Its time to rekindle your love for each other with a twist of fitness. A partnership in any form, a gym partner or life partner, is always a beautiful aspect of life. It is said that your partner in crime brings out the best in you. Hence, "Couples Who Train and Sweat Together, Stay Together!"
Boost the happiness and health quotient in your relationship. Recent studies have indicated that couples participating together in any physical challenge or activity are more satisfied with their relationships and express love for their partner more often.
Here are some tips on how to work together as a couple towards your fitness goal, shared by Aman Puri, Founder, Steadfast Nutrition.
Set fitness goals together and keep a check on it: Working out together enhances the effectiveness of your workouts giving best of all results. Life partners can be the ultimate fitness buddies as you can set a fitness goal together and keep a check on each others growth cycle. Keep pushing and motivating each other to achieve their respective fitness goals.
Mix some fun: Inspiring one another to extend their limits and stretch beyond the set boundaries. To make it interesting and stay motivated you can take up fun exercises together like - Squat hold & Dips, Side Plank Pass, Bodyweight Squat, etc.
Fitness buddies for life: Spend time together binge-watching videos from your favourite fitness trainer and adapt a fitness routine which suits both the best. The time that you spend together can be utilised to know each other better both emotionally and physically. At times the stress of one partner gets neglected due to the fast pace of life so, fitness is one such element of life that bonds both back together.
Gift fitness gadgets: Stress no more, as gifting your partner gets easier with giving each other wearable fitness gadgets to honour your strong bond of fondness. Also, science has proven that exercise releases Endorphin, a happiness-inducing neurotransmitter and Dopamine, a reward triggered neurotransmitter.
What better time to be with your significant other than when you are happy?
So, get your gears on and tag along with your partner for an amazing fitness inning. (Puja Gupta)
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Sydney. More than half of young women in Australia experience some form of sexually-related personal distress -- feeling guilty, embarrassed, stressed or unhappy about their sex lives.
A study conducted Monash University reported, for the first time, an overall picture of the sexual wellbeing of Australian women between the ages of 18 and 39.
Results showed 50.2 per cent of young Australian women experienced some form of sexually-related personal distress, with one in five women having at least one female sexual dysfunction (FSD).
A concerning 29.6 per cent of women experienced sexually-related personal distress without dysfunction, and 20.6 per cent had at least one FSD.
The most common problem was low sexual self-image, which caused distress for 11 per cent of study participants.
Arousal, desire, orgasm and responsiveness dysfunction affected 9 per cent, 8 per cent, 7.9 per cent and 3.4 per cent of the study cohort, respectively, revealed the findings published in the international journal, Fertility and Sterility.
"It is of great concern that one in five young women have an apparent sexual dysfunction and half of all women within this age group experience sexually-related personal distress," said Susan Davis, senior author and Professor of Women's Health at Monash University.
"This is a wake-up call to the community and signals the importance of health professionals being open and adequately prepared to discuss young women's sexual health concerns."
The study, funded by Grollo Ruzzene Foundation, recruited 6,986 women aged 18-39 years, living in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
All women completed a questionnaire that assessed their sexual wellbeing in terms of desire, arousal, responsiveness, orgasm, and self-image.
Participants also evaluated whether they had sexually-associated personal distress and provided extensive demographic information.
Sexual self-image dysfunction was associated with being overweight, obese, living together with partner, not married, married and breastfeeding.
Professor Davis said if untreated, sexually-related personal distress and FSD could impact relationships and overall quality of life as women aged.
Women who habitually monitored their appearance, and for whom appearance determined their level of physical self-worth, reported being less sexually assertive and more self-conscious during intimacy, and experienced lower sexual satisfaction. (IANS)
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Tokyo, Feb 25. Japan's Chitetsu Watanabe, recognized at 112 years as the oldest man in the world, has passed away 11 days after he received the Guinness World Record certificate, his family said on Tuesday.
Watanabe died on Sunday night, Efe news reported.
He received the official certificate on February 12 at a nursing home in Joetsu in Niigata prefecture, where he resided.
