Saturday, March 10, 2012

Tips for Acne free complexion

Tips for a clear skin

  • ·      Avoid high calorie/hyperglycemic food
  • ·      Wash your face with non-alkaline cleanser thrice a day.   Soaps containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide work well for mild acne.
  • ·      Apply anti-bacterial cream after washing the area everyday at bedtime.  Benzoyl-peroxide based creams can also help reduce acne, but can cause skin irritation in some.
  • ·      Never poke or pop the pimples or comedowns.  It only increases inflammation and leaves scars.
  • ·      Consult your dermatologist and use products designed for acne prone skin.

Courtesy : The Hindu, wellness, 21/2/12

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Tips to cope with stress.

Whenever you experience physical discomfort, emotional pain or a fidgety mind, ask yourself what makes you feel this way? It is stress. There are three ways to cope with stress

Always tell truth. Not telling the truth induces stress. The stress is due to the energy required to tell a lie. The fear of being caught for telling a lie. The need to remember the lie. The fear of being exposed by someone.

Low self regard makes one tensed. The concern of being ignored or being found incompetent also creates tension. Failure to understand self-responsibility leads to stress.

Hence it is always recommended to be truthful, understand and realize your responsibility. A better self-regard helps to understand and respect oneself.

Courtesy : The Hindu, Wellness , 5/3/2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tips of healthy beautiful legs

Cellulite, vericose veins, stubborn fats are trouble makers  for all 40 year olds.  These make many women lose their sleep.  However balanced diet and a routine exercise plan can help you be a proud owner of well-toned legs.

Say a big 'no' to crash diets. Follow a healthy plan of a GI (Glycemic Index) diet.  The GI diet plan is a system that ranks the carbohydrate foods according to how much a particular food raises the blood sugar.  The foods that rank lower help dieters feel full for a longer time. For example a salad platter with cucumber, tomatoes etc.,  Vegetables could be green peas, tomatoes, brocolli etc and fruit plate could be water melon, grapes, peach etc.  Substitute milk with a low fat version.  Stick to a diet plan and see the meltdown gradually.

If you like to workout in a gymnasium, workout your lower body every alternate day.  Train on the machines gradually every day keep increasing the timing week after week.
Swimming is an intense exercise which helps tone the overall body.  It is ideal for pre and post menopause periods.
Power walking can be the best exercise.  Ideally it should be done at a pace where conversation is difficult.
Yoga is ideal for the body and mind.  The asanas help increase your flexibility and stamina levels.

Leg care
Get a pedicure done with tone up massages regularly to tone up your legs.  You can gently rub your legs regularly with a gentle scrub to get rid of the dry skin. Moisturise the legs with some esstential oil like olive oil every night.  Apply sunscreen before you go out to prevent pigmentation.

Courtesy : Chennai times 27/10/2009

Sunday, February 19, 2012

What is Binge thinking?

Stuides have revealed that 75% of women aged between 25 and 35 over-think.  We just need to realise that just because we have negative feeling about a certain situation it does not mean that it will turn negative. 

Worrying about a situation that is not in our control is a simple waste of time.  The more we start focussing on negative emotions we fail to see the postives before us.  Worrying simply blocks our thought process.  Worrying of something that happened in the past  and brooding over it is of no use.  Instead take the failure as lessons learnt and focus on the future which is actually in your control.

When you tend to think of negative situations try and divert your mind off by doing something that you like.  It can be reading, playing, cooking listening to music.  Many research sshows that just 10 minutes if distraction clears your mind and reducess stress.

Watch what you eat.  Do not skip meals.  Do not substitute your meals with coffee or tea as you are busy worrying about a situation.  coffee or tea will only worsen the situation and make it even bad for you.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Women and Exercise.

There is no doubt that exercise is the only salvation for the health problems that are overwhelming Indians. Women hold the key to their family’s health. By exercising regularly, they can set an example and get their family members to follow a healthy life style.

Reading about the advantages of exercise is not enough. We all know that exercise tones our body and adds flexibility and balance, but many women do not realize that exercise has long-lasting effects. Chronic aches and pains disappear.

Women can avoid osteoporosis in the long run. Regular, moderate exercise also reduces the chances of developing diabetes, hypertension and ischemic heart disease. For those who already have these conditions, exercise helps control the disease and prevents further complications.

Get up and get going
Set the date when you are going to start exercising, and stick to it. Let your family and friends know the date so that you will be embarrassed if you are going to do so don’t treat it as a chore: look at as a gift to yourself.

