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review 2018-05-11 17:04
After Birth, by Elisa Albert
After Birth - Elisa Albert

As we approach Mother's Day in the U.S., pop culture has lately been reassuring me that my decision to never have children is a good one.

 

Most recently, I went to see the movie Tully, in which a woman who's just had her third child struggles to sleep and care for herself until finally she relents and accepts her brother's gift of a night nanny. Life for her improves markedly, perhaps magically (for a reason).

 

Inspired by Tully, I consciously chose to read After Birth. Might as well ride this wave of mother-related trauma, I thought. The novel follows Ari, a first time mother, over the course of three months, her son just turning one. It flashes back to when she was pregnant, endured what she feels was a needless C-section, and when what is likely to be post-partum depression ensues.

 

In its bitterness, its sometimes funny rants and ambivalence about Jewish identity, After Birth felt of a piece with Albert's first novel, The Book of Dahlia, which I read last year. I admired that book for its stubbornly unforgiving protagonist, dying of brain cancer. Similarly, Ari's often caustic, volatile voice, her resentment at modern birth practices and various mothering cliques, as well as the unnecessary isolation of motherhood, was often refreshing to read. Sometimes, however, it became a bit much for me.

 

Ari wrestles with her past, doomed relationships with other women, including her mean mother, who died of cancer when she was young, former friends, roommates, lovers. In the present, she befriends and helps a new mom who was in a seminal feminist band. This relationship enables Ari to "grow up," to perhaps become less judgmental or bitter about the women in her life, and those who may become a part of her life.

 

Like everything else, motherhood in the U.S. has become commodified, both as an inextricable part of the health care industry and as a way to sell "stuff" that mothers have done without for ages. The most valuable, engaging aspect of After Birth is the insistence that, however individual birth plans and approaches to mothering may be, women are not meant to raise children on their own (whether there's a man or not); we're meant to help each other.

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text 2018-05-10 12:55
KNOW HOW ZUMBA AND AEROBICS HELP TO BE FIT AND HEALTHY?

 

 

As we know zumba and aerobics is a dance form, but do you know these also help to be fit and healthy. Zumba and Aerobics was proved as the best exercise for weight loss with lots of hidden quality. Both are very popular choices when it comes to stay fit and lose weight.

 

1. Zumba
Zumba is more like a social dance party with fast upbeat music, which doesn’t even feel like workout. It is best way to engage your friend in exercise routine. The average person will burn around 600 to 1,000 calories in a Zumba class. It will also improve your coordination for sure. It keeps you active and burns calories quite effectively as compared to other forms of workouts.

 

will help you burn out all your calories at once and accordingly of regular practice you will learn this new and popular dance.

2. Aerobics
Aerobics has lot of cardio involved. The music is more of a fast beats which does not involve a high low beat its steady fast beat. Mainly this exercise is a rigorous one. It focuses mostly on cardio exercises leading to make you sweat more. Cardio helps you burn fat in short run.

 

Aerobic exercises includes brisk exercises, such as running or swimming, that make your heart and lungs work hard, increasing the amount of oxygen circulating through your blood. When combined with a low-calorie diet, aerobics can lead to significant weight loss. To lose weight with aerobics, you'll need to burn more calories than you consume and exercise regularly.

 

Benefits:

 

1. Entertainment and dance
Zumba and Aerobics is great fun thanks to its carefully selected Latin American music and when you’re performing steps from various types of music, every session becomes a party! You learn new steps, which also helps if you want to take up learning one of these dance forms. Indirectly you’re exercising to the music, not dancing on it and it is very beat orientated, which is where it loses out on the artistic factor.

 

2. Muscle building
Zumba and aerobics is a dancing and it exhausts your body quite homogeneously. Both are designed to work on every body part individually and it involves dumbbells and steppers which give you that extra strength.

 

3. Weight Management
Aerobic and zumba exercise is best way to lose your weight. Both zumba and aerobic is great for improving strength and increasing lean body mass. But aerobic exercise is better for losing belly fat because it burns more calories.

 

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Source: fitpass.co.in/zumba-classes
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review 2018-05-09 23:29
Review: The Astonishing Color of After
The Astonishing Color of After - Emily X.R. Pan

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

Another case of really good book but I’m not all that sure I really liked the main character much. The novel is about dealing with deep depression, and grief after the suicide of a parent and learning about said parent’s cultural heritage. 

