If there is one thing that has increased significantly since the pandemic, it is screen time – for both adults and children. With work from home, online classes, less time spent outdoors and more spent binge-watching Netflix and other streaming services, browsing social media and or random websites, our eyes are facing the brunt of the pandemic and extended lockdown. In fact, as per data from the Department of Telecommunication, India’s internet consumption has increased by 13 per cent during the lockdown.The monsoons are also a period when infections such as conjunctivitis, dry eyes and others are on the rise. Making matters more worrisome, the American Association of Ophthalmologists (AAO) has said that the coronavirus can spread through the eyes, just as it can through the nose and mouth.With the pandemic making it difficult for people to go out and see an eye specialist, hence, it is important to follow proper eye hygiene and care practices to ensure that you keep your eyes safe and healthy. We take a look at tips to follow to care for your eyes.
With the New Year comes new aspirations, and for most of us, resolutions of getting fitter and hitting the gym more often. But, as the buzz of New Year wears off, the end of January tends to be a bleak time when most plans of working out and staying fit start to fizzle out. However, it does not need to be that way. With the rest of the year remaining, February is the best month to refocus on staying fit and healthy. A look at ways in which you can stay motivated to work out the start-of-the-year blues:
Do you remember the last time you stopped and asked yourself – am I feeling alright mentally, am I happy or am I too stressed? Most of us make New Year resolutions about finally hitting the gym, losing xyz kilos or going for that long pending daily walk – all very important for our physical health. But, how many of us decide to make our mental health a priority?As per research by the World Health Organisation, one in five Indians will suffer from some kind of mental health issues by 2020, with depression being one of the biggest causes. However, the stigma associated with mental health problems makes it difficult to come out and say that there is an issue, mentally. And when we do, it is also often too late.So, this year, let us resolve to make our mental health as much a priority as our physical health. Here are 10 ways in which you can focus on your mental health:
Just because you find gym workouts boring and repetitive doesn’t mean you can’t get the exercise you need to be fit and toned.
You had a great session of workout and sweated it out at the gym. Best day ever! But now as you head towards home, you are feeling the burn. Even walking or laughing is pure agony for your abs and legs.As they say, no gain without any pain. Vigorous workout can sometimes come with a price in the form of sore muscles. Try these post-workout muscle relaxation techniques to speed up your recovery and ease the pain.
Warming up before exercise is always important, but even more so when your muscles are at risk of becoming especially tight in low temperatures. Furthermore, you may need to invest in reflective clothing if running during the early or late hours so that drivers on the road are aware of your whereabouts. The Independent spoke to several experts for their top tips on running during winter.
Take a breath and brace yourself to watch Sunny push dead weight across the floor, do the most strenuous leg and core workouts and yet make it all look effortless.
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