Health is wealth” and Health is better than wealth” are well-known and oft repeated sayings. These underline a vital fact of life. Without good health nothing is of much use. If any sensible person is asked what he would prefer, health or wealth. He would immediately answer ‘health’. Without good health and physical fitness life would become a burden and a tasteless thing.
Those who are sick, ill or weak in health are found dejected, nervous, hopeless and without any zest for life and its activities. He who has health and a fit body has hope, inspiration and so everything in fife. Health goes far, even farther than wealth and any other thing in life. It is a sure key to success. Without physical fitness and good health nothing good or substantial can be achieved.
Only the healthy citizens, and men and women make a healthy and happy nation. Only healthy people can work hopefully, steadily, constantly and at people can work hopefully, steadily, constantly and at their best, to achieve better and better results. Again, it is only a healthy man or woman who can desire and strive for perfection. Weak men can never make good citizens, leaders, businessmen, soldiers or a brave people. Healthy minds reside in healthy bodies.
Men and women indifferent to their health cannot either be intelligent or make good artists, poets, public servants and useful members of the society. Most of the great and successful men and women owe their success to their outdoor physical activities, playing habits and exercise in their youth. Their athletic habits, cultivated in their youth, always stood them in good stead later in life. Consequently, they always possessed sound health and mind, leading them to the crowning glory.
Their mental vigor, exuberance of thoughts, vivacity and enthusiasm for work came from their robust health, and physical fitness, which they obtained through regular exercise, game and sports, long walks, swimming, horse-riding, yogic postures and such other activities. The way to health, happiness and success lies through physical work, exercise and animal robustness. Therefore, look to your health, if you have it; praise your luck and stars. If you do not have it, then ponder we over your life-style and try to develop athletic habits.
Go to your garden, grasp a spade and engage yourself in digging or wood-cutting. Run a mile early in the morning, play some game like football, volley ball or badminton, and you will soon regain your health and energy. And these in their turn will fill your life with a new hope and meaningfulness. Every man and woman should undertake some physical work or exercise regularly. It is the sound body that brings sound mind with it. It was in the playgrounds of Eton school that the battle of Waterloo was actually won and Napoleon defeated.
The toughness acquired in the school playground was turned to good account in the battlefield. It is such physical activities as wrestling, boating, cricketing, sporting, and playing games and exercise which promote national health and strength. The player or a sports-prison who would win races honorably must have an honorable and successful career.
To do one’s work cheerfully and well. Every man and woman should possess a good constitution, and this can be got only by daily exercise in the open air. Physical education should be an integral part of education and training in our schools, colleges and universities.
Physical fitness is a must for everybody. It is in the very young age that athletic habits and. love for physical work and exercise should be developed. The best time to have physical exercise is early in the morning and late in the evening. It is heartening to note that yogic exercises, postures etc., have been introduced in our schools and colleges. Through yogic exercises we can develop both our minds and bodies.
These exercises are very scientific and time- tested and goes a long way in facing and eliminating stresses, tensions and worries of modern materialistic life. Yoga, the oldest science of life, teaches us how to work, rest, relax and breathe to maintain good health and mental capacities. Yogic asana and postures help us lubricate the body-machine, keep the muscles and joints running smoothly, tone all the internal organs and increase blood circulation without causing any fatigue. Our body is like a perfect and subtle machine that needs proper maintenance, care and running.
Anyone can practice Yoga and maintain his health and peace of mind. People who do not take regular exercise or do Yogic postures easily fall sick. Many of our modern diseases like obesity, diabetes, blood-pressure, mental tension, rheumatism, piles etc., have their roots in our lethargy, comfortable living, ease and convenience of life. They can be very easily checked and eliminated by taking daily physical exercise.
Lethargy and inactivity, coupled with easy living, make our body an easy victim of diseases. From the very young age the boys and girls should be properly trained in physical fitness and exercises. They should be helped to cultivate and develop athletic habits. It may be repeated once again that physical fitness is imperative and should not be neglected. It is high time that we pay more attention and use greater resources to develop and promote national physical standards.
We should create a harmonious atmosphere where the body is given no less importance than the mind, because without physical powers there cannot be any mental power. Physical exercise, taken regularly, works like a wonderful tonic both for mind and body. But there should be moderation and there should not be too much of it. Neglect of exercise is as bad and injurious as the overdose of it. In this day and age people are looking for successful ways to live a healthier life.
We live in a very busy and chaotic world. Finding time to exercise, spend time with your family, have fun and relax can sometimes be impossible. If you are not motivated to exercise or eat a healthy diet it is still possible to incorporate almost painless ways to live healthier. Follow the tips below, you will be on your way to living a healthy lifestyle. “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly” Buddha
A Happier Healthy You1. Use the stairs instead of the elevator2. Join a fitness club3. Stretch in the morning when you get out of bed4. Try a turkey burger instead of a hamburger5. Exercise with a friend6. Walk in place while watching TV7. Drink fewer soft drinks8. Use skim milk instead of whole milk9. Eat lunch outside10. Avoid fried foods11. Order an omelet with vegetables12. Don’t diet, change your eating habits13. Eat high fiber cereal14. Try bread without butter15. Do light stretches while you shower16. Take lunch to work instead of eating out17. Eat a bagel instead of a donut18. Read the newspaper daily19. Avoid Soups made with cream20. Eat an apple a day21. Keep your mind active with crossword puzzles22. Eating breakfast everyday boosts your metabolism23. Limit caffeine intake24. Exercise 20 minutes a day-three days a week25. Drink water instead of soft drinks
A lot of people could have been cured had they learned to laugh. More life losses could have been prevented had they laughed their problems off. After exposure to laughter, there is a general increase in activity within the immune system including an increase in the number of activity of bad cells that causes viral infected cells and some type of cancer and tumor cells.
It was found that after exposure to humor there was an increase in activated T-cells (T-lymphocytes) also the following were noted; increase in the antibody IgA (immunoglobulin A) which fights upper respiratory tract infection, increase in gamma interferon which tells various components of the immune system to “turn on”; increase in IgB, the Immunoglobulin produced in greatest quantity in the body, and an increase in compliment free, which helps antibodies to pierce dysfunctional or infected cells. Laughter is the best medicine.
There is indeed a built-in healing mechanism that is activated when we laugh. Laughing relaxes the muscles, and brings rejuvenation to the organs of the body. Laughter has a tremendous curative power. Indeed laughter cures almost all ailments and diseases even without the aid of any medication.