In this day and age, looking fit and being in great shape has a lot of importance, right? The minute you step out, you see a number of gyms and fitness centers that are filled with fitness enthusiast!
Now, many of us may think that fitness is a trend that has emerged recently and the fad for gaining muscles and a 6-pack or having a tiny waist and a toned body is a recent thing, right?
What we may not realise is that the desire for fitness has been around even since the times of our ancestors, in ancient India.
Yes, if you closely observe the old pictures of your grandparents or great grandparents and the people of their times, you may notice that, a lot of them were fit and slim and obesity was a problem which hardly existed back then!
Back then, the method our ancestors used to stay fit and healthy were a lot more effective and safe, and their results lasted for a longer time, is what many studies opine.
For instance, when people go to the modern-day gym for their workouts, they may see a bit of muscle gain; however, even if they miss a week of working out, they may lose muscle mass or gain weight!
This is because even if you workout intensively at the gym, there could be a few other lifestyle habits that you may fail to follow!
Now, have a look at some of the secret tips that our ancestors in India used to follow in order to remain fit and healthy.
1. Daily Activities
Back in the olden days, people had to work a lot and most things in life involved manual labour, which used muscle strength and energy. For example, people had to build their own houses, do their own gardening, chop wood, cook, etc. Even moving around from place to place was mostly by foot or on bicycles, before the invention of modern-day vehicles. They also had to work on strenuous jobs for a living such as farming, unlike today's desk-bound jobs.
So, the above activities in the daily lives required a lot of energy and a lot of calories were being burnt naturally, thus keeping them slim and fit. So, you too can involve yourself in household chores and hobbies that burn calories naturally.
Back in the day, most people were known to practice yoga and more than a form of exercise, it was considered to be a form of spiritual activity, so it was given immense importance and was practiced by even young kids, on a daily basis.
As we know, yoga is one of the best forms of exercise, which can improve your physical fitness, health and also your mental health!
So, practicing yoga on a regular basis can definitely keep you fit, toned and stress-free, just like our ancestors!
3. Wholesome Meals
As we may already know, a few decades ago, especially in India, the concept of fast foods and eating out never existed, because there were hardly any restaurants around and western fast foods were not even introduced! So, our ancestors consumed healthy, wholesome foods, which did not include unhealthy fats and preservatives.
So, staying away from fast foods and processed foods and sticking to healthy, balanced meals can also help you stay fit!