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“Green” Exercise better than the Gym

Exercise has always been important and plays an effective role in molding a person’s life. Being physically active should not only be a part of life but a necessity to lead a healthy life. However, with people busy in their busy life find it extremely tough to devote some time to go to gym and exercise. Some may even want to but going to the gym may kill lot of time(as it may be far from the work place or home) as well as some times it goes a bit off-budget.

Gyms are a confined place that is well equipped with workout tools to help you reduce and maintain a fit and well-toned body but it lacks large open space and fresh air. Whereas green exercising takes place in an open space that may or may not include all workout tools but is equally beneficial for toning your body. It not only keeps you physically fit but also, additionally, provides you with psychological benefits.

Green Exercise

Green exercise, basically, is an exercise that is carried out in open, in a natural environment, like park, garden or green gyms. Physically exercising in a green environment not only helps you in making physically fit and reduces weight but also helps in psychological benefits. It helps in reducing stress, anxiety, sorrow, depression and helps in stimulating happiness, joy, confidence and mental stability.

Exercising early morning is always more beneficial than working at late hours plus if workout is done in an open and airy space it provides more benefit. Moreover, exercising in an open space offers ample fresh unpolluted air to breathe in, which is not available in gyms or during any part of the day. It is not important to carry out a proper, organized workout session but walking, jogging, gardening, horse riding, farming also counts as green exercise.

Research has shown working out in an open and green environment helps reducing weight easily than in a confined place. It is beneficial for all ages from kids to old aged people. It is a cost effective way to workout, can be done in your locality or near by ground, park or garden. It charges your mental batteries, boosts up your spirit and takes you a step closer to nature.

Green Exercise Flow Diagram

Why is Green Exercise more beneficial than gym?

  • Physical fitness: Green Exercise helps in reducing weight and keeping you physically fit. Exercises like yoga, aerobics, cardio and many more that are done in a gym is equally beneficial and fruitful if done in a natural and green environment. In fact, it is more beneficial as in open space it also helps in curing other health problems that might not be possible in a closed area of gym.
  • Mental Fitness: Besides physical fitness, green exercise also helps in mental fitness. Exercising and self-meditating in a fresh, calm and open area helps you in overcoming anxiety, depression and tension. It relaxes and soothes your mind as well as your body. Unlike gym, you get a break from your fast-moving busy life. You are surrounded with cheerful faces and scenic beauty that helps you in reviving and keeping you out of your problems and worries.
  • Economical: Green Exercise is pretty much cost effective, as it does not require any subscription or membership fee to go out in an open natural environment, amongst greenery, and exercise or take a break from your work and walk in the nearby garden.
  • Social Interaction: Parks and garden are a place where you are surrounded with joyful and relaxed faces. You can interact with people, laugh and relax while exercising. However, in a gym you are surrounded with people who are preoccupied and busy in their own workout that makes your workout session boring and monotonous.
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Beat Hay Fever Naturally

Hay Fever is a form of Allergic rhinitis, an allergic inflammation of the nasal passage that shares its symptoms with common cold or flu and leads to other diseases. It is generally caused due to pollen grains being inhaled by a person with a sensitized or low immune system. The allergy does not actually resemble with its meaning, it neither is caused due to hay nor is a fever.

According to early theory (which is a myth), the symptoms occurred due to smell of new hay. The symptoms include sneezing, watery eyes, redness, inflammation of nasal passage, nasal congestion and itchy sensation. Besides, it also causes headaches, lack of concentration, tiredness and improper sleep. In severe case nose bleeding may also occur. Allergic rhinitis is one of the causes of asthma and sinusitis and may show effect on social and physical activities.

