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How active holidays can develop children’s all-round skills

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Children used to spend their childhood in the playground – while playing with their friends, enjoying the rides or climbing trees. Thanks to the emergence of the television and video games and the digital media, along with increased school pressure, children today don’t engage themselves in too much outdoor play. However, it is important to realize that active vacations are essential for a child’s overall development, which includes studies. Let us see how –

Akash Korgaonkar, Founder of Ruggedian Lifestyle lists out many factors, such as  Increases their physical health.

Usually, children remain with their books and their muscles remain underdeveloped. Enrolling them in competitive sports will develop their endurance and flexibility, cause movement of large muscle groups, cause them to sweat and develop a healthy heart and lungs. Apart from this, a physical activity regulates blood pressure, strengthens the lungs, reduces blood sugar, reduces obesity, strengthens bones and improves energy levels in children,Korgaonkar said.

Try out – martial arts, skateboarding, roller-skating, dancing, swimming, jogging, skipping, basketball, etc.

Korgaonkar said , ” Develops social interaction with friends :Most urban parents now want their children to concentrate on their studies and extracurricular activities, forgetting that outside play is necessary as well. This way, the child will concentrate only on indoor activities which can make them unsocial and weaken their immune system. Encourage your children to engage in team-based or individual-based sports to increase motivation, commitment and discipline and team spirit.”

Try out – football, basketball, volleyball, kabaddi, kho-kho, tennis, badminton, playing tag, etc.

Korgaonkar said , ” Maintains a healthy body and strengthens their immune system-Today, it is difficult to get children off the screens and send them out to play. On the other hand, we must realise that physical activities maintain a healthy body weight due to the constant exercise and increase appetite in children. As a result, they do not spend their free time watching television and eat junk food but follow a balanced diet. Sports improve blood circulation, releases tension and improve their immune system.”

“Improves their self-esteem and encourages body positivity:Intense sports activities have been proved to deal with issues like depression, obesity reduces insulin resistance and helps in anger management. Children start to feel a sense of personal achievement, autonomy and independence in them which gives way to confidence and self-esteem. It has been reported that children who were engaged in sports were well-adjusted in society, were healthier in general and were much happier in lives. When winning a sports competition, our brain releases beta-endorphins which give us the general feeling of being happy,” he said.

· Makes lifelong memories

Holidays are perfect for parent and child to catch up and make great memories. If you’re the active parent and want your children to follow, sign up for physical activity courses together while on vacation. Your children will definitely learn something new by the end.

Try out – canoeing, hiking, trekking, rock climbing, diving, extreme sports

· Develops sportsmanship

First things first, playing sports comes with defeat and winning – you cannot win every time. Sports teach your child sportsmanship, a respect for rules and the ability to accept defeat at times – and bounce right back into action.

· Promotes team spirit and acceptance

Your child needs to learn team spirit to build a harmonious environment with his friends and co-workers in later life. They learn to accept everyone with their own strengths and weaknesses and plan the best way to reach their goal and win the game. Working together is an important quality that they will need in life.

· Encourages them to try out new things

With children, all they need is some confidence in them. Active vacations help them de-stress and explore new places with curiosity. They bring out warm, loving feelings in children to help them bond with their parents over a happy memory. Trust me, you’ll find their love worth everything in the end.

Try out – adventure camps, wildlife safari, rope challenges, cave exploration trips

· Pushes them to challenge themselves

All of us are afraid of something – the heights, the water, insects, the darkness… adventure holidays are great to kick them out. Sign up for a physical activity about something that they fear the most and inspire them to break their fear. Though it takes time and patience, your child will come out as a much braver and confident person.

Try out – rock-climbing, snorkelling, races

It is wise to choose an active holiday plan that both of you will enjoy and treasure for a lifetime. Pack your bags, book a holiday and set out with a water bottle – making some amazing memories along the way.

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Bullying, violence at workplace linked to heart disease, strokes

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London, Nov 22: People who are bullied or experience violence at work are at higher risk of developing heart and brain blood vessel problems, including heart attacks and stroke, according to a new study.

The findings revealed that those who were bullied almost every day had 120 per cent higher risk of CVD.

Exposure to frequent workplace violence increased the risk of cerebrovascular disease such as stroke by 36 per cent.

“If there is a causal link between bullying or violence at work and cardiovascular disease, then the removal of workplace bullying would mean we could avoid five per cent of all cardiovascular cases, and the eradication of violence at work would avoid more than three per cent of all cases” said Tianwei Xu, a postdoctoral student from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

“Workplace bullying and workplace violence are distinct social stressors at work. Only 10 to 14 per cent of those exposed to at least one type of exposure were suffering from the other at the same time,” Xu said.

For the study, published in the European Heart Journal, the team examined 79,201 working men and women, aged 18 to 65, with no history of CVD.

