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It All Starts with the Mind
July 14, 2016|Lets get Healthy

It All Starts with the Mind

It All Starts with the Mind

Which is more important: ‘what we believe’ or ‘what we do’?

Whether it is health or sickness, it doesn’t matter what we do? What matters is that what we believe is basically what our mind believes. Mahatria says, “The mind of the man is the man”. Scientific studies of the mind-body connection reveal that the mental states are reflected immediately in your biochemistry – the chemical messaging system that controls how our body functions. If you don’t work on the mind, neither can you cure diseases nor can you lead a healthy lifestyle.

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Eating sensibly
July 6, 2016|Lets get Healthy

Eating sensibly

Eating sensibly

Are you eating sensibly?

Mahatria would so often say, “It is not about how you look, but it is about how you look at yourself. What you are is more important than how you look.”

Model: I am on diet to reduce weight. So I eat only once.

Friend: But is it good for the body?

Model: All that I don’t know. All I know is I am reducing my weight.

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It’s About You and Me
June 29, 2016|Lets get Healthy

It’s About You and Me

It’s About You and Me

No human body is perfect. There is nothing called ideal health. There is no perfect method to health. It is by trial and error. Every body is unique. Hence, the method to health and well-being for every individual is individualistic.

Steve: I am very excited about seeing you John. How come you have lost 10 kg in two months?

John: I have recently joined a gym, taken a personal trainer, working out every day and also follow a diet plan. Health and fitness has become the mantra of my day.

Steve: It is fantastic. I guess I too should join. I will lose 10 kg too.

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Is your heart in safe hands?
June 22, 2016|Lets get Healthy

Is your heart in safe hands?

Is your heart in safe hands?

He is a living example of how a person can lead a stress-free life and maintain his heart healthy.  Meet the compassionate and healthy hearted cardiologist Dr. N Sivakadaksham, who gives various tips to live a healthy life.

This doctor has time for everything.  He is so dynamic, so energetic and so enthusiastic and the way he climbs up and down the flight of stairs, you will be glad to be in the presence of someone who practises everything he preaches.  Dr. N Sivakadaksham is a consultant cardiologist in Chennai.  Let’s know what it takes to be a healthy hearted human being.

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Mind over Body
June 16, 2016|Lets get Healthy

Mind over Body

Mind over Body

The key to losing weight, she says, is epitomised in one word – Balance.  From a massive weight of 150 kg to 58 kg, from a 72-inch waistline to a 28-inch waistline, this Fitness Model has come a long way.  Naini Setalvad has proved that nothing is impossible if you set your mind on it.  Read on to discover her health secrets.

Naini Setalvad

“Where is the pain of running the marathon when you are experiencing the pleasure of having gone past the finishing line?  Where is the pain of having renounced the lower when you are experiencing the pleasure of the higher?” – Mahatria.

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One day in the 1960s…
June 6, 2016|Lets get Healthy

One day in the 1960s…

One day in the 1960s…

Aerobics is one of the best forms of exercises to keep one, especially women, fit.  This lady has done a great job in teaching aerobics and in creating aerobic instructors for over four decades.  Meet the pioneer in the industry – Stina Vasu.

“Small beginning, incremental improvement, monumental changes” – Mahatria.

She radiates health.  She exudes contagious enthusiasm.  Her zest for life is infectious.  She looks forward to the tomorrows of her life with childlike exuberance.  She walks spine erect, sturdy and tall – 5 feet and 10 inches.  If path breakers are pathfinders, then you have no choice but to enlist her name in that list.  She started a health revolution in Chennai about 49 years ago…  In Chennai, aerobics and Stina Vasu are synonymous.

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Why home-made food?
May 25, 2016|Lets get Healthy

Why home-made food?

Why home-made food?

Health is not bought, but it is cooked and served with love.

1. Eating home-made food has numerous health benefits, but more importantly, it gives you the option of what ingredients you decide to use or omit in your meals.

2. When you cook at home, you can keep your foods natural and whole.

3. If you have special dietary needs such as limitations on salt intake, you can make dishes that suit your health needs. You don’t have to fret if the dining establishments have a low-fat dish or if there is any extra sugar used in a meal.

