Stories in Smartlife from The Malayala Manorama Group

Fitness Forecast 2018

It’s the start of another spanking New Year and that time when you are all set to make your fitness resolutions. While trends like HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Vinyasa /Tang and Ying / Glow / Sound Yoga, Martial Arts, Body Weight Training and Water Workouts made waves in 2017 and will extend to 2018, there is much more to look forward this year. And if you are the kind of person that is looking for interesting alternatives and like

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How to Hone Your Hobby?

When I ask most people what they do for a hobby, the common answer is “I used to do this (some hobby) earlier but now I don’t have time.” While the trappings of urban society can get the better of you, the importance of a hobby in your life can hardly be over emphasized. A hobby can make changes to each day upping your happiness quotient. Now that is something hard to beat right? Hobby Matters Life has become very

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Artificial Intelligence in Homes

The Smart Choice Imagine a home where everything is interconnected and loaded with possibilities to make your life much easier, convenient and comfortable than it is now. Like an alarm clock that wakes you up earlier if your phone foresees traffic through maps as soon as you wake up, the geyser is switched on and s coffee machine brews a fresh cup for you, while you get ready while the system reads your schedule and books a cab for your

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End the Year on a Positive Note

Dreams are a big part of our lives and are our aspirations. Naturally, when they don’t come true, it can be disheartening and depressing in many cases. As the curtains fall on the year gone by, take a moment to reflect on them and see how you can start the New Year on a positive note. Dream Wise If your dream is still important to you then the New Year is the best time to make a fresh start. Use

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Prop Push to Fitness

Did you know that you can use props to exercise? And yes, these could be a variety of them like bricks, bolsters, ropes and more. Exercising with props can help you perfect your posture, give you balance and also add a fun element to your workout. Prep with Props Exercise equipment is any apparatus or device used during physical activity to enhance the strength or conditioning effects of that exercise by providing either fixed or adjustable amounts of resistance or

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Obstacle Racing

Are you looking for a fitness format that challenges you physically and mentally? Are you the kind that likes to try different fitness regimes? Well, if you answered yes to one or both of these questions, the answer is in Obstacle Racing. As a form of fitness exercises that owes its origins to the military, this is a fitness trend that has caught the fancy of common folk too. The Concept So let us start by first understanding what Obstacle

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Indian Superfoods vs International Superfoods

When I was at a new age food store recently, I was quite surprised to see a whole lot of foods being marketed as ‘superfoods’ on the shelf. None of these however came from India and were all mostly imported and came with price tags that would burn deep holes in your pocket. With an increased focus on health and well being, people are probably leaning towards imported ‘superfoods’ forgetting that we have our own local food that is probably

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Reunion Islands::Paradise Found

Reunion Islands is a country part of the French Department that is the perfect island holiday with lagoons, forests, mountains and even volcanoes entwined amidst mixed cultures that makes it a holiday like no other. As my flight lowered into the Reunion Islands in the Indian Ocean, I was taken in by the sight of a sea of blue. Peering out of the window, I was besotted to see different shades of aqua, azure, indigo, cobalt and sapphire. Soon I

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Trampoline Fitness

A research by NASA has found that 10 minutes bouncing on a trampoline is a more efficient cardiovascular workout than over 30 minutes of running. The report states that “for similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the bio mechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running.” The concept of Trampoline Fitness may still be at a nascent stage in India but it is certainly gaining momentum. So what is Trampoline Fitness

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Subscription Boxes

“Brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favourite things.” The lyrics of this famous song from the 1965 movie The Sound of Music seem to be inspiring a new trend of subscription boxes. If you are wondering what that is, we unbox the concept for you. The Concept Simply explained subscription boxes are an easy, convenient and economical way to try new things. A box of varied products is sent to you each month

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