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Ready for a healthy day?

lifestyle Updated: Aug 20, 2013 00:42 IST

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It’s the second day of our life transforming health campaign — Get Healthy, Delhi, and the response of our readers is unbelievable! The Mukherjees, Malhotras, and Sharmas have already joined us, along with their Golus, Pinkys and Chhotus! And while several readers are calling us to congratulate on launching India’s biggest health movement till date, hundreds have written to us, wanting to be a part of our soon-to-start face-offs.

So, people, stick to your pledges, cut out today’s diet and exercise routine from this page, and follow it wholeheartedly. And if you have any health-related dilemma bugging you, write to us on the email given below. Our experts will clear all your doubts. See you at our face-offs soon!

yogasanaoftheday

Twisting Triangle
Along with yesterday’s Warrior Pose, now add this Twisting Triangle asana too to your routine. Also known as the Parivrtta Trikonasana, it is part of the Trikonasanas that’s known to make the entire body stronger. In Sanskrit, trikona means triangle, and asana means posture. Parivrtta Trikonasana is a revolved triangle pose that helps improve the flexibility of the spine and corrects the alignment of shoulders.

Steps
Stand straight with legs spread apart. Raise arms sideways to the shoulder level with the palms facing down.
Now bend the trunk to the left and try to bring the right palm on the left ankle. You can even try and touch the ground beneath.
Bring the left arm to be straight in line with the right arm with fingers pointing to the sky. Keep your legs straight. Do not bend knees.
Hold the position for 30 seconds and repeat twice.

By Juhi Garg, yoga expert

workoutoftheday

work out the alphabets
Yesterday we told you about the importance of a good posture. Today’s exercise will require you to workout your limbs to increase your core strength. The exercise of the day is simple and has multiple beneficial effects, such as improving your core strength, back muscles, flexibility and balance.

Steps
Stand with the feet hip width apart, hands made into fists and thumbs pointing away from the body. Inhale, tighten your core muscles and raise yours legs and arms so that your body looks like the letter ‘T’.
Do not arch your lower back. Keep the knee of the leg you are balancing on soft.
Move your arms forward and backward, creating letters ‘I’, ‘Y’ and ‘T’, while your hips remain parallel to the ground.
Kneel down on all fours and raise opposite arm and opposite leg and hold it in this position for a count of ten. Repeat 5 times on each side.

factvsfiction
Eggs are bad for your heart: true or false?

Fact: No, they aren’t. Egg is, in fact, high in nutritional value. The egg yolk contains up to 5gm of fat, as well as dietary cholesterol which is why it is blamed for an increasing risk of heart disease. Nutritionist Neelanjana Singh explains, “All dietary cholesterol was thought to cause heart disease. However, some cholesterol is necessary for the healthy functioning of the body. It is true that egg yolk contains a high percentage of fat, but that’s unsaturated fat which is associated with ‘good’ cholesterol or high density lipo-proteins, HDL. HDL helps to remove the more harmful low density lipo protein or LDL that often lines the artery walls.”

Mascot Speaks
It has been three days since my public commitment towards healthy living. And this maa ka ladla is eating three times a day and polishing off the lunch she dutifully packs. My mom got teary-eyed when I went grocery shopping and bought food that earlier made its way into my stomach only after her emotional blackmailing. Though she was apprehensive about cooking ‘diet wala khana,’ she smiled with relief when I showed her the recommendations and said that it is really simple. I believe her and just need to stick to the plan. And Ma Kasam, I will. A heavy breakfast, proper lunch and light daal-roti to end the day— and I am set to be the next best thing in town!

Weighty issue on my mind:
Does mom’s theory of having milk and banana in the morning to gain weight really work?

Dear Abhilash, it’s not true that this combination will give you additional calories. Instead, you should have butter toast, whole milk or coconut milk and generous helpings of almonds and walnuts for breakfast.

Neelanjana Singh, nutritionist