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Body in Motion / Wellness

Could Emotional Patterns Make Us More Susceptible To Cancer?

There is a lot of research, clinical data and statistics related to cancer - types, causes, and treatments - available to anyone interested in looking them up. There are, of course, the usual suspects /causes of cancer (more on that later). But there could be a case made out to look beyond the obvious. Scratch deeply and look below the surface. There is another omnipresent trigger we lug around and don’t give this Machiavellian it’s due. It coexists as both cause and effect, feeds off us, is often suppressed, and is usually the last to be addressed, if at all. 'Unaddressed and unresolved emotions'. The source of these could be singular, or more likely, multiple. Cracking or crumbling relationships, pressures of work (often tied up with a...

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Do most Corporate Wellness Programs actually work?

Corporate wellness programs are fast becoming part of an organization's stated practice to keep employees at their optimum performance levels. Designed correctly, they can help in another critical area - to reduce costs incurred due to absences, low productivity, attrition etc. But are these programs really effective in giving results that a corporate hopes for? What are the pitfalls companies need to be aware of while designing and implementing one? And why are most companies not taking it seriously beyond a mere statement? Here is Vani Pahwa, Founder and Wellness Specialist at Body in Motion, sharing her views on how 90% of Corporate Wellness Programs are doomed for failure. She shares her experiences over years of doing deep seated work in the Fitness and Wellness sphere,...

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That Gut Feeling

Could you be allergic to what’s on your plate? Struggling with weight loss? You need to get smarter than just cutting out food groups. You get clothes smart with weather. Do you get ‘food smart’ too? Wondering why diets are not working? Hello! When was the last time you met you? Let’s face it. At one point or the other in our lives the topic of food and what it does to our body has surfaced. It may have been your mother valiantly admonishing you to select your greens over the in-your-face junk, that energetic friend with a fab body dishing dietary advice, your exasperated spouse obliquely referring to your stubborn, unrestrained eating habits, your trainer insisting on you maintaining a food diary or your...

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Natural resource

An underutilised body is the root cause of so many of our physical- and mental-health problems, but really, all we have to do is move My mother lay completely paralysed for several years, a beautiful woman with a sharp mind, trapped in an immobile body. The crushing ferocity of MS (multiple sclerosis) did not spare even her vocal chords. Her will to fight and survive was indomitable, but the disease defeated her, and she died young. Witnessing her life unfurl was a raw lesson in the true meaning and power of movement. I went about life, sometimes struggling with serious injuries and sometimes fighting an unfortunately rich genetic baggage of health conditions that threatened to take away movement. I fought hard to seek solutions to grasp and...

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Let’s Press ‘Play’

"You see a child play, and it is so close to seeing an artist paint, for in play a child says things without uttering a word. You can see how he solves his problems. You can also see what's wrong. Young children, especially, have enormous creativity, and whatever's in them, rises to the surface in free play." - Erik Erikson Schools have a tremendous opportunity and an important responsibility to contribute to a child's journey of growth and augmenting efforts of parents and caregivers. While they are centers of study, schools have the power to evolve into better centers of learning. Children learn a lot through play. In play, they learn how to learn, so its serious work. This is their functional truth. Any program of study...

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Stop Wishing, Start Doing.

A New Year has started. Resolutions have been made. Now what? Will it be another year of first month euphoria followed by a downward slide into the familiar and comfortable, or will this be the year you really hit it hard and earn your stripes? In my facebook post “New Day, New Year.", I covered some generic guidelines to consider while making New Year resolutions. In this blog, I take it a step further to help you action your health and fitness goals. The journey from intent to action and desired results requires focused effort and persistence to change deep-set habits. It cannot and will not be achieved overnight. Research suggests that it takes a minimum of 21 days for any new activity to become a habit...

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Nostalgic Romanticism or Changing Reality?

Is it the queer irony of our times? We are more in-tune with the idea of health but are less healthy. We have more conveniences and comforts in our lives but less time. We have greater access to means but less intent to avail. Could we be a living contradiction to what we profess to be our reality? There is definitely a generational shift happening around us…and not of the desirable kind. Yes, every generation feels they grew up in a better time (and were better) than the current lot and one may be prone to dismissing this assumption as mere nostalgic romanticism. But a recent experience brought this thought to the fore and I feel compelled to share it. It exposed a lot about the...

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To be or Not to be (Outdoors)?

If you are living in north India, and specifically in the Delhi-Punjab-Haryana-UP belt, you would know winter is setting in. Not just because of the slight nip in the air but because of the smog engulfing us, making it hard for us to breathe. It has been on a bad-to-worse trajectory for the last few years and this year pollution levels have set the alarm bells ringing. Burning eyes, throat and chest constriction, breathing difficulty on the outside and toxic deposits in lungs on the inside – the situation at present is nothing short of a health crisis.   Schools have been shut down, health advisories released and air purifiers are flying off of the shelf. Each time you switch on the television or flip through pages...

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Management principle for life

Ancient shloka offers a roadmap to finding focus Being engaged meaningfully in the process is as important as the final product or goal Fragment, polish each piece and reassemble them to make something, perhaps bigger and/or better   "Yatho Hasta thatho Drishti, Yatho Drishti thatho Manah Yatho Manah thatho Bhaava, Yatho Bhaava thatho Rasa" "Where the hands(hasta) are, go the eyes (drishti); where the eyes are, goes the mind (manah); where the mind goes, there is an expression of inner feeling (bhaava) and where there is bhaava, mood or sentiment (rasa) is evoked."   This verse from the Natya Shastra, the ancient Sanskrit treatise on performing arts by Bharata Muni, is as relevant to modern life as it has been to classical dance. Our ancient scriptures offer modern guide maps...

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Corporate Health Programs – Be Rewarded and Be Healthy

I continue with the thread of my previous two blogs about Building a Culture of Health, with focus on Corporate Health/Wellness Programs. Often Employee fitness and health programs are unable to achieve the desired engagement and outcome due to a disconnect between the program construct and employee expectations/needs. It doesn’t need to be so. Professional intervention, a supportive management and active employee feedback in tweaking the program construct can help turn around its effectiveness and ensure employees leave with rewarding takeaways for life. I share a real-life example to elucidate the above. I was called to conduct a workshop at a regional office of a company in another city. I was briefed about the concept of the workshop. Participants of the workshop were members of the winning sales...

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