Natural Remedies

There are varieties of natural remedies that can treat hay fever that causes havoc during spring times. Some of them are:

  • Fish oils: Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acid that helps in reducing inflammation by jamming the inflammatory pathway, which is the cause of hay fever.
  • Homeopathy: Homeopathy is an alternative medical treatment that works slowly but has no harmful side effects. It should be taken by a qualified, well-trained practitioner. Some of the commonly prescribed homeopathic medicines are euphrasia, kali bich and alium cepa, which helps in relieving both chronic as well as seasonal hay fever.
  • Acupuncture: It is another alternative treatment that focuses on inserting needles in specific points to stimulate flow of energy in the body. There is no scientific proof that it always work but some cases shows positive results.
  • Ginger and garlic: Ginger and garlic are the commonly found spices in every home and is loaded with medicinal benefits. Ginger is known as natural inflammatory that helps in curing hay fever. Whereas, garlic has antibiotic properties that helps in rapid healing and it also prevents sinus congestion.
  • Fenugreek seed tea: Drinking fenugreek seed tea on a regular basis can help in preventing irritation and blockage of nasal passage. It also proves beneficial in treating sinus. In case of chronic hay fever, it further helps in preventing upper respiratory tract infections.
  • Fresh Honeycomb: Fresh honeycomb can be acquired from local beekeeper. Either take it through out the year or during onset season of hay fever but regularly. Honey helps in decreasing sensitivity towards pollen by stimulating antibodies that prevents congestion.
  • Nasal Irrigation: Inhalation of warm, salty water helps in opening the blockage of nasal passage thus helping in sinus, hay fever and its symptoms. The process can be conducted in two ways – first being the traditional method in which you use a neti pot (small teapot) to dispense warm saline water into each nostril. This method should be followed twice daily. Second being saline nasal sprays found commercially.
  • Diet and Lifestyle: Hay fever is of two types – chronic and seasonal. Seasonal hay fever mostly triggers due to pollens. Hence, you need to take precautions on the onset of the season. Keep your environment as much germ-free, pollen free and unpolluted as possible. Exclusion of certain food in your diet like zucchini, melons and cucumbers can reduce ragweed sensitivity and hay fever severity.
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Natural Methods to reduce Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is a mechanical abnormality of the musculoskeletal system that is a cause of many problems. It includes many types of arthritis (affecting joints, bones, muscles, tissues) all of which are unbearably painful. At present, there is no known root cause of the disorder and no cure has been identified. It greatly affects an individual’s physical and everyday activities and causes inflammation with persistent pain.

The known treatment for arthritis, for now, is surgery. However, some alternative treatments and natural remedies might help in relieving the pain caused due to arthritis.

Weight Loss

Arthritis is a disorder of bones and muscles structure that is painful. Hence, if normal body weight is not maintained it may put pressure on the joints that can cause further inflammation pain and worsen the situation. Although it is not easy to shed off weight once, you have arthritis but certain exercises, physical therapy and yoga, as prescribed by the physiologists, may help you reduce weight and ease the symptoms and pain.

Being physically inactive may lead to weaken your bones further and cause more inflammation. There are lots of other activities that can help you in weight loss and at the same time, keep you mentally and physically fit.


Acupuncture is an alternative medical treatment that involves insertion of needles in specific points on the skin to stimulate flow of energy through out the body and brain. Further heat, external pressure or electric current is applied on the needle. It is based on the traditional belief and holistic healing process. Known to be effective for treating rheumatoid arthritis, it relieves pain and inflammation for some of the arthritic condition. The session may depend upon the frequency, severity and duration of the disorder. It is important to have an experienced, qualified and well-trained practitioner who knows the correct specific points.

The therapy is not scientifically proven to cure arthritis or any of its other disorders. However, there are some cases that have shown positive results but still it may vary from person to person. Hence, it is advisable to consult the doctors and then proceed.



It is important to know what you should include in and exclude from your diet. Planning a proper diet according to your needs and following it may not only help you in reducing weight and staying healthy but also to some extent reduce pain, inflammation and other symptoms of arthritis. It is important to cut down calories count and include fresh and colorful fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Fish (like tuna, mackerel, herring) is known to be a good source of omega-3 fatty acid, inclusion of which may help in reducing inflammation and providing relief in case of arthritis especially rheumatoid arthritis.

Ginger is known to have a natural anti-inflammation compound called ginerols that is very helpful in easing the effects of arthritis, relieving pain as well as inflammation.

Including Green Tea in your diet regularly may help you combat with arthritis and its symptoms. The tea has antioxidant properties and contains epigenome that helps in inflammation and suppressing effects of arthritis.

Vitamin C and flavonoids prevents oxidative damage of the cell and ease inflammation. Grapes, blueberries, apples, pears, cabbage onions and black beans are some sources of Vitamin C or flavonoids inclusion of which in the diet may help in reducing swelling and pain of arthritis.

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