Tuesday, September 23, 2008

“EXERCISE” – Your Investment to Good Health



Open the newspapers today and you will find a supplement to “fitness mantras”….Switch on the TV and you will find an exclusive “good health” show telecast….Tune in to radio and you are forced to listen to the R.J. giving you fitness tips or probably an on-air broadcast show on exercise and its benefits….

Let me first clear the air….……I do not intend to blog about how to stay fit!! I am sure the radio stations, telecasters, and print media have contributed enough and you and me by now know the tricks of the trait.

My experiences
I only wish to share with you my personal experiences….I was one of those kinds who never really moved my butt to go that extra mile (just to specify here….where working out is concerned)…..I always wished “Fitness came in a bottle.”

But then one day the fitness bug bit me too and I am glad it did. It has been 3-4yrs since I have been working out and believe me it’s a DRUG. Although I am not a hard core gym freak or someone who works out to build those muscles and curves, I do that little bit…

My idea to fitness is simple…..sweat it out with 45mins jogging ritual (5 times a week), eat very well stressing on home food (no compromises), at times feast on fast food but within a limit, sleep well (they say, 8hours of sleep is a must….make sure you wake up before sunshine…but this is a kind of difficult, a day has only 24 hrs).


Forms of Exercises,

  • Hitting it in the gym with muscle building workouts, running on the treadmill.
  • Sports such as squash, badminton, lawn tennis are another form of exercises.
  • Cycling is simply fantastic for the abdomen muscles, thighs and legs.
  • Hitting it on the roads- jogging, walking and running.
  • The so called “Aerobics”, which I believe is nothing but simply jumping up and down……I remember a saying by Rita Rudner here, The word aerobics came about when the gym instructors got together and said, "If we're going to charge $10 an hour, we can't call it jumping up and down."
  • Yoga is good too.

Finally,

Exercise needs a lot of commitment……..it is a continous process. You cannot go on one day and then take a break of 10 days until you set out for your next session. The only difficult time for me when I think of exercise is the time that I wake up and I wish I could squeeze in another 30 mins of sleep until the time I get out of my home.

But, the fresh morning air, the open sky and empty roads (which is rare to see in Mumbai) sets my pulse racing. Since, I do not like the claustrophobic and static gym environment, I like hitting it on the roads…jogging and brisk walking…

Hope I managed to get your pulse racing!!! If you haven’t started exercising yet…please do so NOW…..do not wait until the 1st day of the next month to begin your workout regimen…believe me it never really works that way.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Until my next article, as I always say…..take very good care of yourself, God bless and make a healthy investment!!

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

People driving around in Mumbai should be awarded an Oscar’s…..

Mumbai…Mumbai…..Mumbai, a city that never sleeps, a city whose roads are always buzzing with traffic honks (at times, you cannot even hear yourself), a city suffering from chaotic traffic…….but even with all this, Mumbai is a city that rocks….there is no other place in India like Mumbai!!!!

Ask any Mumbaite (the guys/ gals born and brought up here) to live in any other city/ metro/ town in India, the answer would be NA NA. If you ask me, I will definitely give you the same answer.

Well I can survive in a place outside Mumbai for maybe 5-6 days or maybe 15 days maximum but beyond that, I tend to get nostalgic. I tried to figure out what is it that makes me like this city so much……but I never really found a concrete answer.

Okay now, before I get carried over further, talking passionately about Mumbai, let me get to the point on why my blog article carries the title “People driving around in Mumbai should be awarded an Oscar’s”.

It’s been 9 months since I have been driving around on Mumbai roads and I want to say that one needs to drive in Mumbai, like people out there are trying to kill you.…..let me explain that!

Driving around on Mumbai roads during peak hours i.e. the mornings after 8 a.m and evenings after 5p.m, you will exactly understand what I am trying to say. At this prime time, you will see roads cluttered with cars, buses, tractors, dumpers, 2 wheeler bikes, cycles, auto rickshaws, vans, and yeah, how can I forget mentioning the million people walking on same roads.

The bus drivers feel that they own the roads…you dare try to take over or don’t move aside to allow them pass by, you had it badly…….leading you to frustration, anger and embarrassment. I have taken a pledge, that if I see a bus in close vicinity, I will make way for it to go by...…….and maybe in the bargain, even salute the bus driver for his rash driving skills….

The other set of irritant drivers are the two wheeler motorbikers. God!!!, these guys pop up from the right and left sides and simply zoom brushing against your vehicle……Rather than fuming at these bikers, I pity them for putting their lives at such big risks just to enjoy a little bit of pleasure of racing and enjoy some fresh air..…just need to tell all you bikers out there, Don't put your life on the line. Think safety first!

I remember the guy who thought me to drive…..always told me that if you can drive in Mumbai, you will be able to drive anywhere in the world. Yeah, it is a kind of a great experience driving in and around Mumbai but that’s only if you are an occasional driver and have to drive a short distance.

My heart goes out to those thousands of people who have to drive across the same roads everyday and who drive long distance. It can actually be frustrating at times, especially when you don’t have good company…it gets even more boring!! While for those of you who do not drive, you too are missing out on this experience....so come join the gang, this is an invitation!

Would have to wind up here…but before doing that let me leave you with these sayings, “Safety can distinguish you. Lack of safety can extinguish you”, “Safety gear -- 2 minutes ... Risk assessment -- 5 minutes ... A mishap that takes a life -- forever.”

So Don't put your life on the line. Think safety!!!

Until my next article, take very good care of yourself, God bless and Drive safe!!!

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