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Know the secret of health of the rulers of health, you too

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How do they, who are responsible for protecting the life and health of others, get so much strength that they can handle such a huge responsibility, this question will flash in everyone’s mind at some point or the other. Apart from keeping themselves updated in the midst of constant work, there is pressure on doctors to save the lives of others. In such a situation, it can be interesting and beneficial to know how they keep themselves fit. Priyanka Singh talked to top doctors and found out the fund of her fitness:

Dr. Naresh Trehan,
Chairman and Managing Director, Medanta, The Medicity
Age: 63 years, Weight: 72 kg
Exercise: The day starts with getting up from 6:15 am to 6:30 pm, ends with going to bed at 11:30 pm. I do 45 minutes of exercise five days a week in the morning and 45 minutes of yoga three days a week. I go for a walk in Lodi Garden or I walk on the treadmill at home. I always walk fast. I also lift light weights. Walk, workout and yoga, the combination of these three keeps the body completely fit. I reach the hospital by 8:30 am and usually have to leave at 8:30-9:00 pm. While returning home in the evening, I also do 15-20 minutes of meditation (vipassana) in the car itself. Due to this, the mental fatigue of the day disappears.

Diet: In the morning breakfast I take one egg white or sprouted pulses and five-six almonds, one walnut and one cup of tea. At 11 o’clock in the day, I eat a roti, green vegetables and curd in salad and lunch. I have a biscuit with a cup of tea or coffee at 5-6 in the evening and dinner by 8:30 in the evening, which consists of a chapati, salad or chicken. Try to include more and more fruits and green vegetables in the diet. I avoid eating outside. I don’t smoke but do do social drinking occasionally.

Relaxation: I relax my mind by listening to Sufi music and reading books.

Mantra of Life: Live a life in which there is no place for illegal and wrongdoings. Avoid being negative. Due to this, the person himself suffers more harm than others. It is most important to have contentment, because we should see that not many people are living a much worse life than us.

Dr. Ashok Seth
Chairman, Cardiac Sciences, Escorts Heart Institute
Age: 54 years, Weight: 74 kg
Exercise: After waking up at 6:30 am, I have a cup of tea. I do 45 minutes of treadmill (which includes cycling) and 15 minutes of weight lifting. I do exercise 5-6 days a week. I do pooja daily, because I believe that by the grace of God, I am able to bring smile on the face of my patients. For this I thank God every night before sleeping. I reach the hospital at 9:30 in the morning and sometimes it is 2 o’clock in the night by the end of the work. On an average it is not possible to sleep before 1-1:30.

Diet: I take breakfast lightly. Lunch time is not fixed because time is not available. I take sprouted gram or dal anytime during the day. I take dinner leisurely, but it is simple. I eat two chapatis and dal. Sometimes I eat non-veg. If I feel like going to the restaurant, I also eat good food, but then I do not forget to burn extra calories from exercise. I stay away from smoking, but do do social drinking occasionally.

Relaxation: I learn music and go scuba diving twice a year. Any such work which is different from your profession, it relaxes the mind.

Mantra of life: Dedication and focus towards your work is essential. Family support and faith in God teaches you the right way to live life. Do what you love and what you enjoy. This will keep you mentally and physically fit.

Dr. Pradeep Choubey
Joint MD, Max Healthcare
Age: 57 Age, Weight: 81 kg
Exercise: After waking up at 7 in the morning, I walk on the treadmill for half an hour. If I get time, I also go to the health club. Although sometimes there are more operations, then the exercise is also missed. I do practical meditation during the operation itself because the concentration that has to be done during that time is never more. I am in the hospital from 9 am to 9 pm. I worship but for this it is not necessary to sit in front of the idol. Whenever, wherever I get time, I remember God. It is not possible to sleep before 12 o’clock in the night.

