Charvaiti Charvaiti (चरवैति चरवैति) is in essence a spiritual aphorism invoking people to keep on moving towards spiritual path. However, it also means that we should keep on moving and keep on walking. Do not stagnate at a place. Don’t be sedentary. Run for some time.
Walking and running keeps one trim and fit. It delays ageing and increases longevity. Makes heart more strong and enhances its pumping power, what doctors say the ejection fraction of left chamber of the heart. Walking everyday keeps arteries unclogged. It has been seen that running adds three healthy years to your life (Cooper Institute, Dallas, USA March, 2017).
Further, walking liberates hosts of friendly hormones/neurochemicals like dopamine, which are mood elevators and keep on pushing you to do better and better. Insulin, which controls levels of sugar, is also liberated and turned more efficient dealing sugar after intense walk and bout of exercise.
The other indirect added advantage is the distinct possibility that when you walk, your children will also develop the habit of walking. Recent research has shown walking and running to be infectious phenomenon (MIT Study, TOI dated 20.4.2017: p-17).
On the contrary, if you lead a sedentary life and keep on sitting for long hours in office or at home, there is every possibility that you will develop obesity, particularly central obesity (tummy) and put yourself to risk of developing diabetes, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke or cancer.
Prolonged sitting also leads to stasis of blood in leg veins and danger of clot formation in lung vessels, what doctors call pulmonary embolism, a near deadly condition.
Therefore, the old adage ‘Charvaiti Charvaiti’ makes a lot of sense and all of us should practise this in our life to keep ourselves in excellent health and spirit.
Dr S Dwivedi
Senior Consultant Cardiologist
National Heart Institute, New Delhi