Saturday, December 8, 2012

Meher's Healing Touch....A Journey To Self Healing

A child is born and brings joy and happiness to its parents.For that moment they forget all worries and are in a world of bliss. This is the moment of bliss that we as humans always strive to achieve. It has got nothing to do with money, success, achievement or failure. It is just one such moment when both the physical world and the spiritual world combine. This is the mantra , magical moment that each of us want in our lives.This is neither impossible nor improbable if we deliberately choose to let joys and peace enter the vast ,cool,blissful spaces of our mind and soul through exercises that make our bodies the gateway to a journey of bliss ,physical strength and healing.
Just as a journey starts after birth where small falls, pain and bruises are eventually healed, our journey of life also leaves bruises and scars which affect our bodies, minds and eventually our souls.Pain as a form of depression or mental disorder is expressed in physical and psychological ailments on which we spend thousands of dollars and eat thousands of pills to get rid of or to heal.This may be necessary but there are simple methods and ways to achieve the blissful state of self contentment if we can find the clear path to reach that goal.
For humans ,in addition to physical exercises, mental and spiritual exercises are very important.Many forms which combine both are available such as yoga, Tai-Chi,bharatnatyam,Muslim prayer form etc. Each person may choose the physical form according to one's choice and limitation but generally people find it easy to avoid any.This leads to the frantic disintegration of the control by discipline and finding any benefits of these exercises.Only a sustained, continuous effort will be able to give blissful results in this journey just as a mother keeps the unborn child in her womb with sense of nurture and purpose till that blissful moment of birth and life.
A human being must strive to achieve this state of bliss and make it lasting and permanent. For this he/she may choose any path be it of dancing, singing, yoga, prayers but must combine routine and consistency.
It is amazing how a healing touch can make all your pain and distress go away may it be physical or spiritual. many forms of massage and meditation, including energy transfer are used since time immemorial to augment healing.If the giver is true and honest the results are amazing.
Each one of us must find their own path to this journey but a teacher makes this easier.
Find yours close to you.
(Dr Meher Zaidi teaches self healing by consultation in Karachi and on line.She uses journey paths that involve poetry, literature,music, arts and physical exercise for each individual.She is a qualified medical doctor.)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Pilates, The Must Do Exercises For Everyone

Meherzaidi, the author.
Pilates has been the known group of exercises for strengthening the core muscles. They can be done by almost all people and show a lifestyle benefit which cannot be denied by any one. .
It can also help in weight loss programs.
The back muscles are difficult to exercise and strengthen. Pilates moves have very good exercises for back muscles also.
A balanced body needs to keep up its toning by Pilates.

POP Pilates are now an established and developed group of exercise which enthuses excitement and energy into this lifestyle change.
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Friday, September 9, 2011

Achieving Excellence In Physical Training And Sports.

Matthew Syed, the British Table tennis champion emphasizes the importance of incessant and indefinite practice to achieve that goal of success that makes a star different from a mediocre player or performer in his inspirational and knowledgeable book, BOUNCE.  He describes how for those who excelled ,the many more hours of practice to master the technique distinguished their performances each time from the others. He describes practice as purposeful practice for progress. How this transformation can be achieved is by making it structured, designed for a purpose . For example, he gives how he himself achieved perfection in his game by practising with Chen Xinhua of China with a hundred balls.Another example he gives is training at Futsal for football. He describes how well designed  training can accelerate learning.

In order to prepare oneself for excellence for example, in a sport such as cricket again training and purposeful practice take precedence.
Bob Woolmar in his book Art and Science of Cricket describes how physical fitness is so important in achieving excellence.He emphasises the need to scientifically understand and pursue a fitness level by each individual in order to achieve the desired performance level. He even goes as further to say that countries who do not achieve these fitness goals for their players by utilizing, nutritionists, sports physiologists etc will not be able to compete at international level. He describes 8 fundamental principles of training like increasing overload progressively, training specific areas of the body to take challenges,quantity of training early on followed by quality, regularity of training,variety such as exposure to different players, change of venue in cricket,change of group leader will help improve the training.He also makes it clear that each individual has different approaches to learning, individual needs to training and differences in adaptation.His advice is to decrease the risk of injury and fatigue by doing appropriate warm ups and stretches and developing strength of muscles scientifically. For example he emphasizes the exercises for increasing the strength of eccentric muscles such as the quadriceps in cricket players especially batsman in order to alleviate the eccentric muscle fatigue that may hinder performance and success.
His emphasis on nutrition and fluid intake as a specialized field for players shows that in today's world of highly competitive sports, the human body is like a car, the better the design , the better the power and strength of performance.
Prevention of injury is very important.This only comes about by increasing the strength, endurance and performance ability of the individual.The repeated, specialized use of muscle groups in order to prevent injury can enhance the ability to achieve success.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Walking ..The Easiest Way To A Fit & Sexy Lifestyle.
Walking is an easy exercise and can suit any lifestyle, age and environment.For people with arthritis, muscular disease, obesity, weakness it is a very good exercise. It is now seen that the low impact on joints especially knee and ankles that occurs in walking stimulates the production of new cartlilage . The hard impact of jogging can worsen damage but walking is perfectly safe. I would suggest that in case of limited mobility may it be due to arthritis, muscular weakness or wasting, initial exercises preferably in warm pool water to strengthen and stretch muscles will considerably help in walking.
 The time schedule can also be fixed or changed as per requirement. It has also been seen that each year as we gain 7-10 lbs. weight we can lose this by regular walking and therefore. a weight of 70 lbs in 10 years is equivalent of carrying another person's weight on your body. In US, the walk healthy program started by a lady who gave shoes to young kids to improve their fitness level has been successful.
Walking can be used as a social activity and does not cost any thing. One can meet friends and get fresh air and instead of unhealthy get togethers can be used as a good social activity.I enjoy walking with friends and family.Walking with kids gives them good quality time too.

