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Waking early & eating right

| Updated on July 21, 2018

1 Early to bed, Early to rise: For healthy living, it is important to go back to our childhood learning, “early to bed, early to rise makes a  person healthy, wealthy and wise.” In a corporate world, sleeping early is difficult but at least waking up is in our hands. I do that.  And that is my first fitness mantra.

2 Yoga and meditation: Yoga is a regular event in my life. Surya namaskara, pranayaam and breathing control practices such as Kapaal Bhaanti and Anulom Vilom besides other exercises. It gives me control over myself.

3 Fitness for family bond: After my exercise, I become an assistant to my wife (who also has a corporate life) in getting the food ready and other morning activities. This helps keep me active and helps me spend time and bond with the family.

4 Staying active: Being active is a state of mind. It is important to feel active and not tired. I keep myself active with mind energy. In office, I maximise walking wherever possible. I prefer taking a metro to a meeting and walk up to the station rather than take my car. I try to achieve 8,000-10,000 steps every day, which is almost walking 5-6 km. This is not possible staying inside the office and using the car when you go out.

5 Food that gives energy: Food is as important as physical exercise. And the food intake is as important as its quality. What I eat and who makes it, are both important. As the Indian scriptures say, food made with love and affection gives immense energy and fitness. To be active, satvik food without onion and garlic keeps negative energy away. I don't have eggs, liquor, meat, as it all adds up to rajsik and tamsik, which reduces the energy level. In the corporate world it is difficult to follow this way of living, unless you have an inclination towards it.

Pankaj Dubey, MD and Country Head, Polaris India

 

 

Published on July 20, 2018

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