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When it comes to exercise, many of us follow the same routine due to our habits. Regular exercise is great for you, but its also important to vary your fitness routine.
Anand Barot, CEO, BOUNCEinc India shares details on why it’s beneficial for your body and brain when you try new activities. Research says it is the key to stimulating different muscle groups and preventing boredom.
There is an ever-growing need of being healthy and staying fit in contemporary times especially with the onset of several fitness initiatives like The Fit India Movement driven by our Prime Minister that encourage people to remain healthy and fit with physical activities and sports.
Today, we are witnessing an array of contemporary healthy fitness activities that make our fitness goals more fun and less tedious to cope up with. A lot of fitness enthusiasts’ are moving towards power Yoga, Calisthenics, Cross-fit sessions, Zumba classes and Pilates etc. to achieve their fitness goals. We come across many such ways to keep up with our fitness goals that make it best to keep changing your workout routine until you find the best for your body. This is best seen amongst athletes and sport personalities that keep changing their workout routine to scrap the monotonous workout regime to try and give their body the adrenaline rush it needs.
Another recent addition people are actually switching on to achieve their fitness goals is the fun yet high adrenaline driven Bouncing workout with trampolines. A study carried out by NASA found that 10 minutes on a trampoline is equivalent to 30 minutes of running which makes it a better cardiovascular workout. In fact, NASA believes that “rebound exercise is the most efficient, effective form of exercise yet devised by man.” Trampolining is not only your usual ‘calorie burning’ routine but offers a variety of benefits through rebound exercises such as cardiovascular fitness, coordination and agility, muscle toning and stress relief.
Celebrities too are catching on to this trend from Bollywood stars like Alia Bhatt’s super fun trampoline workout that was posted online to Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput enjoying their time together on a trampoline. Who would’ve thought that our childhood dream of jumping around on trampolines would no longer be a child-like dream but evolve into an altogether healthy and fitness programme. The trampoline workout is a unique blend of fun and freestyle that helps develop core strength, muscular strength, and tones the body.
1. It’s a really good cardio workout
One of the unique benefits of trampoline training is its intense and energetic cardio workout that increases your heart rate pumping the blood to flow all around your body. It stimulates the flow thereby ridding the body of any toxins or waste and builds a healthy cardiovascular system.
2. Improves co-ordination & agility especially for toddlers
Bouncing on a trampoline helps you learn to control the coordination of your arms and legs and adjust the position of your body accordingly. As it increases awareness of your body and a sense of balance, these improved motor skills can therefore assist in various sports that require a lot of hand-eye and general co-ordination. Therefore, bouncing is not only popular with adults but is also beneficial for kids as it helps with their motor skill development, improves balance and enhances their posture.
3. It’s a low impact exercise!
Although trampolining provides an intense workout for the muscles and bones, the mat or pad absorbs 80 per cent of the shock from the rebound. Reducing the risk of injury to your joints, especially in your ankles and knees, this workout is beneficial for people with less mobility or people undergoing rehabilitation.
4. It tones up those muscles
Muscle tone and suppleness is improved and your body fat percentage is reduced by trampolining. Regular use of a trampoline can also help improve posture and general muscle health.
5. It leads to improved overall health
Bouncing on a trampoline regularly can help increase your body’s metabolic rate and its ability to burn calories more efficiently. As a result of the increased G-force felt when exercising on a trampoline, your cells become stronger and this sort of exercise helps boost the activity of immune cells keeping the body’s natural defenses high and reducing the chance of getting sick.
6. Bounce your way to a stronger bone system
Trampolining is one of the best ways to avoid risk of developing any bone conditions like osteoporosis, brittle bone diseases or fractures and increases the density. The bone mineral condition is improved due to the repetitive jumping that puts a small amount of stress on your bones and joints as the trampoline pad absorbs the majority of the impact. Your bones and joints are, therefore, protected when you exercise.