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Heart Tip for Every Age
March 22, 2016|Lets get Healthy

Heart Tip for Every Age

Heart Tip for Every Age

Heart never takes rest.  If it rests, then we will have to rest permanently.  Let’s take care of our heart.  Life style changes are the key for a healthy heart.

Children, get those little hearts moving:  The heart is essentially a muscle (a little larger than the fist).  Get those little hearts moving.  Encourage kids to move around, swim, jump, run – it will exercise the heart muscle and strengthen it.  

In the 20s, commit to healthy habits:  Most people who smoke started the habit in their teens.  Instead, let healthy habits start early in life…  So, commit to regular exercise and back it up with smart eating.  Your heart is the powerhouse of the body; it pushes oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to every cell that needs it.  The heart is basically a muscle, but it is the most important muscle we have – and it needs exercise.

In the 30s, bring in some lifestyle changes:  High blood pressure and high cholesterol often show up during the 30s.  Now it is also time to identify lifestyle changes you need to make.  Become health conscious and be sure that you add more healthy food to your diet.

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Get your shoes right!
March 19, 2016|Lets get Healthy

Get your shoes right!

Get your shoes right!

Do you want to spend on health or sickness? Then invest on your shoes to ensure health. Don’t hesitate to buy quality shoes because it prevents aches and pains. Shoes play a major role during training. Like shock absorbers of vehicles, shoes are the shock absorbers of the body.

Checklist for selecting proper quality shoes:

  1. The shoe should weigh light.  Lift the shoe with index finger and feel the weight and it has to be light.

  2. The shoe should be neither too flexible nor too tight.  Remember the 5 pound rule:  If one takes a shoe and presses it against the weighing machine, it has to bend only in the forefeet area on an average pressure of around 2.5 kg or 5 pounds.  Most of the times, the salesperson in the showroom will fold the shoe completely saying that it is the ideal shoe to buy.  Actually, it is not possible to bend the foot completely in two folds, so it is not ideal to buy the shoes which can be bent in two folds.   

  3. The heel part of the shoes, which is called the heel counter, has to be solid.  Only if it is solid, it will keep the heel in neutral position.  Just above the heel counter, there should be a soft pad which protects the larger tendon behind the ankle.

  4. There are straight, semi-curved and curved shoes available.  A person having straight feet or flat feet needs to go for straight or semi-curved shoes.  Persons with curved feet or high arch need to go for curved shoes.  

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Myths and Facts about Diet and Weight Loss
March 17, 2016|Lets get Healthy

Myths and Facts about Diet and Weight Loss

Myths and Facts about Diet and Weight Loss

1. Myth: Skipping meals helps to reduce weight.
If your body is not fed at regular intervals, it will turn to its reserves.  Fearing that it will not get food soon, the body goes into starvation mode.  Dieting is not about starving.  Weight reduction can only be achieved by eating wisely.  The body requires a certain amount of calories and nutrients each day.  When you skip meals, your body tries to make up for the lost calories by demanding more food.  In all likelihood, you will end up eating more at the next meal. Studies have shown that people who eat a nutritious breakfast are not only healthier but also weigh less than those who skip breakfast.  The best way to lose weight is to eat many small meals throughout the day.  These meals should include a variety of nutritious food.

No human body is perfect.  There is neither anything called ideal health nor a perfect method to health.  It is by trial and error.  Everybody is unique, and hence, the method to health and well-being differs from person to person.

2. Myth: Crash diets help lose weight permanently.

Fact:  A crash diet is not always the best way to lose weight.  Most eating plans advocate cutting out certain foods to lose weight quickly.  Although it may seem true and make you happy initially, in the long run this will prove to be unhealthy.  Avoiding certain foods will deprive the body of nutrients.  Besides, people get tired of such diets pretty fast and regain the lost weight all over again.  Your body also starts to burn large amounts of muscle and organ tissue, which apart from being dangerous will leave you flabby and soft because it is the presence of muscle tissue that gives you a firmer body.  So, you will actually appear plumper owing to muscle tissue loss.  As a result of this, your health will deteriorate even further.

Research has proved that the best way to maintain your weight is to lose weight at an average rate of 1-2 kilos a week by exercising and eating healthy.  This will help you develop a healthier lifestyle and thus reduce your chances of developing weight-related problems like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

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