Never Give up on Walk and Water - they must go on Forever
Many people believe that you must exercise to lose weight. Many people look at slim or thin people exercising and ask them why they need to exercise. Walking regularly and drinking sufficient water are a basic necessity for all human beings to keep their bodies in good health, glands, and organs active and to be fit.
In the past this happened naturally as we had to walk to the shops or market and to visit friends or neighbours. Then having walked for 25-30 minutes to any place you would feel thirsty and drink more water. So, our parents never had to train us to go for a walk or drink water.
They did however train us to brush our teeth and bathe daily as this is a basic necessity for good health and living. Today we have to similarly train children to set aside time to exercise regularly and measure and drink their water. Today children from age 5 or 6, class one upwards, spend their evening at tuitions or in front of a T.V or computer, instead of playing on the streets. Also, as there are so many ready, soft drinks or packet juices available and air-conditioned facilities, most children donít feel thirsty and donít want to drink water.
We have to therefore consciously train ourselves and encourage our children to walk, jog, play games and drink water. Both these are highest in priority for keeping good health as they help to keep a high metabolic rate. When you exercise regularly for 2-3 months the metabolic rate rises. If you miss a day or two of exercise thereafter, it does not matter, but if you miss 5-7 days continuously then the metabolism goes down and it will take another 2-3 months of exercise to raise it. So, our advice is that walking 25-30 minutes must become a way of life for all. This can be done anywhere and can be done even when you go out of town, even when you holiday and even when you have examination or a heavy work schedule. All of us make time for a bath, daily, in all circumstances. Similarly, a walk can be fit into our schedule too. The good part is, 25-30minutes can be done any time of the day, only you need your socks and shoes, like you carry your toothbrush and paste wherever you go.
What does water do? It raises the metabolism too. When you donít water a plant, it droops. When you donít drink enough water your body droops. Your muscles work slowly, and your metabolism automatically slows down. You also burn less calories. When you drink 2 1/2 to 3 liters water (plain water) daily your body is fresh, hydrated and alert, you move briskly and quickly and your metabolism and calorie burn goes up.
The most important thing is to understand that both these things have to be done year-round and lifelong. Following a diet or certain restrictions in food is usually done for a short period of time but motivating oneself to walk, drink water and stay fit and fresh must be forever.