7. Learn new skills!
While trampolining is a fun way to exercise, it is also one of the best ways to impress your family and friends with various moves and techniques. While many of us can master the basic jumps, with the help of qualified trampolining instructors, you can learn several cool tricks and aerial maneuvers that will make you a pro in no time.
8. Less screen time
Not only kids, but many of us are glued to our phones which makes us socially disconnected from reality. This tends to also lead to less activity and deterring social skills which can become an unhealthy practice in the long run.
9. Bringing out the camaraderie
Trampoline parks are one of the best ways to strike up a friendship and be a part of a team. Especially when you have activities like basketball and dodgeball on a trampoline, it becomes an amazing team bonding session strengthening that camaraderie. This is also essential for many corporates who would like to go for a team bonding session or other corporate events.
10. It’s super fun
Times flies when you’re having fun! While you dread going to the gym, lifting those weights or even walking on that treadmill, on a trampoline it is all about fun and giggles. It gets you moving without stressing your metabolism and you won’t even realize the amount of calories you have burned.
11. A great stressbuster!
Trampolining can help combat depression, anxiety and stress by increasing the amount of endorphins released by the brain. Regular rebounding sessions can help you relax, promote better sleeping patterns and give you more energy. Exercising on a trampoline increases the circulation of oxygen around your body, making you more alert while improving mental performance. Bouncing will help you forget the serious stuff of work and other problems for a while and help you immerse yourself in an atmosphere of fun.
Bouncing is not just a workout; it is a sport! At the end of it all, it is taking the basic natural movement of the human being (that is stuck on the ground) and reawakening the human athlete or the child in all of us in a more enjoyable manner. The hard surfaces that are under the constraints of our normal everyday life are replaced by things one can bounce off and fly, defying gravity and attaining those superhero skills thereby experiencing the underlying joy, fun and feeling of athletic euphoria and innocent laughter. (IANS)
India is known for its pickles, popularly called 'Achaar', even across the world. But who thought about the idea of pickles in the first place? Apparently, the idea of making pickles first came from the ancient civilisation of Mesopotamia, where archaeologists have found evidence of cucumbers being soaked in vinegar. This was done to preserve it, but the practice has spread all over the world today, that pickles mean so much more than just preserved vegetables.
In India, the idea of pickle has nothing to do with preservation, rather pickle is a side dish that adds flavour and taste to almost anything. In Punjab, parathas are served with pickle; in the south, pickle and curd rice is a household favourite, and in Andhra, it is a staple, eaten with everything. The flavour profile of pickles in each state is naturally different, suited to each cuisine's taste. Pickles are soaked in oil and salt for at least a month, mixed with spices and stored all year round. Mango season is often synonymous with pickle season as a majority of Indians love mango pickle. In the coastal cities, pickles are even made out of fish and prawns.
The Indian Achaar Image credit: Photo by Rahat Hossen on Unsplash
In other cultures, the pickling process has more to do with preservation. Cold countries, where temperatures drop to very low levels, pickle their vegetables in brine, vinegar, or salt. Sweden is famous for pickled herring, because fishing all year round is hard with all the snow and ice. The German Sauerkraut, originally composed of rice, cabbage, and wine, is now made using salt instead of wine. This gives it a sour flavour that is characteristic of the beloved German delicacy.
In Korea, kimchi is the national delicacy. It is a pickle that is made from pickled cabbages with a distinct mix of spices. Kimchi is made with various core ingredients, and is gaining popularity these days with the Korean Wave hitting the globe. It is a practice that represents the Korean winters, which are too harsh to grow anything. The Kimchi business is one of the largest in Korea, while the individual family recipes are also well-preserved as it is believed that each is unique in its own way.
The pickles made from dill and vinegar are most famous in America. It was introduced to the Americans by the Jewish immigrants. Dill pickles are best paired with sandwiches.
Keywords: Pickles, Culture, Brine, Vinegar, Preserves
It is impossible to detail the history of bookbinding without understanding the need for it. A very useful, and yet simple invention, spiral coils that hold books together and allow mobile access to the user came about just before WWII, but much before that, paper underwent a massive change in production technique.
