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Why people exercise

Exercise helps to keep body fit, flexible, toned-up and agile. A fit and agile body adds around five or more years to an average person’s life. If one exercises, all physiological systems like respiratory, nervous, skeleton, endocrine, blood circulation, etc., function perfectly well. A regular schedule of exercise keeps the metabolism in control, helps to burn extra calories, provides extra power when the body gets tired and thus works towards self-assurance and self-motivation. One hardly complains of stress and depression, which are two most common factors that cause various ailments and diseases, and lead to slow death, these days. Exercise results in a fit and happy being. In this regard, exercise can be defined as any physical activity that adds to the beauty of a person and thus keeps him or her disease-free.
The roots of physical activities can be traced back to the ancient times. Back then, our ancestors were hunters and gatherers. For their livelihood and protecting themselve…
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A pair of comfits

A  pair  of  comfits  (the  doctor  sandals)  is  just  a  pair  of  comfits.  It  walks  its  wearer  out  in  comfort.  Sometimes,  the  reason  for  which  it’s  bought  makes  it  special;  it  becomes  a  pair  of  uncommon  comfits.  
Hence,  the  incident  of  Mr.  Kapoor.  He  remembered  how  he  felt  that  the  pain  in  his  knees  had  reduced  since  he  started  using  the  pair  of  comfits.  It  was  a  new  pair  gifted  to  him  by  his  beloved  wife  on  his  last  birthday. 
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Ayurveda is a system of medicine. It evolved in India several thousands of years ago, i.e., Atharva Veda mentions several diseases and their treatment. In around 7th century AD, the ayurvedic treatment system was formally organised and several classical books of this system were written. Today, the ayurvedic treatment is practiced by many countrymen. Since, the ayurvedic medicines required for common medical disorders such as cold, cough, stomach pain, etc., can be prepared from household edibles like turmeric, honey, clove, etc., this system is extremely popular in India. However, the ayurvedic treatment can cure the most complex diseases such as hepatitis through various herbs. Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev also popularises the ayurvedic treatment by prescribing several easily available or homemade ayurvedic medicines. The importance of ayurvedic treatment had been emphasised even by allopaths such as late Sir Charles Pardey Lukis (1857 – 22 October 1917), the inaugural editor of the Indian…


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National Geographic launched magazine Explorer for schoolchildren in India

The globally famous National Geographic launched a special edition of Explorer magazines for the Indian schoolchildren. With this project, India has become one of the first countries in the world where the magazine has been launched. The magazine will provide educational resources and new learning solutions to both, teachers and students. US Ambassador to India Kathleen Stephens launched the magazine during the inauguration of National Geographic Learning's Explorer Education Program at the American Centre in New Delhi. Vice President of India Hamid Ansari and Publisher of National Geographic Learning, Francis Downey were present on this occasion.
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NASA Mars Rover discovered doughnut rock

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NASA rover Opportunity found Mars had life friendly fresh water

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