No time for working out!

A few days of work in Mumbai and then off to Bahrain and Riyadh coming weekend – Saturdays and Sundays incidentally do entail work hours that side of the world! Such is the usage of time in different parts of the world but all of us, from Iceland to New Zealand, have only 24 hours a day to use.

No wonder that we get to hear of ‘time’ deficiency! We do know about vitamin and mineral deficiency, iron and calcium deficiency but just as bad is time deficiency – a malady that most of us suffer from universally! The first symptom is a body shape that looks far from ideal. Workouts and good diets are the only answer to this problem but there is no time for working out! Somehow we all have very little free time and whatever we do have it is usually spent for a good, decent rest or watching TV! Well, what’s wrong in this, you might say, but there is one aspect which is totally ignored, health.

Fact is that the responsibilities of life seem to multiply with each advancing year. As a result, responsibilities to ourselves (health maintenance activities, such as exercise and balanced eating) get pushed off the schedule. Unhealthy changes in lifestyle take a toll on self-esteem, body image and energy level. So the question is, how can healthy eating and exercise be incorporated into your day without interfering with your busy schedule?

Fortunately, adopting a healthier eating style that emphasizes vegetables, fruit, low-fat dairy, lean proteins and whole grains does not require hours of preparation in the kitchen. You can pick up a variety of healthy foods and meals that require little to no preparation. Paying more attention to what is on your plate and ultimately cutting back on portion sizes is one specific doable step that will help you to get back to healthy eating and better physique. Do try to slip in informal exercise, such as the activities listed below, into your day:

• Set the alarm 10 minutes earlier and wake up with stretching.
• Climb at least some of the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator.
• Take a walk around the office whenever you leave your desk for a bathroom or beverage break.
• Take a walk to a coworker’s desk instead of calling or sending an e-mail.
• Multitask by reading or doing research while walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike.
• Use a little extra effort and motion in the chores you do around the house in order to use more calories.
• Get off the train or bus one stop early or park your car a little further away from home/stores, to get in some walking.
• Stop using the remote control and get up to change the T.V. channel.

Now you would expect some suggestions for healthy recipes too! Well we had a nice Roasted Garlic and Burnt Garlic Soup followed by Panfried Herbed Fish with Tossed Vegetables for a working lunch today. Fresh juicy mango cubes were dessert.

That gets me to mangoes….why not try these recipes out? Ripe Mango Kadhi,
Prawn and Mango Stir Fry, Mango Sasam.

Till I write again
Sanjeev Kapoor.


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