Fitness means different things to different people. For some it is the ability to fit into the new jeans, for some it is the ability to do a hundred push-ups and for others, it may mean the ability to take a flight of stairs without getting exhausted. All of these are fine as long as we don’t fall into the trap of associating body weight with fitness levels. Often…
Do you believe in the cliché No pain No gain? This probably depends on who you have heard this say or in what context. Pain means different things to different people. When I treat patients with spine or sports injuries in the clinic, I often ask what kind of pain they have. Yes – what kind of pain- because different kinds of pain mean different things. For example…
I often see runners, sports players and gym enthusiasts wearing a knee brace/support every time they play or lift weights. If it was up to me I would personally go up to them and lecture them about the harm they are doing to themselves by doing so. But since it may not be considered appropriate, I decided to write about it.
“I hurt my back while I was doing crunches!” I have heard this not just once but numerous times. Back pain is one of the commonest ailments that afflict the modern man; partly because of sedentary life that weakens core muscles but partly also because in the race to get fit quickly, exercises that shouldn’t really be done are done with great zeal. This leads to a back injury and then, of course, all exercise is given up forever. The solution is to know the right kind of exercises for your body and this only comes from consulting a professional. Anyone who joins a gym without hiring a certified fitness trainer is looking for trouble. The same goes for anyone who begins an exercise program on their own at home by following online videos.
A woman excellently performs her life’s roles: daughter, wife, and mother. She manages to achieve a balance between her professional and personal life. But, somewhere along the way, she forgets herself- she loses track of who she is and what is happening with her body and mind.
There are three main stages in every woman’s life – Puberty, Marriage, and Conception and menopause. Each of these stages comes with their issues. Inner issues such as hormonal imbalances can lead to problems such as bone loss, back pain and insufficient absorption of nutrients.
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Over the past many years of working with a various range of people from housewives to runners to gym freaks, I have realized that stretching means different things to different people. There can be myths around it, a general lack of awareness or just incorrect techniques. In spite of tons of research around it, I still find myself educating people about the do’s and don’ts. Stretching the right way is crucial because a lack of stretching or incorrect technique can mean either causing an injury or aggravating an ongoing one.
March is the month celebrating women all over the world. And rightfully so. The woman deserves to be celebrated. But sometimes I wonder if this is a superficial notion. Does the world truly understand her value? Leave alone that, does the woman herself understand her value? Having lived for several years in the US and now in Mumbai…