Beginning in China, paper was made of bamboo sticks slit open and flattened. In Egypt, papyrus was made from the reeds that grew in the Nile. In India, long, rectangular strips of palm leaves were stitched together to form legible documents. When monasteries were established, scrolls came into being. Parchment paper, or animal hide, also known as vellum, were used to copy out texts periodically to preserve them. Prior to all this, clay tablets were used to record important events, and in some cases, rock edicts were made.
But all this changed with the invention of the printing press by Gutenberg. Paper became the medium by which inscriptions, announcements, and almost everything was made. Once paper became so accessible, printing began in full scale. Newspapers and the Bible were printed every day.
Metal coils were used before the world war Image credit: Photo by Dan Bucko on Unsplash
With wads of paper, something had to be done about keeping them together. Bookbinding began as a booming business. First, the pages were just sewn together. A special sewing machine was invented just for books. When this did not suit all book types, the process of punching and binding began. Holes were punched in books, and they were tied together.
Much later, an adhesive thermoplastic strip became available by which book pages were stuck together. They sold in this format for a long time. Ideas began to flow in for notebooks when people discovered that they could attach pieces of paper together. A machine was invented that drew lines. This made it easier for people who wrote a lot.
After a while, when people got used to having their books a certain way, The Spiral Binding Company opened in 1932, which changed the way bookbinding was done. Books could now be bound by coil and this was not only economical, but also convenient, because pages could easily be turned without breaking the bind. The original spiral bind coil was made of metal, but when supplies were rationed during WWII, they were made from plastic. This trend has remained to the present day, where spiral bound books are preferred to the other kinds of binding except in cases of publishing and official documentation.
Keywords: Spiral Binding, WWII, Paper, Books, Printing
By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
To keep the value and quality of what you offer, whether it's a romantic breakfast in bed or a royal wedding gift that will be remembered for years. The concept of gift-giving has taken on a number of shapes in today's society. Devina Singhania, the Founder of 'LE JAHAAN', a local home and decor accessories company, explains how the gifting paradigm has shifted.
Q: What do consumers expect from the gifting business and packaging designers these days?
A: Today's consumers are expecting more minimal sustainable products, designs and mediums. They are now more conscious about how their purchase affects the environment. Considering this shift in consumer buying, it's extremely important for companies to increase their commitments to responsible business practices and design products that are meant to be reused or recycled.
Today's consumers are expecting more minimal sustainable products, designs and mediums. | Photo by Superkitina on Unsplash
Q: The practice of self-gifting is being driven by millennials. What are your thoughts on the subject?
A: I absolutely agree with this. Millennials are so creative and expressive. They are more into personalized products with which they can tell the world something about themselves. We are often hired by millennials to monogram and personalize products for them. They truly believe it's the best way to stand out from the crowd and establish a signature style and we couldn't agree more.
We are often hired by millennials to monogram and personalize products for them. | Photo by freestocks on Unsplash
Q: What impact do colour trends have on gift designs and packaging?
A: 'Le Jahaan' has always been very influenced by colour and trends and we hope to continue this association with colour even while we break through to more sustainable products and collections.
'Le Jahaan' has always been very influenced by colour and trends | Photo by freestocks on Unsplash
Q: What has changed as a result of the pandemic in terms of how we commemorate special occasions and the gift-giving tradition?
A: It's smaller in quantity but more luxurious and thought through.
Q: What giving trends should one keep an eye on in 2022?
A: Consumers, including millennials and members of Generation Z, are especially concerned with sustainability. So, the trend is definitely to go green with eco-friendly.
Q: How does Le Jahaan keep its clients coming back?
A: Our products speak for themselves. We make small batches with exceptional quality with a personal touch.
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: gifts, le jahaan, festive, millennials, sustainable, gen z, paradigm, gifting