Saturday, September 30, 2017

Top Last Minute Marathon Tips For Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon 2017

The Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon is good to go to enamor the city once again. This fifth version of the occasion has the motivation and a reason to take pride as it scales another high with more than 13,500 members enrolling for the occasion. The Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon is perceived by the Tamil Nadu Athletic Association and the Coimbatore District Athletic Association. The marathon involves three occasions, a 21.1 km run (half marathon), a 10 km Run and a 5 km Run/Walk.


As you begin the reverse count for the prestigious Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon, we provide you with the top 5 Last minute Marathon tips to make sure that you have the best possible Marathon experience.

1.       Cut your toe-nails

The whole anxiety and stress are on your legs, toe's and knees and there's nothing more terrible than losing a nail, unless you consider the capability or possibility of running 21 Kilometers with grisly, bloody, beat up toes. Truth is stranger than fiction. That's right. Your toenails need to get fit as a fiddle also. For this situation, think trimmed perfect and short, with no sharp bits. On the off chance that you are not a normal regular long distance runner, it is prudent to meet your specialist and keep the help extras, for example, Knee tops and treatments convenient.

2.       Wear your favorite running clothes

You need to remember the golden rule of marathoning: Nothing new on race day. Your practice runs are your opportunity to make decisions about your race accessories and apparel. Don’t make the mistake of wearing new clothes or shoes. You never know if clothes or shoes will rub you the wrong way and lead to chafing, blisters, or other issues. Stick with what you know so that there are no surprises.

3.       Get your posters and Placards ready

When you are running Marathons like the Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon, you are most likely to run in support of a cause, like the Coimbatore Cancer Foundation’s (CCF) plans to provide counselling, care and support of cancer patients and their family members. You need to have your posters and placards ready with interesting quotes and messages for the shutterbugs to track and click you.

4.       Stick to familiar foods

The “nothing new on race day” rule also applies to your nutrition and hydration. Leading up to the race, stick to your familiar pre-long run meals. Don’t experiment with new foods because you think they may improve your performance. During the race, eat the same gels, bars, or other foods that you used in training.

5.       Get your support and cheering squad ready

Being a marathon spectator is hard work, too, so make sure your family members and friends are prepared for a few hours of cheering and supporting. Request them to connect with more people as they cheer you and promote the cause you are running for.

6.       Keep a ‘Mantra’ that drives you to the finish line

It’s going to get hard at some point, and you’ll need to be prepared. Have a few phrases in mind that you’ll be able to keep repeating to get through the rough patches. Make sure your phrase doesn’t contain a negative word. Say something like, “Keep running strong.” Remember the cause you are running for, and how many smiles that can bring when you cross the finish Line.  

7.       Document your run

Its important to take lessons from the Marathon. What worked and What didn’t? all the gaps you need to fill and the accessories that one would require. Its important to understand your endurance level, running patterns and motivational quotients, this will help you prepare for the next challenge in a better way.   

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Heal Your Heart this #WorldHeartDay #ZefmoxHeartDay

Just spend two minutes recalling the different activities you did today or during the week. What came to your mind? I am sure most of you will have these common answers:-

Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat.

Am I right?

This is the motto of our generation. In this fast moving world, we are so caught up in the competition that we forget many importance things. And the most important of all this is our health.

We have so little time to take care of our health. Look at the kids of our generation. A majority of them are overweight. They prefer playing online football as compared to actual real life football. Junk is their go to food. They finish bottles of carbonated drinks within minutes.

These kids grow up to adults with improper health. And the biggest effect that this improper health is in our hearts. Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide.

Our hearts are made to be loved and not to suffer. Heart diseases are on rise among young people. Our lifestyle and stressful work background is a big contributor to harming our hearts.

Heal Your Heart this #WorldHeartDay

But it’s never too late to start taking care of your precious little heart. We can start with small baby steps and change our lifestyle to a healthier one.

Here are the things we can do:

Daily Eating Habits

When it comes to heart health, having a healthy and balanced diet plays a major role in someone’s risk for developing heart disease. Regular consumption of excessive oily foods or foods with high levels of fat is harmful for health. Put raw veggies and fruits in front in the refrigerator and healthy snacks in the front of the pantry. Use heart & health friendly food products. Avoid junk food. Look for cookbooks that focus on heart health in your local bookstore or online.


Exercise is a key to everything. Step, march or jog in place for at least 15 minutes a day while watching your favorite TV shows. Skip using vehicles, elevators or escalators. Yoga is very helpful too. There are some specific yoga aasans that help you maintain a good heart. Anyone with health issues should talk to their doctor before starting a new activity, but generally, moderate aerobic exercise 30 minutes daily, or intense exercise about three times per week, is recommended.

