To Stay Healthy, RUN

For more than two or three decades my day always starts with running or walking. The last eight or nine years I also practice yoga. I was born in Chennai where we have the Beautiful Marina Beach. This is where I started my running, those days it used to be running four or five kilometres. It used to be a routine in my life, getting up at 4.30 in the morning, taking my bike to Marina, running for around thirty minutes and sitting in the Beach watching the waves. When I started going here, Marina was Beautiful and it was fun watching people running or walking. When I was getting busier with work, I started going to one of the nearby park and started walking during the weekdays and at times during the weekends I will be at Marina.

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After I moved to Bangalore, whenever I saw people running in my community, I wanted to run but never started, I continued with walking. Around five years back I did a business travel to Milan for two months. The day after I landed at Milan, I went to a park for my morning walk. I started realizing I was the only one in the Park to walk, others were running. This was the moment where I felt I must start running again. I started running gradually and when I was leaving Milan I used to run seven kilometres at a good pace. When I returned to Bangalore I continued with my running, today am so addicted to running that I can’t miss it even a day.

Around two years back during the annual shut down I was at Chennai to spend time with my parents. I normally go to Marina for running, one of the days I got up late and went for running to a nearby park. The park was small and I started running on the outside road. When I was running I didn’t notice a rope that was lying down, it went in between my legs and I fell down. This is the freakiest fall I ever had, I have already had couple of fractures before. This time the fall was very bad resulting in a serious fracture and dislocated left elbow. I straight went to the orthopedic doctor I know, he is one the best and a very popular doctor, he immediately did a surgery to fix my elbow by placing a plate and multiple screws, for the first time I felt physical pain. As part of recovery, I have to do very painful physio every day. I was told by my doctor and as per google my hand won’t be straight if I don’t do the physio regularly. I used to do physio for around two hours a day with pain and thankfully my hand returned to normal position in around six months, straight as before. Even when I was at Hospital I used to go for morning walk.

My Elbow three day after Surgery

After recovery I returned to Bangalore and I continued with my walking. When I saw people running not looking down or running with their mobile talking, I started thinking they might fall down. They were running normal, but I started having this fear. One day I thought the best way to overcome this fear is to start running. After I started doing my favorite running the fear went off. Nowadays I run very carefully, enjoy the run and I don’t look at my watch to worry about the speed. Before the lock down, I used to run in my community during the weekdays and I go to the Beautiful Agara Lake during the weekend to run around fifteen kilometres. Am waiting for this pandemic to leave so that I can go back to my usual routine. I find it difficult to wear a mask and run, so these days I do a combination of running and walking.

I love running so much that I can’t miss it even a day. Even when am on business travel to International Location I won’t miss running. Running helps me to stay fit and keeps my mind calm and relaxed. Am not a professional runner, but I want to share some tips to help my friends to run, this will help you to stay fit and healthy. a) Start running tomorrow b) Easiest way to start running is to run behind a runner c) It is only the first few hundred metres it will be difficult to run, if you continue running, you will keep running. d) Take breaks whenever you want to while running e) It is easy to run straight rather than in circles f) Breath through both the mouth and the nose to keep your breathing steady g) Dont use your mobile phone while running h) Concentrate while running i) Keep looking down to avoid any freak accident j) If there is a running group join them to run more k) Don’t run all seven days in a week, give some rest to your body l) Stretch Before and After the Run and m) Finally, running is fun, enjoy running.

It is very important we do some physical activity in the morning like walking, running, yoga, cycling or play any sport. This will help us to Stay Fit and Healthy both Physically and Mentally. Hope you find this post useful, Be Safe and Take Care.

My Travel Diary Gokarna

We visited Gokarna on a family holiday in Dec 2019. I love driving long distance and we decided to drive to Gokarna from Bangalore. Gokarna is around 500 kilometres from Bangalore and is a 10 hour drive. We left early in the morning from Bangalore, had our breakfast and lunch on the way and reached Jungle Lodges at Gokarna in around 9 hours. The drive through Sharavati valley wildlife sanctuary is a memorable one. Jungle Lodges is completely cut off from Gokarna town, the rooms were nice and the food was very good. Gokarna is known for Mahabaleshwara Temple and Beaches. The purpose of visiting Gokarna was to have good time together with family, get some fresh air with nice food and also see some important places. We had great family time, had nice stay completely cut off from pollution and Jungle Lodges treated us with very good food. Let me talk about the places we visited from here.

Jungle Lodges

Mahabaleshwara Temple Mahabaleshwara is known for its Shiva Linga also known as Aatma Linga. I read that this is a 4th century temple and is one of the seven sacred Muktistala in Karnataka. The temple is located on the shores of Arabian Sea. There are few other small temples around Mahabaleshwara temple, one other temple we visited is Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple.

