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Friday, December 17, 2010

10 ways to walk off fat faster
Here’s how to boost your calorie-burn big time—without much extra effort.

Get some poles
Using Nordic poles torches an average 20 percent more calories by engaging the muscles in your upper body and torso, says Mark Fenton, author of The Complete Guide to Walking. Plant the pole firmly at a 45-degree angle behind you, then push back forcefully against the ground to propel yourself forward.

Skip killer hills
Don’t assume the biggest inclines are the best for burning fat. “It’s better to maintain your speed on a moderate hill than to slow down substantially on a steeper one,” Fenton says.

Use your arms
Vigorously pumping your bent arms helps you go faster—and burn more calories, says Lee Scott, walking coach and director of WoW Power Walking in Toronto.

Take smaller steps
The best way to boost your speed—and thus your burn—is to take shorter, faster steps, Scott explains. Time yourself walking 100 steps, then recover for one minute. Count another 100 steps, and try to shave five seconds off your time. Repeat 12 times.

Set goals you can see
Choose markers (stop sign, park bench, etc.) and speed up until you reach them, suggests Therese Iknoian, author of Fitness Walking. Slow down for the same distance.

Wipe the pavement
Roll through from heel to toe. When you get to the ball of your foot, push off as if wiping gum off your sole, Iknoian says. This will get your calf, hamstring, and glute muscles involved—and the more muscle you use, the more calories you burn.

Go shoe shopping
To get the most power from your push-off, opt for a shoe with minimum cushioning and maximum flexibility in the front of the shoe, Fenton says.

Stand straightWhen your body’s aligned, your back and butt muscles are able to work more powerfully, so you walk faster and torch more calories. Stand tall with a straight spine, keeping your ears and shoulders aligned over your hips.

Raise your rate
Wearing a heart-rate monitor is like having your own coach keeping you at optimal fat-torching pace. “It’ll give you a push if you’re slowing down too much, but also get you to ease up if you’re pushing too hard,” Iknoian says.

Add strength
Simple moves like push-ups and lunges get more muscles involved for major burn, reveals Harley Pasternak, who trains many celebs, including our November cover celeb Hilary Duff. When you walk, stop every five minutes and do one minute of moves. This will help up your metabolism over the long-term, too. What’s better than burning more calories while you walk? Blasting them off while you sleep, of course.

Kurai Ondrum illai (No regrets)

This is not the song "Kurai ondrum illai" popularised by Smt. M.S. Subbalakshmi. You should download and hear fully to know the philosophy behind these three words written by Great Rajaji.
Sri Nochur Venkatraman belongs to the parampara of sages like Adi Sankara and Ramana Maharishi. He is not a ‘swami’ in the usual sense and yet devotees call him so considering his realization.Upanishadic wisdom flows through him with unsurpassed clarity. His discourses on bhakthi and jnana reflect the genuine source of wisdom in him. A brilliant speaker with great knowledge of Sanskrit, Sri Nochur Venkataraman hails from Nochur village near Palakad in Kerala. A brilliant speaker with great knowledge of Sanskrit, Brahma Sri Nochur Venkataraman hails from Nochur village near Palakad in Kerala. Proficient in Malayalam and Tamil, Nochur’s upanayasam of Srimad Baghavatham is a treat to listen to.

If you want to thank me after hearing it, please don't. Ms. Hemalatha of Bangalore deserves all the thanks.
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December 17, 2010 5:22 PM

The 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest

People categrory
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Nature category: Eruption ...

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Nature category: Eruption of Gunung Rinjani. On June 2009, my friends and I planned to trekked Gunung Rinjani. Our plans were foiled due to the eruption & we can only trek to the crater rim. This was what I saw when I was there. Trekkers whom were able to make it up to the crater rim on time are able to camp overnight to witness the eruption whole night long. I wanted to share with everyone this experience of seeing many elements going on at a particular point in time, that is many trekkers beholding the sight of a volcanic eruption as the sun slowly rises from behind Rinjani on the left & the moon setting on the right. (Photo courtesy of The 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest/Aaron Lim Boon Teck)

FINALIST WINNER: People category: Buffalo Race

FINALIST WINNER: People category: Buffalo Race. This photo was taken in Indonesia, farmers will held the buffalo race before the farming season every year, they believe will be luck if their buffalo win the race. 
(Photo courtesy of The 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest/Chan Kwok Hung)

FINALIST WINNER: Places category: Ship Breakers ...

FINALIST WINNER: Places category: Ship Breakers of Chittagong. Chittagong in Bangladesh is the second biggest ship breaking yard in the world, it is a graveyard where ships are taken in from all around the world for their last voyage, to be taken apart. Known for unsafe work practices and environmental pollution due to the demolition and ship breaking processes, Chittagong presents one of the biggest industry and job opportunities for many Bangladeshis. In this image, ship cut in a half is taken apart by workers, mostly by hand, one piece at a time. (Photo courtesy of The 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest/Jana Asenbrennerova)

Salvation: Appreciate Life

The 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest attracts thousands of imaginative and amazing photos from around the world each year. The entry deadline is November 30, so you still have a few more days to submit your best photos in three categories: People, Places, and Nature. Aside from submitting your own photos , you can get more engaged in the contest by voting or your favorites on National Geographic's site , downloading great wallpaper, playing one of the puzzles, and/or checking out past winners The first-place winner in each category will receive $2,500, and have their winning photograph published in National Geographic magazine. One grand prize winner will receive, in addition to the first place prize, $7,500 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.
(Photo courtesy of The 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest/Hongsik Kim)

Unsafe Journey

Unsafe Journey. A woman is riding between the railway carriages of a local train heading north from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Her luggage is tucked under the carriage in front of her. It is the month of Ramadan, a fast which culminates in Eid-ul-Fitr, a three-day celebration. Tens of thousands of people leave the city to go to their home village and celebrate with their families. Trains are packed and many who fail to get tickets before they sell out or can't afford buying them at the black market ride on the roof of the train or, like this woman, finds a quiet spot between the carriages.
(Photo courtesy of The 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest/Helene Johansson)

Aviation Boatswains Mate

An Aviation Boatswains Mate walks through aqueous film forming foam after a test of the sprinkler systems aboard the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The testing of fire safety equipment is just one of many evolutions performed to ensure Ronald Reagan's sea readiness.
(Photo courtesy of The 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest/Ben Jernigan)

Brown Bear

Brown bear, Buskin River, Kodiak Alaska. This bear had been fishing in the river on this morning. It climbed onto the bank and laid down in the grass. This photo was taken about an hour after sunrise just as the sun was starting to clear the trees. The temperature was near the dew point and steam was rising off its body. It didn’t seem at all concerned by the fishermen in the river or the photographer on the bank.
(Photo courtesy of The 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest/James Haskins)
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December 18, 2010 8:00 PM