I used to walk 5 kms to work every day…and I loved it

By Keith Pereña

When I was a kid in the Philippines, there was this sappy TV show where an actor’s line stuck in my head. The scene showed an older man at odds with a younger lad. The old man said: ‘Anak, nakalimutan mo na ba magdahan dahan para makita ang ganda ng mundo?’ (Son, have you forgotten to take it slowly and see the beauty of the world?). The next scene showed the man put on his running shoes and leave the house. That scene always comes to mind when I get a reaction from some of my colleagues: ‘Are you mad?’ And this because I would walk the five kilometres between my house in Al Quoz to the office, which is in the same neighbourhood. Continue reading I used to walk 5 kms to work every day…and I loved it

Got to watch out for the stress, stupid. It might be killing you

By Suresh Pattali

Back home in my fishing village, fitness was quite quotidian when I was a child. Next door neighbour Uncle Gangu exercised in the morning and afternoon and rolled beedi in between to survive. As he twiddled his fingers, tobacco leaves swivelled into shape and dropped into the bamboo tray in his lap. Continue reading Got to watch out for the stress, stupid. It might be killing you

There’s no point going on a diet. One life and all

By Sushmita Bose

Diets never worked for me. And believe me when I tell you that I’ve tried hard, very hard, to make them work. I’ve even tried something called the 3-Day Diet (to, allegedly, lose 4 kilos), where all I had to do — besides eating canned tuna and Saltine crackers and low-fat vanilla ice cream — was hold on to my (dietary) horses for 72 hours. I failed. Exactly 18 hours into it (I’d actually bought copious amounts of canned tuna and Saltine crackers because I was under some delusion that I’d be on this 3-Day Diet a lot), I was spreading a lot of butter on thickly sliced bread, topping it with gooseberry jam… and stuffing my face. Continue reading There’s no point going on a diet. One life and all