A steady and healthy lifestyle change with walking  as a choice will keep stress, obesity,heart disease away. So get good walking shoes, find a mate, a track and start walking.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Water Exercises:Unbelievably Effective For Lifestyle Change.

By Dr Meher Zaidi.  Whether you suffer from arthritis, accidental injury, obesity, paralysis,Parkinsonism, joint or meniscal injury, your whole life can change if you start pool or water exercises. Experience with water or pool exercise shoes fullyrecovery from total inability to stand straight for a full minute, inability  to climb or go downstairs without holding railing, extreme effort in doing so, inability to hold any thing in hands while going up or down stairs, inability to perform Namaz(Muslim prayer ritual) while standing up,walking slowly with a stick in hand in case of fall etc. This takes  a period of two months with six days a week of one and a half hour of pool routine daily.
 I have seen that the progress in increase of the level of fitness is very fast and each day brings it up much more quickly than simple gym exercises. Also in warm climates the cool effect of water makes it more desirable.
 Climbing stairs without any help to hold the railing, frequently carrying loads up and down, saying prayers with all three complicated positions easily and above all  standing straight for quite some time and carry loads from grocery shops becomes easier. Walking speed increases considerably . Clothes become looser quite a bit and a person feels at least twenty years younger. Namaz ritual is performed in the same strength and quickness as when a person is twenty years old. A combination of water exercises with yoga and kick board exercises is routinely recommended. Bieng a doctor and highly trained in physical rehabilitation and personal experience in exercise and physical coping, I have devised various exercises to benefit individual patients.I have seen that the springiness in the muscles and the ability of the muscles to change contraction increases considerably in water exercise as compared to those carried out in the air that is, the gym.This can be scientifically explained from the fact that the medium and short fibres are recruited and developed much more in water exercise than those done in air due to the nature of water interaction, buoyancy, speed of contraction while changing postures and a faster Tai-Chi like effect. The muscles become springier, bouncier as they are more supple and not hard. The bulk is more comely, especially for women. This is true for both legs, arms and thighs. Individual calf muscle exercise also increase the shape of calves without causing impact injury.
Two types of exercises can be done.Those in pool directly and those using suspension equipment to reduce the effect of impact injury on legs. These can be done with the help of instructors and also by closely following the trainers whos you tube videos are widely available. I have found them very helpful and effective. As one masters the exercise and the fitness level for the particular group of muscles increases , the challenge should be increased. In this way, the recruitment of more active fibres is increased.
For obese patients these are best workouts. With daily increase in fitness, the shape of the body comes back quite early and these are low impact exercises. They are more easy to do and also effective against stress and motivating.

According to your weight, age and needs you need to make an exercise plan with your instructor and then scedule time and stick to it It is addicting rest assured. You will start seeing results within one week of regular exercises. as time elapse the benefits are more prominent and there is no stopping then. so get floating. Viola.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Older Women and Good Looks.

Stunningly sexy Kirsty Alley at sixty.

Kirsty Alley in 2008.

Kirsty Alley looked fat and really dull in 2008But then  she worked on herself and now really looks stunning, beautiful and sexy at sixty. This proves that a healthy and well maintained body can do wonders to your self image.Think about how she got into the fat image before. There can be many reasons.Lack of love and affection, no work or less work, depression, marital breakdown etc are some of the few triggers to losing the interest in body and developing low self esteem. This is usually a vicious cycle. Depression if not diagnosed and treated properly can be one of the commonest factor.
It is important that the right treatment is taken aggressively. Losing weight, diet and exercise all add up to a  good self image. Regular exercise goes a long way to good looks. In older women , loss of youth and lifestyle change can affect the verve or desire to look good. Sometimes partner loss or lack of interest can also be a factor in not looking after one's health and looks.Older women also face health problems like osteoporosis, menopause and it's attendant problems, arthritis, diabetes , hypertension and other medical problems. These also need to be looked after in addition to the general problems associated with older age.The more a woman decides to look after her health, the more overwhelmed she may be if these illnesses require treatment. A more relaxed and holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle and its associated changes is required.
A woman should always think of herself as beautiful. Only then she will work on her body and looks. It is important to follow regular exercise regimens like yoga, Tai Chi, aerobics, gym exercises, walking, running, swimming, sports like tennis, badminton, table tennis , cycling etc in order to keep the fitness level and maintain a healthy weight. Now a days cycling, dance cum exercise routines, advanced personal training are all very helpful to maintain the good looks amongst all age groups.
It has been proved that woman who maintain their looks at a mature age are also more sexually active than women who do not look after their fitness and health.The professional or occupational life is also affected by an unhealthy body.In order to remain more active and socially useful older women should make extra effort to look good and healthy.