Om Beach and Kudle Beach The shape of Om Beach is considered to be in the shape of Om and hence it derives its name and also considered auspicious. Om Beach is a place any photographer would love to be with their camera. There are plenty of water sport in Om Beach and I also saw lot of people enjoying their meditation and practicing yoga. Kudle Beach has a perfect C shape, it is know for its scenic view and the click of sunrise and sunset is a delight to watch anytime.

Murudeshwar Temple After staying at Gokarna for 2 days we left to Jog Falls. On our way we visited Murudeshwar Temple. Murudeshwar is known for its tall Shiva Statue located on the shores of Arabian Sea. Murudeshwar temple has a 20 storey Gopuram and has a lift to have a view of the 123 feet Shiva idol. The temple surrounded by Arabian Sea on three sides is one more photographers paradise.

Jog Falls Jog Falls is the tallest waterfall in India on the Sharavati River located in the Shimoga district. We stayed at Sharavati Adventure Camp for a day which is opposite the Sharavati River. We had a nice welcome after we checked into our rooms to realize none of our mobile phones were working. The rooms were located opposite the river and we had a nice view of sunrise and sunset. The resort arranged a drive to Jog Falls next day morning, we were there for around 3 hours clicking some nice photos.

After having nice time for three days in Gokarna and Jog Falls we started driving back to Bangalore. When I was driving, for few seconds I lost concentration and there was a SUV on the opposite direction and we could have had a head on collision. Thankfully, I turned the wheels to right side and the driver of SUV was already to his right and we were safe, I will never forget this. What I liked about my trip to Gokarna is the Beautiful drive from Bangalore, comfortable stay at Jungle Lodges with nice food, a town with beautiful historic temples and nice beaches to hang out. One of the Must Visit place in Karnataka.

Importance of Vitamin D

I didn’t know the importance of Vitamin D until my Orthopedic Doctor in Chennai asked me to do a Blood Test for Vitamin D. With deficient Vitamin D, I started going through internet on Vitamin D and with the recent Covid-19 pandemic we read and hear more about immunity to stay healthy and safe. Let me start with some of the health issue I had in the past before I come to why I went for Vitamin D test.

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Fractures – I first had a fracture in my left shoulder more than 20 years back. I had a fracture on my right wrist 18 years back. My right shoulder was dislocated 15 years back and I underwent arthroscopy. I always start my day running, I used to go to Marina Beach in Chennai to run. After I moved to Bangalore I switched from running to walking so that I won’t get hurt. My trip to Milan 3 years back motivated me to go back to running and I started running very well. In Dec 2018 when I was in Chennai I met with a freak accident while running and had a nasty fracture on my left elbow. My Orthopedic Doctor did a surgery to place a plate and multiple screws to connect the broken elbow bones. I used to do physio for more than 3 hours a day and thankfully the elbow is normal now. Even when I was recovering from this fracture at Chennai, I used to walk in the morning. When I returned to Bangalore I started running and I will be very careful while running. I always thought I either don’t know to fall down or my bones are not strong resulting in fracture.

Throat Infection – My throat used to get infected very regularly. Whenever there is change of season or water my throat gets infected. I will go to a Doctor and after I take the medicine I will be fine. I thought my throat was very sensitive and hence the infection.

With due respect to my Doctors I must admit none of the Doctors have tried to find out why is the regular fracture or infection. Around 3 months back my legs were paining and I was thinking it must be due to running. I was regularly running more than 10 kilometres a day for many years. When I was in Chennai I visited my Orthopedic Doctor, X-rays of the leg confirmed there was no issue with bones or joints. He suggested me to do a Blood Test for Vitamin D and I was shocked when I got the report. My Vitamin D count was deficient as per the table and I started taking medicines for the same. Now, my legs are not paining and finally I learnt the correct reason for regular fracture and infection.

I went through internet and understood the below benefits, symptoms and source for Vitamin D. Below details are picked from MedicalNewsToday.

Benefits – Promoting Healthy Bones, Supporting Immune, regulating insulin levels, influencing the expression of genes involved in cancer development.

Symptoms of Deficient Vitamin D – Regular Infection, Bone and Back Pain, low mood, hair loss and muscle pain.

Source for Vitamin D – Getting sufficient sunlight, Fatty Fish, Egg Yolk, mushroom. fortified milk and fortified cereals.

Am a vegetarian and I hardly was getting exposed to sunlight until my Doctor helped me understand the importance of Vitamin D. What was surprising is none of the Annual Health Check up gives importance to Vitamin D and this is never considered. Last 3 months I make it a point to go out and get exposed to sunlight as it is the main source for Vitamin D. With the recent articles on Covid-19 and Immunity am glad I got my Vitamin D checked at the right time.

Am writing this to educate my friends with the importance of Vitamin D. I hope the Annual health checkup done by Private Hospitals also include checking of Vitamin D count. This will help people to stay immune, have strong bones and stay healthy.

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