They found that bullying at workplace occurred mostly from colleagues (79 per cent) rather than from people outside the organisation (21 per cent).

However, violence or threats of violence at work originated mainly from people outside the organisation (91 per cent), than from within (9 per cent).

The study is observational and, therefore, cannot show that workplace bullying or violence cause cardiovascular problems, only that there is an association. The researchers noted their results are robust and have important implications for employers and national governments.

“It is important to prevent workplace bullying and workplace violence from happening, as they constitute major stressors for those exposed and have policies for intervening if bullying or violence occurs,” they said.

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Head to toe dressing guide for every bridesmaid

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New Delhi, Nov 22: There is nothing more exciting for a girl than knowing that her best friends getting married. As excited as you may be for this momentous celebration, there’s no denying that dressing for your best friends wedding is a tricky and dreadful task. However few tips can do the trick.

Nehpreet Kaur- Design and Creative Head, Femina Flaunt; Alisha Malik- Vice President Marketing and creative face Mochi Shoes and Accessories; Mimi Hrahsel- Business Head, Shaya by CaratLane list down few tips for every bridesmaids

* This wedding season, opt for a trendier and more experimental look with ruffled lehengas. You can either style the lehenga with a traditional blouse or crop top, however you please and look like a damsel to impress. Ruffled lehenga is an epitome of sheer perfection in terms of the draping technique and is sure to make heads turn.

* Bring out your inner desi girl with a generous dose of glamour. Move away from the mundane fabrics and silhouettes by mixing and matching Indian and Western elements to create interesting ensembles. Strapless blouses are definitely the flavour of the season.

* Inspired by season’s Pantones of the year — Rose Quartz and Serenity — are pretty pastel for the new age festive. “Blushing pink” or “something blue” is dreamy pallet that breaks the saturated molds without veering too far outside of wedding territory.

* The trend which is dominating the industry is silver jewellery. This current favourite is incredibly Indian yet modern in style and instantly elevates your look. So, indulge your inner glam girl and go ahead and pair that crisp off-shoulder blouse with intricate statement making earrings. A chunky piece of silver earrings instantly injects contemporary edge into any outfit.

* Don’t be shy of experimenting with your jewellery. It is time to break the fashion rule that necklaces and necklines go hand in hand. No, they don’t! For instance, accentuate your open neckline gown with a choker style to add a little boldness to your look without overwhelming it.

* After you are set on the perfect dress, you will need to find all of the accessories. One of those are the shoes to accompany you as you cater to you bridesmaid duties. Ensure your shoes are comfortable yet fabulous as you know who’s going to be doing the running around for the bride. Heels can be a sassy showstopper, or they simply can be a lovely, elegant and a final touch to complement your look.

* The shoes for bridesmaids are the final element creating a polished, cohesive wedding day look! Invest in styles that will drop jaws, and that you’ll wear again. Opt for a pair of subtle nude stilettos or off-white pumps. If your outfit is subtle, pair it with metallic or bold colour heels.

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Steps to treat your sagging skin

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New Delhi, Nov 22: As you start ageing, skin may begin to sag as a consequence of a natural loss and weakening of collagen and elastin. However, keeping in mind a few basic steps can help you in getting rid of the sagging skin.

Neeleshwari Basak, owner of Worldwide Institute of Grooming and Pageants, and Arpita Das, Managing Director of Beauness By Arpita, list some steps.

*Smart SPF: UV damage speeds up the loss of firmness of the skin, therefore wearing a moisturizer with a broad spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis is the easiest way to help prevent sagging.

* Moisturize smartly: It is highly recommended to apply a moisturizer with vitamins C and E both morning and night to your face and neck. Moisturizing is important to keep the skin firm and smooth as you age. While selecting the right moisturizer, look for ingredients like Aloe Vera, soy protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A.

* Need extra effort: To improve the appearance of the skin that is already slightly saggy, you should look for moisturizer with the right, powerful ingredients. Go for a moisturizer that contains peptides and Niacinimide (or vitamin B3), it will help strengthen your skin’s natural moisture barrier and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

* Proper massage: A hydrated skin is indeed fuller and massaging the moisturizer into the skin in a circular motion for a few minutes will improve the blood circulation and will give a temporary plumping effect to your skin. Do massage your neck in upward direction that will prevent any sagging of the skin in that area

* Do facial exercise: Follow some facial exercises that are able to prevent sagging. Regularly do the facial exercises after applying the moisturizer because it will prevent your skin from pulling. The first exercise is to smile without moving your cheeks and hold it for a few seconds, then release. Do this 10 times. Another exercise is – smile as broadly as you can and place your fingers on the top of your cheekbones. Push down the cheekbones with your fingers for 10 seconds. Repeat this 5 times.

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