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28 January, 2009

Health Tips-42: "Role of Mind in Convalescence"

"I am able to say from my own experience that the mind also is an important factor in recovering from illness. Fear, anger, impatience and depression aggravate the illness. The more cheerful you are the sooner will you recover. You should therefore try to create such an atmosphere around you......" - Gandhiji

Excerpt from a letter written by Gandhiji on July 7, 1947, The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Vol.I.

02 January, 2009

Health Tips-41: "Sports Injuries and Warming Up"

According to a new report by the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, sports injuries can see a dramatic drop if the athletes have warmed up properly.
Focusing on strength improvement, balance, core stability and muscular awareness saw injuries drop by one-third among 1900 female football players. And severe injuries dropped by almost half.
Participants either followed the traditional warm-up exercises or the 11+ programme (involving slow and speed running, strength and balance improvement exercise, and movements for stability, hip control and knee alignment.)
Excerpt from "CRUCIAL WARM-UP" in the The Hindu, Weekly Magazine, Dec.12, 2008.
Detailed Wikipedia articles on "SPORTS INJURY" and "WARMING UP":
Grateful thanks to The Hindu and Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.