A lot of people I come across in the Gym, mostly newbies, keep asking the question about what is the best way to take protein supplements and grow muscles quickly. There is no exact time, but with methodological approach, one can master their Protein intake. So when is exactly the best time to take that scoop of whey protein?
Benefits of Dhayana Yoga
Scientists and Yogis alike have been researching the effects and benefits on Meditation and Dhyana Yoga on human mind for ages now. Most of the times, we hear or read online, something getting validated, that has always been around in yogic Shashtras for centuries. Here are some benefits of Dhayana Yoga to get you started on this Awesome journey:
People who try to lose weight by following a strict healthy diet, often fall short due to their food habits and the cravings for desserts. A research from Tufts University has now revealed that these cravings are often developed over time and can be systematically controlled and maneuvered to crave healthy veggies instead of fat and gluten! The key here is to control the brains reward centers to make you feel more satisfied when you eat healthy instead of fats and sugars. Continue reading How To Train Your Brain To Eat Healthy and Lose Weight
A lot of people that I come across, especially in the metro areas complain that the lack of day time they have is the main cause behind their obesity and ill-eating habits. A lot of these people, actually do have a lot of day time, but they end up spending it sleeping, since they are working night shifts for most of the month.
People who work in night shifts, generally tend to skip a meal every once in a while, have irregular eating habits working shifts on their jobs, and have generally no exercise schedule. These people generally tend to have risks of heart disease and stroke. If you find yourself, a bit helpless and belong to this category, the following 5 tips can help you maintain health while working shifts:
1. Have a stock of healthy foods available at home and office
One of the main problems that people in shifts face is that they don’t get enough time to choose the foods they consume. This happens specially when you are very hungry in a break from work or just rushing to office and you would munch on anything that you can get your hands on! The more processed and read-to-eat foods or fast foods you consume, the more damage you are doing to your health. Instead of Carb filled diet, try keeping a fresh stock of green easy to eat veggies like carrots, or fruits such as apple, banana instead of munching daily on a pack of cookies.
Also keeping a stock of dry fruits such as almonds, cashews, walnuts and apricots which are super rich in nutrients and fiber and can give a quick energy boost.
2. Follow the Meal before Shift pattern
People who earn their living working shifts, tend to sometimes change their sleeping patterns to just survive the 5 days and enjoy on weekends. While this may sound like a plan for your social life, it causes harm to your health in the long term. Try practising making your meals before the shift, or have the preparatory parts done before you leave for work, so once you are back, you can just heat them up in a few minutes and get some healthy meals for eating.
3. Pack your meals to work
People who tend to work night shifts often have the habit of pickup from fast food joints or eat junk food from the canteen on a regular basis. Instead, try to inculcate the habit of packing your meals when you leave for work. Working shifts doesn’t mean you need to compromise on what you eat.
4. Sit while you eat
Another important tip that I would like to give to my fellow readers is to make time for your meals. Working shifts doesn’t mean you always eat on-the-go. Have a break, sit and relax and enjoy your food. This is normal even for people working in night shifts.
5. Do moderate exercises and keep yourself hydrated
You should always drink plenty of water throughout the days, no matter which shift you are working in. Also, brisk walks and couple of stairs up or down the days will go a long way in keeping you in shape.
I have heard many a times that Yoga is not for Coders or Geeks who typically sit in the same position for hours, staring at a bright screen and working their brains out to “Make this world a better place!”
These are the same people that cry that Yoga or fitness is just not for them. As long as their brains are healthy and they can code day-in day-out, their health is just fine. This is a clear misconception.
Here’s why Yoga and overall Physical fitness is essential even for the brightest of minds!
1.CLEVERNESS IS NOT THE SAME AS WISDOM
While the geeks may call themselves clever, not giving any importance to physical fitness proves that the person lacks wisdom. While using your brain day-in and day-out, may help you burn some of the calories, you still need to give your body holistic exercise.
Wisdom goes well beyond cleverness. Wisdom is something that can be learnt or gained with time but not something that can be explicitly taught. Wisdom involves empathy or intuition while cleverness may not even be remotely related to it. Wisdom is also knowing what you don’t know and being at peace with it.
2. KARMA YOGA: Developers can do all they want but results may not be controlled
I seen thousands of bright minds in the silicon valley doing their work with a lot of passion, throwing in all-nighters to complete their project sprints or modules. However after ensuring everything goes right, sometimes new releases or features just doesn’t click with the audience. This is exactly what Yoga can help you be with peace at.
According to Karma Yoga, one should be concerned with doing one’s actions right, without worrying about the consequences. There is no point in being obsessed with the ever-going cycle of goal, productivity and results. Set out with smaller milestones, but don’t be disappointed or stress yourself, if the results timeline does not go as per plan.
Follow the path of Karma Yoga, which says that you have the right to action but not the control to turn the result!
3. Yoga teaches to face yourself mentally and physically
Developers tend to think very fast, draw up SWOTs , Pros & Cons for virtually every decision they take. This generation likes to live in the moment, but have you ever given a thought to how your decisions are actually shaping yourself? Have you ever wondered what your gut is trying to tell you?
Sometimes, we ignore our intuitions & gut feelings, which often get clouded by the Charts and analysis sheets even though deep down somewhere, our mind knows that we may not have made the correct or at least the morally correct choice. Practicing Yoga, helps you overcome the fear of confrontation. Yoga helps you listen to your heart and your instincts. This way Yoga and Programmers , do indeed have a unique bond.