I saw her frantically reciting a mantra. Her hands were intensely locking each other in prayer. Tears were there; which she was trying to hide from the curious eyes of onlookers. I still do not know her name. I never asked her. But the worry lines on her face made me re-think my To Dos for a Healthy Life.

She was hardly 18 or 19 years old. All that I could gather from around was that her only brother; a 24 year old boy was being given critical care inside an ICU of a Chandigarh hospital. She was sitting outside in the corridor explaining her ‘middle class to look at’ father that they can call up some uncle of theirs and he might just help them with some money.

I heard a nurse telling her father to deposit INR 1, 00,000 more for further treatment; as his son had been diagnosed with Kidney failure and needed critical dialysis & some more.

I saw no one else from their family around. I very carefully dared to ask the father about ‘What happened’? His fearful voice told me that his son Siddharth (name changed) is an MBA and is working in the sales team of a telecom company. He was slightly obese but otherwise completely healthy till about last week when he vomited and was brought to this nearby hospital (unfortunately a very costly hospital).

I was in the hospital because my mother had to go through a minor orthopedic surgery after she fractured her left leg. I could not control my curiosity to know more about Siddharth. I picked up my visiting card from my car in the parking and just walked into the room of the Siddharth’s doctor.

I introduced myself and asked for his 5 mins. He consented to my request. What he told me was very shocking:-

–   Siddharth’s kidney failure happened because of ‘hypertension’. Even Siddharth did not know that he had hypertension till he vomited.

–   Doctor told me that these days 2/3rd of the total patients who develop hypertension and diabetes fall between the ages 18 & 35.

–   ‘Heart Attack’- a term which was usually associated with middle aged UNCLES only is attacking the ages 27 — 40 maximum.

I could not believe my doctor. My anxiety took me to the wards and I even peeped into the private rooms. The doctor was right. The wards had as many or more young patients as old ones. The Heart unit, the cancer unit, the kidney unit, the pulmonary unit — unfortunately all looked very young.

I called up my school time friend who is a famous doctor now and he laughed at my observation. ‘Akash , which world are you living in ?’ he asked me. He told me to go to any hospital in India and check for myself that 20 to 40 is the new age ‘happening age’ for most malaise around.

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Next morning I decided to go for my complete body check up. The reports came in the evening and told me that although I am disease free but a few blood report readings are nearing borderline. I am a teetotaler. I am a Motivational Speaker and I take ‘Stress management’ sessions for corporate organizations. I regularly exercise too. WTF! My false confidence that I am over healthy and nothing can happen to me had slightly been dented.

My mother needed 5 days of post operative admission in the hospital. I was by her side for all time. I decided to use these 5 days as an opportunity to learn more about the How’s and Why’s of ‘What is happening around’. I spent time with young patients in wards, their attendants, the doctors and even observing the queues in OPDs. This is ALL I learned about the to dos for a healthy life in today’s times:

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Health Insurance

1) Medical Insurance is Very Important

Whatever your age, income, stage of life be; GET THAT very important ‘Medical Insurance’ for yourself and if possible for your family too. Majority junta lives in that foolish and false confidence that ‘Jab hoga dekh lenge’ or ‘I am too young for all this’. Damn it! Get that very best policy. Do not SAVE here. Even if you are not earning; save from your pocket money and GET THAT policy.

(More on importance of Medical Insurance)

And I strongly recommend a cashless policy. You’ll end up screwing many a thing and people because of your ignorance or stupidity about THIS very important aspect of life. A simple dengue treatment e.g. at a private hospital can put down you or your family by as high as 80-90,000 INR.  Almost every hospital today has a sales and billing target to achieve and you become the “bakra”.

Persistently ask your parents to go for a family policy if they haven’t. If your family already has one -Check their policy yourself. Normally we think ‘Papa ke paas kuch na kuch hoga’. Jo hai ussey aaj hee check karo! Because, it might be very poor and might need a supplement policy. We save money at smallest of places but we err here. Dimaag Lagao !

2) Health should be a part of your COMPETITION

If you can’t beat your friends in competitive exams, marks, salary, car, relationships: BEAT THEM IN ‘HEALTH’.  Most of them are becoming JUNK while trying to win the ‘Rat Race’…Everyone is running in life. You can make a statement by running in a park every morning or evening. I feel like a king when I am running because the breeze is falling on my face and the whole earth is below my feet. Get that superiority complex by keeping ‘Fitness’ ahead of everything else in your life.

(Few tips for your Daily Health Routine)

Don’t think you’ll begin to do it ‘when this / that happens’. Do it today. Trust me if fitness becomes a habit with you- it will be one KILLER feeling of a lifetime. Majority people think: ‘Money= Money only’. Money for me is ‘Opportunities which get created because of FIT attitude, energy, health & state of mind’…Be a Millionaire!

You can have excuses ….or you can have a fantastic fitness level. Choose!