Diet: I take a glass of juice and fruits for breakfast. There is no lunch time in the hospital, but after every two hours I eat something or the other, such as sandwiches, fruits, sprouts, low calorie biscuits etc. I also take five to seven almonds a day. Due to work pressure, dinner is my main meal, in which I take vegetables, roti, dal, rice etc. I like to eat yogurt by adding strawberries or any other fruit. Doesn’t smoke, I take alcohol occasionally.

Relaxation: Going to exhibitions to see art works and collect them makes me happy. I also read good books related to spirituality.

Mantra of life: I believe that apart from your profession, get along with people from other fields. If I meet a doctor in the evening after a tiring day, it will be a matter of medicine, so I prefer to enter the non-professional world as soon as I finish my work. It is necessary for peace of mind.

Dr. Anoop Mishra
Head of Diabetes and Metabolism Department, Fortis Hospital
Age: 51 years, Weight: 73-76 kg
Exercise: My day starts at 5:30 in the morning. I exercise regularly for 45 minutes on working days, while sweating for an hour on Sundays and rest days. I burn 350-400 calories daily on the treadmill. Along with this, I also lift light weights for 10-12 minutes. If I come home early in the night, I walk and jog for 20-25 minutes again. My BMI has not increased for the last 15 years. I consider aerobics more beneficial than yoga. I do worship and meditation daily.

Diet: I take light breakfast, such as porridge, fruits etc. I often take out lunch on Sundays, but the day I eat out, I do more exercise. I prefer two chapatis and paneer in lunch. I eat salad a lot. I take a cup of coffee at 6 in the evening and 2-3 chapatis and vegetable-lentils for dinner at around 9 pm. I don’t smoke, sometimes do social drinking.

Relaxation: There was a time when I used to play a lot. Now writing novel and research papers in Hindi and English gives peace of mind.

Mantra of Life: Discipline is very important. No matter how tired I am, I do exercise. From the Opera House in Sydney to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, I saw myself jogging. This is my way of seeing the world. Enjoying your work is also very important. Do what you like.

Dr. P.K. Dave
Chairman, Governing Body, Rockland Hospital
Age: 70 years, Weight: 62 kg
Exercise: I wake up at 5 in the morning. After that I walk. If I can’t go out in winter, I take a walk at home. I do yoga too. Pranayama and Deep Breathing calm the mind. I reach the hospital at 8:30 am. I prefer to take the stairs instead of the lift. The work continues till 8 pm. I sleep by 10-10:30 at night. But I wish I could find some more time to play badminton and tennis.

Diet: For breakfast I take paratha, omelet, toast or porridge…anything. I take coffee together. I take lunch in the hospital, which consists of lentils, vegetables, chapati and rice, curd. Eating outside does not suit me, so I avoid it. Sometimes I eat fish in non-veg. I don’t smoke but do have a drink occasionally. Apart from eating less and balanced food, I drink a lot of water.

Relaxation: Photography relaxes the mind. Also, reading Reader’s Digest and other books and listening to instrumental music also helps in relaxing the mind.

Mantra of life: Always be professional in work. I believe that talking to the poor is equal to talking to God. Man should be same for all. We should be ready to help everyone, time and time again. Don’t expect too much from anyone. This keeps the mind relaxed.

Shikha Sharma
health expert
Age: 40 years, Weight: 55 kg
Exercise: After waking up at 7 in the morning, I do meditation for 10 minutes. I also do yoga but it is not able to become regular many times. Yes, I do walk for half an hour every day. I start work around 10:30 in the morning. Sometimes I take acupressure therapy and then do stone massage in the spa. Along with being such a relaxation, I also do it with the need to understand and know these arts. Good sleep also keeps me fit. Well, I want to run, take part in half marathon but regret that I can’t do it because it requires training etc.

Diet: I take carrot and tomato juice for breakfast. I take one or two toasts around 10 o’clock. I also take fruits along with it. In lunch, I take soup and sandwich or vegetable-roti. Dinner is also simple, consisting of soup, rice or roti. I always drink hot water in winter and lukewarm water in summer. I also take ginger or fennel water regularly. I rarely eat spicy and outside food.

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