Make it easier to exercise
Keep your exercise shoes in a bag that you take to work. On your way back from work, you can go to a park nearby. Or leave them near the door so that you can set out for a walk whenever you feel like.
Good shoes matter. Make sure your shoes have good cushioning and arch support. This will make exercising fun for your feet. Badly fitting shoes can actually cause heel and calf pain.

Set yourself sensible goals
If you start off on the first day wanting to walk, run or jog for an hour, you might get disheartened if you get exhausted in the first 15 minutes.
Begin with 10-15 minutes of activity, several times daily. Just fit it in whenever you can. Plan to go for a 20-minute walk three times a week and then increase it gradually to at least 45 minutes a day, five days a week.

Make it a group activity
Except for professional athletes, most of us do not have the mental discipline to keep exercising by our- selves. Join a group, a gym or get your husband to go with you. If a bunch of your friends get together to exercise you will be motivators and conscience-keepers for each other.
Exercising with your husband is not only a great bonding experience but also gives you both time together to discuss the day’s events or plan the next day.

Exercise does not have to be high-tech
Many people believe that they need expensive equipment such as treadmills and stationery bicycles to exercise. It is a well-known truth that in many homes, these machines quickly get converted into clothes hangers or storage areas! More and more professional trainers are turning away from elaborate exercise machines and getting back to basic exercises such as aerobics, weight training and gym balls.
The staircase at home is a great way to exercise. Walking briskly up and down the stairs will burn up those calories. Give yourself 20 to 30 minutes of stair-climbling in a day. You will have to build up your stamina by starting with 10 to 15 minutes, and then gradually increasing the duration.

“Exercise is boring!”
It doesn’t have to be. Turn on the music and exercise. If you like to dance, play your favourite songs and dance! It is all about being active, using various muscles and burning calories. Mix and match various forms of exercise.
Walk three times a week and do aerobics on three days. Strength training is particularly good as you grow older, to prevent your muscle mass from turning into fat. Exercising regularly will make you a happier person. Start today!

The Hindu, Monday, November, 29, 2010.Metro Plus.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Meditate to ease labour pains

First time mom's would be anxious about ther birth of the new-born.  Each woman experiences labor differently. Some women are more sensitive to pain than others and medical factors such as the size and the position of the baby affect the amount of pain and duration labour. One cannot predict how the labour and delivery will go.  But planning ahead can definitely help ease labour pains.
Yogic breathing energises the mother and the child and helps control stressful situations.  Expectant mother feels relaxed enabling her to have a positive approach to labour.  It increases the stamina and vitality promoting an easy delivery with minimum distress and fatigue during labour.  Physical and respiratory exercises should be done alternatively in order to avoid tiredness,  Complete yogic breathing regimen includes abdominal, upper chest and clavicular breathing.
WHile expelling the child, it is essential for the woman not to lese her breath control.  For this, Lamaze breathing techniques are taught to help the woman to learn to control her respiration as well as her muscles during bearing down period.  Then she will have no difficulty in following the instructions of her doctor during child birth.
Meditation helps the expectant mother remain in a tranquil state and makes her bonding with the baby easier.  The chanting of holy mantras helps in the development of the brain in a positive way.  Meditative postures include cross legged posture etc.  Here the body resembles like triangle symbolising harmony and balance.  Yoganidra is a systematic method of ensuring complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation.  The state of our mind and that of our dodies are united.
When our muscles are relaxed our mind relaxes too.  To relax is to rejuvanate.  This relaxation technique requires a few minutes and is very effective in day to day lives.
Courtesy : Women's life Indian Express, October 17 2006

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Beauty at its best - Simple Tips

Beauty at its Best

Balance your diet and drink lots of water.  Keep a bottle of water on your table that you don't forget to drink.  Follow a good diet regimen.  There is no harm in relaxing your rules indulging in scrumptious delicacies once in a week.

But detoxify your body later.  Have at least two cups of green tea everyday to detoxify your body.   Avoid junk food.  Instead eat a bowl of fruit or vegetable salad. 

Do not go for crash diets.  They do more harm to the body and cause mood swings.  Instead eat short meals at regular intervals.   Exercise is very important.  Start your exercises with slight warm up exercises.  Never wind up your work out session without stretching. 

Be patient when you start your exercise routine.  When stressed, breathe deeply for a while.  This helps  in relaxing your body.  Strike a balance between work and life.  Spend time with family friends and relax as much as possible.

Good skin care is essential.  Remove the makeup before you get to bed.  Maintain your hair clean.  Maintain good personal habits.