Tuesday September 25, 2018

7 Days Challenge: Not ‘Eat, pray, love’ but ‘Eat, move, live’

According to the website of the Challenge, its objectives are: To emphasise the role of individual action for sustainable development.

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The motto of 7 days challenge is to, 'live, eat and move.' Wikimedia Commons
The motto of 7 days challenge is to, 'live, eat and move.' Wikimedia Commons
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  • The 7-day challenge focuses on practice of living a sustainable life
  • The idea is for people to start living a smart and healthy life
  • It will not only benefit individuals but the country they are living in as a whole

Want to eat healthier? Or move around town in a more sustainable manner? Or just lead your daily life in a smarter way? You need to try the 7 Days Challenge.

The Swedish Embassy here, in association with the TERI School of Advanced Studies, has organised the Challenge targeting youth from classes 9 to 12 in schools and graduate and post-graduate students in colleges across the national capital from January 17 to 23.

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The Challenge is basically a call to action for the participants to practise sustainable lifestyles and consists of seven days of practical sustainable solutions focusing on three categories: Eat, move and live.

“The 7 Days Challenge is an attempt really for a short period of time trying to encourage people to think, eat, live, move smartly and sustainably and doing so in a short period of time and in encouraging best practices and also creativity around sub-solutions,” Swedish Ambassador Klas Molin told IANS, explaining the concept.

“Coming up with new ideas, not just emulating, copying which is being done, but thinking creatively,” he said, adding that in the first round, young people who are using modern technologies and thinking in new ways and whose future will be more impacted by today’s choices, have been targeted.

After Kenya and Indonesia, India is the third country where this challenge has been organised. Pixabay
After Kenya and Indonesia, India is the third country where this challenge has been organised. Pixabay

India is the third country, after Kenya and Indonesia, where the 7 Days Challenge is being organised.

But why seven days?

“Calling it the 7 Days Challenge, I think, partly is psychological, that it is a manageable period of time,” Molin said.

“Surely we can all devote a week to living smarter, thinking more consciously and acting, travelling and shopping more sustainably. It is a reasonable, manageable amount of time.”

According to the website of the Challenge, its objectives are: To emphasise the role of individual action for sustainable development; to spread awareness about the need for adopting practical sustainable solutions and lifestyles at the individual level; to build individual capacity and motivate individuals to improvise and innovate their choices and lifestyle towards more sustainable ones; and improve their own quality of life.

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Explaining the concept of eating, move and live, Ambassador Molin referred to a kitchen garden within the Swedish Embassy compound in terms of “eat”.

“Many people believe in growing their own vegetables right next door. It is not only nice to look at, it is very practical, it is healthy,” he said. In terms of “move”, he gave his own example and said that back home in Sweden he bicycled to school and then to work in professional life almost every day.

“Since I was in middle school or junior high school, I biked to school and back. I biked to work.”

The 7 days challenge is all about living a healthy and sustainable life. Wikimedia Commons
The 7 days challenge is all about living a healthy and sustainable living. Wikimedia Commons

Molin asserted that biking is “certainly the fastest and most convenient way” of getting about a modern city like Sweden’s capital Stockholm. Here in the Swedish Embassy, he said, staff members and colleagues are encouraged to carpool more, including with his own official car.

In terms of “live”, Molin again gave the example of the Embassy and said the building was fitted with solar panels. He also said that a system has been developed within the Embassy complex — which only uses LED lights — to create composts by pooling in all organic waste.

“We have pipes under the park, under the paved area and also in the back and all the rainwater or most of the rainwater is collected underground,” Molin said. “It’s rainwater harvesting and we use it during the dry season for irrigation and watering.”

“We want to be champions in combating climate change. We want to be at the forefront, on the cusp of development when it comes to living, eating and moving smarter and conserving energy and preserving our pristine nature.”

Molin said that the last few governments from all walks of the political spectrum in Sweden have embraced these issues.

Riding bicycles is one thing which the 'move' aspect of the challenge focuses on. westbrookcyclesdiscountcode2015.wordpress.com
Riding bicycles is one thing which the ‘move’ aspect of the challenge focuses on. westbrookcyclesdiscountcode2015.wordpress.com

“We have very progressive policies regarding incentives and disincentives when it comes to vehicles… We just introduced of January 1 new rules as to taxation of private vehicles where there are great incentives for going electric, hybrid, etc. And stronger disincentives in using older technology and older cars.”

