5 Things you should never #reveal #online

You may love being online, but that doesn’t mean you can reveal all. Here are somethings that should be kept under wraps:

Woman-with-laptop-jpgIntimate photos or videos: Something that you post in the heat of the moment may come back to haunt you many years later. Anything that’s once posted online can never be deleted completely. So make sure that you don’t post something that you may not want you colleagues, boss, siblings or parents to see.

Your phone number: And for that matter even your address. Even if you think that you can trust you e-friend, don’t be naive. Similarly don’t give out you address for some lucky draw. This very lucky draw may prove ‘unlucky’ for you.

Don’t post any abuses: If you have some complaints against you boss or teachers don’t write messages against them over the net. For starters, it can be easily traced back to you. Wouldn’t you rather talk about your complaints face-to-face with your boss than miss out on that promotion you were vying for.

Bank details: It’s one thing to pay your bills online over secure websites, but never ever can you give out your account number or your ATM pincodes. Don’t take such risk no matter what the emergency is. If someone asks you for such details be suspicious of them.

Minute-by-minute details: It’s one thing to tell people how you feel or crack a joke a two over the net, but don’t give out details like ‘going out for groceries’ or ‘heading to the local bar’.

Why you should #drink #red #wine

Red wine and health is an issue of considerable discussion and research. Red wine has been recommended for various heath related problems – as a digestive aid, as a cure for a wide range of ailments, including lethargy, diarrhea among other things.


Many studies suggest that the French are healthy due to the presence of red wine in their diet. Here are some of the health benefits of enjoying an occasional glass of red wine.

Protects heart: Wine contains one of the most powerful antioxidant compounds which can help reduce the saturated fat deposits in the arteries. Red wine also contains compounds that protects you against cardiovascular diseases. But it should be taken in moderation.Red wine, when drunk in moderation, raises your HDL cholesterol, which is the good cholesterol.

Prevents tooth decay: Wine hardens your enamel which in turn prevents tooth decay and the growth of bacteria. Wine also reduces gum inflammation and prevents gum diseases.

For sound sleep: Red wine contains melatonin which can help you sleep peacefully. But wine for good sleep is recommended once in a while, not frequently. If the sleep problem persists, consult a doctor.

For a long life: Scientists believe that red wine can elongate your life span to a certain extent. It also protects you from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Boosts performance during workout: Researchers found that high doses of resveratrol, a bio compound found in red wine, improved physical performance, heart function and muscle strength.

‘#Sports is one of the best ways to #rejuvenate oneself’

…and playing on my gaming console is my favourite way of unwinding myself, says model Sahil Shroff .

Sahil-ShroffMy personal de-stress mantra is…

I workout in the gym, almost for all seven days of the week and that too, for at least one hour and 20 minutes. Because I do more of core-strength workout, I can do it at home too, incase I’m unable to make it to the gym. I love to run in the open air and run for about three hours every week. I also practice yoga along with meditation. I do more of breathing exercises especially pranayanam.

My personal de-stress mantra is…

Earlier, I was a lot into sports especially squash, but nowadays I hardly get time to indulge in it because of my busy schedule. Around three years ago, I went for snow boarding and dislocated my shoulder. From then on, I don’t indulge much into sports. But I go for swimming once every 10 days. I also go for treks with my friends three to four times a year.

My hobbies are…

I love gaming and my gaming console is my favourite way to unwind and have a great time. I call my friends over to my place for game nights and we have a blast playing soccer on my gaming console. Reading another hobby of mine. I like reading books on self-improvement, autobiographies, yoga and books on acting as I’m very much interested in it. I loved Gregory David Robert’s Shantaram and Andre Agassi’s autobiography, Open. I also love watching movie and usually prefer watching DVDs at home but sometimes I do like going to the cinema. I love watching action and thriller movies and immensely enjoyed Inglorious Basterds.

I love to travel. Every six to eight months, I and my friends go travelling to global destinations. I often travel to Australia and Europe. I travelled a lot in Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka etc. I don’t party out much but maybe just once a month.

A cook or a foodie…

I am a big foodie but I am diet conscious at the same time. I do like going eating out and trying new restaurants but I don’t gorge on unhealthy foods. My profession is quite stressful and very demanding. It’s a high intensity profession but at the same time, one has to look their very best. Also, in my profession, one is the product, therefore, it is important that one is physically and mentally fit. You can’t go on for too long if you are stressed all the time.

Tips to de-stress…

My advice to others would be to find out what you enjoy and do it often. Do not indulge in vices like smoking, drinking or drugs. According to me, sports is one of the best ways to rejuvenate oneself physically and mentally.