Health Check Ups

Another important factor is health checkups. Get yourself checked every six months. If you have pain in your chest, take medical advice and don’t try to treat your illness at home. Early detection of problems can help eliminate chances of heart diseases and strokes.


Have a positive attitude in life. Let go of small things. Sometimes, too many tensions may also have a bad effect on your heart. Staying positive will help you fight temptations too. To maintain momentum with exercising, losing weight, or quitting smoking, keep track of your achievements and reward yourself by doing something you enjoy.


Smoking is the most preventable risk factor for heart disease. It’s recommended that all types of tobacco be eliminated. It’s also important to stay away from second-hand smoke. In addition, alcohol is also not a friend to your heart. Limit the intake of alcohol to see your health change for good.


Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night? Water keeps you hydrated. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that guys who drank five or more glasses of water had only a 46% chance of having a heart attack.

So, what little steps will you take to keep your heart healthy!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Let us find the real meaning of peace this #WorldPeaceDay

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. The International Day of Peace is also a day of ceasefire – personal or politicalThe General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples

I would begin this article with a story of an ancient Indian King who was obsessed with the desire to find the meaning of peace. What is peace and how can we get it and when we find it what should we do with it were some of the issues that bothered him.

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Intellectuals in his kingdom were invited to answer the King's questions for a handsome reward. Many tried but none could explain how to find peace and what to do with it. At last someone said the King ought to consult the sage who lived just outside the borders of his Kingdom:

"He is an old man and very wise," the King was told. "If anyone can answer your questions he can."

The King went to the sage and posed the eternal question. Without a word the sage went into the kitchen and brought a grain of wheat to the King.

"In this you will find the answer to your question," the Sage said as he placed the grain of wheat in the King's outstretched palm.

Puzzled but unwilling to admit his ignorance the King clutched the grain of wheat and returned to his palace. He locked the precious grain in a tiny gold box and placed the box in his safe. Each morning, upon waking, the King would open the box and look at the grain to seek an answer but could find nothing.


Weeks later another sage, passing through, stopped to meet the King who eagerly invited him to resolve his dilemma. The King explained how he had asked the eternal question and this sage gave him a grain of wheat instead. "I have been looking for an answer every morning but I find nothing."

The Sage said: "It is quite simple, your honor. Just as this grain represents nourishment for the body, peace represents nourishment for the soul. Now, if you keep this grain locked up in a gold box it will eventually perish without providing nourishment or multiplying. However, if it is allowed to interact with the elements - light, water, air, soil - it will flourish, multiply and soon you would have a whole field of wheat which will nourish not only you but so many others. This is the meaning of peace. It must nourish your soul and the souls of others, it must multiply by interacting with the elements."

Peace-a small word with a deeper meaning attached to it, different interpretations, different perspectives and different understandings yet the meaning is one but for one's own self.

Nations go to war, often quoting peace as the reason. We must realize peace is a journey, not an end. Yet, in our efforts to obtain peace, we often do the most unpeaceful things. Instead of seeking inner peace, we seek to enforce peace on others. And that just doesn't work. Peace is a gift you can give to others and to yourself. If you seek peace with a sincere heart, you can find it.

There is a constant fight going on inside you….. White versus Black, Good versus Evil and when we obtain control over ourselves we can win this war. Consequently, when good prevails over evil within us, can we spread peace to our external elements. Peace comes from living in the moment and looking for the good in others. Peacefulness comes from facing our fears and letting them - trust that things will turn out all right.


During this painful time around the world I would like to dedicate a hymn.

The world stands in need of liberation my Lord, It still has to feel your power
the dumb and the deaf
the blind and the lame
all need to feel your healing touch

The world stands in need of liberation my Lord, it still has to learn to love.

There are those who have eyes who refuse to see
there inhumanity to men
there are those who have ears who refuse to hear
the cries of men in agony.

There are those who have mouths who refuse to speak
against injustice done to men.
There are those who have hands who refuse
to reach them out in love and brotherhood.

There are those who have talents. 
They do not use to build a true community.
And we all know that we have the
talent to love but keep it buried in ourselves.

The world stands in need of liberation my Lord, it still has to learn to love.

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Let's all Blog For Peace this #WorldPeaceDay.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pledge for #CleanAirBeautifulHomes with Royal Atmos

Pollution is the leading cause of many illnesses. It is not a surprise that our world is getting more and more polluted with every passing day. Rivers, oceans, streets, every place is polluted. The water we drink contains so many different types of pollutants that not only affect our nature but also our health. The air we breathe has so many different types of harmful substances.

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We all care so much about our health and the health of our dear ones. Most of us prefer staying indoor thinking that our homes are safe and free from pollution. This may shock you but the fact that our homes are pollution free is a myth. Our sweet homes are a fortress for so many different types of pollutants that are slowly harming our health and we are not even aware of it.

