If you don't have time for a brisk, 30-minute walk every day, take three 10-minute walks instead. If even that is too much, try 15 two-minute walks throughout the day. That includes the time you spend walking to the car or up the stairs. A new study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found that people over 40 who managed to be physically active for a total of an hour a day - including short walks to fetch and carry as well as that leisurely stroll through the mall - cut their risk of dying prematurely by half. It isn't the amount of exercise that rules how long you live but the frequency; people who are physically active for at least an hour a day, even if it is broken up into small chunks of time, are better off than those who exercise vigorously but sporadically.
Are you one of those people who never skip an exercise session come scorching sun, incessant rain or thunderstorm? Do you keep your date with fitness even if you have had a tiff with a boyfriend or are bogged down by workplace deadlines? Do you exercise till it hurts, despite wanting to stop? If you have said "yes" to all three questions, you are probably addicted to exercise.
One of the oldest and most widespread complaints that affects human beings is gas, the polite, medical term for which is flatulence. People can pass gas between 8-20 times a day. The sound ranges from a stifled burp to loud, embarrassing - often smelly - explosions from either end of the body.
YOUR HEALTH - Dr Gita MathaiMay 16, 2018 00:00 IST
Women are usually the primary caregivers, so they are affected the most when the children leave to study or work, and parents are left with an empty nest. Unfortunately, this often coincides with other upheavals: women may be ready to retire or peri-menopause may have started, or their husbands may be peaking in their careers and have no time for them.
Dr Gita Mathai — Your healthMay 09, 2018 00:00 IST
If you are suffering from IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, chances are you get irritated by the little things in life. Well, that is not surprising. If you constantly feel some kind of uneasiness in your bowels - either constipation or loose motion - then feeling querulous is par for the course. What is worse is that a visit to a doctor doesn't always help. After a battery of tests, the doctor says it's just IBS, nothing serious. Then you get a long list of foods you ought to give up or avoid and friendly advice to "avoid stressful situations and sleep blissfully". And, maybe, a prescription, which also includes a mild anti-depressant.
The benefits of a walk in the woods may be so commonsensical that it seems nonsensical to give the activity a trendy name - forest bathing. But the premise of this alternative therapy is sound enough to have been introduced as part of a public health programme in Japan in 1982, when the ministry of forest coined the phrase shinrin-yoku to turn it into a national pastime that would enhance health, wellness and happiness.