‘Eat, Sleep, Repeat’ – Is this your vacation motto? Are you binge-watching television shows and binge-eating simultaneously? Are you watching your favourite YouTube videos for more than 6 hours continuously? Or are you stuck in an internship where you are desk-bound the whole day? If any of your above answers are teeming with an agreement, then its pretty obvious that going to gym or working out sound too intensive and cumbersome to keep yourself healthy.

So if you’re losing motivation to stay fit this summer, worry not!

We present to you our ultimate package of 4 fun ways that are bound to keep you happy as well as healthy.

1. Rope Skipping

We all have tried skipping at least at some point in our life. According to Science Daily, 10 minutes of skipping rope is about equivalent to running an 8-minute-mile. It’s a great calorie burner as well as a stress buster. It’s in fact, a full body workout in one. So this season, grab a rope and skip towards a healthy life.

2. Swimming

Swimming serves as the most perfect regime for this hot summer season. It burns more calories than walking, and you know what the best part is? Its sweat free! It manages your weight, boosts your mood and reduces stress level. Additionally, it will tone your muscles and help you sleep well. So, say goodbye to insomnia and swim towards happy days.

3. Cycling

It’s about time you take out your bicycle from the garage and get on with it. Cycling is one of the best ways to keep oneself healthy as it is a low impact exercise which is suitable for all ages. Cycling not only helps you combat depression and obesity but also, improves your strength, balance and coordination, thus improving your brain functions as well. So, hop on your bicycle and ride towards a smarter and healthier life.

4. Dancing

Dancing is undoubtedly one of the best ways to stay in shape. It’s fun, enjoyable, and a great exercise which not only keeps you physically healthy but also, helps to build your personality, improve your self-expression and boost your confidence. So this summer, dance away from all your health worries.

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Nidhi Panchal

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Most of the people sporting colourful LiveStrong Bands on their wrists are blissfully unaware of the message these simple strips of plastics convey. Lance Armstrong, the man who fought against Testicular Cancer and yet lived to continue his journey as the Iconic Road-racing Cyclist and Triathlete, wasstripped off his laurels, including the seven prestigious Tour De France titles, after being suspected of using drugs to enhance his performance. Once the coin flipped, a man who was the face of strength after his overwhelming recovery from a terminal disease is now a black mark on the American mantle of greatest sports personalities. Even his wealthy sponsors have turned their back to him, watching in embarrassment as the legend’s name is slowly wiped off history’s wall of fame.

To be an icon is almost synonymous with having no personal life. Media hawks, the government, the critics, as well as the ardent fans wait for the moment their revered star stumbles.The minute there is a personal blemish on his or her perfect record, there is absolutely no scope for improvement. The press released the multitude of extra-marital affairs of the golfing giant Tiger Woods, bringing him down to his knees. The world condemned him for being a promiscuous playboy, a fact that should’ve been left to his bedroom instead of being plastered across newspapers and websites for weeks. A man known and well appreciated for his Golf was suddenly less of a star due to his personal weaknesses, which had absolutely nothing to do with his achievements in his sport.

Political leaders are not spared either. Mohandas Gandhi’s memory is now being defiled by constant comments on his personal activities. A man who claimed to lead a simple and austere life shocked the country when reports of his sexual experiments were revealed. As unnerving as that might have been, what people fail to understand is that Gandhi was known for his non-violent victory against colonial rule in India, not for whether or not he remained a chaste man. As scandalous and reproachful as his personal life might seem, there is no denying that he was an extraordinary man who played a major role in bringing India its much-delayedfreedom. Armstrong’s case might be a bit different as failing the dope test is a huge deal in the sporting world, yet it seems quite unfair to forget his highly inspiring fight against cancer, something that kindled faith in the hearts of innumerable people across the globe.

“We will move forward,” announced Lance Armstrong as he continues to claim his innocence, words that seem to echo the hopes of all those iconic men and women who were punished for having human flaws. The only thing left to see is whether the Plastic bands continue to Live-strong on wrists across the world.