the Pilates training, which help in building long and lean muscles. Along with this, the moves help in stretching the muscles, which provides a full body workout. Concentration will increase the flexibility of your body parts and help burn fat deposits that make you look fat.4. ZUMBAZumba is a complete kit for cardio workout as it a perfect amalgamation of salsa, rumba, merengue and hip hop moves. This is the most common type of dance workout, which is found in many gyms as well. The steps of this dance form are easy and isolate your arms, abs, and legs for strengthening. Further you are sure to enjoy the results along with the dance, as this one targets the overall fitness. For best results, try to do the zumba workout for at least 2-3 days in a week!5. POLE DANCINGYou will be surprised to know the a pole dance of 30 minutes is equivalent to 20 minutes in a gym. Climbing and rotating around the pole increase your flexibility and also burns a lot of calories. Pole dancing helps in losing weight, toning muscles and shaping your body as well.6. JAZZERCISEThis is one of the oldest dance forms, which basically combines jazz dance and strength training to tone muscles and burn calories simultaneously, which was founded in the year 1969. This dance helps in building muscles by the use of barbells and dumbbells. This is a perfect aerobic workout which involves the classic moves of Pilates, yoga and cardio boxing moves. Jazzercise website states that you can burn up to 600 calories by doing this dance in an hour. It should be done 2 to 3 times a week to lose weight effectively.7. BELLY DANCING/ CABARETThis dance form involves slow and controlled isometric movements that aim to maintain flexibility and improve the blood circulation in your body. This dance forms helps in toning body parts like hips, back, thighs, and abs and burn up to 300 calories/ hour. Shaking the belly or lower body burns calories and helps shape up your buttocks.Cabaret increases the flexibility and fitness of your body, along with improving your bone density. You can actually learn this dance by watching videos or joining special classes in the dance studio!8. AFRICAN DANCEThis one is an aerobic dance, which is combination of contemporary and traditional African dance forms. It is based on some great music and highlights the African culture in a great way. This suits both the beginners as well as experienced dancers.If any of the above mentioned dance forms don’t lure you or if it is difficult to get the right training/method simply go for FREESTYLE. In this dance form, you just have to move your body freely as you like without bothering about the dance steps or body movements. This dance form can be performed on any type of loud music and you can increase your pace by dancing anyway you like. You can dance on fast paced beats for about 30 minutes daily to see a visible change in your weight. Just remember, whether you know a perfect dance form or not, what is important is to make it a part of your daily routine to pep up your weight loss efforts and add some fun to them!...

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