TWENTY MINUTES FOR GOOD HEALTH
Why physical exercise is necessary?
Everyone of us want beautiful skin, healthy body, no pains and aches, always to
be young, to feel fresh and to be happy throughout.
Physical fitness is a prerequisite for achieving
success in life. It does not matter whether you are at home or at office. If a
cake has to be successfully baked, you have to work hard for desired objective.
If I am not feeling well, I will not muster to bake the cake at all. If you are
in pain you can?t concentrate on your goals.
Ancient man roamed around for food and worked
hard, thankfully we don?t need to do it now. Hence what we eat remains in our
bellies (even for days!) Hence some form of exercise has to be incorporated into
our daily routine to remain young and healthy during our lifetime outsmarting
natural aging process.
Which is the best form of exercise?
There are various forms of exercise, all games
give some kind of activity to the body (other than recreation). Bodybuilding,
running, weight lifting, swimming, football, hockey, volleyball, gymnastics,
aerobics etc are games, which activate the body muscles and give you strength
Definition of a best form of exercise includes
one that gives you strength, stamina, flexibility and balance. Researchers say
flexibility is the secret to feeling and looking young, which is important at 50
than at 25. Added to this list is the fact that human beings physique is
psycho-physiological in nature, also we need mental workout.
If you observe the workouts lined out above,
none of them concentrate on psycho or physiological aspect of human body. Yoga
is the only form of exercise designed 5000 years ago (even prevalent today!)
which fit into perfect definition for a personal or group exercise program. The
only necessity being your body and a mattress.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a way of life. It is a logical Science,
simple and practical, up-to-date and can be followed by anyone and everyone.
Yoga gives methods for development in physical, mental and spiritual levels.
Yoga gives methods of harmonious living with oneself, society and nature. Yoga
comprises of postures or asanas, breathing techniques or Pranayama and
Meditation or Dhyana.
Postures have a corrective action on the
functioning of various glands and massage internal organs like kidneys, stomach,
backbone, lungs etc. They relax and tone up the muscles and the nervous system,
stimulate circulation, stretch stiff ligaments and tendons, limber joints and
finally help the mind to be calm and relaxed, alert to situations and to
Breathing techniques regulate vital energy
called as Prana, which is very important in preventing exhaustion. It increases
the capacity of lungs, regulates rate of breathing and relaxes facial muscles.
This pacifies the organs of perception(smell, touch, sight, hearing and taste)
and thus controlling, calming and elevating the mind.
Meditation helps to analyze one?s personality
and to rise from limitedness to unlimited ness.
Importance of Breathing
When you are angry or mentally disturbed, your
breathing rate if increased, and you feel a hot flush. This leading to many
problems, heartburn, acidity, increased heart rate, hyper tension, blood
pressure, irritated or frayed nerves, unapproachable person etc. If not trained
to channelize or control one will be left with diseases and no friends. Hence
breathing techniques are practiced to redirect this unnecessary or excess
Importance of Meditation
Modern living, change happening around us,
stress experienced by tight schedules and dead lines are taking a toll on our
minds. Slowing down in life is essential. Meditation is a tool unaided by any
external necessities helps us to calm, concentrate, channelize, relax and lead
us towards divinity.
List of posture recommended
Madhumaya Avartha Asana
Does food play a role in healthy living?
Food is a vital part of our everyday life. As we
awake we think of breakfast lunch and dinner. One has to take care as to what
enters the body if one is to look smart not only physically but mentally too.
Eating habits affect the whole household.
Despite hundreds of diets, nutritionists and
slimming centers, there is considerable confusion about what constitutes the
right diet. But the fact remains that there is no ideal diet for all people and
there is no formula for a miracle diet. Dieting is temporary, but healthy eating
is a lifetime commitment. Many researchers and food pyramid designed account
that proper eating will not show results unless it is combined with regular,
The following points give a large outline for a
healthy eating and living
Staple food should comprise of whole
Eat vegetables and fruits in abundance
Vegetable oils to be used moderately
Dairy products, nuts and legumes, fish,
poultry, eggs in small quantities
White rice, white bread, sweets and meat
to be taken sparingly
to incorporate it in daily life?
Slow down and observe around you
Exercise once everyday, anytime
convenient to you, it is good if morning or evening when children can be
Cook for health and not for taste
Enjoy life with a positive attitude, give
love and joy to others, laugh and dance as if there is no next day
Work as if your life depends on it
Relax, for the world does not rest on you