Yoga not only increases range of motion, overall mobility, and boost bone health but also increases immunity in men. Here are some yoga asanas that may help.
The world is going through a strange phase. A pandemic has been raging for two years, with no end in sight. Millions of people around the world are suffering from the dreaded COVID-19 virus, with many losing their battle against the disease. Social interactions have become limited as more and more people isolate themselves with the hopes of leading a safer, illness-free life.
However, living in isolation does not guarantee a disease free life. Apart from COVID-19 a number of illnesses may strike an individual. At such times it is best to boost one's immune system by eating healthy, exercising and practising yogasanas.
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Dietary and lifestyle changes may help strengthen one's natural defenses and help them fight harmful pathogens, or disease-causing organisms. Yoga poses can increase range of motion, overall mobility, and boost bone health as well.
According to a study by John Hopkins Medicine, yoga offers physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages. Furthermore, yoga helps people who are going through an illness, recovering from surgery, or living with chronic conditions faster.
Here’s looking at yoga asanas that can help men boost their immunity:
Wonderful for the nervous system and for combatting anxiety and depression, one has to begin by lying flat on the stomach and lifting the shoulders. Once in position, they have to extend the hands forward, bending at the elbows, and relaxing the glutes while lifting the neck. Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Make sure you perform this asana 4-5 hours after having your main meal. It is best to do it in the early morning. Lie on your stomach, with feet apart and in line with hips. Fold your knees, take the hands backwards and hold your ankles. Breathe in, lift your chest off the ground and pull your legs up and towards the back. Stay in position while taking deep breaths for 15-20 seconds.
Lie flat on your stomach and stretch out your arms. Keep your knees straight and feet together. Inhale and lift your legs and arms up together. Lift your head up raising your chest off the floor as much as possible and hold for 10-15 seconds.
A bit more difficult to master, the Crow Pose will see you begin on all fours with your palms and knees on the ground. Place your elbows down aligned shoulder distance and spread your fingers and bring your knees to your triceps. Lean forward while shifting your body weight onto your triceps. Slowly lift both your feet off the ground and balance. Focus and hold position.
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Bengaluru, June 19 (IANS) Karnataka decided to resume free distribution of milk powder - Ksheera Bhagya - temporarily to school children enrolled in all government schools across the state aimed at boosting their immunity levels.According to the circular issued by the government on Friday late night, this free distribution of milk scheme - Ksheera Bhagya - would be resumed temporarily. "Each school student from class 1 to 10 will receive a supply of free 500 gm milk powder for two months, June and July," the circular stated.The Karnataka government's decision to resume milk supply assumes significance in the backdrop of several child activists, NGOs, working with slums, health experts besides Leader of the Opposition, Siddaramaiah, who had launched this scheme in 2013, had been demanding to resume supply of milk to school children on multiple occasions and forums.Owing to logistical challenges and other issues, Karnataka had stopped supplying free milk to schools as schools had closed down physically due to outbreak of pandemic in March 2020.The circular stated that the scheme is targeted towards covering 56,64,873 children studying in Class 1 to Class 10 in around 51,000 government schools.The state government had already commenced its milk powder distribution to children aged below 6 years through its vast network of Anganwadis. Around 39 lakh children are enrolled in around 64,000 Anganwadis in the state.Just four days ago on July 15, Karnataka women and child welfare minister, Shashikala Jolle after reviewing the child nutrition programme had told reporters that there are around 4.47 lakh malnourished children in the state and among these 7,751 children are severely malnourished."Currently our focus is on streamlining and improving the tackling of malnourishment among these children as malnourishment programmes have been severely affected due to prolonged lockdowns and severe restrictions of transport movement. We are trying to address these issues case by case basis," she had said."Malnutrition is major issue for the children from the economically backward sections, hence, the government must take steps to resume free distribution of milk before third Covid wave hits the state," Siddaramaiah had said in a letter to the CM.--IANSnbh/skp/
New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) Google on Thursday announced new grants of nearly Rs 113 crore to help strengthen India's healthcare infrastructure and workforce in rural areas, as India prepares for the third Covid wave.Google.org will support procurement and installation of approximately 80 oxygen generation plants in healthcare facilities in high-need and rural locations with new grants of approximately Rs 90 crore to GiveIndia and nearly Rs 18.5 crore to PATH non-government organisation.Google.org will also make an Rs 3.6 crore grant to NGO ARMMAN to run skilling programmes for 180,000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and 40,000 Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) in 15 states in the country.The company said that it will also invest in the efforts of Apollo Medskills to help upskill 20,000 frontline health workers through specialised training in COVID-19 management and strengthen the stressed rural health workforce and rural health systems."We're now broadening our COVID-19 support to helping strengthen India's healthcare infrastructure and workforce -- especially in rural areas. With these new commitments, Google is proud to be supporting our partners as they build a bigger, better-equipped healthcare system," said Sanjay Gupta, Country Head and Vice President, Google India.The new commitments build on the Rs 135 crore ($18 million) funding that was announced by Google in April for COVID-19 response.In addition to this, Googlers worldwide have donated and helped raise $7 million for organisations supporting high-risk and marginalised communities."We are thankful to Google.org for their strong commitment to ensure we save as many preventable deaths as possible, which happen due to lack of medical oxygen," said Atul Satija, CEO, GiveIndia.--IANSna/in
Panaji, June 16 (IANS) The Goa government has tied up with the Art of Living foundation for conducting online training sessions to boost immunity and well-being and over-coming Covid-related challenges to "help perform duties with energy and valour".A circular issued by the state's General Administration Department said that the online classes will be conducted over three days."During these challenging times of Covid-19 pandemic where the overall physical, mental and social health of people is put to task, the Art of Living organisation is conducting online Covid Care programmes for 'well being and immunity' for government servants and staff in order to overcome these health challenges and help perform duties with energy and valor," the circular issued on Wednesday said."It is a specialised programme for immunity boost, improving lung capacity, mental health and reducing stress, anxiety through medication, breathing and yoga for non-Covid, Covid+ve Awith mild or moderate symptoms and post Covid persons," it said.--IANSmaya/vd
As social distancing and quarantine become part of our new reality, a lot of real-life action has now gone virtual. From unending Zoom calls to online workout sessions to even virtual dates all the while being stuck at home the list only goes on.
