The most dreaded word ‘ pandemic ’
that shook the world from the beginning of 2020 is gradually losing its impact .
Though the number of Covid-19 positive cases has increased in Malaysia , the man-on-the-street is not so much concerned .
On Nov 28 , 2020 , the number of positive cases was 1,315 . The highest recorded to date was 2,188 on Nov 24 , 2020 .
As much as the government is doing its best , the general Malaysian has a disturbing question . Is this a real count or politically construed ?
We are not here to judge or support any quarter but have to understand this is one main reason why the general public is not so concerned . One of the ways this can be re-ascertained is by more transparency . This is not to create fear but to alert our Malaysians of the seriousness of this pandemic .
Unknown enemy versus the known self
Only a few chosen experts truly understand the seriousness of the Covid-19 virus . The general public can only visualise a reddish ball with tentacles .
Malaysians have been told to use masks and social distance for months .
It has not been fully effective . It is now
time that people are taught to rebuild and restructure their lifestyle through indoor exercises and healthy dieting .
In this first part of the restructuring programme , we will start by focusing on the lungs itself . We have always looked at the animal kingdom to understand the movements that we later establish as exercises to better our physical body .
Among all living forms , it is the birds and their flying methods that are closely connected to the lungs . Watch a bird fly , and you will experience the extensive muscular movements of the lungs . This will explain the distance they cover without many breaks .
It is an undeniable fact the lungs of the bird community are healthier and more potent than that of any other living form .
Look at the visual shown . It is probably one of the most straightforward exercises that every one of us can do without much assistance . As shown in the diagram , move and stretch your arms . By doing the exercise , after shower before lunch and dinner , one would be able to strengthen the lungs to prepare the body against general airborne infections .
This should also be taught to our children and made into a fun-filled exercise . They should raise their arms and mimic the bird . The older citizens should also be introduced
to do this exercise even though they might have difficulty in moving around physically .
This exercise not only builds our lungs and the air passages but also allows more intake of oxygen that could de-stress the body .
This exercise which helps in the intake of oxygen and the release of carbon dioxide , would dry the body . Avoid cold and hot drinks before doing this exercise . It is advisable to drink warm water .
This exercise can be done anywhere . However , it is more effective if it is done in your balcony or your garden space surrounded by plants .
This should not be done after a meal . — The Health
Jeganathan Ramachandram ( Jega ) is a multidisciplinary artist and an independent researcher with varied talents . Besides his intuitive brush strokes on canvas , he is also an author , poet , sound analyst , scenographer and more .