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FITNESS BODY POSTURES

By | July 24th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

Body Postures and Fitness Connection

On a normal daily basis, we do not pay any attention to our own anatomy or body postures. We are totally unaware as to how our body is moving and what we are doing. This is also true for persons who are in exercising, weight training or athletics. Are we aware as to how we use our hands and legs? How do we grasp or twist or bend? In fact there are so many simple things we take for granted; like sitting down and getting up or lying down on the bed.

You may well ask as to what is the connection between all these and fitness? The human body is one fully inter-connected structure which is held in place by the musculo-skeletal system. Any impact in any place affects the whole body. If your back has a weakness then over a period of time, fitness will suffer. If you have a knee problem, you can exercise less, causing weight gain.

Key Body Parts

The key body parts which get impacted continuously (due to incorrect postures) are the back, spine and heart. It is obvious that these are the key parts which keep the body active every instant. Surprisingly, most fitness professionals as also health professionals are not aware as to certain basic guidelines about postures and movements. There is also minimal awareness about exercising. Moderation is the key in everything. Also, all exercises are not suited for everyone. If you want fat related weight loss, it is not going to happen by weight training in a gym. It can only cause damage.

Similarly, running and practicing for marathons is the surest way to damage your knees in the long run. There are many such facts available; it is just that we do not know them or ignore them. How can running be bad for health? Our ego does not allow us to accept this.

Postures and Movements

Having understood the importance of postures and movements, let us look at the key movements which cause a lot of problems in the long run (in all age groups).

Sitting Correctly

The worst way to sit is in a chair or a sofa with your feet down on the floor. This is how we actually sit throughout our lives without realizing how damaging it can be.

The best way to sit is with your feet up and folded in a cross legged position. We can keep shifting the legs on either side to provide relief, but the feet have to be up at the hip level. Keeping your legs up have a huge benefit for the heart. The workload of the heart is cut by fifty percent or more, just by sitting with your legs up.

Additionally, sitting in this fashion, provides a subtle and gentle massage to the digestive organs, ensuring good digestion and removal of problems like gas and acidity.

The other important benefit is to massage and strengthen the reproductive organs. Initially it may be difficult to sit like this because we are not used to it. With regular practice of some good online yoga programs, you will be able to sit with your feet up without any discomfort.

Lying Down and Getting Up

We all lie down on bed and get up multiple times during the day. However, we do not give any thought as to how we do this. We get up and lie down straight, using our back. This is one of the main causes of slow and steady deterioration of the lower and upper back.

When we want to lie down, first sit sideways and taking support of your hands, lie down on the side. Then roll over on your back.

Similarly while getting up, first roll over to one side and taking support of your hands, get up in a seated position. This will take care of your back and spine fitness by as much as seventy percent even without any exercise.

Bending as A Posture

The other mistake we make is while bending down. Whenever we bend, ensure two things:

  • Bend your knees a bit while bending forward. Even if you are not lifting anything heavy, bend forward with your knees bent. This will protect your back to a large extent and also avoid undue strain on the stomach.
  • While bending forward or rising up again, make sure that your back is not curved or hunched. Always bend from the hip to lower your body and not your lower back. This takes away all the back related problems and keeps it very fit.

Fitness Postures Conclusion

The above three were the main movements and body postures which are causing orthopedic problems, lower back pain, slipped disc and heart problems. If we take care of just these three, then fitness levels will increase dramatically even in old age.

However, this is not so easy and one needs to practice Yoga to train yourself. The best programs for postures are online yoga classes from wellzee. Do pick up a program that suits your requirement and let great fitness enter your body.

BE SUPER FIT

By | July 18th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

A lot of individuals today are trying to get in shape. Any progress made is very good. Being able to sustain and improve is even better. There is no alternative to good health than to be fit. However, fitness is being taken to the extreme. A lot of incorrect information is being spread under the garb of ‘experts’ advice’ mode. This is causing much more damage than benefits.