The Ambassador also pointed out that Sweden has managed to have continuous GDP growth while at the same time cutting down on CO2 emissions. “So, growth is not contingent on old technologies and you know pumping out pollution. You can achieve growth in a smart way,” he asserted. As for the 7 Days Challenge, the participant who comes up with the most innovative idea or solution will be awarded. IANS

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7 daily habits To Adopt For A Balanced And Healthy Life

Wellness is about living a complete and healthy life

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girl practicing yoga. Pixabay

With todays fast-paced life, following a healthy lifestyle is a difficult task. However, adopting healthy lifestyle habits are essential to achieve wellness. From preventive care to managing lifestyle issues, wellness represents a natural and holistic experience that people can adopt in every aspect of their lives.

Wellness is about living a complete, healthy life and making smart choices that can fit into one’s daily routine. It is not just the occasional resolution to stay healthy which will help achieve overall well-being, but little things done consistently that will go a long way in establishing wellness as a way of life.

Dr Shruthi Hegde, Ayurveda Expert at The Himalaya Drug Company, recommends the following 7 simple habits one can adopt to make healthy living a way of life. Aim to adopt one of these habits every day for a happier, healthier you by the end of the week.

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A boy doing cycling. Pixabay

* Do a physical activity for 45 mins: Commit to spending a minimum of 45 minutes every day exercising. You don’t need to follow the same routine; just ensure that you work out every single day. Simple forms of exercise go a long way in preventive care. They help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis, alleviate depression and anxiety, and even boost mental alertness and confidence.

* Write down something you are grateful for: While all of us face problems in our daily lives, we also have a lot to be thankful for that gets lost amid all our troubles. Reflecting on the positive things in your life everyday will help you take on the troubles better, motivating you to keep pushing ahead while spreading the joy of positivity to those around you.

* Drink 3 liters of water: Water is the fuel your body runs on. It is necessary to keep your body functioning well. Drinking enough water can help you with detoxification, digestion, better skin and hair, helping you feel balanced and ready to face the day’s challenges. Let three liters be your absolute minimum intake of water, but aim for more depending on your lifestyle conditions.

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Quit a bad habit. Pixabay

* Commit to breaking a bad habit: All of us have some habits we are not proud of, and have been meaning to break for some time. While that negative habit itself impacts your wellness, not being able to break it also takes a toll on your mind. Take a small step every day towards getting rid of it, whether it is overusing your phone, snacking on junk food, or anything else you’ve been planning to stop, and see your body and mind become healthier.

* Take 15 minutes out to reflect on your day: In our busy lives, it is often easy to get caught up in day-to-day activities such that we do not allot any time for reflection. Taking a moment to stop and reflect on the day will help you take on the challenges of the day better. Just 15 minutes of quiet reflection, whether through meditation or even just looking out the window and taking a moment for yourself will help you take a step towards achieving mental wellness and relaxation.

7-8 hrs sleep is necessary for a healthy lifestyle
7-8 hrs sleep is necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Pixabay

* Sleep for 7-8 hours: The function of sleep is to not only relax the body, but also rest and restore the mind. Commit to sleeping a minimum of seven hours a day while aiming for eight, and you will feel yourself getting healthier and happier in a short span of time. This will help you achieve both mental and physical wellness, and your mind and body will be more at ease.

* Include a herb in your daily diet: Consuming herbs is a great way to practice long-term wellness and prepare your body for the challenges of life. For example, as per Ayurveda texts and modern research, Guduchi can significantly help in preventive care, as it is a great promoter of immunity, aids in fighting against infections, and helps you stay fit and healthy. Depending on your need, you can find an herb to help you achieve your goals, whether Tulasi for respiratory wellness or Brahmi to improve cognitive abilities or boost your memory.

Eat good food
Eat good food. Pixabay

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* Take a big step towards achieving wellness in your life by adopting some of these simple methods, just one a day, for a entire week of wellness. (IANS)