MAKE GOOD HEALTH
medicine has managed to control most of the
world's major diseases but is still
powerless to alleviate self inflicted chronic
ill-health stemming from ignorance and failure
to act upon knowledge we have. Getting fit is, or should be, fun.
some thoughts related to routine daily
activities that can help establish almost
effortless habits of health and happiness.
that the first meal of the day should be a true
"breakfast" including protein foods
such as eggs, milk and cereal that are absorbed
less rapidly than simple sugars and thus help to
sustain energy levels during the morning.
Studies show that
teenage girls who go without breakfast tend to
be overweight because a falling blood sugar
level in mid-morning, often drives them to take
calorie rich snacks to boost their flagging
Incorrect breathing due to tension or fear
changes the blood chemistry and produces
classical symptoms of anxiety: dizziness,
muscle cramps, faintness, increased heart rate.
In any breathing exercise, concentrate in
particular on breathing out the stale air in the
lungs in order to take in a fresh supply of
oxygen. Even then, only a sixth of the air in
our lungs changes with every breath.
Exercise can bring real therapeutic
benefit. Without exercise, we suffer disuse
atrophy, become obese, breathless from the
slightest exertion, permanently tired and prone
to heart disease and a wide range of rheumatic
aches and pains.
Under exercised muscles grow weak and
flabby and texture of the bones weaken which
means that fractures occur more readily.
Consider a typical scenario: It's 7am, and
the clock radio has blared you out of a dream.
Got to go running, you think, but it's so
nice here, you can't move yet. You press
the snooze button and go back to sleep. By the
time the alarm sounds again, it's too late
The problem? In a word, is, 'motivation'. So
how do you make sure you use those running shoes
and beat the Fizzle phenomenon.
1. Question your motives: Why do you
want to exercise? To lose weight? Strengthen
your heart? Feel better? These reasons
aren't the best motivators, because they
focus on results, not the process. You'll
be better motivated if you think of a better
body or good feelings only as side effects. This
means seeing exercise in a whole new way.
2. Choose an exercise you like: It
could be Aerobics. Dancing. Skating. Playing
basketball. Don't be surprised if you find
yourself considering something totally new. No
matter how different the activity may seem, if
you like it, follow it.
3. Reward yourself: If you've
survived your Aerobics lesson, relax in the club
sauna. Or, you jogged 5 kilometres this morning,
now you deserve a new cassette. Rewards create
happy, positive associations about the exercise.
4. Laughter: The habit of laughter is
"a body exercise precious to
health". And philosophers and
psychiatrists from Plato to Freud agree that the
act of laughter is characterised by a sudden
release of tension. Few activities can produce
such widespread beneficial affects. Laughter
aids digestion by increasing glandular
secretion, relaxes the muscles and brings a
blush to the skin and a sparkle to the eyes.
5. Rest Breaks: Many people consider
it positively sinful to succumb to the natural
urge to rest during the working day. And yet,
experiments confirm that regular intervals of
rest enable us to achieve maximum output of work
with the minimum expenditure of energy and the
least risk of fatigue. Often the best way to
rest is to set aside a few minutes everyday for
6. Holidays A holiday is considered,
by most doctors, as probably the most valuable
insurance policy against stress, disease and
fatigue. Holidays should be chosen with care to
help replace the missing elements in our lives
and provide opportunities for self-discovery and
growth. They can inject excitement into dull,
7. Bedtime Snacks: Earlier, fairly
heavy dinners were consumed in order to save off
hunger pangs. Now it is appreciated that eating
a heavy meal last thing at night leads to
restless sleep. On the other hand, it is a
mistake to go to bed hungry. A late night cup of
warm milk can improve the quality of sleep.
It is said: God sends the
acute diseases; the chronic disease we create
ourselves. No Hospital can create a healthy man.
No public health
measures, no legal reforms, no acts of
Parliament will make us healthy. Only we can do