Weight training is usually associated with a gym. Since you have the latest equipment there, it makes sense to join one if you want to weight train. But truth be told, it is possible to do so even in the comfort of your home. If you are someone who does not like going to the gym but wants to be fit at the same time, bring your gym home instead. Says fitness expert Mamtaa Joshi, ‘Yes, you can …
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If you’re looking for something that can loosen you up on the go and also train your hamstring muscles, then Front Leg Raises are just the exercise for you.  The exercise has a stretching effect on the muscles, resulting in a total workout for your hamstrings. What’s great is that the exercise falls into a beginner category, so doing it won’t be a major task. How to do it: Step 1: …
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Working out in natural landscapes is always enjoyable, productive and a lot more exciting than doing the same in a closed, packed gym. Hiking and trekking are activities that feature prominently on every person’s wish-list during the monsoons. So what if we say trekking can actually help you lose weight in not just one, but in many ways? Hiking and trekking are extremely physical activities, …
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It’s Ramadan, the month when Muslims throughout the world fast from dawn to dusk. It starts with a pre-dawn meal called Suhoor and ends with Iftar, a meal after sunset. Registered dieticians at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine recommend eating a low-fat, plant-based diet during Ramadan, as a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that compared with people who eat meat, …
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Suhoor refers to the pre-dawn meal before fasting begins. Here's a great dish to start you day with -- apple cinnamon oatmeal.  Hearty, old-fashioned rolled oats are an excellent source of fibre , which is filling and helps maintain blood sugar—all factors that help control hunger during the fasting period. Fiber also helps prevent constipation, a common problem during Ramadan. Makes 2 1-cup …
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Iftar refers to the meal eaten in the evening to break one's fast. Here's a great dish for the same -- fantastic fruit smoothie.  This fruit-sweetened smoothie not only satisfies a sweet tooth, but it is full of healthy antioxidant-rich foods. This smoothie will provide immediate hydration during Iftar time. Makes about 2 to 2 ½ cups (2 servings). Frozen fruit makes smoothies extra thick …
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Want to break your fast in a healthy yet tasty manner? The rainbow salad is just the dish for Iftar. This colourful salad is loaded with vitamin C, beta carotene, and other antioxidants that will provide you with all the extra nutrition to compensate for the day. These foods also provide iron, calcium, fibre, and a modest 2 grams of protein per serving. Makes 12 ½-cup servings. Cabbage and …
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Iftar, the celebration meal after a day of fasting needs a healthy and yummy treat and this couscous confetti salad is just that. This salad is rich in complex carbohydrate, fibre, zinc, and B vitamins. A single serving also provides about 2 to 3 grams of protein. The measures mentioned in this recipe make about eight 1-cup servings. Couscous is pasta from northern Africa that cooks almost …
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Suhoor refers to the pre-dawn meal before fasting begins. Here's a great dish to start you day with -- oatmeal waffles.  Oatmeal wins out over sugary corn flakes by helping people feel more satisfied and full at their dining table for Suhoor. Try this recipe to keep your hunger at bay for most part of the day. Makes 6 waffles These easily prepared waffles are a delicious way to add healthful …
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Photo source: Getty Images You may also want to read: Get fabulous thighs with these home exercises Know your exercise – Lunges to tone your thighs and hips Know your exercise: The Goblet Squat How to get toned legs: Exercises by Kris Gethin Exercises to get rid of stubborn fat from your belly, thighs, butts and hips! For more articles on weight loss, visit our weight …
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Dealing with weight loss or maintaining a desirable weight is not an easy affair. Losing weight requires your body to make do with less calories and smaller portions of food, but how do you deal with a grumbling stomach? A hunger pang or a certain food craving makes you reach out for all those oh-so tempting snacks and it subconsciously turns into a pattern that has far reaching consequences. …
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Did you know that having oats can reduce your cholesterol levels? Yes, it’s a rich source of fibre that contains beta glucan. The best thing about this fibre is that it’s the only kind of fibre that our body absorbs. They have a natural capacity to bind in with cholesterols circulating in the blood. This, in a way, helps the body to eliminate the ‘bad’ cholesterols. Our expert, Anusuya …
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The alternative deltoid raise is perfectly designed to achieve better shoulders. It’s suited for beginners who are aspiring for well-toned shoulders. All you require is a set of dumbbells and a spacious place to practice the exercise. How to do it: Step 1: Hold a pair of dumbbells along your side while you’re in a standing position. Step 2: Now slowly lift your dumbbells in front of you, …
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The term ‘vitamin’ is more commonly used today, probably because of the revolution brought about by the manufactured vitamin supplements. The presence of these supplements in the pharmaceutical market has made it clear that most of us need vitamins. But the question is why do we need them? The answer is simple – to survive. Vitamins are small molecules or nutrients that are needed for …
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