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Tejasswi Prakash Sets Fitness Goals By Acing These 2 Difficult Exercises; Check It Out

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Tejasswi Prakash was seen doing some gravity-defying stunts! (Photo: Instagram/@tejasswiprakash)

It is difficult to hang from the ceiling in an inverted position, because your focus shifts, and there is a blood rush in the head. But, the Bigg Boss 15 winner managed to do it!

Tejasswi Prakash, just like many other celebrities, loves to sweat it out at the gym. But, instead of working out with dumbbells, kettlebell, weight plates and other gym paraphernalia, she loves to challenge herself with a yoga asana or two in order to stay fit and in shape. The Bigg Boss 15 winner loves to collaborate with celebrity yoga and holistic wellness expert Anshuka Parwani from time-to-time, and she was once again seen exercising at her yoga studio. The actor performed inverted aerial yoga first, which was followed by splits. Take a look at her session here.

Tejasswi made it look effortless, as she hung upside down from the ceiling, while performing inverted aerial yoga. While keeping her feet together, she locked her hands behind her head. Then, she folded her upper body in a way to bring her head closer to the knees. It is a great exercise for those who want to strengthen and shape their core.

Benefits Of Doing Inverted Aerial Yoga

Any kind of core routine requires a lot of practice. Doing it while hanging from the ceiling in an inverted position is all the more difficult because your focus shifts, and there is a blood rush in the head. But, inverted aerial yoga is extremely beneficial. When you exercise upside down, you allow your body and mind to release all the stress. It is extremely beneficial for people who may be suffering from anxiety issues, or even mood swings. According to aerialyogacademy.com, inverting can reduce tension in the muscles and enable you to sleep better at night. Additionally, aerial yoga allows your body to release happy hormones like endorphins and serotonin, which can fight stress and depression.

It also strengthens your core muscles, improves flexibility, and improves your focus.

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Benefits Of Doing Splits

Tejasswi, 30, was also seen acing splits that require a lot of practice and come with many health benefits. Not only does it activate key muscle areas in the body, especially around the thighs, a split exercise can do wonders for your joints and flexibility. It enables one to become more focused and balanced, by forging a connection between the mind and the body.

While there are two different types of splits — side splits and front splits — Tejasswi was seen doing the latter. She did take the support of a pillow that was placed beneath her front leg, so as to avoid injuries. You may also do it in the presence of a fitness expert, who can guide you through it.

Tagging the actor, Parwani appreciated her efforts. She wrote in the caption that her client is ‘levelling up her core game and nailing those splits’.


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Fitness tips: Incline treadmills are fantastic for enhancing your workout experience. They allow you to simulate hill running while indoors, providing a challenging and effective workout. Here are some pros and cons of using incline on a treadmill.
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A handy health and fitness feature with watchOS and iOS is the ability to see your heart rate zones on Apple Watch and iPhone. Read on for what they mean, how to see your max heart rate, manually edit your zones, and more.

Apple Watch and iPhone – with watchOS 9/iOS 16 and later – automatically create your five heart rate zones based on the Heart Rate Reserve method. Max and resting values are updated automatically on the first day of each month.

Here’s how Apple describes the feature:

“Heart Rate Zones are a percentage of your maximum heart rate and are automatically calculated and personalized using your health data. On Apple Watch, Heart Rate Zones are presented in five segments—effort levels from light to increasingly harder. By monitoring your Heart Rate Zone, you can make your workout more efficient and challenge yourself to improve your fitness.”

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How to see heart rate zones on Apple Watch and iPhone

See heart rate zones during a workout

  • Make sure you’re running watchOS 9 or later on Apple Watch and also have your birthdate entered in the Health app on iPhone
  • Start a cardio-focused workout like a walk, run, or cycling (Apple hasn’t shared exactly which workout types include heart rate zones except for “cardio-focused” ones)
  • Swipe down on the first Workout screen to see your heart rate and which zone it’s in
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See heart rate zones after a workout

  • After a workout, head to the Fitness app on iPhone to see heart rate zone data
  • Choose a workout from the main Summary screen or tap the rings or Show More to pick a different date/workout
  • Once you’ve picked a workout, swipe down until you see Heart Rate, tap Show More

Now you’ll see the breakdown of how much time you spent in each heart rate zone:

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How to manually edit your heart rate zones

While the heart rate zones are automatically added based on your age, height, and weight, you can manually change them (usually for advanced athletes).

  • Head to Settings > Workout > Heart Rate Zones on your Apple Watch and choose Manual at the top
  • Or on iPhone go to the Apple Watch app > Workout > Heart Rate Zones then choose Manual at the top

How to see your max heart rate?

Going beyond your max heart rate is considered unsafe by medical professionals. To see your recommended maximum:

  • Head to Settings > Workout > Heart Rate Zones on your Apple Watch, swipe down to find your max heart rate
  • Or on iPhone go to the Apple Watch app > Workout > Heart Rate Zones, swipe down to find your max heart rate

What do heart rate zones mean?

