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Tony_Singh
Tony_Singh2020 October

I am a male in my mid-years. I have been following a vegetarian, alcohol free and tobacco & vape free lifestyle since Spring 2020.

I endured a severe bout of Covid-19 in March of this year and since April of this year have adopted running as a method of recovering my respiratory strength and respiratory capacity.

Since I adopted these lifestyle changes I have been amazed and the positive changes in my mental and physical heath.

I would strongly endorse the lifestyle changes detailed above.

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TheAwfulToad
TheAwfulToadMaintainer

I find it baffling that so many people are still not making the effort to improve their health as you suggest. As you said, it really isn't that hard and the benefits are incredible.

COVID-19 has now been with us for nearly a year, and the general response from government has been "stay in your room". The public are content to do exactly that (albeit with a bit of grumbling).

Nobody wants to discuss what all the medics have known for several months: those people who are unfit, (pre)diabetic, overweight, and generally unhealthy experience the worst symptoms. Being fit and healthy isn't a guarantee that you won't be unlucky, but the correlations are striking.

It seems to me that the most humane way of "flattening the curve" would be for every person on the planet to stop eating fattening food, and get out there and do some exercise. Yet most governments are still telling everyone to do the exact opposite.

Tony_Singh
Tony_Singh2020 October in reply to TheAwfulToad

There is a fine line between maintaining a strict lockdow routine and discipline combined with safe exercise.

It seems exercise outdoor either through running or walking is imperative.

Then we must adhere to disciplines of lockdown and stay away from those ghastly pubs and fast food outlets which have become the hothouse of Covid-19 infection and transmission.

The medical evidence is obvious but individuals do not recognise that obesity and diabetis puts additional stress on the body and internal organs.

This hinders the bodies ability to fight the Covid-19 infection.

Education and fiscal policy to influence consumer behaviour moving forwards shall be the only viable option for society.

moreless
morelessAdministrator

Hi and welcome, Tony_Singh :)

Well done for finding a plan that works for you and for beating Covid-19.

I'm unsure whether you're still on a weight loss journey, or whether you are maintaining a loss, but all of the information you need about the forum can be found in Pinned Posts

healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... and I hope you'll be joining all the Events, Challenges and Clubs that we run, especially a weigh-in and the daily diary, or our Maintainers' Club.

If you haven't already taken it, here's a tour of the forum healthunlocked.com/?tour=true

We've found active participation to be key to successful weight loss and, of course, it's a good way to get to know people, find inspiration and share support and encouragement.

Wishing you all the best :)

Tony_Singh
Tony_Singh2020 October in reply to moreless

Many thanks for you kind and inspirational words.

I am adopting a balancing act now between cardiovascular and endurance plus gradual muscle development.

I am aiming to keep my hydrated BMI in the low twenties and my bodyweight as close to that of a welterweight.

Difficult at times however a disciplined vegetarian diet and good cardiovascular and strength training is helping.

Binky68
Binky681st 7lbs

That’s my life ! I can’t run though and have put on weught. But it astounds me as to how awful people must feel on a daily basis smoking and drinking and eating hardly any veg.

Tony_Singh
Tony_Singh2020 October in reply to Binky68

Pubs, clubs and fast food restaurants are the curse and blight of this country.

They leave individuals impoverished and contribute to unsustainable calorie surpluses.

Should you have difficulty running outdoors start with a gentle stroll.

Get fresh air onto your lungs and build up your respiratory system through gentle exercise.

The only way to create a health sustainable society is to substantially increase excise duty on alcohol, tobacco and double the existing sugar and fat taxes.

It is proven that fiscal policy can influences consumer behaviour.

Binky68
Binky681st 7lbs in reply to Tony_Singh

I can’t run because I’m disabled . It would cause exponential damage

Tony_Singh
Tony_Singh2020 October in reply to Binky68

I am sorry to hear of the constraints you have been enduring.

Which forms of non stress agrivational excercise are you able to participate in.

What support and guidance has your physiotherapist provided.

The major shift in thinking in society must eminate from the following mantra.

Invest in education, infrastructure, health care and housing not in weapons.

Only when society focuses on the emotional and physical needs of the individual rather than ameliorates the monosylibic mind of the neolithic male shall progress be made.

Binky68
Binky681st 7lbs in reply to Tony_Singh

I have spinal stenosis so I try to walk but have little time as I am a teacher working 50 plus hours a week for public service

Tony_Singh
Tony_Singh2020 October in reply to Binky68

I am proud of your efforts and achievements.

My son is also a teacher he teaches maths at secondary school level.

With lesson planning and marking the hours do add up.

Half terms and holidays must be welcome relief.

Are you able to participate in water based sports and recreational therapies.?

Trimmerteacher
TrimmerteacherMaintainer

So glad to hear of your recovery from this horrible disease. As The Awful

Toad says, it’s a shame this kind of recovery plan isn’t promoted by the government!

Tony_Singh
Tony_Singh2020 October in reply to Trimmerteacher

It is ironic that through these times of test and trace and Lockdown the only real analogy I am able draw regarding how I feel is from the film 'Herbie Fully Loaded'.

When herbie was discovered in the scrapyard hidden under that tarpaulin.

Then through gentle nurturing, and a sustainable maintenance plan he was restored to his former glory.

It all starts with the first step and then the second and when the third and fourth follow the impetus is formed.

I must be grateful to God for the ability to implement a sustainable recovery plan and meeting such charasmatic individuals whose lead and mentoring I have total belief in.

Lytham
LythamSuper Host 3st 7lbs

So pleased you're over Covid ! :-)

Would you like to share your menus with us on The Daily Diary? Here's the link for tomorrows, hope to see you there! :-) x

healthunlocked.com/weight-l...

Tony_Singh
Tony_Singh2020 October

The battle against Covid-19 is a daily battle.

We still must respect the medical experts and observe social distancing.

There is so much hype regarding herd immunity however like any virus and the common cold there is the risk of re-infection.

The battle is strengthing the bodies natural immune system and respiratory system through disciplined nutrition, abstaining from all activities such as tobacco and vaping which affect lung capacity.

Alcohol and fatty foods contribute to obesity which make the body less efficient.

From societies perspective and that of the NHS we should all aim to achieve fitness goals and targets rather than becoming liabilities on the NHS.

So if we really care about our country and all things we have come to respect and value as responsible human beings we should learn to walk the walk rather than just talking the talk.

It is about time individuals like Marcus Rashford had the courage in their convictions and criticised irresponsible parental behaviour where parents prioritise alcohol, cigarettes, fast food and takeaways and encouraged them to shop prudently and sustainabily and encourage a shift towards vegetarianism.

With kind regards and stay fit and stay well.

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