With Major Food Corporations being blamed for causing obesity, hypertension and cardiac problems by health activists and nutritionists, a majority of them are going in for a Healthy make-over. Leading the pack is the fast food giant McDonald’s which has plans of soon introducing its global ‘balanced active lifestyles’ in India, with the emphasis being on eating right and staying active. Similarly KFC is hoping that its association with cricket will help to advertise it’s ‘promote healthy lifestyles’ mantra.
Not to be left behind is the World’s largest foods company Nestle’s, advertising for its Milkybar white chocolate brand which shows Indian mothers urging their kids to ‘go out and play’. Even beverage giant Pepsi is planning a removal of sugary drinks from schools across India, in their effort to spruce up their image as a beverage company that do not encourage unhealthy drinks ….. while these efforts are applaudable, the truth remains that they have come owing to the recent backlash and the introduction of the new food law under the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) which is putting in place a series of mandatory guidelines for companies against promoting ‘unhealthy’ food habits.
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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
The 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’.
Taking 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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How 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!
Imagine a workplace where you had flexible deadlines, flexible timings… in short a flexible work schedule itself! It would be great, wouldn’t it?
Researchers from Durham University, in England have proven that Flexibility in work schedules boosts employee health! According to Review lead author, Kerry Joyce; workplaces with strict work schedules tend to add to the employee’s health risk. Strict work schedules with their emphasis on tight deadlines and longer working hours increase stress, which in turn can lead to serious conditions such as heart diseases, depression and anxiety!
The research found out that flexible work schedules, which cut out the ill effects of employee controlled environments i.e. deadlines and mandatory overtimes; showed considerable positive improvements in the employee’s health!
So, for a happy productive and healthy environment, loosen the strings a bit and make those work schedules a little flexible.
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Do you belong to the majority of people who think that bone diseases will affect only the old people? Don’t worry; there are a lot of others, who think the same! But you might be shocked to find that doctors are now warning against bone diseases such as Osteoporosis affecting even the young.
Indian women as young as 20 years old are being affected by the disease today, primarily due to their sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets which lack sorely in calcium. Calcium is needed by the body to maintain healthy bones, and also to prevent bone diseases such as brittle bones and osteoporosis. A recent study conducted by Hinduja Hospital, has found that women with a low BMI (body mass index) are more prone to suffering from Osteoporosis, especially after menopause!
Many women are clueless about the disease and often discover that they are suffering from it, when they visit the doctor with a fractured arm or leg!
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