 

One thing I really loved about the book was the look into Taiwanese culture, something I know nothing about. Main character Leigh is half white on her dad’s side and Taiwanese on her mother’s side. She’s never known her mother’s parents who live in Taiwan, when her mother left to marry her father it caused a big split in the family.

 

Leigh has a huge crush on her best friend Axel, over time her feelings for him have developed and she’s super jealous of Axel’s girlfriend. (This was really annoying. There weren’t many females Leigh’s age mentioned in the novel other than Leigh’s one other friend Caro and anyone girl who wasn’t Caro Leigh doesn’t seem to like, from what I remember, it got annoying fast.)

 

Leigh is an artist, she loves drawing and sees the world and her emotions in color. She and Axel have a thing where something is happening and Axel will ask her “what color?” and she will respond with whatever shade she sees at that particular moment. I don’t think it was synesthesia just her way of looking at the world. Initially this came across as kind of pretentious. I very nearly DNFed this book several times at the beginning. It felt very long winded and over written, and maybe there was something about it I just wasn’t getting. 

 

The description for the book hinted and magical realism which is one of my favorite things, so I stuck it out to see where it would come in. 

 

Leigh’s world changes, starting with a defining moment with Axel to the sudden shock of her mother’s suicide. She’s completely numb and devastated. Her emotions are all over the place and it’s completely understandable. While I could empathize with Leigh and could understand the massive trauma and shock such a horrific thing can do to a person, as a character I found her flat and hard to connect with. 

 

She finds herself heading to Taiwan to meet grandparents from her mother’s side she never knew while her dad throws himself into his work for the summer. The grandparents don’t speak much English and Leigh doesn’t speak much Mandarin though she is learning. There’s a lot of foreign language spoken in the book which sometimes can be very jarring when you don’t speak the other language (or can be for me which sounds terrible and very white privilege, I know) though in this book it just fit in the narrative and was really interesting to learn some new words and phrases. 

 

Leigh has an experience before heading to Taiwan where she thinks she sees her mother in the body of a red bird and becomes convinced she has to find the bird and the bird has now turned up in Taiwan with her. There is a cultural legend revolving around the reasons why.

 

A young lady called Feng, a friend of the grandparents shows up to help with the cultural differences and language barriers. Leigh learns about Spirit Week and some of the festivals taking place at the time she is visiting. While thanks to her mom’s influences Leigh is fairly well versed Taiwanese cooking, but there’s a whole host more to learn when she’s there. The descriptions of the food sound absolutely divine.

 

The narrative is in a then and now format - what happened with Axel and Caro before and what’s happening in the present. This also ties in the magical realism aspect when Leigh starts accessing her memories of her mom and not just her memories. There’s a really fascinating element where she can see her mom’s past memories as well. Leigh learns some things she never knew about, and has to come to terms with some things she did but couldn’t really bring herself to accept. 

 

There’s a wonderful family dynamic as hard as it can be for one family, when she meets her friend Caro, Caro’s family is so different and vibrant from Leigh’s own more sombre one. The difference is kind of heart breaking but interesting at the same time. 

 

Leigh and her family visit all her mom’s favorite places in Taiwan. Which again is completely absorbing. It’s beautifully described and beautifully written. Though Leigh can be quite a bitch to Feng who’s only trying to be nice and help. Feng has a really unexpected back story and there’s a twist to her character as well.

 

The other focus of the novel is Leigh’s plans for college and her future. She desperately wants to follow art but her dad is pressuring her to find something more practical. Leigh has to figure out whether she wants to do something that’s right or follow her heart to find something in the field that she really loves. 

 

And then there’s her relationship with Axel. (Kind of predictable and bit eye rolling) but did make me smile at the end. 

 

Despite a rocky start, I’m glad I stuck with the novel as it really did get better and by the end I loved it, and it made me quite teary in places. While sad in some respects, there were some uplifting moments. An honest and believable novel, at times hard and unflinchingly difficult in the narrative. But definitely worth a read. And most certainly an author that is going on my auto buy list. I loved this so much by the end I did buy a finished copy.