Source: HT Lifestyle News

How to #live to up to 100 #years

Forget fad diets, crazy workouts and syrupy self-help cliches. Longevity expert Dan Buettner tells Nona Walia how a long life begins with making simple, common sense habits a natural part of your daily routine.
Dan Buettner knows the secret to longevity.


His mantra: set up your life, home and social environments, as well as your workplace so that you are constantly nudged into behaviours that favour longevity. It’s something the explorer, educator and author follows himself: he’s the holder of three separate Guinness World Records for distance biking — a 15,500-mile ride from Alaska to Argentina in 1987 as a 27-year-old; a 12,888-mile journey across the Soviet Union in 1990; and a 12,172-mile jaunt through Africa completed in 1992! But it was his research on longevity first published in the National Geographic magazine that really established his expertise on the subject.

In his book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, he reveals, “Adopt the right lifestyle; chances are you may live up to a decade longer…”Excerpts from an interview:

What attracted you to exploring the idea of living longer?
When I travelled around the world, I discovered that living longer has less to do with diet, or even exercise, and more to do with the environment you live in: social and physical. The world’s oldest people live rewardingly inconvenient lives. They walk to the store and to their friends’ homes and live in houses set up with opportunities to move mindlessly. So, that set me thinking. Along with a team of scientists, I explored five parts of the world — ‘Blue Zones’ where people live long lives. We found a bronze-age culture in Sardinia’s interior where there are more male centenarians; a peninsula in Costa Rica where 50-year-olds have a higher chance of reaching 90; a Greek island completely free of Alzheimer’s; and islands in southern Japan where people are prone to one-sixth the average risk of heart disease.

Which cultures have cracked the mystery of a long and happy life?
Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and the Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California.

What are the secrets of healthy centenarians?
The secrets lie in everyday living. The people who live longest live in strong families that keep them motivated to support loved ones. Centenarians are still living near their children. Instead of being mere recipients of care, they contributors to the lives of their families. They grow vegetables, and continue to cook and clean. This has a powerful two-fold effect — their children and grandchildren benefit from their wisdom while the centenarians themselves feel the motivation to stay active, to get out of bed in the morning.

We know from the Framingham studies that happiness, smoking and obesity are all ‘contagious’. If three of your closest friends are obese, there’s a 70 per cent chance that you’ll be overweight. For this reason, centenarians proactively surround themselves with people who practise the right behaviours. These are people whose idea of fun is gardening or swimming, who eat meat sparingly, are trusting and trustworthy, and have faith.

How important is spirituality to a person’s well-being?
Religious faith is the one element that most centenarians have in common. Even among the non-religious, those with spiritual beliefs are less depressed, have better immunity and lower rates of heart disease. They tend to have larger social networks, more social support and a greater sense of purpose.

What is the optimal diet for making it to a healthy 90?
Meat is more of a condiment than a staple diet. Moderate drinking has positive benefits. Most people who live longer eat plant-based diets, heavy on beans (fava, black beans, soy) and nuts. They do eat meat but usually as a celebratory food perhaps once or twice a week and in small portions (think the size of a deck of cards). Oddly, they don’t eat much fish either. No one is “on a diet”. They typically eat their largest meal at the beginning of the day while dinner is the smallest.
The Okinawans specially practise eating until they are 80 per cent full, so they don’t overeat. To aid this practice, make food look bigger, use smaller plates, make snacking a hassle, eat more slowly, and have a seat! Eat meals with your family — with the TV and computer switched off — if you want to consume fewer calories.

What is the key to living to 100?
The key lies in simple things. Get 105 minutes of mindless physical activity every day. Move mindlessly. Live in strong families that keep you motivated. And live out of a purpose.

What are the roadblocks?
People in general don’t stick to doing anything for very long. After smoking, stress is probably the most harmful thing for your body. Chronic stress builds chronic inflammation, which leads to premature ageing.

Drive down any street at 9 pm and you can see the greenish glow of the television or the computer in people’s windows. This urban trend of isolation is a mistake. It shaves good years off your life.

If you eat a perfect diet but are stressed out all day, you are not going to live longer or better. Socialising with the right people, having a sense of purpose, and a routine of downshifting are inextricably intertwined.

Nine secrets to a long life
Move: Find ways to stay active

Plan de vida: Discover your purpose in life

Downshift: Take a break

80% rule: Don’t overeat

Plant power: Choose greens

Red wine: A glass a day

Belong: Stay social

Beliefs: Get ritualistic

Your tribe: Family matters