I have been obsessed with fitness since childhood, primarily due to repeated bouts of ill-health. My quest for perfect health made me experiment with both exercise and food.
I read lots of books and skimmed through thousands of articles on the net. I tried out Yoga, karate, gymming, running, pranic healing, all type of sports possible in India and what not. I tried green tea, dry fruits, a litre of milk and 4 eggs a day, sprouts, etc.
And in the process, injured my shoulder, a knee, a wrist and perhaps my stomach too (hopefully nothing permanent).
Finally, I have come to a conclusion – bahut ho gaya! (Enough is enough!)
A quote I read in a recent book sums it up best – “The system isn’t important, the principle is”. I had got confused between the 2.
The body doesn’t demand that I follow a specific system, like going to the gym daily at 6 pm or eating protein. All it wants is that I do certain activities for which the human body has evolved over millions of years.
Which probably means that I do just these well:
- Stay physically active (anything at all, as far as it covers a fair amount of endurance, flexibility and strength)
- Eat in moderation (preferably more natural foods)
- Take lots of rest (so that modern-day stress doesn’t exacerbate minor issues)
Following the principle will never help me become the next John Cena or Hrithik Roshan. At least not in this birth!
But I can definitely live a healthy life.
And that is why this is my last fitness post. My fitness obsession ends here. 🙂