Our Cars are Healthier than Us!!

This is a rhetorical question I posed to the participants in one of my Yoga classes:

‘Are your vehicles more precious than your body?’

After a brief pause I continued, “When your car needs an oil change, do you skip that activity because you have no time?”. “Of course not, why would anyone take that chance, they ‘re risking their lives aren’t they? (may be due to a engine seize) If I told you your constant refusal to do exercise carries the same, if not, a larger risk to your life? Would you act on it the same way you would’ve for your car?”. The murmur that followed was to be expected, all of them had heard it before, but none were willing to acknowledge it. Been there, done that ☺

Why is it so challenging to adopt and continue an exercise routine?

The most common answer is: Tight work schedule.

To some extent, it is true (being a veteran in the IT field, I do understand how it is to manage team and customers across multiple time zones. Not too far ago, my typical work day, living in India, started with Singapore morning and concluded with US Eastern Time Zone morning).

Your promotion or getting an offshore assignment might be tied to your almost 24 x 7 availability on the assigned project. But, if you let your work dictate the basic needs of your body and mind, you will be in for a rude shock. Your health will be in jeopardy, forget about your career prospects.

So, start small. E.g., set aside 15 minutes of your day to exercise. I suggest a combination of Yoga Asana and Pranayama as this combination works on both the body and the breath (more on this topic in my next blog). 6 rounds of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) and 5 minutes of Naadi Shuddhi Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing) will make a good combo.

There are quite a number of video clips on YouTube. I have listed a few below:

1. Surya Namaskar

2. Chair Surya Namaskar

3. Naadi Shuddhi Pranayam or Anulom Vilom or Alternate Nostril Breathing

If you are self-motivated, then you don’t need any support system to stay the course. If not, have a exercise buddy or a reward-punish system (‘I will buy a new dress this month only if I exercise 5 days a week’) in place. If none of these work, join a class; you might be motivated to attend regularly as you are paying for it (money talks, huh😊)!!

Start today. Please don’t wait until it becomes a crisis.

Healthy diet is another component we need to pay close attention to. Just like how we go for a ‘branded’ fuel for our vehicles, adopt a healthy diet comprising of vegetables and fruits. For example, carry an apple or any fruit of your choice and a few carrot / cucumber sticks with you for snacking.

I conclude this blog with a Sanskrit verse that our elders have been using for ages while blessing, ‘Ayur Arogya Aishwarya Abhivrudhirasthu‘, which means ‘Let longevity, health and Wealth increase’. Please take note of the order in which these three things appear in the blessing and it makes perfect sense!!

If you are alive and healthy, then you can enjoy the wealth / material comforts of your life.

I wish you all a healthily rich life. 🙂

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