Get started! Imitate the good in your cricketers who strive hard to ensure that they are disciplined in their diet. Exercise to give their best performance in this world cup season!
Cricket World cup fever has already spread around the world with several fans eagerly praying for their team to lift the much-coveted world cup trophy. According to the survey conducted in 2018 by ICC (International Cricket Council), cricket has over one billion fans globally and India alone constitutes more than 90 percent of them. Cricket fans across both urban and rural populations prefer to be get glued to television or mobile phones and hardly one enjoys listening to the commentary which was once our all-time favorite. This is the season people are harbored with cricket talks hovering at every home, restaurants, and store. Some of you must have planned to watch it live in England!
However, watching a match consumes hours of screen time where one remains idle, nibble junk food, sip calorie dense liquids, craves to eat deep fried, sugary or processed snacks that are readily available. No doubt these are some of the major contributing elements to increase the risk of lifestyle disorders such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, PCOS, insomnia, etc.
The interest of the season is watching, feasting on favorite food, enjoying the company of friends and family, celebrating the victory of one’s favorite team. It also gets too hard for parents to handle teens and adolescents who mostly get inspired by this sport and exposed to ads on unhealthy foods which could be promoted by cricketers whom they admire.
There are few contributing factors which directly impacts your health since the season forces you to sit idle, snack on junk, disturbed sleep pattern, lack of interest in cooking, unlimited consumption of alcohol, aerated drinks, processed foods enriched with food additives which are high on trans-fat, sugar, preservatives and sodium. Such imprudence in lifestyle can disturb your health and other contributing factors such as underlying diseases, obesity or high body fat percentage that can augment one’s health condition. So this demands awareness and change in the spectator’s diet and lifestyle during this season of the cricket world cup.
Smart health tips while you endure cricket fever:
Focus on fitness, relax and de-stress yourself while you watch your favorite stars play!
(The article is written by Ms. Edwina Raj. The author is a Senior Dietician in Aster CMI Hospital)
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