The guest of the day was Mr. Veer Verma, the founder partner at CoachDirect. There was a live session on Facebook page of “The Rising Bharat” on June 15, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss on the theme of “Work and Health Balance”. He has done MBA from Cambridge University and he is an avid racquet sports player. He is a certified coach from Badminton England and certified Yoga instructor from Swami Vivekananda Yoga University.
Mr. Verma stating, “The Happy Morning Campaign” as a great initiative by ‘The Rising Bharat‘, says about his collaboration with it that it is the series of leadership talk from the people belonging to business world and to aware mass, how to improve their health with healthy lifestyle.
He introduces himself and says about his company “Coachdirect” which is in Bangalore and other branches include Hyderabad and Chennai.
“We are a sports coaching company, CoachDirect who provide coaches for any sport to schools, gated communities and corporates. The coaches go onsite and deliver the training. Focuses on grass root physical activities to enhance their lifestyle, mainly in today’s modern world where there is conflict on how to maintain the health after such a tremendous work pressure.”
Mr. Verma begun the session by stating some of the famous quotes, as he wanted the participants to have the clear vision of what he was trying to convey them. He starts with the quote “Health is Wealth” and also says no doubt all are familiar with it since their childhood but majority just take it as proverb with no practical implementation.
He draws our attention towards another such more quotes,
“So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” –A.J. Reb Materi
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” – Buddha
As the discussion proceeded, he draws our further attention by giving us some statistical data from UK (2016-2017):
1.3 million workers are affected by work related health issues which include following three main types,
40% suffer from anxiety or stress.
39% suffer from musco-skeletal problems.
Rest 21% suffering from other type of illnesses which include hearing/vision impairments.
What World Health Organization says:
He mentions about the strategies that the World Health Organization (WHO) proposes for the people to have a healthy life, based on researches .It states that most of the health related issues can be overcome with good physical activity.
Research shows that “Adults aged 18–64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week.
Aerobic activity should be performed in bouts of at least 10 minutes duration.
Muscle-strengthening activities should be done involving major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week”.
Survey in India
In India, Hindustan Times Youth Survey (2017) was conducted by the Hindustan Times. Reports from the survey shows that about 70% of people don’t exercise regularly and 63% of do not monitor their diet.
Survey says 80% of youth do not believe in yoga. Is not this surprising as India which itself is the ‘land of yoga’.
The three essential tips:
He gives three tips how to make it practically possible as most of the people start with great determination but in long run they fail. They find it either boring or not able to sustain.
Tips 1.A partner like friend, neighbor or somebody you meet on regular basis can work. As it will be based on mutual benefit, both of them will be motivated and can be more energized by each other energy.
Tips 2.A schedule on daily basis can work, based on yours’ own body or schedule demand.
Tips 3.Take short spurt. For example on Monday 30 minutes jogging schedule can be replaced by 15 minutes quick jog or brisk walk as it can fulfill the target of 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week.(According to WHO).
He also suggests us to choose ‘healthier alternatives’ .Some of the healthier alternatives listed by him were:
- Sometimes take stairs rather than lift.
- Walk rather than taking a train or bus for short distances.
- Yoga, which can be done by individual at his own pace, Moreover no much space and infrastructure required.
Importance of a balanced diet
As stated above according to survey of Hindustan Times, 62.5% of Indian say that they do not monitor their diet that’s really alarming.
WHO gives following Health diet recommendation:
- Eat as much calories, you can burn.
- At least 400 g (approx. Half a kg) of fruits and vegetables a day.
- As much as possible rely on natural or fibric food.
- Less than 5 g of salt (equivalent to approximately 1 teaspoon) per day and use iodized salt.
Mr Verma also appreciated the practice of intermittent fasting .
Sound Sleep is must
- Suggests to avoid alcohol/smoke as these are not the remedy to overcome stress rather you will fall in its viscous circle.
- Also advice to avoid use of gadgets before sleeping, some other alternatives like fine art, music, gardening, or anything which make you happy, even playing with kid or pet.
- Also shares the link, stating ” 5 Healthy Habits That Could Add More Than A Decade To Your life” (https://www.nhs.uk/news/lifestyle-and-exercise/5-healthy-habits-could-add-more-decade-your-life/)
Findings of National Health Service ( NHS):
“People who stick to five healthy habits in adulthood can add more than a decade to their lives.” – Reports The Guardian
The five habits for a healthy lifestyle are:
- Maintaining a healthy weight.
- Doing at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day.
- Eating a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grain and low in red meat, saturated fats and sugar.
- Not drinking too much alcohol.
At the end he also took queries and satisfied them to their utmost and also received lots of love, thumbs up, massage stating thankyou sir, and yes very painful goodbye but with a great hope to see you again from the whole team of “The Rising Bharat“.