I do not need to start this post with a preface. If you are accessing the internet and reading this blog, chances are that you know how important health is for you and for everyone in general. So you would also know that is everyone stays fit and healthy, there would be less disease in the world and people would live much longer.
In addition to this, what I have also learned through the course of my life, and I wish I knew this in my teens, 20s and 30s is that good health is about ah healthy mind, body and soul; and all these three go hand in hand.
Unfortunately, it is not so easy to achieve the desired level of health and fitness, and it may even require serious lifestyle changes. Additionally, having a fitness routine to achieve your desired level of health needs a kind of self motivation that not everyone has. Each person has his or her own set of limitations and circumstances that they have to work within and a lot of times, health gets ignored in that rigmarole. A lot of times it is external factors that keep us busy, but most of the times it is we ourselves through our worries about lost sleep, lost ‘delicious’ food or fear of being judged etc etc, who make good health into this unachievable scary pursuit that is rather forgotten than chased actively and whole-heartedly.
But it really need not be that way. I am a woman who wears multiple hats and I can tell you that this pursuit can be made really easy and fun only if you want to. It is definitely not something that can’t be done. If anything, there are probably several things you could be doing differently and there’s no reason you can’t give it a shot. You can find health right at your doorstep just how I found it by making two simple connected changes to my routine and lifestyle, that seem difficult at first but once practiced can do wonders not just for your health but for your family’s health too! 🙂
Family gardening days!
Yes! MY family gardens together! We have a cute little patch of land in front of our home that we tend to together two to three times a week. The great thing is that we are all into flowers, plants and the environment; we all love to get our hands dirty in the soft moist earth and we all enjoy this fun little outdoor activity. The result? A happy healthy family!
How? Well, the steps that go into working in a garden are more than a few. Clear the ground. Improve the soil. Just spending at least over an hour out in the little garden space twice a week, moving around equipment, plants, saplings, compost, the huge water cans, pots, planters, then digging, spreading the mulch, getting rid of the weed or the grass, making soil beds, preparing the planters – there is so much love and toil that goes into gardening – that it is sure to make everyone not just physically fit but also deeply emotionally satisfied. But you know what is the best outcome of it all? This engagement is so satisfying on so many levels that it leads to a wholly fulfilling life! And this is not something that only a true nature lover will understand. Try it for some time and you will see the difference in your body, mind and soul.
I understand that not everyone has patches of land (mine is really small!), especially in big cities where space is so limited. So I recommend to look beyond this! Do not have any lan? Live in an apartment? Live on the thirteenth floor? Nothing matters! Get five pots, three pots, one pot! Plant just mint leaves or coriander leaves or pansies or anything that you realistically can. Tending to and caring for a plant takes positive energy that rejuvenates the body, mind and soul and makes me and my family healthy holistically. You will notice that if you and your family take care of even just one plant regularly, you will see the changes, and I am sure if you not be able to stop but instead you would love to add one more plant and then one more 🙂
Growing organic produce of our own
So yes, that was one of the ways in which I have found health with a simple change that I have incorporated in my life, to strive to be #ApneTareekeSeHealthy. The other thing that I have done actually flows from this first one! Yes, it is a result and byproduct of this first one. So, I plant and care for my little green and colorful babies, along with my family. Seeing the blooms after a few days of hard work – there is no other feeling in the world that comes close in its full colorful glory of satisfaction! But this is not all! After a year or so of growing the easiest herbs and flowers in our very limited space, we started growing a few fruits and vegetables as well, now that we felt confident about our gardening skills as a family. So we found the double added bonanza of eating the purest organic fruits and veggies grown by our very own hands in our very own land! Physical activity and the best of organic produce! Can it get any better?
(Yes, I found spinach very easy to grow, with the inexpensive organic seeds I found at a food fair!) While we still have a long way to go, sometimes this is what our dinner looks like…
So just with these personal modifications to the way I live my life, and the way my family lives their life, I have been able to find some physical and mental good health, and I feel very satisfied at the results. The lovingly produced food that we produce in our tiny kitchen garden, we cook it using the best cooking oil only, either olive oil, or if we want to use vegetable oil, then we prefer something like low fat Saffola oil. And after I saw this video where the brand encourages us to find our own little ways to chase health with smile and love, minus any unnecessary stress, I felt glad that I use this brand 🙂