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It is what your doctor ordered: Active Lifestyle !

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It is what your doctor ordered - Active lifestyle!

It is that time of the year again - holidays and festivities ! The festivity which begins with Halloween candies (Diwali treats), culminates with a New Year cake! Studies have found that due to sugary treats, gourmet-style meals and sugary drinks, people gain weight from 1lb to 7lb during this season. If you think these excess pounds will meltaway when Spring begins then you are in for a surprise. A recent study has found that your excess weight manages to stay with you. This means, every year you may be unconsciously adding excess weight without your knowledge.

Is there a recourse? Sure, there is. It is what your doctor ordered - follow an Active Lifestyle! Is it easily said than done?

The biggest challenge for any one is to find that 'sweet spot to exercise amidst their daily demands. In this always connected, globalized world the distinction between work and life is gone. Work and life cannot be separated any more. Your work follows you every where - your home, your commute, your dinner, your vacation. You name it, the work follows there. So, where is the time for a physical activity? Your fitness instructor expects you to spend at least 45 to 60 minutes per day in a gym. You try to meet this goal for couple of days or weeks and then give up. You will be surprised to know that the real solution to this problem is available in historic documents especially from world war period. You cannot expect the soldiers to find 45 to 60 minutes every day to keep themselves fit. They are already preoccupied with the war almost 24 hours. Moreover there are no gyms or expensive exercise equipment to stay fit. How did they manage? A classic record is the Royal Canadian Air Force documentation which recommends the soldiers as how to stay fit with minimal time and no equipments. According to this recommendation, in order to stay fit, it needs only 5 exercise and 13 minutes for men (5BX Plan) and 11 exercise and 12 minutes for women (XBX Plan). If you still think it is difficult to find 13 minutes then there is a 7 minute work out plan (HICT Plan) recommended by American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Journal which you can follow to stay fit. On the other hand, it you have more time, you can try out the 45 day beginners plan or 30 day HIIT (High Intensity Instruction Training) plan. Keep in mind, these recommendations will not make you one of the best body builders but can definitely help you stay fit for a long time.

In this edition, we have picked contents to educate and inform you about the choices you can adopt to lead an active lifestyle. In addition, we have covered the key information you need to know to protect yourself from the ebola scare. Now, read, enjoy and share the magazine with your network!

  • In the Brain-tickler category:
    • "Ebola: All you need to know. Protect yourself."
  • In the Health Topic section:
    • "Scoliosis: Keep things straight" - Spine Awareness
    • "How much you enjoy your workout?", You can gain weight from from how you feel from your workout!
  • In the English Song category:
    • Listen to our English song Picks - Best Workout picks!
    • Listen to the picked songs continuously with our Jukebox!
  • In the Seriously Funny section:
    • Watch the clip - "Bro, It is my machine" - A prank at gym!
    • Read the humor, "This whole work out is a waste of time ..."
    • Read the humor, "Is it not amazing?"
  • In the Surfboard section:
    • Read the thoughtful story, "Will this game end?"
    • Read the colorful poem celebrating fall colors, "Those pink blossom make your heart feel awesome ..."
  • In the Tamil Picks section:
    • Enjoy the 10 Tamil songs picked out of 12+ songs for Active Life - Workout, Sports theme !
    • Enjoy the video picks continuously, on-demand in our new video channel.
    • Listen to the song picks continuously in Jukebox.
    • Read the tamil poem picks "Virainthidum Veerargale" and "Kadavul Adugiran Kaalpanthu"
  • In the Recipe Spot section:
    • Learn "3 Vegetable recipes to lost weight"
  • Nuggets:
    • Enjoy our information nuggets on keeping you physically active and fit.
      - "7 minute work out plan to stay fit ... "- in Editor's desk section
      - "13 minute work out plan for men - 5BX", "12 minute work out plan for women - XBX" - in Health section
      - "10 ways to burn 100 calories ..." - in Surfboard section
      - "45 day beginner plan to become fit"- in Reader's footprint section
      - "High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for 30 days ..." - in Your feedback section
  • Get Inspired by watching the video, "Lose your belly fat with a daily 10 minute Abs exercise."

As always, we are very confident that you will enjoy our picks. Write your feedback about this issue by clicking on the email icon or feedback icon. We truly value your opinion, thoughts and time.

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7 minute High Intensity Circuit Training (HICT) plan to stay fit ...


Yes. You need only 7 minutes and you don't need any equipment. This High Intensity Circuit Training (HICT) recommended by American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Journal is a set of 12 exercises which can be completed within 7 minutes deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall. Read more:

7 day HICT Plan

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