How to ensure Perfect BMI – even when in a Sedentary Job!

Perfect BMI in A Sedentary Job Those sitting for long hours at work need to pay some attention to the recent research demonstrating the link between prolonged work hours and death from metabolic diseases, cardiac arrest, and other causes. Low exercising can do little to help. Though there have been multiple studies conducted, the research […]

What kind of muscles do you have?

If you said “big” or “small” or “red” or “white” – you’re only half right. I want to introduce to you the concept of “pink” muscle and how to build it…. But he’s some background about the body first [1].

So the body has 2 primary muscle types: Red and White.

Red muscles also have lots of mitochondria. This too gives them a darker colour. And they also have lots of capillaries – these are small blood vessels which supply oxygen-filled blood to the muscle fibers. These red muscles are also known as “slow twitch fibers”.

These muscle fibres contract slowly – and can continue working hard for a long time without fatiguing. If you haven’t figured it out yet, these are the ‘Aerobic Muscles’ (ones you use during aerobic exercise). These are the muscles that use mostly oxygen to make their energy.

When you walk long distances, lift light weights for long periods of time, or even just do your daily sit-ups and crunches – you’re activating mostly red muscles.

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I have a cold

Flu Season

I’d written this mid-October, but didn’t post because too many of my articles around the time were on a similar subject 🙂

So, I have a cold. But it’s so well under control, I’m able to work almost normally. I wanted to share what I’m doing to keep it under control and maybe it’ll help you workaholics continue to function. Note: If you have a fever, TAKE REST – none of this will work for you.

Keep the respiratory tract warm

The common cold is an upper respiratory tract (URT) infection, and the cold virus dies quicker if kept warm.

  • Use a scarf to ensure the hollow of the throat and the area around it are kept warm.
  • Wear a jacket if the weather is cool and roll the collar up if needed.

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Cardio that keeps the blood pumping

The heart is one of the most amazing organs in the body – it keeps working & pumping no matter what you’re doing – right from before you’re actually born to a few seconds after the time you actually die (i.e. clinical death). It stands to reason that keeping your heart in great shape would result in better cardiovascular fitness and overall better health.

Consider these points:

  1. The heart pushes blood around the body and thus is the main ‘pump’ that channels oxygen and nutrients all around
  2. While hearts are replaceable by artificial hearts / transplanted hearts; a mutually agreed positive reason to keep your (one and only authentic, original) heart is quite obvious!

Cardio focused exercise results in an increase in heart rate and overall pushes blood through your system in a consistent, regularized fashion. You’ll burn calories, lose weight and feel great with this 10-minute home cardio workout routine for aerobic fitness.

Skipping

One minute of Skipping will do you more good than you can imagine. Skipping uses your own body weight and suppleness to increase your heart rate, while actually using minimal space. The effort that goes into skipping is low compared to it’s calorie burining capabilities.

If you have a skipping rope, you can swap most cardio-related exercises with a 60-second urst of skipping. However it’s important to have variety in your cardio… So here’s more exercises that allow you to have a proper 10-minute cardio workout counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of aerobic activity every week. This is from the National Health Service (NHS, UK) – and a proven method with assured results.

Always:

  • Before you begin, warm up with a 6-minute warm-up routine.
  • After your workout, cool down with a 5-minute stretch.
Rocket Jumps

Rocket Jumps

For rocket jumps, stand with your feet hip-width apart, legs bent and hands on your thighs.

  • Jump up, driving your hands straight above your head and extending your entire body.
  • Land softly, reposition your feet and repeat. For more of a challenge, start in a lower squat position and hold a weight or a bottle of water in both hands at the centre of your chest.
  • Recovery: walk or jog on the spot for 15 to 45 seconds.

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Taichi brings the Zen back into life

We’ve been speaking a lot about Yoga and Pranayama and other ancient practices that result in a phenomenal health boost. It’s about time I add Tai Chi to the list. There’s likely very few martial arts practitioners who’re unaware of Tai Chi. It’s known as the “healing martial art” or even “meditation in motion”. Tai […]

And why do you NOT get gas when you’re on a Raw Diet?

Releasing gas is a common thing in most workplaces – it’s commonly a source of embarassment to the perpetrator, and a source of nose-wrinkling for those around. But why does it happen? Here’s the 3 main causes and their cures. Too much fat Fat produces foul smelling gas.  In The 80/10/10 Diet Dr. Doug Graham recommends consuming […]