The other ben­e­fits of ex­er­cise

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Sunday Special - There are more bi­cy­cles than peo­ple in The Nether­lands. Peo­ple cy­cle an av­er­age of 74 min­utes a week and, in cities such as Am­s­ter­dam, up to 70 Fika.

“The tra­di­tion of fika (pro­nounced ‘feeka’) is as com­mon as break­fast — some­thing al­most ev­ery­one does at least once a day,” says Anna Brones, author of

“It means ‘to drink cof­fee’ but there’s a lot more to it than that. It fac­tors in plan­ning, work sched­ules, and even a re­laxed week­end at home. Life with­out fika is un­think­able.”

Copy­cat tips: “Fika is also the art of tak­ing one’s time,” says Brones. “It’s about mak­ing a com­mit­ment to slow down and take a break from the rest of the day’s plans.”

Apart from health, in­tense work­outs can also im­prove your love life

The key to hav­ing a great re­la­tion­ship lies in work­ing out in­ten­sively, ac­cord­ing to new re­search. “Men and women who are healthy tend to have a bet­ter sex life,” said Dr Lau­ren Stre­icher, the med­i­cal di­rec­tor of the North­west­ern Medicine Cen­ter for Sex­ual Medicine.

Aer­o­bic ex­er­cise is es­pe­cially good at im­prov­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness, which stim­u­lates blood flow through­out the body.


“Any­thing that sup­ports t he car­dio­vas­cu­lar system is go­ing to sup­port a man or woman’s sex­ual re­sponse,” said sex ther­a­pist and educator Laura Ber­man.

The right amount of ex­er­cise needed is at least mod­er­ate-in­ten­sity 150 min­utes or 75 min­utes of vig­or­ous aer­o­bic ac­tiv­ity per week. A study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Sex­ual Medicine suggests that higher lev­els of aer­o­bic ex­er­cise may fur­ther im­prove stamina and de­sire in ac­tive men and women.

“What’s in­ter­est­ing is that we found a close re­la­tion­ship... in that more ex­er­cise, es­pe­cially in women, re­sulted in more ben­e­fit,” said lead author Dr Ben­jamin Breyer, chief of urol­ogy at the Zucker­berg San Fran­cisco Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and Trauma Cen­ter.

“The se­cret to Fin­nish hap­pi­ness is called ‘sisu’,” says Joanna Ny­lund, a Fin­nish author. “It’s an an­cient Fin­nish word that de­scribes an at­ti­tude of courage, re­silience, grit, tenac­ity and per­se­ver­ance. We ap­pre­ci­ate na­ture, peace and quiet and gen­er­ally

Chris Gayle loves seafood such as Ac­kee and Salt Fish

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