Myths About Fitness

  • More is better. Pushing harder and faster and straining your self more all the time is the norm. Nothing could be further from the truth. This approach actually damages the body and builds up stress.
  • Do a lot cardiovascular exercise and remain slim. As a result we see people trying to run marathons all the time and practice for it. Unless you are an athlete who is in a certain training and diet regimen 24×7, this approach is going to damage you. Knees problems in later age, excessive fatigue and stress at a later stage are inevitable.
  • Working out more and a greater number of hours at the gym is better. As a result we see people spending even up to two to three hours daily at the gym. This is not required at all. If you also have a job or a business which is full time, then this approach is going to harm you.
  • Working out at any time at any cost is another myth. Exercise times are early morning and evening till around seven p.m. Anything after that will adversely affect your metabolism. The body kicks into rest mode after sunset and hormones are released to relax and rejuvenate the system. At this time, we cannot be exercising. Same is the case in afternoons.
  • Exercising as a stress buster is the biggest and most harmful myth ever. When you are stressed due to family or work pressures and have deadlines, do not exercise at all. Just go for a leisurely stroll. Exercising with stress leads to many diseases and in many cases has also lead to sudden death in young individuals.
  • Being obsessive about ‘eating right’ is another problem. To remain fit you need not be worried about diet plans and fad diets. Just eat healthy and sensibly. Do not fall into the ‘how much carbs, proteins, calories’, trap. You can get a balanced diet plan from wellzee to understand how to eat correctly.
  • You have to look in a certain way to be able to call your self fit. There is no standard. Each individual is unique and everyone’s body operates totally differently. So do not go by media reports on fitness. Even slightly overweight persons or those with love handles can be more fit than ones with flat tummies and six pack abs.

What is Fitness

The next logical query then would be, what is being fit all about? Fitness is a little beyond how your body looks. Let us see some of the parameters of being fit.

  • Health is great with minimal diseases and good immunity.
  • The body is fit; which means that it is flexible and physically active without any discomfort.
  • You are much better off than you were before. There is no eventual goal to fitness. However, if you are better off than before then you are fitter. So do not compare with someone who has better genes than you.
  • Understand your body type and then assess your fitness. Even overweight or very slim people
  • can be very fit with no ailments and good immunity.
  • If you are making progress, then ensure you are not slipping back all the time. Fitness is long term. If you are doing the right things in the right way, the body automatically holds on to the gains made. If you are slipping back, it is not the body, but your lifestyle which is the culprit.
  • If there is overall lesser stress, then that is one of the key signs of fitness.
  • After any exercise routine if you are fatigued and too tired, then there is something incorrect happening.
  • If your complexion is better in general, that means you are getting fit.
  • You get lesser cravings for food and variety and prefer your routine to going out and partying, is another positive sign.

Becoming Super Fit

Now that we know what is it to be fit, we will see how to become super fit:

  • Always exercise in moderation. Try and do something five times a week and not two or three times. That can actually be more harmful
  • Try and move your body four to five times a day. Keep taking strolls, stretching or take a walk for five to ten minutes in and around your office. Constant physical movement is the key to fitness.
  • Eat light and healthy. Avoid eating to your full capacity. In case you feel hungry between meals, you can always snack light and healthy. Have lime juice, salads, fruits, smoothies or shakes. Avoid foods which are high on sugar, butter, flour, preservatives, baking additives, salt and sugar free substitutes.
  • When faced with a lot of stress, just rest and do not exercise. Take a long and gentle walk at such times.
  • Avoid alcohol totally if you can.
  • Eat less of meats and more of grains, pulses, vegetables and milk.
  • Walk a lot whenever you get the chance.

The Best Way to Be Super Fit

We have seen what it takes to be super fit. However, the best way to remain absolutely fit and healthy without any damage to the body or diseases is very simple. Follow a yoga for fitness program or yoga for weight loss program from wellzee. Change your life and become super fit with our online yoga programs.

YOGA FOR PREGNANCY

By | July 14th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

Background

Procreation is the prime activity of all living creatures. Plants, cells, bacteria, birds, animals and humans; all of them reproduce. Nature takes care of all its constituents. In the case of humans, a slight difference occurs due to two reasons. A thinking individual is giving birth to another individual who will eventually develop her or his full thinking capacity over a period of time. So in the case of animals, birds, etc. one need not worry about the state of the parents. In the case of humans, the mental, physical, social and physiological state of the mother is more important than the physical condition of the fetus. This is because the former determines the latter.

Pregnancy associated challenges

There are so many challenges in today’s day and age which are associated with pregnancy. Some of these are:

  • Physical and health condition of the mother. Long term lifestyle plays a key role.
  • Mental make – up of the parents or mother. Why are we having children. How will we raise them. Are we equipped to take proper decisions and able to take care of our offspring?
  • Stress related to now knowing what to do during and after pregnancy.
  • The type of delivery and issues related to forced deliveries.
  • We are more worried about our career and ‘me time’, than our babies. This leads to a lot of physical and mental complications in many parents. These later on also affect the child.
  • Post partum depression is one of the fastest growing problems.
  • Worry about change in body, weight, looks, etc. Women cannot be the same through their lives. However, this is now the prime driving factor for ego and sexual reasons; one should look like they are sixteen immediately after pregnancy.
  • A large proportion of parents do not know what to do with their children. We therefore depend on schools, governments and many other individuals and entities. We feel that spending money and feeding our children a lot is all that is required. This creates problems later on for parents and children.

