Sunday, February 10, 2013

A note on health

India is supposed to be well on its way to become the diabetes capital of the world. Lifestyle diseases are on the upswing in India. And it is not something that happens to others - it will happen to anyone of us.

Look around you, in your workplace. There are people with diabetes, cholesterol and having medication for the same. This is not normal. Mostly, these diseases used to afflict people in their 50s and 60s, but now we see people in their 30s being treated for these diseases.

The reason is very simple. In the olden, pre-prosperity days, we ate local, ate traditional local, simple food and had rich food only in feasts. Now, with our new found prosperity, technically, we have a feast everyday. And quite obviously, our body cannot take it.

The average distance my dad used to walk was about an hour each day. My grandfather probably walked more than that each day (simple observation based on his daily routine). I walk much lesser (left to myself that is). Which is why we need to exercise.

Net result? Cholesterol, Diabetes and what not. 

Do remember this, lifestyle diseases are not as genetic as people make them out to be.

This is not about crash diets, crazy workouts or any such thing. It is a simple daily balance sheet. What you do each day is what counts. Each day you overeat, adds up those inches at your waist. Each day you under exercise, the fat accumulates inside your arteries and the sugar level increases. Each day you sit more than you stand, your body idles more.

So, do something each day. There is no secret to good health than this. As Peter Drucker said, 'Excellence is what you do each day', so too is fitness - what you do each day is what keeps you fit. More on this later.

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