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smoking can give you a heart attack

Smoking, stress and an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to heart attacks!! Here are people for whom a heart attack turned around their lives. They stopped smoking, started regular exercise and ate well balanced diets. Success stories of how they gave up smoking and took a healthy active lifestyle…

Hope it doesn’t take you a heart attack to give up smoking!

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sitting for long periods of time can increase your death risk!

20th century has seen many such inventions that have been aimed at making our lives easier. But while doing so, these inventions have also made us considerably lazy! And this laziness has spilled over to our professional and personal lives, where physical activity has taken a back seat in favor of sitting.

While, we all thought that there was nothing wrong with sitting, scientific reports have now pegged prolonged sitting on a daily basis to be extremely harmful to our body. In fact a new study has found that, the more time people spent sitting down, the greater was their risk of death. Researchers from the American Cancer Society, who conducted the study have pointed out that irrespective of the amount of physical exercise that a person gets, the amount of time spent sitting will result in an increase in the death risk.

The study found that Men who sat for more than 6 hours a day were 18 percent more likely to die than those who sat fewer than 3 hours per day. Similarly for women, who reported sitting for more than 6 hours a day, the death risk increased by 37% as opposed to those who sat for less than 3 hours a day!

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Get healthy this world earth day

With the entire world paying homage to the Earth today on the occassion of the World Earth Day, we at Medimanage.com decided to do something different and came up with eco – friendly ways to achieve health without causing much harm to the Earth! With a bit of research we came up with ways which would not only make you healthy but also result in saving the environment!

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Cycling to work

cycle to work this world earth dayThe invention of the automobile robbed us of a wonderful opportunity to stay fit and healthy. The pre-car days found people walking or cycling their way to work and being generally healthier than us. Cycling to work is a good way to lengthen your life span, as a study in Denmark found that people who rode cycles daily noticed a 40% decreased rate in mortality as compared to their non-cycling counterparts.

Moreover cycling is a good form of exercise that not only helps you burn you more calories and lose weight but it also helps you lower your LDL –bad cholesterol levels and increase your HDL- good cholesterol levels along with protecting the rider from heart diseases and obesity!

So, what are you waiting for? Hop on to that cycle and leave the car and its pollution in the garage and simply pedal your way to work a la ‘Salman Khan’. 

Exercising outdoors

exercising outdoors makes you healthy and helps save electricityTaking the gym to the outdoors has many health benefits beginning with helping you burn up to 30 % more calories than you would if you were to exercise indoors! Plus the fresh air outside contains much more oxygen than any high tech gym could ever provide you, making your ‘exercising session’ much more healthy. Exercising outdoors in the mornings is a good idea, as the early morning exposure to the sun helps you get a good dose of Vitamin D.

Moreover, exercising outdoors means you are not on the gym machines which use electricity to function, meaning that you are conserving electricity and thereby making the earth just a little bit healthy in the process!

 

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exercise during pregnancy for smaller babies

Childhood obesity is a fast rising problem in today’s children. While chubby and plump kids look really cute, this obesity poses a great number of health risks for the child when he/she grows up. The main risk factor being childhood obesity is a recurring problem and haunts the person through his adult life!

But according to recent reports, exercising when the baby is within the womb helps to control his weight. This is good news, as a large birth size points towards possible complications such as childhood obesity. However according to researchers from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, light to moderate aerobic exercises help in a modest reduction of the baby’s weight  or smaller babies, without causing any other alterations in the maternal insulin resistance.

Maternal insulin resistance is very important in fetal development as it increases the nutrition availability to the fetus promoting a healthy and well developed fetus with a lesser chance of developing childhood obesity.

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tired at the gymHow would you feel, if you were given the choice between working out just one day in the gym as opposed to working out 7 consecutive days that too with the same result? Awe-struck, right?

Jan Helgerud, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, is of the opinion that the intensive work out designed for Olympic level athletes can very well work for each one of us! This technique, known as interval training concentrates on short bursts of intense physical exercise with breaks after every short burst.

In a study done on the benefits of interval training, Scientists found that when compared with traditional exercise, it doubled the individual’s endurance! Strength and speed also were found to be showing remarkable improvement in the territory of 10-15%.

Short bursts in interval training include four 4 minute bouts of hard cycling or sprinting with a 3 minute break after every short burst. Other physically taxing sports such as rowing or swimming should also work, says Jan Helgerud. He adds that interval training is twice as effective as normal work out sessions! To sum it up in an interesting analogy, he says that ‘Think of interval training, as a new pill that works twice as well”!

With studies in recent times, focusing on the effects of strenuous activity on older people and people suffering from health problems, having found that there is no conceivable or serious health risk attached to strenuous activity; interval training just might be the answer to your daily gymming woes!

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knee pain Want to lose weight, join the gym! Want to gain weight, join the gym! Want to build up those muscles, join the gym!Gymming these days has become synonymous with ‘Fitness’.

With the gym having turned into a fitness haven! Wouldn’t you be shocked if you were told that gymming can cause damage?! Well, it can. Take the case of Prachi Gupta, 32, who joined a gym to lose those kilos. Armed with a personal trainer and a strong will to exercise, Prachi thought she had nothing to lose, but the weight. But she almost lost her knees in the process!

What began as a simple 15-20 minutes’ walk on the treadmill, soon turned into a 50 minutes’ walk on steep inclinations! Prachi began doing difficult exercises unsupervised in a bid to lose weight faster, she pushed the envelope a bit farther; doing free body lunges and squats too. All this was putting a tremendous pressure on her knees and it was just a matter of time before her knees gave out. Soon the pain in her knees became intolerable and Prachi had to consult a knee replacement surgeon!  

Whenever our bodies gain weight, it becomes visible on our stomachs and thighs, primarily depending on our body shapes. But what we miss out is that our knees are the most important weight bearing joint in our bodies and weight gain affects them directly as does weight loss, with every 5 Kilos of weight lost reducing three times the pressure on our knees! Putting too much pressure on them while exercising or by running too much can cause swelling and intolerable pain in them. Inactivity also causes problems in the knee joints causing stiffness and pain in them, therby affecting our mobility!

The best way to take care of your knees along with your daily fitness is to give them moderate exercise, a massage once a while have a healthy balanced diet that will cancel out the risk of serious joint problems such as arthritis!

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