Indoor pollution is a serious issue and is going unnoticed. When we talk about indoor pollution it is not only limited to our houses, but also to other indoor institutions like offices, gyms, restaurants, movie theatres, malls, play areas, etc. As per a research conducted by WHO, it was found that 4.3 million people a year die from the exposure to indoor pollution.

Here are few components of indoor air pollution:

Germs, Bacteria, and Viruses:

One of the most commonly found harmful substances in the air inside our homes is germs and viruses. These germs and viruses are transmitted from one person to another and usually stay in the indoor atmosphere. Studies have shown that of the bacteria found in indoor air, the most common four are: Micrococcus, Staphylococcus, Bacillus, and Pseudomonas. These bacteria’s affect our health and make us sick.


Smoke is not only limited to cigarette smoke. Yes, we all know how harmful second-hand cigarette smoke can be. But indoor air also contains smoke from fireplaces, stoves and cooking fires. These smokes are responsible for causing lung cancer, asthma or other chronic respiratory conditions.


Toxic gases that are emitted from certain solids or liquids that are commonly used indoors like cleaning agents, harmful paints, building materials, glues, adhesives and office equipment such as printers and copiers, etc. They get mixed up with the air we breathe. These chemicals are said to have both short and long-term effects, from headaches, dizziness, and nausea to organ failure. In worst case scenarios they may even end up causing cancer


Mold is a fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. It usually grows in damp places and can be found near leaking pipes indoors. The air we breathe makes it easier for us to inhale this fungus. Mold exposure can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs. What many people don't realize is that mold can make you extremely sick, or even kill you.

Pet’s Dander: 

Many people are allergic to pets. Pet dander is lighter weight and smaller than most airborne allergens such as dust mites. Pet dander is the dead skin cells of our pets and it affects air quality inside the home. It is only one of several biological pollutants found almost everywhere and may affect our health. It may contribute to the development of asthma or may worsen the symptoms of people who develop asthma for other reasons.


Most of us love to keep plants inside our houses. Many pollens from plants are allergens. They get easily mixed up with the air indoors and may affect our health. These include sneezing and runny, congested nose; wheezing, congestion, and sore throat; itchy, watery eyes; and headache and sinus pressure.

Should we switch to a #MaskedLife at home?

Indoor Air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Indoor air pollution can be curbed and dealt with easily through various means. We need to take a stand to get clean air in our homes. Many people are yet in the dark when it comes to indoor air pollution and hence it is necessary to make them aware of it. We don't need to live with safety masks on inside our homes or other indoor places if right measures are taken.

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Here are few go-to tips to
to ensure clean air inside our homes:

1) Cleanliness

Cleanliness is very important to reduce air pollution inside our homes. Make sure you regularly clean your house. Don’t let dust collect on your furniture or household items. Regularly sweeping and mopping the floors will prevent dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens. Vacuum around computers, printers, and televisions regularly in order to clean out any dust or chemical odor.

2) Proper ventilation

Proper ventilation is needed to help deal with the smoke indoors. In poorly ventilated dwellings, smoke in and around the home can exceed standard levels for fine particles hundredfold. Reduce indoor ozone levels by keeping your home well-ventilated. Proper ventilation will help in the circulation of fresh and clean air.

3) Minimize smoke

Avoid burning trash, wood, charcoal, coal, dung, crop wastes or anything else indoors. Don’t smoke cigarettes indoors at homes or restaurants or any other place.

4) Maintenance

Have your household and kitchen items regularly checked. Make sure your air conditioner, ventilation, and kitchen chimneys are properly maintained for proper air circulation. Have your furnace regularly cleaned and inspected.

5) Air Purifiers

Something like this didn’t exist a decade ago but air purifiers have become a necessity these days to help curb indoor air pollution. Air purifiers have a special mechanical screen that traps all the pollutants and removes all the contamination from a room. Exhaust fans are very common and should be placed in all households and indoor places.

6) Choose the right paint

Make sure you choose the right paint for your home or other indoor places. We are all fascinated by looks that we usually compromise on quality. Don’t choose paint or wallpaper just because it looked good. Along with looks make sure it is safe and healthy. Along with making our indoors look beautiful, it is our responsibility to make sure they are healthy and safe too.

Hence, Asian Paints has come up with an interesting and innovative paint called Royale Atmos which is paint that helps purify air. Royale Atmos is the first Asian Paints product to have a fragrance, instead of the normal chemical smell of paints. This paint comes in many shades. It not only looks beautiful, but also cleans the air making it purer than before. Its Activated Carbon technology reduces harmful pollutants from the air. Additionally, Royale Atmos also absorbs select household foul smells to make the air fresher. 

Take a stand and don’t compromise on the quality of air that you breathe indoors. It’s time we tke the right decisions and take care of our health and the health of our loved ones. Let’s pledge for #CleanAirBeautifulHomes