Soon after being certified as the oldest man, he began to experience a lack of appetite and respiratory problems, the wife of his eldest son told public broadcaster NHK.
Born on March 5, 1907 in a family of farmers, Watanabe moved at the age of 20 to Taiwan, where he worked at a sugar refinery for 18 years before returning to Japan after the end of World War II.
A fan of calligraphy, custard and ice cream, Watanabe told the Guinness team that the key to his long life was laughter.
He was recognized as the oldest male in the world following the deaths in 2019 of German Gustav Gerneth (in October), aged 114 years, and Japan's Masazo Nonaka (in January), at the age of 113, three months older than the German.
It remains to be seen who will be recognized after the death of Watanabe, the only male on the list drawn up by the Gerontology Research Group of the 30 oldest people in the world.
Japan has among the highest life expectancy in the world and the number of centenarians in the country has crossed 71,000, according to the latest government figures.
Since 2000, the number of centenarians censored has quintupled, raising concern for the economic outlook and future workforce of the country - where the birthrate is on a downward trend.
Out of these, 88 per cent are women.(IANS)
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New York. E-cigarette users are exposed to increased concentrations of potentially harmful levels of metals that are linked to elevated oxidative DNA damage, a new study has found.
For the study, published in the journal BMJ Open Respiratory Research, researchers found that the biomarkers, which reflect exposure, effect, and potential harm, are both elevated in e-cigarette users compared to the other groups and linked to metal exposure and oxidative DNA damage.
"Our study found e-cigarette users are exposed to increased concentrations of potentially harmful levels of metals -- especially zinc -- that are correlated to elevated oxidative DNA damage," said the study's lead researcher Prue Talbot from University of California in the US.
Zinc, a dietary nutrient, plays key roles in growth, immune function, and wound healing. Too little of this essential trace element can cause death; too much of it can cause disease. Its deficiency, as well as its excess, cause cellular oxidative stress, which, if unchecked, can lead to diseases such as atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, pulmonary fibrosis, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and lung cancer.
Electronic cigarettes consist of a battery, atomizing unit, and refill fluid. Metals in e-cigarette aerosols come mainly from the metal components in the atomizer-- nichrome wire, tin solder joints, brass clamps, insulating sheaths, and wicks -- as well as the e-fluids that the atomizers heat.
For the study, researchers have examined and quantified urinary biomarkers of effect and potential harm in relation to metals in e-cigarette users.
According to the study, a biomarker is a quantifiable characteristic of a biological process. Biomarkers allow researchers and physicians to measure a biological or chemical substance that is indicative of a person's physiological state.
Previous e-cigarette studies with humans have examined biomarkers of exposure -- for example, nicotine or nicotine metabolites -- but none have studied biomarkers of potential harm or shown how this harm correlates with metal exposure.
The biomarkers studied by the researchers were 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), a biomarker of oxidative DNA damage; 8-isoprostane, an indicator of the oxidative degradation of lipids; and metallothionein, a metal response protein.
All three biomarkers were significantly elevated in e-cigarette users compared to the concentrations in cigarette smokers, the researchers said.
"Pregnant women, especially, should not be encouraged to use e-cigarettes," Talbot said.
"Excess of zinc in their bodies can lead to nausea and diarrhea. Given the recent deaths and pulmonary illnesses related to e-cigarette usage, everyone should be made aware of the potential health risks linked to e-cigarette usage," Talbot added. (IANS)
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"Pilates is a beautiful form of exercise that works on your awareness, your breath, your control, centering, concentration. It makes everything else that you do in life better," says the celebrity Pilates trainer Yasmin Karachiwala, who recently opened her Pilate Studio in Gurugram.
In a conversation with IANSlife, Karachiwala who has trained the who's who of Bollywood talks if the benefits of Pilates its future in the country.
Q: How do you see the future of Pilates in India?
Yasmin: I definitely see all of India doing Pilates because it's such a beautiful form of exercise that works on your awareness, your breath, your control, centering, concentration. These are all some of the principles of Pilates. It works on your posture your spine every movement is so precise that it helps you with everything in life. And I believe that Pilates makes everything else that you do in life better. So I just feel that everybody should be doing Pilates in India because it's such an amazing form of exercise.
