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Throughout the years, we have been taught the importance of exercise, and its role in maximising one's lifespan. In recent years however, we've also witnessed many known individuals losing their lives while exercising or working out in the gym. The latest being Indian model and Pageant Trainor - Alesia Raut's actor husband Siddhaanth Surryavanshi, who shockingly died on 11th November 2022 while carrying out his routine workout at the gym.
Another very famous name that got added to this list not too long ago was the Indian comedian Raju Srivastava who suffered a mild heart attack while running on the treadmill around three and a half months ago. He lost his battle of life a few weeks later in AIIMS, New Delhi. This makes us wonder, what went wrong and why are we suddenly seeing the hike in such cases. With Siddharth Shukla and Puneeth Rajkumar also being a part of the list, experts have started to see a pattern. And we're here to discuss the same.
- Age :
Quoting the founder-chairman of Bangalore-based Narayana Health - Dr. Devi Shetty - “ Every 40-year-old Indian male is a heart patient unless proven otherwise.” He further explained how looking healthy on the outside doesn't necessarily mean the person in question is actually healthy. As in the case of the laughter challenge performer Raju Srivastava, whose family claimed that he never had any signs of cardiac issues before in his life, Mr. Devi explains how being an Indian is a risk factor in itself and how people, especially men, should be careful while deciding their workout routines.
- Health Conditions :
It's not unknown that a lot of health conditions weaken the body, making it lose a certain amount of its physical abilities. People are advised to consult a doctor before joining a gym or starting a workout plan after being struck by these diseases. Some of the ailments that we're talking about include Covid-19, Asthma, Bronchitis, and other related respiratory diseases. Our respiratory system is highly responsible for the proper functioning of our cardiovascular system, which is why one must have healthy lungs to be able to handle high intensity workouts. An example for this type is the sudden death of actor Siddharth Shukla, who went into a cardiac arrest last year. According to the doctors that studied his case, the reason behind his heart attack was in fact joining a gym a few weeks after recovering from Covid-19. His body is said to have not recovered fully, which is why it couldn't take the physical pressure and he suffered a heart attack.
- Drinking :
Now, drinking in limits occasionally is sure healthy and also very relieving in stressful situations, but the keywords here are limits and occasionally. Addiction or abuse of the same increases the level of alcohol in your blood that damages the liver. The human body is all connected by blood, and a damaged liver is bad news for the heart. According to Dr. Howard Monsour,Chief of Hepatology at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, People who have any form of liver disease are more likely to die from a heart attack than those that don't. So as much as we don't condemn taking a little sip of rum every once in a while, control and balance is what we advise.
- Smoking :
As discussed earlier, for the heart to function ideally, one must have strong and healthy lungs. One way that does not ensure good respiratory health is smoking, obviously. Now unlike drinking, no amount of smoking is actually healthy, unless you want to listen to a cigar business owner. The heart pumps the deoxygenated blood into the lungs where it gets oxygenated and then returns back to the heart for getting pumped to the rest of the body. Now in simple language, smoking makes your lungs weak and unclean. So the deoxygenated blood that reaches it gets contaminated, which makes it unhealthy for the heart.
- Knowing your body's limit :
In this day and age where social media decides your success and worth, people often forget that not every body is the same. Your body is different from your mother's, that literally gave birth to you, so comparing it with someone on the internet and striving to achieve that body structure is just calling for trouble. Working out to be healthy is one thing, and it's a good thing, but working out to achieve a particular body structure is not just unnecessary but also dangerously unhealthy. The reason why most of the famous people dying like this are actors or other people in the showbiz is that they obsess over achieving the perfectly ripped body, and a lot of times, your body is just not made for it. Over straining your body is only going to make it give up, so learn to know your physical limits.
- Diet :
Diet is that one pointer that you'll find in any health related discussion. As stated earlier, you can't talk health without talking nutrition. Our body needs proper nutrition in order to perform our daily activities. Having said that, we need to realise that in order to carry out high intensity workouts, we need to provide our body with more nutrition. Look at it this way, you own a car, you can drive around the neighbourhood with just a few litres of fuel. Now, if you need to drive yourself to another city in a different corner of your state, you might have to fill in the entire tank. If you don't, your car might stop abruptly, mid way to your destination. The same goes with your body. Food is fuel for the living organisms, and without fuel nothing can function. So balance the amount of output you desire by putting in the amount of input required.