Understanding your heart rate zones can be useful in a variety of ways. But some of the most practical applications are using heart rate training (properly rest or push yourself), targeting fat-burning or carb-burning heart rate zones, and awareness for those who have health conditions.

The Cleveland Clinic has a helpful article on understanding what kind of calories you’re burning in different zones. This won’t map directly to the five heart rate zones with Apple Watch, but is a good starting point.

Use your max heart rate (details on finding above) to figure out the numbers from the below calculations:

  • Lower-intensity zone: You’re exercising at 50% to 60% of your max heart rate. At this point, 85% of the calories you burn are fat. The downside? You’re burning fewer calories overall than you would if you were exercising at a higher intensity. You’re generally able to sustain this zone the longest amount of time.
  • Temperate zone: You’re exercising at 60% to 70% of your max heart rate. Roughly 65% of the calories you burn are fat.
  • Aerobic zone: Working at 70% to 80% of your max heart rate puts you in the aerobic zone. About 45% of the calories you burn are fat. But you’re burning a higher number of overall calories compared to the other heart rate zones. You generally sustain this zone the shortest amount of time. 

For heart rate training, the big idea is to “train your aerobic system without overstressing your skeletal and muscular systems, explains personal trainer Erin Carr.” Check out this article from Runner’s World for all the fine details:

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New fitness studio for Pilates-like exercise sweats it out in San Antonio

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Things are looking a little brighter on the horizon for San Antonio: The city was recently named among the top 100 in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live” list for 2024-2025.

Previously, San Antonio had shockingly plummeted out of the top 100 as No. 103 in the 2023-2024 rankings. But the latest report has placed the Alamo City at No. 89, suggesting substantial improvements over the last year.

U.S. News annually measures 150 top American cities for their livability, and ranks them based on four major indexes: quality of life, value, desirability, and job market.

San Antonio earned an overall score of 6.1 out of 10, with its quality of life and value scores at 6.1 and 6.8, respectively.

New for the 2024-2025 report, U.S. News updated its methodology to analyze city-based data rather than metropolitan area data. Secondly, the report’s annual survey newly placed greater weight on a city’s “value and job market” while “weights for desirability and quality of life took a slight dip” on the grading scale.

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“Rising concerns about career prospects, housing affordability and increased cost of goods and services are reflected in this year’s rankings,” said U.S. News loans expert and reporter Erika Giovanetti in a press release. “While quality of life remains the top priority for many Americans, a city’s value and job market are becoming increasingly important for those looking for a place to live.”

There’s many factors that draw folks to San Antonio, among them the city’s top notch dining scene, the highly esteemed schools, and much more. San Antonio is also a great place for retirees looking to settle down without compromising on the big city lifestyle, and is surrounded by highly sought out welcoming suburbs. The city truly has something for everyone.

In an overview of the city, U.S. News said San Antonio is “as comfortable as an old pair of jeans.”

“[San Antonio] offers big-city amenities and world-renowned attractions coupled with a relaxed and inviting atmosphere,” U.S. News said. “The pace of life in San Antonio can be as active or as quiet as one chooses. Living in a destination city has its benefits.”

While San Antonio made big steps to improve in U.S. News’ national list, the city unfortunately sank in the report’s Best Place to Live in Texas list for 2024. The city dipped to No. 6 after previously scoring No. 2 in 2023.

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Elsewhere in Texas
The recent focus on city-based data was likely a major factor that fueled San Antonio’s improvement in the national rankings, but it also favorably shifted nine other Texas cities.

Austin – which previously ranked No. 40 in last year’s rankings – became the only city to represent the Lone Star State among the top 10 best places to live in 2024. The Texas Capital jumped up 31 spots to claim No. 9 nationally, due to its “high desirability and job market scores,” the report said.

Three cities in the Rio Grande Valley also ranked higher than San Antonio, suggesting that South Texas may be a better place to live than south-central Texas. The border towns of McAllen (No. 48) and Brownsville (No. 87) climbed into the overall top 100 this year after formerly ranking No. 137 and No. 134 last year. Meanwhile, Corpus Christi moved up from No. 132 last year to No. 77 in 2024.

Here’s how other Texas cities faired in 2024’s Best Places to Live report:

  • No. 62 – El Paso (up from No. 128 last year)
  • No. 95 – Dallas (up from No. 113 last year)
  • No. 97 – Houston (up from No. 140 last year)
  • No. 99 – Beaumont (up from No. 131 last year)
  • No. 107 – Killeen (up from No. 122 last year)

Naples, Florida took home the gold medal as the No. 1 best place to live in the U.S. in 2024. Rounding out the top five are Boise, Idaho (No. 2); Colorado Springs, Colorado (No. 3); Greenville, South Carolina (No. 4); and Charlotte, North Carolina (No. 5).

The full report and its methodology can be found on realestate.usnews.com.

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