The unfit nation: A suitable prescription4 min read . Updated: 09 Feb 2015, 06:41 PM IST
If all of us sweat it out daily, we could surely become a fitter nation
Doc, I can’t do exercise because of cold/hot weather/rains/dogs and mosquitoes on street/chain snatchers/beggars/weddings/New Year parties, etc."—utterances that I hear from patients ad nauseam. Very few state that the inability to do exercise is primarily because of their laziness. Many of them have a stationary exercise bicycle, treadmill, or even a fully equipped gym at home. Having worked in India, the UK and US, I firmly believe that urban Indians are far more inactive as compared with other races. Is it in our genes? Unlikely. Is it a combination of lack of awareness, bent of mind, lack of opportunities (for example, open spaces), urban stress, and putting higher priorities for job, family and exams? Surely.