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Keeping Fit

We seem to be heading towards the couch potato epidemic. At work we slouch before a computer terminal. At home we flop down before a television set. Competitive marketing ensures that most things, from pizzas to pumpkins, are delivered at the doorstep. Pushing buttons is replacing heavy duty house work. Those who do not already pursue this lifestyle, yearn for it!.

Using gadgets for drudge work is fine. Do not let it kill the physical activity in your lifestyle. From the time you manage to save each day through the use of gadgets, spare half-an-hour for a physical activity that you enjoy - a walk with your friend, a game with your child, your favourite sport.

This can help:

  • Relieve tension and anxiety
  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Reduce risk of heart disease
  • Lower risk of diabetes
  • Reduce risk of colon cancer
  • Keep the flab in check
  • Slow the (natural) loss of bone mass
  • Improve blood circulation

A fitness schedule helps you look good and improves self-esteem. If you fall ill, you recover faster. You cope with stress better. You age actively. You are able to take care of yourself much longer into old age. Fitness is essentially, optimising your mental and physical potential.

Just a word of precaution: It is better to consult your doctor before you begin an exercise programme. It is advisable to get a well-informed trainer to supervise your programme initially. If you have any health problems, especially heart conditions, dizzy spells, joint pains or deformities, you should adopt an exercise programme that is advised by your doctor or physiotherapist only. Wrong fitness programme or poor technique can cause injury and pain.

Catch up on all that you need to know on fitness and rate yourself.


Ramji Srinivasan


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