Q: I am not a fitness buff. I am also a lazy person by nature. Please give me a simple, action plan to good health and wellbeing.
A: A 20-25 minute work-out 4-5 days a week is all that you need — not just a pump-it-up exercise plan for extended hours. Remember, a reasonably good fitness programme takes the murmur out of your laid-back attitude and life. It gives you the energy and also the confidence to do better and well in your day-to-day life. Also, keep in mind — a good diet and a regular exercise programme are indispensable to good living and healthy longevity.
- Incorporate a good dietary programme on a daily basis. Go for a walk or a trek, as and when time permits. Or, ride a bicycle, for 40 minutes during weekends
- Go for a 20-minute walk, set at a good pace, not too fast or not too slow, 4 times a week. Walking is the best, simple, and safest form of exercise.
- If, for some reason, you can’t do aerobics, or other exercises, walking by itself is a great exercise. Mahatma Gandhi called walking the “queen of all exercises.” Science attests to this view in equal measure, and more too
- If you can’t, for whatever reason walk at all, try to laugh as much as you possibly can. Laughing burns calories, exercises your respiratory muscles, increases oxygen uptake, and boosts the production of the feel-good hormones — endorphins. What’s more, it does not require any equipment or gear. Most important — laughing exercises can be done anywhere. Better still, its overall benefits are just as good as doing physical exercise!
- Or, walk, jog, skip and jump on a mini-trampoline while listening to music, or watching TV. Rebounding exercises on a mini-trampoline are a fun way to optimal health and fitn-ess. However this may be, speak to your physician/therapist before you embark on any exercise plan or regimen.
Simple, isn’t it? Yes! And, this is all you’d need to do and add to your daily schedule on a regular basis. Once you do that, you will reap the rewards cumulatively. Because, when you are healthy, you will be able to get over your laziness, and be more productive. You will, in the process, also burn unwanted calories, and feel energetic.