7 postures to avoid when exercising

If you often wonder about why you suffer frequent injuries at the gym, it’s time to take a long, hard look at your workout form. While exercising, method and posture play an important role. We give you an insight on why poor form is to blame for your aches and pains. Stop jerking: Stop jerking…

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Music Series (Article 02)- How Music Affects Us and Promotes Health

Music improves memory performance   The power of music to affect memory is quite intriguing. Mozart’s music and baroque music, with a 60 beats per minute beat pattern, activates the left and right brain. The simultaneous left and right brain action maximizes learning and retention of information. The information being studied activates the left brain…

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Music Series -How Music Effects Us and Promotes Health?

Music is an art, entertainment, pleasure, and … medicine for the soul and body. Music is one of the few activities that involves using the whole brain. It is intrinsic to all cultures and has surprising benefits not only for learning language, improving memory and focusing attention, but also for physical coordination and development. Not…

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Six ways you can cheat on gym without feeling guilty about it

So you paid for a six-month gym membership but quit going after a month of battling with the alarm clock and the monotony. You found it difficult to stick to your gym schedule because of the lack of variation. Exercising at a gym with a bunch of intimidating people seemed like a tedious effort that…

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Genes may contribute to making some nations happier than others

The citizens of nations which rate themselves happiest display a specific genetic feature: their DNA is more likely to contain a specific allele involved in sensory pleasure and pain reduction, say Michael Minkov of the Varna University of Management (formerly International University College) in Bulgaria, and Michael Bond of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. They…

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French, Swiss doctors to study health secrets of Jains

Jain community members don’t eat after sunset, refrain from meat, fish and poultry or roots (potato, onion, etc). Ritualistic fasting is ingrained in Jain practices. What impact has such a lifestyle made on the community’s well-being? Can such a lifestyle be healthy? These are some of the questions that have driven a team of French-speaking…

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7 steps to health and happiness: Delay lifestyle diseases by a decade

The end of the year is upon us and so is the pressure to make resolutions to do things that would make us healthier and happier. Since health is a prerequisite for happiness, here’s a seven-point checklist to prevent and delay lifestyle diseases by at least a decade, maybe two. 1. Keep blood pressure under…

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Always remember: Forgetfulness is an early sign of dementia

When 36-year-old Latha could not any more take the embarrassment of daily episodes of forgetfulness — recalling where she kept her money or forgot to pick up children from school — she finally decided to visit a good neurologist. Blamed by her family for being irritable and short tempered at times, she was later diagnosed…

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Self-Defense for Fitness

From kickboxing to Krav Maga, martial arts classes can help keep you safe – while whipping you into shape. What to know before signing up. Avital Zeisler’s life was beginning to change for the better. At age 19, she had just begun college courses and was looking forward to pursuing her dreams of dancing or working in…

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