 

Thank you to Netalley and Hatchette Children’s Books for the review copy. 

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text 2018-05-09 13:15
Celebrate A Fit Mother’s Day

The unconditional love that a mother gives to her child can never come from any other relationship. The idea of setting aside Mother’s Day is to celebrate your mother. It’s a day when you should attempt to put a continuous smile on her face.

 

Fitness is a quality which makes people feel empowered. If you’ve got an active fitness enthusiast mother or you know one, gift her a present suiting her lifestyle. The biggest reward with a present like this is that she’s more likely to use them. Whether she prefers to spend her time outdoors, or doing her favourite tree pose or practising Pilates with her group gift her the present of health and wellness this Mother’s Day.

 

While our moms will engage in workouts that differ from her kids or younger adults, no one wants to be told that they can’t do something, or a certain move is inappropriate for them. The options for workout activity are virtually limitless for your mother. Give her the chance to whatever sheenjoys most. Because this is a nice way to keep things fresh and fun and prevent feeling burned out or bored. Some great activities for your mother are:

 

 Aerobics


Aerobic exercise refers to exercise that requires the consumption of substantially more oxygen than at rest. It is of a light to moderate intensity and can be undertaken for a prolonged duration without excessive fatigue. Get your mother in the groove and sign her up on FITPASS so she can dance her way to health with her friends with Aerobics.

 

 Swimming


Swimming has long been called the perfect workout. After all, your mom can get all the benefits of an aerobic workout without any damage on her joints. There is no fancy equipment needed just the deep blue water. Swimming helps burn 300 to 500 calories an hour.

 

• Yoga


Get your mom to try yoga and see what it can do for her. Yoga will help your mom achieve momentary relaxation and a healthy lifestyle. Meditation and pranayama are one of the most primary, simple, and effective techniques of yoga which can help you to get rid of your daily accumulated stress to keep her body and mind relaxed.

 

 Zumba


No matter which age group shebelongs to, Zumba has its own style for mothers of all age groups, specifically designed as per her comfort. Dancing to the beat of Latin music, Zumba will help your mother to stay fit and keep her active.

 

Gift your Mother FITPASS and give her the freedom to explore over 100,000 different workout options in over 1700+ gyms and fitness studios. So, HURRY! Get fit with just a tap download the FITPASS APP! Use a code “MOMFIT” and get Rs. 300 OFF on any FITPASS membership and make her a super fit mom.

Source: medium.com/@sanjay.kumar_80018/celebrate-a-fit-mothers-day-c61ceb7200f7
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text 2018-05-09 12:07
WHAT TO EAT BEFORE AND AFTER THE WORKOUTS

 

Exercising isn’t something that just happens. You must make a plan and be prepared to get your body and mind fit and healthy. Whether you will decide to lose your weight, or desperately want to build your muscle and want yourself to be fit and healthy then remember that food is the only fuel that will help you to reach your goal. Whatever you eat, eating the right kind of food always improve your energy, your exercise performance and your body’s ability to recover.

 

If you’re looking to maximize protein synthesis and enhance muscle recovery, then you need to be considering what you eat pre and post meal the gym. A solid pre and post workout meal can prevent muscle breakdown and improve energy repair and recovery to increased Muscle growth

 

PRE WORKOUT MEAL: When you should take your meal before workouts it should be high in carbohydrates, moderates in proteins and low in fats. Carbohydrates (preferably complex carbohydrates as they provide energy for longer period of time) and proteins. This is because carbohydrates are best sources of energy. Eating protein helps improve muscle protein synthesis, prevent muscle damage and promotes recovery. Fats, because they slow down the absorption, should be kept to minimum before workouts.

 

POST WORKOUT MEAL: Protein, which is the most required during the post workout meal. As, during the workout the muscle fibers which were broken while working out needs protein to get repaired and rebuild. After workout your body needs carbohydrates, fast digestion carbohydrates as to replenish the muscle glycogen

 

Reach your entire fitness goal through FITPASS. Consult India’s top nutritional experts in real time FITPASS app. Select unlimited gyms and studios near to you. You can do your workouts daily anywhere, anytime across 1500+ gyms and fitness studios in Delhi–NCR, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.

Source: fitpass.co.in/gym-workouts
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