Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The 5 Variables of Life and Health

As teenagers/young adults, we all think of enjoying our respective poisons to the fullest while we're young , and restless. We think " If not now (get drunk) then when? " 
How can drinking be fun when you are old and can't do stupid things after getting drunk.Partially True.

A common misconception that we all live with throughout our lives is:  As we grow older, we become Fragile, listless, low on energy "OLD" "AGED" people who keep coughing loudly & need to walk around with a stick. And this isn't our fault because, what you see is what you believe.

What I am going to write about is surely applicable to you , me and everybody born in today's age of Modern Medicine. Advances in Science and Medicines are going to keep us alive , but may or may not keep us Kickin'! There you are... The Doctors will keep you Alive, but to be Alive and Kickin' is in your hands.

The emotional bonding of Humans amongst their loved ones, builds in a compulsive need for one healthy person to save the life/ extend the life of the sick person to the maximum extent possible. So, barring a few exceptions where the pain is unbearable ( May God give them strength to fight and recover or may their soul Rest in Peace if they don't recover)  a sick person will always want to LIVE and spend more time with his/her loved ones. However, like any other machine, at times there's only so much repairing that can be done on the human body. If certain parts are beyond repair then not much can be done. 

Our bodies are built beautifully and can live a healthy , fulfilling self sufficient life as long as we are alive, provided we maintain it  and take care of it, just like we take care of any other machine/car/gadget

So  How do we maintain our body? Where do we start? what do we do? There are so many things? Where to begin? It's all too much and can be overwhelming.

I read an excellent study on research from : Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences , Public Health Ontario and others. The study identifies 5 major variables that determine the Number of years you will live. These variables also affect the quality of life that you will live in those years.

All you have to do is take care and manage these 5 CONTROLLABLE VARIABLES for a happy, healthy & self sufficient good quality of life during your years spent together with your loved ones on earth: 

The fantastic 5 Variables are: 
  • 1.) Excessive Smoking: It's on the pack. It's on the news. It's on TV. It's on the radio. Everybody knows , Smoking is injurious to health and is a leading cause of variety of Cancers. So, it's never too late to rid yourself of smoking. As a heavy smoker, smoking can be the leading cause of a lot of misery in your life. Moreover you may even be inadvertently harming others around you due to your smoking.
  • 2.) Excessive consumption of Alcohol: We all know what Alcohol can do to our lives. Remember ? It killed Devdas too!! Alcohol is a leading cause of fatal Liver disease and other complications too.
Excessive Smoking & Drinking can be cause of over 40 diseases and the Fatal Four: 
                              1. Heart Disease
                              2. Cancer
                              3.Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
                              4. Diabetes

  • 3.) Unhealthy Diet: What you eat is what you become. IF you eat fatty and unhealthy food, Fat and unhealthy is what you will become. I can bet my whatever you want on this. In a nutshell : Eat small meals at regular intervals. Eat every 3-4 hours. Focus on Fruits , Vegetables, sources of Proteins. Of course, you can freak out on unhealthy food once a week. That's alright.
  • 4.) Lack of Physical Activity : Remember, as a child, when you fractured your hand/leg? The doc plastered up the hand/leg that was fractured. After a month, when the plaster came off , did you notice that your fractured hand/leg was significantly smaller in size/girth than the other fit hand/leg? This happens because of Muscle Atrophy. Muscle Atrophy is nothing bu loss of muscles , due to its lack of use or any other reason.Now imagine , if you don't do some form of resistance training, you are simply telling your body to throw away all the precious muscle , because you are not using it.  End Result? You need to walk around with a stick, because you never made your body Retain the muscle to support your frame. Well done! Start working out now! It's never too late.
  • 5.) Excessive Stress : Today, we measure our success on parameters like Sales Targets , Deadlines,  Social Status, Relationships, Facebook Likes, Retweets,  Marriage , Health , Wealth , B-School Admissions, Pay packages , Degrees, Diplomas, Jobs, CTCs ,  Property, Share Markets , Gold Holding, Gadgets we own, News we are aware of .
    I am feeling stressed just writing and reading all the above parameters , back to back in a single sentence. Imagine, living this life. In such a life, Stress is inevitable. What we need is to effectively manage Stress and keep it from affecting our health. Excessive stress is also a leading cause of aches & Pains, mental trauma, lifestyle diseases etc. It is then, essential to practice meditation or any other activity which reduces stress and calms your mind. It could be any stress busting hobby. There! I've given you another thing you can now stress about.... How to lower the effect of stress in your life!! 

In a nutshell, following are the 5 Controllable Variables that will eventually decide how long and how well you live

  1. Excessive Smoking
  2. Excessive consumption of Alcohol
  3. Unhealthy Diet
  4. Lack of Physical Activity
  5. Excessive Stress
Start by giving yourself marks , out of 10 on each of the above Variables and identify the areas you need to work on.

All the best.

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