Month: September 2013

Are You Smiling Enough? Be Happy

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Today in the newspaper there was an article about being happy and some pointers were given, I wanted to share this poem with all you as it summarizes those pointers mentioned in the article.

“Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.” 
― Christian D. LarsonYour Forces and How to Use Them

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Sad Souvenir

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Restless heart is craving for something unknown,

Never ending search for peace I walk alone,

To start a new journey million miles away,

Looking for the ultimate adventure and escape these shades of grey.

 

Home sick for a place I haven’t been,

I wandered to the glistering city of Venice,

Crying under the bridge of sighs was my penance,

My soul is lost on the streets of black Venice,

Soon this serenity shall also vanish.

 

I wandered to my favorite city,

To feel freedom smiling and running into my arms,

To rediscover myself and rejuvenate the spirit with new experiences,

But the dark skies and the drizzle doesn’t illuminate the idea of hope,

This is my melancholy London,

Where I thought joy was abundant.

 

The journey to find the meaning of life,

New faces I met their ideology brought me a never ending strife,

Again walking under the withering blue skies of desperation,

Now love becomes an aversion,

Absurd travel that brought only tears,

I could only gather a sad souvenir.

Bomb Making – A Child’s Play

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I was browsing on the internet two days back and I came across an article about Syrian Army weapons factory and its youngest member Issa. Issa is 10 year old boy, who works at least ten hours a day in this weapons factory with his father. Only holidays he gets in a week is Friday.

This article was published on Yahoo news and there was a huge outcry as people called this as a big propaganda and a means of going to war with Syria. Now days everyone knows and have seen enough conspiracy theory videos to understand when they are being manipulated. One comment that really caught my eye was America should concentrate on getting its own act together and help the citizens of America, as young boys in Detroit are hustled by gang members into carrying drugs and weapons for them.

My heart goes out to these children who should be studying and not be serving as a bomb maker or drugs carrier anywhere in the world.

Related Articles:-

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/10-year-old-works-alongside-father-in-weapons-factory-1378728823-slideshow/

http://tobinsco.blogspot.in/2013/09/photos-meet-issa-10-year-old-bomb-maker.html

Grey Sky

 

 

 

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I must travel through the darkness of the night,

Bright light from my burning heart will show the way,

The bleeding thoughts cannot contain in my mind,

My grace is long gone,

This is what I feel now.

 

I have dug a hole in the ground,

With flowers all around,

To rest in peace,

Where no one can tease.

 

Let the drama unfold,

Let the dear ones know that I died from inside long ago,

To breathe each day is an endless chore,

This is the night of endless endurance,

I can’t escape this grey sky,

I close my eyes so that I can forget this lie.

This is how I feel now.

The Cries of the World

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Those days are gone,

When life was bliss and a happy song,

When people were unafraid to dream,

When love was blind,

The world was innocent as a child’s smile.

 

Now moral have declined,

Manacles of corruption and materialism grips society,

Pillars of humanity has taken a beating,

Kindness is a symbol of weakness,

Oppression, suppression and tyranny we look forward to,

Immorality is flourishing.

 

The cries and lies I see all over,

Poor and vulnerable are cast out in the open,

Love is fading away,

Dawn is far away,

Peace is doomed.

Fitness Nirvana

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Recently, I have started working out and let’s face it after a few weeks of working out, when we see some improvements we become a fitness freak. This piece will not show my journey of becoming a fitness freak rather highlighting different ways of working out, diet and some tips. I will mention some basic cardio exercises which will help to burn fat and pre workout meal. I will also like to share weights exercises also but at a later stage.

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CARDIO EXERCISES

Cardio exercises should be a mixture of running/walking, cycling, pushups, stretching etc. Even before heavy workout 20 minute cardio exercise is necessary as our muscles need to warm up and get ready for weight lifting. If you are focusing on burn fat and want a toned body, ideally you should do a mixture of cardio exercises and lift weights also. If you lift weights it will help in overall shaping and toning the body.

Most of the people do cardio exercises for fat burning so I have listed a schedule.

  1. Running – Duration 25 min.

Once on the treadmill don’t let the your body get used to the daily routine, mix it up a little for example start by walking at a nominal speed then after a minute do incline, after few minutes jog (increase the speed). This way it will be a challenge for your body to keep up and you will not get bored.

2.   Cycling – Duration 15 minutes.

Here also try to mix the speed variation which will consist of high and low.

3.    Crunches –

Lie on your back on the floor with a mat or carpeted surface is more comfort.

Your feet can be flat on the floor or you can keep them suspended in the air during your crunches for that extra affect. Cross your arms in front of your chest or keep them at the side of your head with fingers touching your head. Do not try to pull their head or neck up during the exercise, which can place extra strain on the spine. Lift your shoulders towards the ceiling using your abdominal muscles. It is very important not to lift your entire back off the floor, as this can cause back strain. It can be tempting to move your head forward (tucking in your chin to your chest) because it makes you feel. If you have your hands behind your head or neck, don’t let your elbows come together. Keep them level with your ears. Letting your arms close in around your head encourages your head to tilt forward. Exhale and contract your abs as you go up. Pause at the peak. When your shoulders are off the ground, pause and hold that position for a full second (or more). Ease back down slowly as you inhale. Don’t just “plop” back down. Your control on the way down works your ab muscles as well. Take 10 seconds break before to relax your abs before doing another crunch.

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4.   Jumping – 4 sets, 12 reps in each set.

It is a simple and effective exercise which will contribute in fat burning and toning of the body.

Stand with your feet together and your arms by your sides. Jump, spreading your feet and raising your arms, land with your legs spread around 2-3 feet apart and your arms over your head. Jump again this time coming back to your starting position to complete one repetition. Repeat the motion for a set time period, or for a set number of repetitions.

        5.       Pop-Ups

Lie face down on floor and palms next to chest. Do a push-up, using upward momentum to jump left foot in between hands and quickly stand up into a plie squat as you bring hands beside chest.  Reverse motion to start. Continue for 45 seconds, alternating legs.

  1. Outdoor activity

Indulge in an outdoor activity or game that will result in burning calories.

Pre workout meal

Have protein shake one hour before your workout – it will provide you with the boost when you exercise.

  • Fruit – Banana or an apple should be sufficient but not heavy meal should be taken one hour before the workout. These are energizing snacks and bananas are packed with potassium, which aids in maintaining proper nerve and muscle function.
  • Oatmeal – Oats are full of fiber and therefore the carbohydrates from them are released into your bloodstream gradually, keeping your energy levels constant during your workout.
  • Cereal, yogurt & smoothies.

Overall Diet

  • Cut down on salt and sugar intake.
  • Have boiled or grilled chicken.
  • Fish is must add to the diet.

Caution – this article is only for your guidance purposes, please be careful to avoid personal injury.

Related Articles

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http://www.metrx.com/athletes/greg-plitt

http://health.yahoo.net/articles/fitness/photos/steal-gwyneth-paltrows-workout#0

http://fitnessmodelprograms.com/

http://www.wikihow.com/Do-Crunches

http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/exercise-detail/Jumping-Jacks/5b/

http://www.blogilates.com/nutrition-2/2996785799#5Ra3U7t3kefi72z0.99