Dancing To De-Stress Or To Lose Weight


Dancing surely gives all the adrenaline rush and makes you feel happy. It is one of the best ways to express your happiness. But it has more to it and the whole theory is backed by science. A study done by American Journal of Health Education in 2008 showed that dancing increases life satisfaction. It can act like an emotional outlet and helps in channelizing positive energy, and that, one should dance at least twice a week.

It has been recommended that 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercises a week are capable to keep you fit and healthy. So, in routine, half an hour of physical activity a day can show up on your scale as satisfying weight loss. Exercising is more fun if it is paired or replaced with dancing. Many other techniques like Zumba and Aerobics can also be an option to consider.

Not only for fitness, as per a study done by The New England Journal of Medicine, dancing may boost memory and helps to prevent from developing dementia as you get older. Studies have shown that dancing is quite beneficial for children, and also, children exposed to rhythm learn better and movement increases one’s capacity to learn.

It can increase flexibility of the body and reduce stiffness. In a controlled study in The Journal of Applied Gerontology, researchers found that partner dance and musical accompaniment can help bring about stress relief.

Belly dancing is a very good form of exercise. It not only affects the belly, but also helps in shedding weight from the whole body. As per “Discovery Health” newsletter, a person weighing 200 pounds can lose 408 calories/hour and a person weighing 150 pounds can lose up to 306 calories/hour.

It is time to say goodbye to depression through dancing. People who participated in upbeat group dance showed fewest symptoms of depression. It improves cardiac health as well. The Journal of Aging and Physical Activity showed that Tango (a dance form) can improve balance in aging adults. Dance requires fast movements and good posture so if you dance frequently, it will help stabilize and gain better control of your body. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition found that a weekly dance program could improve physical performance, increase energy level and strengthen immunity.

So next time if you are feeling low, or need to tone up for a healthy life, just dance your heart out.

Help your thumb breathe with the all new iOS 11

iOS 11 features

Have you yet been able to get your hands on the latest technological advancements the all new and much-awaited iOS 11 is offering?  If NO, then you MUST.

Why MUST? Let me walk you through a very important feature the all-new iOS has to offer.  The iOS 11 not only offers great technology but takes care of your HEALTH too.  Still confused??


The iOS 11 has stepped in like a savior for your Thumb.  Try typing with one hand on your smartphone once and see the amount of strain your thumb has to go through while reaching the keys at the other end of the keypad.  Isn’t it difficult, especially if you have smaller hands and fingers/thumbs, and bigger mobile screens?  Now imagine the strain, and the wear and tear the thumb has to go through day in and day out, with the rising use of smartphones in our lives.  We spend hours on our smartphones for practically everything nowadays, from medical consultations to grocery shopping, and from booking vacations to sharing moments with our loved ones.

When we are busy concentrating on the myriad interesting engagements on the smartphones, we nearly completely forget about the “sobs” of the thumb.


According to statistics, 64% of the Americans have smartphones.  And, with the huge rise in the population of iOS users in the past few years, nearly 44.9% of the whole of US smartphone users use iOS.  This huge population is at HIGH RISK of developing medical issues related to their thumbs.


Cradling your phone and using your thumb to scroll and type for long hours may lead to a strain of the tendons of the thumb, leading to injury and tendinitis.  This results in pain, aching, cramping, and throbbing, with inflammation of the tendons of the thumb.  The pain often goes away once this activity has stopped.  Chronic issues can lead to osteoarthritis.  But do you feel staying away from your phone is an easy job?  We get restless without our smartphones these days.


The latest iOS 11 is way better than its forerunners.  One of the best features it offers is the “ONE-HANDED KEYBOARD”.  This enables you to type with one hand easily by shrinking the keyboard to the side you wish to type from with your thumb.  This prevents your thumb from straining while reaching for keys at the other side of the keyboard.

iOS 11 one-handed keyboard
One-Handed Keyboard by iOS 11

Another great feature that the iOS 11 offers is the “QUICK-TYPE KEYBOARD”.  This feature enables you to use the number keypad from the main keyboard itself.  Typing all those numbers is now made easy, without having to switch repeatedly to the number keyboard.

Also, you can now lock your phone easily with the phone lock option incorporated in the notification area.  Attaching pictures and screenshots in emails is easier now, all you have to do is just drag and drop.


Aren’t these features amazing? They definitely are.  But as it happens, every great innovation has some shortcomings attached to it.  While this one-handed keyboard frees one of your hands for other stuff, the whole weight of these heavy smartphones with their cases now completely lies on only one hand, thus straining your wrist, and the pinky finger.

pinky finger deformity from smartphone
Pinky Finger deformity from smartphone overuse

However, these few negative points do not change the fact that this new innovation from Apple is a beast, that is sure to raise the bar for other smartphones to match up to, and its unique functionality keeps it above the league in all the aspects.