Work It!

Ever felt extremely tired after a day of doing virtually nothing? Think again. Were you watching television or using your computer? If the answer is in the affirmative, then there is reason enough to feel tired.

“Health is Wealth” may sound clichéd but the truth of the statement cannot be denied. You see, health is something we all take for granted. But, we forget that if we do not take care of our health, we will suffer the consequences and the damages maybe irreversible.

A sedentary lifestyle is not at all a good thing. For one, the metabolism of your body slows down and you also lose out on the rosy cheeks and the fresh faced smile that you used to have. However, there is nothing to worry about. For every problem, there is a solution. And for this problem, I can come up with at least three solutions.

Swimming: Swimming is a fantastic way of working out. Not only is it a superb exercise for the human body, according to me, it is also one of the most enjoyable things that one can do in order to keep fit. Whether it is during the summer to beat the heat or in winter in a warm swimming pool, a few laps of swimming is sure to rejuvenate you and elevate your spirits.

Swimming gives you the cardio benefits of running and paves the way for achieving the weight training advantage. Furthermore, if you are not particularly athletic – you will enjoy water sports more. This is because in water, we tend to weigh one-tenth of what we normally weigh. Arthritis and back problems are also alleviated through swimming. Swimming also minimises the risk of injuries.

Running: There are many reasons as to why a person starts running. The primary reason is to lose weight in order to stay healthy. Losing excess weight is one of the healthiest things that you can do. Running also helps prevent muscle and bone loss which comes with old age. Running may also help you fight diseases, because it strengthens your heart and your entire cardio-vascular system. There are psychological benefits to running as well. Going for a jog or a short sprint everyday can reduce your stress levels drastically and make you more efficient in your work. Even a few sprints can make all the difference in the world, so if you are short of time and have to go to your workplace, you can cycle your way to your workstation.

Cycling: Bicycling has several advantages over other exercises. Cycling exercises the heart better than jogging does. Also, you can ride a bicycle anywhere you like. Using a bicycle reduces pollution and thus reduces the chances of asthma and bronchitis.

The lifestyle that we lead today makes us prone to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, strokes and even obesity. Bicycling as a regular aerobic exercise leads to a healthy body and helps prevent diseases and increases our longevity.

Instead of going gaga over exotic nutrients, it is important to eat right-eat a lot of green vegetables, grains and a dash of meat and cheese and focus more on running, cycling and swimming, rather than made-for-the-telly aerobics and “ab crunches”. Consistency is an important thing when it comes to exercises so it is best if we choose an exercise that we can do every day.

Running, Swimming and Cycling are particularly helpful for weight control. Research shows that regular physical activity, combined with good eating habits is the most efficient way of remaining healthy.

Remember to have fun while exercising. Select activities which suit your personality and have an element of fun in them. If you prefer group activities, pick basketball but if you like individual activities then swimming or walking is the best option for you.

Finally challenge yourself. Set short-term goals and pace yourself out. Reward yourself at the end of the day. Here is wishing you all the luck for a healthy lifestyle!

Reeti Roy

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