Yoga during pregnancy

Yoga has many practices which helps during pregnancy in different ways. The physical practices help the body remain in the correct physical state. A lot of pregnancy associated problems like high blood sugar, high blood pressure, acid reflux and sciatica are prevented by regular yoga practice. Even if you have not been practicing before pregnancy, daily practice for these nine months is very beneficial.

Breathing during pregnancy

Breathing plays a very important role in keeping the mother physiologically healthy and also impacts the fetus positively. There are also breathing techniques available which help prepare the body and breathing patterns during delivery. This is a great help in ensuring a smooth and stress free delivery.

Stress Management

There may be a lot of apprehensions, worry and stress related to pregnancy. This includes diet, activities, health of the mother and the unborn child. There is lots of information available some of which may seem to be contradictory.

Additionally, a lot of women work throughout pregnancy and also need to manage the home. All of this causes extra load or pressure. At times like these Yoga helps out. There are many meditative asanas and stress management asanas which can be done through the three trimesters. They help to keep the mind calm, focused and alert. The very reduction of stress and keeping the mind calm does wonders during this important phase of a woman’s life.

Post Pregnancy

After pregnancy, it is important for the mother to remain healthy. This will enable care for the child. Gentle yoga asanas can be started after forty five days of delivery. After three months one can practice wonderful online yoga programs which will help start reducing excess weight. These also help the mother to get back in shape, physiologically. A healthy and happy mother automatically leads to a healthy child.

We can thus see that there are practices in yoga which help at every stage of bringing in a child in this World. Right from conception to delivery and post delivery. So start practicing yoga regularly. Even if you have not practiced before, you can opt for online yoga for pregnancy programs from wellzee. These are simple, safe and effective. However, make sure you take a clearance from your doctor before you start any yoga program or classes.

YOGA FOR WEIGHT LOSS

By | July 6th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Background

Obesity or being overweight greatly increases the chances of various diseases creeping in over a period of time. Across the world it is estimated that more than one third of all individuals in every age group are overweight or obese. This proportion is rapidly increasing and expect to cross forty five percent.

Measurements for being Fat

There are many ways in which one can find out if an individual is fat. Some of the ways in which we can know if we are fat are:

  • If you look visibly more bulky than you were before, you are putting on weight.
  • If you weigh yourself and are steadily and consistently putting on weight, it could be an indication that you are putting on weight. However, this may not hold true if you are exercising a lot and natural hunger is increasing.
  • Fluctuations in weight are normal based on weather, age and activity levels. A fluctuation of five to seven percent of your body weight is fine. If it is more than you could be on your way to getting fat.
  • There are many individuals who are always worried about putting on weight. They may look fine but are always worried. Such persons should measure their fat percentage and waist to hip ratio. These calculators are available on the net for free. If your body fat percentage is more than 23% for men and more than 25% for women, you could be overweight. The higher the percentage, the fatter you are. Similarly, we have hip to waist ratios and Body Mass Index or BMI.

Reasons for Becoming Fat

There are many reasons in today’s day and age for putting on weight. Some of the most prominent ones are:

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Incorrect eating habits
  • Stress is a key factor in weight gain
  • Water, food and air which is polluted. Metals, plastic, chemicals and a lot of other unwanted elements are present which cause a problem

Weight Loss Options

There are many weight loss options available. So one need not get disheartened. We can walk, swim, jog, play games, dance, martial arts and so on. We should select something we will enjoy and then practice at least four times a week. We can also keep changing options for variety. With so many options it is easy to lose weight and also have fun. For those who do not like to do something physically taxing and have a lack of time, can practice yoga asanas.

Benefits of Yoga for Weight Loss

There are so many benefits of yoga for weight loss. This is especially true if you opt for a wellzee online yoga program. Have a look at the benefits of our program:

  • Practice at your convenience when you can and how much you can.
  • Yoga is gentle and works at the cellular level. You need sweat and strain.
  • Yoga practices are simple and you can practice alone at home. So one need not worry about competing or comparing.
  • If you practice daily, great benefits will start showing in as little as ninety days. This is actually the same or faster than other exercises.
  • There is no scope for injuries or damage, especially if you follow a wellzee program.
  • Combine this with an online diet plan for maximum benefits.

Incorporate Yoga in your daily life and achieve effective weight loss and continue to manage optimal weight levels at all ages.