Turns out there are a lot of look a likes out there! Kind of scary if you ask me, especially at the airport. So, if I ever get your name wrong it’s because I thought you were someone who looks like you, can’t blame me for that. (Gives shifty eyes...)
So, as promised this blog entry will have something to do with science, but no, we won’t be going into mitosis, chemical reactions or vectors, sorry. As all the science I learnt in those fields was through Bill Nye the Science Guy and the Magic School Bus. Instead let us talk about something that should be a concern for us all, our physical fitness. What? That has some science too... It’s health science!
“The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, while there is good in both” (Sahih Muslim Hadith 6441). Commentators believe that this hadith encompasses physical strength. We should strive to be the most beloved to Allah and therefore I shall attempt to unravel some pointers that I have learned in my first year of physical health and education for attaining better health.
No, sister!!! Don’t press that back button this has much to do with sisters as brothers. So, let’s throw out some facts on why we all need some physical activity in our life. For the sisters, one health issue that faces the female population is osteoporosis (a disease of the bone that leads to an increased risk of fracture). One in four women over the age of 50 has osteoporosis (Osteoporosis Canada). We all know that calcium is vital for bones, but, did you know that after your late 20s you will no longer be able to deposit calcium in your bones. You will have to work with what you have. As with everything, there is deterioration and due to eventual lack of calcium, bones can become brittle and prone to fractures. So, what can we do? Glad you asked, osteoporosis Canada recommends 1000mg of calcium if you are between the ages 9 – 19 that’s equivalent to 3.5 cups of milk, this will help ensure adequate calcium deposition. With that calcium, strengthening ones bones can further be achieved through weight lifting. Note that this is if you do it with proper technique; seek advice on how to lift weights properly. Together with the proper accumulation of calcium and building stronger bones through weight lifting the chances of injuring and deterioration of bones drastically goes down and ensures you live a fracture free life, inshAllah.
A chart of calcium enriched foods is available at http://www.osteoporosis.ca/index.php/ci_id/5535/la_id/1.htm
Brothers, don’t you laugh! What you think sisters lifting weights is funny. Let me get to you guys now. The biggest risk factor of ill health for men is cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is the biggest cause of death overall in North America, “every 7 minutes in Canada, someone dies from heart disease or stroke” (Heart and Stroke Foundation). This can be improved through using commonsense lifestyle choices that include refraining from smoking and fatty foods. What is your recommended workout program? Aerobics. That’s right, aerobics. Sure you can pump your weights but brother you need to get some aerobic exercises, at least jogging. This ensures proper circulation and a strong heart.
Strange isn’t it, how our perception of exercise with gender biases is working against us. There is nothing manly or womanly about health. It is our responsibility to maintain our health. None of us wants to be dependent on someone else for everyday tasks. My brothers and sisters it is important that we not wait for symptoms to strike us before we take action. Allocate some time daily and weekly for some physical activity and with the intention that you are doing it for the sake of Allah; he will reward you for it. How can you say no to that?
* A workout must be based on individuals assessing their current fitness, health and goals.
** If any of you need more information on work out plans or facilities (women only, etc.) email firstname.lastname@example.org with your question and subject as fitness and I shall respond in the Month of May (delay due to exams).
Born, raised and educated in Toronto since 1990. Entertaining the masses since he could talk!