2013 has been an amazing year for me from a health perspective……..despite the travel (approximately 1 day a week), long days at work (~10 hours on an average/day), couple of trips across different time zones and lack of good vegetarian diet, not to mention sedentary lifestyle.
VISITS TO A DOCTOR in 2013: ZERO
I was able to say NO to the following ‘common ailments’ (or lifestyle diseases) most of the days in the year:
1. Cough /cold – 365 days
2. Nose block – 365 days
3. Fever – 365 days
4. Headache – 365 days
5. Stress – 365 days
6. Acidity, Stomach Upsets – 365 days
7. Backaches – ~330 days
8. Neck pain – ~300 days
9. Tiredness – ~ 300 days
Days I was happy & energetic – 365
So, what did I do that you can also do for yourself?
Let me share my 2013 secret:
Yoga exercises (hatha yoga postures) for ~300 days in a year – atleast 30 minutes a day; [Yes, I did not workout during my travel & of course, had a few lazy weekends)
Breathing exercises (pranayama) for 365 days in a year – atleast 15 minutes a day; [Hey, what the heck, if I can’t exercise, I can definitely find 10minutes anywhere, including an aeroplane to do my breathing exercises!!]
Meditation (I vary between Vipassana, chanting, breath observation techniques to get rid of boedom) for 365 days – atleast 15 minutes a day; [Hey, you can meditate for longer in transatlantic flights – perhaps hours at stretch and mind you, it counts!!]
Regular fasting [once a fortnight, I fast on Ekadasi days]; [Yes, I eat lot of fruits, nuts, milk – as much as my body asks for, but no cooked food of any sort, no tea/coffee for 24 hours]
And most importantly, I decided to be happy, healthy & blissful, no matter what the day is going to be!
If I can do it, you can do it.
Try it. Use this year as your trial year to start a healthy life.
Would it be worth it? You bet, ask me!!
Would love to hear your thoughts.
Happy, healthy, joyous 2014.