Health & Hygiene

It is all about making the right choice.

What do you love to do the most when you are at home? Since we have been at our homes for more than a year now, we all developed a few hobbies, what are your pastime favorites? Mine is binge-watching series or movies, lying on my bed and chilling scrolling my Instagram feed, and the most beloved one is eating junk (basically tasty food, let’s just accept a burger tastes 100 times better than a plain roti), then sleep, and repeat. I loved this lockdown life but all the chilling and eating cost me a huge prescription of medicines, it was some hormonal imbalance that led to pcod (I hope everyone knows what pcod is). The first thing the doctor asked me what do you normally prefer eating? And do you exercise? This was the moment of truth and I told her everything honestly. I was sure that I had gained some weight after the lockdown in about 2 to 3 months but never bothered to check, but when I went to the hospital the reality hit me hard, I had gained 4 to 5 kgs in a very short period of time. I was determined to cure my pcod hence started working out, cut down on some of my favorite food items, and followed everything the doctor prescribed. This was the first time in my life I ever bought a yoga mat (that’s a huge step y’all) and started working out. Initially, I wasn’t regular at all but slowly I gained some body strength and it’s been 11 and a half months I have been working out and trying to eat healthily (that includes avoiding packaged food and eating consciously, not too much, or not too less also). I won’t lie I haven’t been regular ever since but even today I try to work out at least 4 times a week for 30 to 45 minutes. In the lockdown I realized that we don’t take our health so seriously, we want our bodies to work for us 24×7 but in return, we are not providing enough care and nutrition to our bodies. I read a case study that stated that 5 to 10% of women in the age group of 12 to 45 are suffering through pcod in 2012, but after lockdown 1 in 5 women suffers through this issue. As the exact cause of pcod is unknown but some of the common causes are as follows- change in lifestyle, sudden weight gain or loss, unhealthy lifestyle, and pollution. With the growing number of known and unknown diseases, we need to start taking our health seriously. We all can’t go to gyms, follow a diet, sleep exactly 8 hours a day, I agree. But we can do little things at our homes too like home workouts, there are so many home workouts videos on YouTube: yoga routine, intense cardio, low impact cardio, Pilates, etc. Not only exercise but our food habits are also important our body weight can be lost or gained 30% by exercise and 70% by diet, but this does not imply that you would go for diet and skip the workout, our body needs a daily calorie burn, a normal exercise routine to stay fit. Chips and Coldrinks can be replaced with fruits, salads, fruit juices, or soups. Adding protein to the meals like extra dal, green leafy vegetables, there are nonveg options too, we have Google, we have smartphones, at least for our own benefit can we for ones make good use of it? Yes, we can. No one ever would have thought that a small virus that cannot even be seen can kill millions of people, we cannot underestimate anything, a minor food habit, or unhealthy gained fat might one day end up taking your life. Small efforts can make a huge difference and don’t forget when you are eating healthy, drinking lots of water, exercising, having a proper sleep schedule you are not doing it for someone else but your own self. Take your health seriously. This is not only for women just because I mentioned pcod but for men too. Yes, they can’t get pcod but we don’t need a diagnosed disease to stay fit and start taking care of ourselves. This is a sincere note to all the readers, please take this seriously and look into your food habits and start exercising. Get up start walking and drink some water.