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Day 39 - Positively Positive

Photography Courtesy Norman Jean Roy


Can I please! again emphasize on 'how amazingly amazzzzing Yoga is'. It has changed my body (I have a much better posture now), changed my body image (I don't think my body sucks any more), made me calmer and more in control of my nerves (well ... you just have to believe me on this one :P), improved my flexibility (I can do some of those crazy postures now and feel like a superwoman!) ... and I can go on ... and on ... and on. However, I do believe one should do all forms of Yoga to reap all it's benefits.


I was talking with my brother today and somehow we started discussing Positivity in life, how everyone keeps saying "See positive in every situation". I understand that it is a reflex reaction to pacify the person who is probably complaining about something in life or narrating a remorseful story. But wouldn't it be nice to have someone who would listen without giving you his/her pearls of wisdom? Of course you should see the positive in every situation but all I am saying it that 'seeing positive' doesn't necessarily erase the negative. Admit it! Even you would like have the positive without actually having to 'find it' in unfortunate circumstances! I believe a realistic person would acknowledge the negative and nonetheless move on with life ... I guess, seldom it just-so-happens that it bugs me when people say "Be Positive" (like there is another option!?!).


Last month I read an article, "Why exercise won't make you thin" in Times Magazine, on a friend's suggestion (Click here to read the article). The basic premises for the article was as follows:

"The basic problem is that while it's true that exercise burns calories and that you must burn calories to lose weight, exercise has another effect: it can stimulate hunger. That causes us to eat more, which in turn can negate the weight-loss benefits we just accrued. Exercise, in other words, isn't necessarily helping us lose weight. It may even be making it harder."

I cannot believe they would go ahead and print this. Don't they realize that people would 'actually' read it and stop exercising (anyways, everyone is always looking for an excuse to stop working out)? Are you kidding me? How stupid does one have to be to not know that exercise alone cannot make you thin? Of course, you will get hungry because you have finally decided to move your lazy ass and do something about your health. They should have also informed that how eating more, yet healthy can help you loose weight too? So it's a perfect alliance = Exercise > Increased Hunger > Increase in # of meals > Healthy Fit Body! But of course, that wouldn't attract the attention of people buying their magazine in a jiffy (before they board their bus/subway/train etc.) now would it? 'Don't exercise - It's of NO HELP!' - Now that makes a good sellable headline! Shame on you, Times!

Week 6 | Day 39 | 24th September 2009
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