To understand this, we must know the real meaning of the word lifestyle. The concept of lifestyle encompasses several factors – the food we eat, our physical activities, thoughts, attitudes and actions (ahar-vihar and achar-vichar). Having said that, if we spend a little time trying to understand our body and mind and make small changes or modifications in our daily lives, the day would not be too far, when we will not need to visit a doctor.
India is a nation of youth – 65% of our core workforce is between the age group of 35 to 60. Non-communicable diseases have become like an epidemic in our country, especially among this section of the population. The youth are becoming more and more susceptible owing to change in lifestyle and attitude towards life. The workforce of the nation is in the firing line, and the root cause is mainly our faulty lifestyle. Healthy youth is the foundation of a healthy state and a healthy nation. Therefore, we must teach our children and youth the importance of balancing physical and mental well-being. Therein lies the key to Healthy Maharashtra.
Exercise and lifestyle modifications should not be temporary. Make them your habits. This is not a short-term investment. Consider this as life insurance.
Our body is like a smartphone. If we load a phone with multiple applications, we compromise the original programing. What do we do in this scenario? Uninstall a few applications. Similarly, our body also has a well-defined program. We need to cut down on some aspects of our daily lives for our bodies to function better and faster for a longer time. Moreover, it is up to us to choose what we need to cut down to live a quality life.
We need to teach children and teenagers the importance of making the right choices to stay healthy in the long run. How we communicate this to them effectively is of the essence. We have to get down to the basics, and explain things in a way that they understand. Let me give you an example: a cup of tea has 60 calories and a samosa, 200 calories. If we tell a teenager, a cup of tea equals 1.2 km’s of walking and a samosa equals to four km of walking, will they not understand? This will make them realise the importance of balancing diet and exercise. They will also develop a healthy equation with food – eat right and eat when hungry and not to satisfy cravings.
In the rat race towards materialistic prosperity, we are inviting insomnia, sleep disorders and mental illnesses. We need to ask ourselves why we are doing this. The answers to this WHY are just basic science and spirituality that drives our life force. If we miss the whys of living, we are likely to be entangled in hows of living, which is the scenario for a majority of us today. To increase our happiness index, we need to ask why for everything we do. In addition, if we dig deep within ourselves, we are likely to get the answers. The key to living a healthy life is to stay happy, and be content with ourselves and whatever we are able to gather around us.
Friends, remember, exercise and lifestyle modifications should not be temporary. Make them your habits. This is not a short-term investment. Consider this as life insurance. Money will secure your material life, but positive changes in lifestyle will assure you 100% results for a healthy life. It is a fine balance, but once achieved, this will remain our life’s greatest asset.
The author is a social activist