3) Become UNCOOL

I was a chain smoker 8 years back. I used to drink a lot, eat almost all crap & further had lousy lifestyle habits. I used to remain very busy telling the world that ‘I am a very cool guy’. Today I do not do ANY of this & just wonder ‘Why the hell did I get into doing it initially’. Between the two lives — THIS life is notoriously beautiful. Last Dec 31st at the New Year party I did not drink, did not smoke but trust me- ‘I had fantastic times’. Next morning when I woke up for my ‘running’; I felt kickass.

I even came across these 7 Types of People at Indian Jogger Parks ; and felt a little disappointed – majority of them had health as the least of their priorities!

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The more we move away from nature or natural stuff- the more we become vulnerable to become Junk. Bunk the Junk. One Life! Do not let laziness and temporary excitements ‘Take your breath away’. It is not worth it. If you don’t start living a healthy life, pretty soon you might need to live a sick one. No matter where you go or live, you will have to live with your body. And if it stops supporting you – things will become difficult, very difficult.

Take Care!!

Akash Gautam

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  • Surbhi Sharma

    Thanks a lot sir!! 🙂

  • Lubhita

    Its not like we are not aware of the repercursions of a lousy lifestyle on our health & lives but one needs that extra push sometimes n ur blog does that noble task of motivating without mincing words… Loved the piece, more importantly learnt from it.

  • Puneet

    thanx alot sir………….

    constant reading to such articles can some changes in our lifestyle……….

    keep it up wid ur good works 🙂

  • Ankur Madan

    Though a bit exaggerated and quirky but rightly so otherwise our generation won’t take a note of it. Hopefully we all will take the right steps from now and your apprehensions will get assuaged.Thanks for motivating us.

  • Ziyana

    This is the only life we’ve got. To achieve what you desire you need to take care of yourself first. Priorities of my life may not the same as everyone else has. but i have learned one thing that if you want to reach your goal you need to be alive. so take care of your health…:)

  • Vikas

    Thanks Sir.

  • manpreet

    This quote best describes ur posts sir
    “LIFE IS WHAT U MAKE IT ” 🙂 🙂
    so guys try nd make it as beautiful as u can …. 🙂

  • manpreet

    This quote best describes ur post sir .
    “LIFE IS WHAT U MAKE IT ..:) 🙂
    so guys try nd make it as beautiful as u can ..:)

  • nivya

    truly said sir……m fully agree with u ……i want to share one of a good experience of my life ……when i was a kid my father was a chain smoker and also he was drinks very much which nobody was liked n our family…..they tried a lot but nothing happens but after a long period my father realized that it s not good for health as well as family s affected by this….then he leave it and now from last 8 years he s a teetotaller and m proud of my father that i am a daughter of him…….my father rocks…..

  • arjita

    rightly said sir.. my father ws a chain smoker for more than 25 years but recently he quit after he saw me indulging in his cig packets..i really think i should have gone there earlier..!!but today he is a fit man who never knew he ws an extraordinary badminton player..proud of my dad..
    🙂

  • Varinder

    Targets……Annually ,monthly,weekly,everyday and ……then………reporting.No matter which level u are working in.Is this the life?You are right Akash………Kaam karo lekin jitna jaroori hai.Any way you have written very informative blog. Thanks

  • hellowa

    seriously it feels sooo good to read such articles… well sir i would like to recommend that the articles relating to meditation must also be there on your website because it is a great bliss for people 🙂

  • Shubham Goyal

    your writing is very fresh …..”I’m loving It”

  • pusp joshi

    lousy lifestyle may be threat for us so starting healthy life style from today . thank u sir

  • saurabh

    i realy like these lines If you can’t beat your friends in competitive exams, marks, salary, car, relationships: BEAT THEM IN ‘HEALTH’.

  • savant

    Hi Akash how about doing SUDARSHAN KRIYA daily for just 20 mins which is the simplest way to reach to nature and it is a natural process which even WHO recommends for such type of deseases.

  • chirag jain

    i wish you could have helped that young mba graduate with his treatment first.. a part of your charity and inspired many for works like this.

  • kprabaharan

    great dear u are absolutely right. i did my medical check up on seeing the post. thanks a lot kprabaharan k9442224724

  • Meenal

    Thanks sir for this beautiful message…

  • sanjev

    sir,,,,we all r aware ….bt that proclivity towards lathargy is hard 2 overcm.

  • prachi

    your words inspire me a lot sir..they are a source of motivation for me whenever i feel low..

  • Vibhu

    thank u sir its really very inspiring me.Health takes first part in success.:)

  • Mohinder Thakur

    Absolutely True..
    Thanks for opening my eyes once again..
    (I was fortunate to listen you at Hotel Midtown, Hisar, a few days back )

  • Abhishek

    Lovely sir…….
    radhe krishna.

  • you are right, we all must have a good health insurance!

  • Kirti

    Sir i like ur blogs……. including this one.
    Other than the content , it helps in learning new words.

  • dadsad

    aseyeyety

  • ankur yadav

    thanku sir

  • ila

    thank you sir..

  • Manisha Arora

    great post..I ll follow these tips by today itself

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