Health is Wealth
Health is considered in the first place in a matter of importance. We know quite well that “A sound mind lives in a sound body.” In other words, physical health is essential even for mental health and balance. Unfortunately, there are many people who do not give much importance to health. Even some bookworms give much attention to studies but have no regard for their health. They are busy in reading the books.
They have certain crammed texts at their fingertips but they lack true and intelligent concentration. They can top the list of candidates in a written examination but finally, they become physically weak and prove a failure in their lives. It is for this reason that proper attention to sports, physical exercise and diet must be given from the very beginning. Children must be taught to get up early in the morning and observe rules of cleanliness like regular brushing of teeth, daily bath, cutting of nails etc. The proper nourishing diet must be taken at an appropriate time.
In school, games and exercises must be made compulsory. Smoking is bad for health so it should be avoided by students. Whereas young people need a lot of nourishing diets such as fat, protein and carbohydrates, elderly people should avoid fatty and heavy meals. Excess of spices, chillies, fried things and sweets should be avoided in all cases. Humour is also essential for attaining happiness and health.
It is important that one should stay in the company of jolly-go-lucky fellow and should read humorous books. Children should also be advised not to sit too close to the television which might put a great strain on their eyes. Similarly, they should be advised to do yoga exercise. Exercise should also be taken according to one’s age and capacity.
Whereas the young may take strenuous exercises, the elderly men must satisfy themselves only with the light exercise or just a walk. Exercises at gyms and health centres are also good for health. One who is not healthy, life is the biggest problem for him. So everyone should take proper attention to health.
A Morning Walk
A morning walk is very good for health. It is a light exercise and refreshes both our mind and body. It gives a good appetite and prolongs life. I take my morning walk regularly. I get up at 5 0’clock in the morning. I dress and go out for a walk. My friend, Ram also goes with me. We usually go out to the canal which is about two miles from the city. On the way, we meet many men going to and coming from the canal.
We also see people carrying baskets of vegetables and can full of milk from the market. It is very pleasant at that time. Nature is at her best. The air is cool, fresh and fragrant (Sweet smelling). The trees rustle their leaves. The birds perch on the branches of the trees sing merry notes (songs), crows caw and doves coo. Screaming birds fly our heads. Dewdrops on the green grass look like pearls.
The farmers plough their fields. In fact, everything at that time is delightful. It takes us about half an hour to reach the canal. There we take a dip and offer prayers to Almighty. By this time, the sun appears in the sky. The sunrise is indeed a glorious sight. We then return home and begin our day’s work. We feel fresh and cheerful for the rest of the day.
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International Yoga Day
International Yoga Day is celebrated annually on 21 June and was declared to be internationally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 2014. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice or discipline that was invented in Indian soil. The declaration of this day came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the UN General Assembly on 27 September 2014.
Narendra Modi had said: “The date is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.” It is wonderful that 21 June marks this momentous event in the history of humanity. The celebration of the event International Day of’ Yoga is supported by various global leaders. It is celebrated by the people of more than 180 countries. It is celebrated to let people know that regular yoga practice leads to better mental, physical and intellectual health. It positively changes the lifestyle of the people and increases the level of well-being.
Objectives of yoga day : (i) To let people know the natural benefits of yoga. (ii) To connect people to nature by practicing yoga. (iii) To make people get used to meditation through yoga. (iv) To reduce the rate of health challenging diseases all over the world. (v) To lead sustainable health. (vi) To promote mental and physical health through yoga practice.