Q: What's your expansion plan in the near future?
Yasmin: My future plan is to have one pilates studio in every city of our country. I'm hoping that will happen one day. But until then I am on YouTube doing Pilates exercises every Thursday for people to follow in their homes. So until we are there in every city. I'm sure people in every city can follow my videos on YouTube and get more familiar with the form of exercise.
Q: How different is Pilates from the regular gym?
Yasmin: Every form of exercise or sport has a different intention as to why it was invented. For example, martial arts were invented for self defence, yoga was invented as a means to be closer to your spiritual self, and the gym or weight lifting was invented for building muscle using weights. Pilates was invented for one reason alone: to make the human body move as efficiently as possible. If your biceps are stronger than your triceps, your arm will not move efficiently. If you have a six pack or strong rectus abdominis muscles but weak back muscles, you will end up injuring yourself. Pilates ensures that your entirely body develops long, lean muscles, evenly throughout the front and back, the upper and lower hemispheres, so that the body can move as efficiently as possible. When your body moves efficiently, it saves energy, which can be used in other parts of your life! Pilates literally makes you move better, and live better.
Q: Top 5 tips and reasons why people should join Pilates.
It is the perfect combination between strength training and stretching.
It non-aggressive form of exercise with incredible results.
It works on your posture and strengthens your spine and all the muscles around it.
It helps to strengthen your core and when your core is strong all other movements in life get easier and better.
It forces you to breathe for an hour which makes you feel rejuvenated and refreshed while giving you a great workout!
Q: What is your fitness regime?
Yasmin: I do one hour of Pilates a day and 1 hour of cardio everyday. Sunday is my rest day where I make sure I get a massage.
Q: One common mistake that people make while trying to lose weight?
Yasmin: Crash dieting. It's the worst thing to go an any kind of an extreme diet because (i) it's not sustainable, (ii) your body doesn't get the nutrients that it needs, (iii) higher chances of getting injured and (iv) really isn't good for your body in the long run!
Q: How important is it for people, especially women, to understand the importance of being fit rather than thin?
Yasmin: It is extremely important to be fit. Women run behind being thin and a certain size whereas what is more important is your energy levels during the day and how you are feeling, how much you are able to accomplish and how easily you are able to do your daily tasks! What's the point of being thin and weak? Rather be fit and strong!!!
Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh was in news for gold reserves, but about 10,000 villagers of 269 villages here have become disabled due to fluorosis reportedly caused by air and water pollution.
Despite the intervention of the National Green Authority (NGT), the state government or district administration has not taken any effective steps.
Some of the patients afflicted by fluorosis are Ramdhani Sharma (55), Vindhyachal Sharma (58), Salil Patel (18), Guddu (15), Sheela (20), from Nai Basti of Padrach village panchayat of Chopan development block and Sunil Gupta (35) and Usha (16) from Chilka Dad village.
Jagat Narayan Vishwakarma, an environmentalist associated with the NGO 'Vanvasi Seva Ashram', said, "A team of researchers from New Delhi's Centre for Science and Environment came here in 2012 and took samples of people's blood, nails and hair. They found that the level of mercury in the samples was high."
Vishwakarma said, "In the month of November 2018, a camp was organised on the initiative of the Director General of Health, in which the quantity of fluoride in the people was found to be 12 milligram per litre through a urine test, which higher than the set parameters."
"The complaint of poor air quality and fluoride in water was filed in the NGT, but the administration is not following the instructions of the NGT," said Vishwakarma.
Advocate Ashwini Dubey, who is fighting for the rights of tribals of Sonbhadra in the Supreme Court, said, "The state government generates revenue by exploiting mineral and forest wealth from here. Local gangs are involved in the mining business, but tribals are forced to drink drain water."
Dr Firoz Ambedin, Medical Superintendent of Community Health Centre (CHC) Myorpur, told IANS on Sunday, "This area is fluoride affected. We recommend calcium tablets to those who are suffering. Clean water and amla (gooseberry) help in recovering from the disease. The treatment of the disease has not yet been finalised."