World Heart Day: Have A Heart? Don’t Let It Go

We are living in times where cardiac issues and incidents have very sadly started to be viewed as normal. The worst part of it is the reducing age of the Cardiac patients and victims. To know that people are succumbing to heart attacks in their 40s, 30s and even in 20s isn’t surprising anymore. While there could be an element of genetic issues that can possibly impact an individual but there are still a lot of cases wherein physically fit people with not much of family history into cardiac illnesses also facing such issues. Ever wondered why, the answer lies in our history itself. Our old preachings have always propagated a holistic wellness filled lifestyle, a kind of life that incorporates wellness and wellbeing in every single aspect of it and that is something which we seem to have comfortably forgotten with a rampant industrialised and digitised world. The preachings in vedas and of our a forefathers about having:

  • the early morning deep breathing with walking on wet grass or soil
  • eating nutritious and calorie deficit home cooked food that fits within a plate and short walks after the meal
  • investing time in helping the needy or doing charity through religious acts
  • living within the means and focus on saving for a rainy day
  • and growing home gardens were all small parts of the overall holistic wellness lifestyle.

Think about it again. Wasn’t it covering the mental, emotional, nutritional, physical, social, financial and environmental wellness eco-system instead of just focusing on an exercise routine and some crash course diet?

Having left my high paying job my primary aim through our wellness aggregator firm GALF is to get people connected to the same wellness eco-system that has been a part of our culture since forever but in a more acceptable digital format. The same preaching of our ancestors backed by more modern research and disposition are offered to our corporate clients who are living a dangerously stressful and sedentary life. Our world class wellness specialist work very hard in helping people connect and stick to the wellness lifestyle.

Through this article i am glad to share few best practices from our top wellness specialists

Our running coach Girish Bindra advises “Regular running is the easiest form of workout to embrace and it decreases the risk of heart disease by 35-55 percent. It helps to prevent blood clots in the arteries and blood vessels. It also helps to lower the blood pressure and cholesterol level. It strengthens our heart muscles & keeps us fit along with maintaining a healthy weight.”

Our Holistic Health and Lifestyle Specialist Neha SB suggests ” Usage of day to day chores as part of the functional training module. This kind of chores based training can very simply combine cardiovascular conditioning (heart and lung endurance), functional strength training, balance activities, flexibility and stretching exercises. Functional training Improves and lowers your blood pressure, cholesterol levels (LDL, triglycerides) and raises your HDL good cholesterol. This may help one return to normal levels and thereby reduce your risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancers. NIRVANAFITNESS combines scientific breathing patterns of pursed lip with alpha music helps in complete mind and body

rejuvenation. For a Healthy Heart; Deep breathing with prolonged exhalation used in Pursed Lip breathing technique helps in increasing and regulating Oxygen levels in the body.

Did we even know that oral and dental health can support the heart health too, Our orthodontist and oral health specialist Dr Yash Shekatkar emphasises “Oral health is the key to overall health of a person. Study has shown that people who have poor oral health (such as gum disease or tooth loss) have higher rates of cardiovascular problems.Gum disease (periodontitis) is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease. Poor dental health increases the risk of a bacterial infection in the bloodstream, which can affect the heart valves. Oral health may be particularly important if you have artificial heart valves.”

And while we are at it, how can we forget the massive benefits of yoga, our Hatha Yoga specialist Roshitha Girish clarifies “We find a lot of people suffering from heart related ailments at an early age due to acute stress. Research shows that yoga can lower blood pressure and help you manage stress, which can benefit heart health. There are many asanas and pranayama techniques that help in maintaining a healthy heart. Aum chanting has a profound impact on the cardio-vascular system. Heart rhythm gets into a beautiful rhythm, controls blood pressure and is excellent for circulation of blood.”

Hopefully this does give people enough drift that while we continue to modernise ourselves, a bit of a connection with past learnings will help us really leave behind an amazing health filled world and create a legacy of wellness for our generations.

  • The author of this article is Mr. Amit Vasistha, Founder and CEO, GALF (Get a Life Fitness)


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