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An active life is an exuberant life – Here’s why

Published on February 21, 2018

When you look around your city, what do you see?

Do you see a slow-paced, laid back city that Hyderabad once used to be famous for or do you see a fast-moving, urban life that knows no stopping? The active morning life and the vibrant nightlife of the city have seduced one and all, making it a popular destination for living and working.

The days of saying “coming in 5 minutes” and arriving unfazed, an hour later, are long gone. Today,  life in Hyderabad has gone on a front foot, thanks to the IT boom.

However, the first and almost the biggest casualty in this fast-paced urban life is our health.

Not having recreational facilities close at hand leads to further neglect and ultimately lead to an unhealthy lifestyle.

Here are a few reasons why you should indulge in various avenues of recreation like swimming pool, spa, gym, open spaces, green parks etc which have a transformational effect on your physical and mental well being.

The Pool Paradise

Having a swimming pool in your vicinity serves many purposes.

It is not only a great way to recharge your health but also an amazing way to catch-up on that precious family time.

At a time when technology is isolating family members while sitting in the same room, a dip in the pool with a margarita or a friendly lap race with your kids is the ultimate way to connect again.

Spoilt by Spa

Who doesn’t love a spa day! It relieves stress and leaves us feeling clean and fresh. There are also proven health benefits of having a body massage and spa bath. Immersing yourself in hot water improves cardiovascular health and helps alleviate aches and pains.

After a long day at work, soak in a hot tub of herb infused water or head towards the nearest spa! Your body deserves the rest and it is known to accelerate weight loss too.

Grind at the Gym

This is a no-brainer. A gym is the best place for streamlined and structured way of working on each and every muscle of your body. And a fit body means a sound mind.

Hitting the gym, especially with a professional trainer, is the fastest way to tone your body, boost your self confidence and look great!

Studies have shown that cardiovascular exercise increases levels of a brain-derived protein (known as BDNF) in the body, believed to help with decision making and higher thinking.

Moreover, rigorous exercise sessions help control addiction by distracting the addict and helping them de-prioritise their cravings. This definitely adds to the effort of someone trying to curb their compulsions.

Stress-Buster Sports

Playing any kind of sport is one of the most healthy and effective ways of keeping a fit body and mind.

Sweating it out at a game of Badminton, Squash, Table Tennis or Volleyball, releases pent up energy and is a great way to socialise with your friends and neighbours.

Whether you discuss business strategy or the current affairs with your sports partner, a good game unwinds you like nothing else.

The Goodness of Greenery

Living close to greenery and having easy access to open spaces has been associated with better perceived general health, reduced stress and reduced depression.

Having a park or open space close to home increases the potential for physical activity, thereby facilitating good health.

Physical activities at the park, social interaction and close connect with the nature helps in reducing anxiety and improves mood and attention.

With proven health benefits of recreational amenities like those mentioned above, it is highly advisable to choose a home that offers such avenues within their premises for maximum convenience.

So, once in a while, just slow down, pay attention to your body and don’t forget to breathe!