Wednesday, June 19, 2013

# Physical Exercise ? Uggh !!!!!

Mankind can be divided into two groups--those who exercise and those who don't.The numbers in the first group are slowly swelling.Some do it spontaneously & happily,some reluctantly,while some others are hounded into doing it by their doctors,their ever enlarging girths or their galloping blood sugars.But no matter how reluctant some of us might be to take up physical activity,the need for it is greater today than it ever was.All our gadgets & time saving devices combine to transform us into couch potatoes.Junk food & tinned stuff chime in to further damage our health;while every day stress takes it's toll on our mental equilibrium.

The various exercises & physical activities give us the following benefits:--

Endurance exercises include brisk walking,jogging,swimming,cycling,skipping,rowing,hiking,dancing or playing strenuous sports.

Strength exercises refer to lifting weights & using resistance bands.

Flexibility can be achieved through stretching exercises,yogic postures & aerobics.

Balance exercises are good for the aged & the infirm-these include standing on one foot,heel-to-toe walk & Tai Chi.

Improving Your Physical health through Exercise
*1 Melts excess fat,cuts obesity.
*2 lowers blood sugar-thus controlling diabetes.
*3 Perks up digestion.
*4 improves blood circulation.
*5 Strengthens muscles.
*6 Augments bone density.
*7 Improves joint mobility, thus curing joint pains.
*8 Strengthens heart,lowering risk of heart attacks.
*9 Enhances lung capacity.
*11 Regulates blood pressure-thereby lessening chances of high 
      B.P &strokes.
*12 Improves stamina & vigor.
*13 Betters athletic performance.
*14 Induces better sleep.
*15 Enhances immunity.
*16 Prevents falls & fractures.

Enriching Your Mental Health
*1 Lifts depression.Exercise augments the release of feel good 
  chemicals like serotonin,dopamine & endorphins-which are 
  natural pain killers & mood elevators.
*2 Burns up stress hormones adrenalin & cortisol.
*3 Abets social interaction.
*4 Increases self confidence.
*5 Improves self esteem.
*6 Takes mind off worries.
*7 Improves memory & cognition--see this site.
*8 Increases happiness.

Beginning a Physical Routine.
Those who want to start a physical routine can pick up whichever activity suits their requirement & inclination.It is best to start slow & warm up before going for harder exercises because while a physical regime has countless benefits ;it can also be harmful if done wrongly.

In the initial stages aim at small targets only.--strenuous activities will put you off.It is wise to exercise with a companion if possible.If you know your friend will be waiting for you to join him in his morning walk,you are more likely to shed lethargy & get cracking.

And lastly,results are slow in coming.Do not expect magic & be disheartened after a few days.If you persist for a length of time you yourself will feel the difference in your mind,body & soul;and then you will need no prodding to follow your exercise routine!
So Happy Sweating to All of You!!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Meraa Aangan

क्या आज भी मेरे आँगन में 
वो ठंडी हवाएं चलती हैं ?
इक नेह की बदली छाती है 
रिश्तों की बेलें उगती हैं?

होती थी सुकून की यूँ बारिश, 
सपनों की कलियाँ खिलती थीं।  
दिल सराबोर हो जाता था ,
लहरों पे लहरें उठती थीं। 

सादा था पर सच्चाई थी, 
हर रिश्ते में गहराई थी।  
संतुष्टि की उस हरीतिमा पर ,
खुशियों की अरुणाई थी। 

नहीं धूप कहीं तीखी चुभती ,
बस ठंडी मीठी छाया थी।  
वहां पर देवों का  साया था, 
या आँगन की ही गरिमां थी। 

क्या अब भी वहां पर वैसे ही
 सपनों के गुलशन खिलते हैं? 
उन्मुक्त हंसी ,चंचल बचपन, 
के जैसे मोती मिलते हैं?

हाँ नहीं वो घर न वो आँगन ,
पर ज़मीं वहां की आज भी है।  
उस ज़मीं की स्नेहिल गोदी में,
 मेरा विश्वास आज भी है। 
शायद अब भी उस आँगन में, 
वो ठंडी हवाएं चलती हैं। 
दिल बाग़ बाग़ हो जाता है, 
जब यादें करवट लेती हैं। 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

# Zodiac Sign # Capricorn

The star sign of Capricorn is the mountain goat & it's ruling planet is Saturn.Like the goat,the Capricorn wants to climb to the highest point.He is very ambitious.Social status,prestige,respectability,fame & money are what he aspires for.In order to achieve these he exercises great self-control,discipline,hard work,determination & perseverance.He is thrifty, mature,conservative,prudent & practical.All these qualities make him efficient & successful.Capricorns are very stable & serious.Naturally-because the climb to the top is tough business!They make sure that they do not fail-by thinking long & deep before taking any action.

Here is a list of their strengths & weaknesses.Since they are so focused on success,they tend to make use of people & circumstances to their benefit.This could project them as being selfish & domineering.Some of those who have been at the receiving end may call them egotistical and ruthless but of course,it all depends upon individual horoscopes.

Another interesting bit from the web says that Capris are somewhat aloof,inhibited & reserved;which is why they do not have many friends.Fun & frolic is not their cup of tea.
Capricorns' weak spots are their skeletal system & skin.

Martin Luther King Jr and Michelle Obama are two famous Capricorns.

Text & pics courtesy Richard Sterling & web.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

# Omar Khayyam --Some Gems

The Worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon
 Turns Ashes---or it prospers; and anon,
 Like Snow upon the Desert's dusty Face
 Lighting a little Hour or two---is gone.


 Ah, my Beloved, fill the Cup that clears
 TO-DAY of past Regrets and future Fears---
 To-morrow?---Why, To-morrow I may be
 Myself with Yesterday's Sev'n Thousand Years.


Lo!some we loved, the loveliest and best
 That Time and Fate of all their Vintage prest,
 Have drunk their Cup a Round or two before,
 And one by one crept silently to Rest.

And we, that now make merry in the Room
 They left, and Summer dresses in new Bloom,
 Ourselves must we beneath the Couch of Earth
 Descend, ourselves to make a Couch---for whom?


 Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
 Before we too into the Dust descend;
 Dust into Dust, and under Dust, to lie,
 Sans Wine, sans Song, sans Singer, and---sans End!


Oh, come with old Khayyam, and leave the Wise
 To talk; one thing is certain, that Life flies;
 One thing is certain, and the Rest is Lies;
The Flower that once has blown for ever dies.

The translation of above rubayyats is by Edward FitzGerald
Pics from google