In such trying times, it's important to not only care for those around you but also indulge in the right care for yourself. In fact, the need for self-care to ensure mental and physical well-being is being increasingly recognised as a potent tool to dealing with our demanding lifestyle today. Moving away from the conventional association of self-care with women, it's now well acknowledged that self-care knows no gender because it is the art and act of consciously putting yourself first.
So, how does one get started with self-care? Rachit Mehra, Senior Marketing Manager, Phy, PurePlay Skin Sciences Ltd, guides you how.
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Time For Home Workouts
Gyms across cities might be temporarily shut, but what's stopping you from setting up a makeshift gym in a corner of your room or balcony! If working out without a trainer feels unfamiliar, start off with one of those online training sessions on fitness apps. Working out releases endorphins that bring a natural glow to your skin while lowering your stress levels. And who doesn't enjoy a refreshing shower after a fun workout. A sulphate-free bodywash infused with natural ingredients might just be what you're looking for to take on the day recharged.
Take Time Out For Skincare
Let's face it in between our busy schedules we barely get time to wash our faces twice a day, let alone use a moisturizer. Why not use this isolation period as some downtime for your skin! Maintaing a basic skincare routine like washing your face in the morning and before going to bed, applying a moisturizer, using a good, fragrant bodywash to calm your senses, a body mist to quickly hit refresh doesn't take a lot of effort and is definitely not time consuming.
Isolation can be challenging and as individuals are separated from regular (read social) lives they are bound to go through a myriad of emotions anxiety, loneliness, stress, or feeling overwhelmed. But with some basics one can make the best use of these times. Skipping meals is a no-no just how drinking water to stay hydrated is a big yes-yes. Listen to music, pursue a hobby and try to look at the brighter side of things, like not getting stuck in hours of work commute, being able to spend more time with friends, working out of your home in your pajamas; you get the drift!
Self-care need not be an elaborate process or a ritual that needs to be saved for the weekend or a special day. And if anxiety or stress seem to be getting the better of you, reach out to a friend, family or a mental health expert and talk. In the end as they say, this too shall pass.
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Nairobi, June 9 (IANS) Kenya's health ministry launched Kenya Mental Health Action Plan (2021-2025) on Wednesday to promote mental health among citizens.Mercy Mwangangi, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health said the action plan provides a framework for the national, county governments and other key stakeholders to implement policies that promote the mental and psychological well-being of citizens, Xinhua reported."Through the plan, mental health and psychosocial support will be integrated into the emergency and humanitarian response especially in the response to Covid-19 pandemic as well as the long-term recovery strategy," she said in Nairobi.The plan seeks to decentralize mental health services and programs to primary health care at the community level as well as promote stigma reduction and preventive programmes. Besides, it targets to enroll all persons with mental health conditions in the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) that is to cover the out-patient costs, in-patient costs, treatment, and substance use rehabilitation costs and provide an essential health benefits package for comprehensive mental health services.It also calls for the establishment of a commission for mental health and happiness and also establishes the directorate of mental health and substance use at the Ministry of Health.According to the Ministry of Health, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused enormous significant health, socio-economic and psychological impacts on the population, hence mental health and psychosocial support strategies and measures.Kenya's Ministry of Health through a mental health task force that was formed in 2019 indicates that the country has a high burden of mental illness due to ill health, psychosocial disability, and premature mortality with huge gaps in access to care.The task force estimates that one in every 10 people suffers from a common mental disorder and the number increases to one in every four people among patients attending routine outpatient services.The country has a mental health act that was enacted in 1989 and a mental health policy in 2015-2030. --IANSint/