On Campus

Why dawdle when you can dance?

BHARAT SAVUR | Updated on December 09, 2013 Published on December 09, 2013

Here’s a great thing to know: the cooler the weather, the more fat you burn during exercise. No kidding. The metabolism works overtime in the cold to maintain body-warmth. And harder still when you exercise. That’s why when you jog up and down the winding lanes at a hillstation, you return from your holiday a few kg lighter.

For the same reason, December is not for dawdling indolently over tea and bhajiyas. It’s for dancing, bending, twisting to make your body sweat and your mind soar. It’s for belting out a full-throated falsetto to let your spirit unleash its unbridled energy and let it all hang out. This, dudes, is the spirit of fitness. To breathe life into laziness, hope into doldrums, courage into panic.

In this spirit, you can do anything: Stick leech-like to a diet and exercise routine to lose fat and gain muscle. Be steely in your resolve to study something new and true everyday. Help others in small but significant ways. It’s Life Unlimited.

The fact is, if you huddle under your blanket for warmth, you’ll never understand that there is another kind of warmth. The warmth of arising when it’s easier to burrow into your bedclothes; the warmth of deciding when it’s easier to delay; to believe in yourself when it’s easier to doubt; to prepare when it’s easier to daydream; to work when it’s easier to wish; to persist when it’s easier to quit… This is the warmth of the victory of the will over negativity and sloth. It’s the empowering warmth of making life come to life.

Whenever you feel unwell, uneasy, it’s the unused energy stagnating in the body. If you’re an exerciser, you’ll feel this way if you haven’t worked out for four days. Just get on your stationary bike and pedal away—you’ll feel a beautiful inner easing on the 32nd minute, followed by a joyful serenity, then a compulsion to leap off your bike and get on with the day.

Gyaan: The more regularly you push yourself to get up and go, the fewer lethargic obstacles there are to overcome.



The writer is co-author of the book Fitness for Life and teacher of the Fitness for Life programme.

Published on December 09, 2013

A letter from the Editor


Dear Readers,

The coronavirus crisis has changed the world completely in the last few months. All of us have been locked into our homes, economic activity has come to a near standstill. Everyone has been impacted.

Including your favourite business and financial newspaper. Our printing and distribution chains have been severely disrupted across the country, leaving readers without access to newspapers. Newspaper delivery agents have also been unable to service their customers because of multiple restrictions.

In these difficult times, we, at BusinessLine have been working continuously every day so that you are informed about all the developments – whether on the pandemic, on policy responses, or the impact on the world of business and finance. Our team has been working round the clock to keep track of developments so that you – the reader – gets accurate information and actionable insights so that you can protect your jobs, businesses, finances and investments.

We are trying our best to ensure the newspaper reaches your hands every day. We have also ensured that even if your paper is not delivered, you can access BusinessLine in the e-paper format – just as it appears in print. Our website and apps too, are updated every minute, so that you can access the information you want anywhere, anytime.

But all this comes at a heavy cost. As you are aware, the lockdowns have wiped out almost all our entire revenue stream. Sustaining our quality journalism has become extremely challenging. That we have managed so far is thanks to your support. I thank all our subscribers – print and digital – for your support.

I appeal to all or readers to help us navigate these challenging times and help sustain one of the truly independent and credible voices in the world of Indian journalism. Doing so is easy. You can help us enormously simply by subscribing to our digital or e-paper editions. We offer several affordable subscription plans for our website, which includes Portfolio, our investment advisory section that offers rich investment advice from our highly qualified, in-house Research Bureau, the only such team in the Indian newspaper industry.

A little help from you can make a huge difference to the cause of quality journalism!

Support Quality Journalism
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor
You have read 1 out of 3 free articles for this week. For full access, please subscribe and get unlimited access to all sections.