The Dawn Wall is an attempt to climb the impossible wall by someone who the society had given up on. This blog is about learnings from this documentary esp. Kintsugi (Golden Joinery) & Wabi-Sabi (Impermanence & Imperfection).
Do we teach our kids to focus not just on their “doings” but also on their “beings?” What makes their hearts and souls beautiful and unique? What makes them happy and at peace? What virtues can we laud and appreciate? What do they have to show the world, which goes beyond academic accomplishments?
Once exercise and sports has a negative connotation, children would not be excited about them in the future even when they become aware of all their benefits. As parents, teachers and mentors we need to be careful because our well meaning actions could scar the next generation for life.
In 2014, 33 year old wholesome Amit, weighing at 104kgs, had taken his mother to hospital for kidney disease but was shocked to find his own blood sugars to be crazy high. This is his transformational story of moving for himself and his loved ones. This is a longer version of my column Run&Bee in Hindustan Times.
I would have never guessed that half of India Inc. employees would want to be more active to get fit for their families, as compared to a quarter who would for their own personal goals. That’s what Dr Divya Parashar and I found on a survey done at the Knowledge Conclave of Global Association for Corporate Services (GACS) focusing on Travel, Tourism and Hospitality as part of white-paper for Corporate Wellness Program we co-authored.
Kids today are not as active or healthy as our generation (35-50 yrs) when we were young because the comforts are much more now. Rather than preaching them to be active, we need to start moving with them. Be a role model.
No one is extra-ordinary. Actions are!: Last weekend, while the thousands ran Mumbai marathon, 3 ordinary working class Indians, made their way to Brazil135 ultra marathon, and made India proud. Followers had become leaders. That is the need of the hour.
It was in late 2007, while I was still heading Sports-Exercise Medicine department, Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, that I decided to take the plunge and do on my own what my dream was when (2006) I had moved to India from UK. Besides catering to sports people, what excited me was getting the country fitter. I call that movement GOYA, short term for Get Off Your Arse. The plan was to empower physiotherapists from across the country with that knowledge.
I had planned to have 100 centres across the country in 10 years. The first one was to start in Bangalore, and it did. I sat in Cafe Coffee Day in Total Mall, Sharjahpur Road, Bangalore, along with my friend Satya and scribbled a name on a tissue paper. Back 2 Fitness.
Intent was to demedicalise ‘health’ because the so called ‘healthcare industry’ is a misnomer and is simply not equipped to do that. In reality it is an ‘illness & sickness industry’. We doctors, even though everyone assumes us to be custodians of health, are barely taught anything in medical colleges about fitness.
Idea was to empower the individual with knowledge to take control of their health rather than out-sourcing it to others when things go wrong. Since idea was to reclaim our old selves, the name ‘Back 2 Fitness’ made sense. And also because Back Pain by now had become a big problem, so it was also meant as getting ‘Back’ to Fitness.
Keeping all this in mind, artist friends came up with these logos.
We got started in Bangalore in July 2008 but in a year moved to Delhi as Bangalore just wasn’t ready for what we had to offer. And we changed the logo. I totally love it and have had this logo for almost 10 years now.
Since change is the only constant, I decided to change the logo to reflect where we are headed next. So now we have a more fun logo.
The idea is even simpler, to empower citizens to get moving and encourage them to do that but at the same time... :) you’ll know the details soon.
While we were at it, we decided to have the logo in couple of other colours too.
For now, enjoy the creative side of team Back 2 Fitness. Keep miling and smiling, because in the longer run nothing else matters.
A quarter to one-third of ladies experience heavy menstrual bleeding (periods). As if the society had done enough harm to repeatedly remind them that sports and exercises are very unladylike, these ‘painful’ periods acts like a massive deterrent to be themselves.
No amount of stability whether in-built in running shoes from the best brands or customised insoles (orthotics) are going to give you a long term solution. Only when you move and load those foot arches, similar to muscles in the rest of your body and even mind, will they get strong.
Yes, there is a role for rest, medicines, injections and surgeries in back pain, just that they are advised way too much & too often.
Most of us have been told by the so-sigh-tea (others or yourselves) that we can’t get fit. We then spend a lifetime proving that prophecy right. As part of the 10th edition I invite folks, who’ve struggled over and over again, to crawl-walk-run 555 kms (the longest category at the the 10th edition of La Ultra - The High) in next 321 days (as of 1st Oct 2018) and make ‘Impossible’ yell, ‘I’m Impossible’.
A runner high on running, who ran run when shouldn’t have, ended up losing a bit of weight. But yet smiling.
Depression doesn’t go away by being pressed away and is a real problem. An extremely big one at that. Here I share a recent Facebook Live conversation and a co-authored column in my series ‘Run & Bee’ in Hindustan Times with Divya Parashar, a psycho-analyst at Indian Spinal Injuries Centre.
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2018 CBSE results show that enormous number of students have scored above 90%. Good for them for having worked so hard. But are we giving them a false sense of over-achievement, soon followed by sense-of-entitlement. If they think there is no room for improvement, they stop improving.
Failure is the biggest teacher. It is inevitable you are going to face it in life. How you tackle being in the dumps and then bouncing back is what shows your true character.
Today the ‘so-sigh-tea’ aka ‘society’ will judge all the kids whose CBSE results came out earlier today based on the percentage marks they got. That’s pretty SAD & MAD. This is for all the kids out there...
With all due respect to all the phenomenal coaches who make runners training for sub 2hr 30min half marathon (21 kms) do sprints during training, if I get to know about you, I'm going to...
Smith & Warner no doubt are great players but they were reported for ball tampering also in 2016 during a domestic match by their own umpires to their own referee. Winning at any cost is a very sad precedence being set in all sports by the role models in sports today.
Cell is a basic unit of life. Some organisms have only one cell, whereas others could have trillions of cells. 'Nucleus' is the one 'literally' at the centre of each of those cells. The driving 'force'.
We have further played with the word 'nucleus' for something we really stand for and believe in, 'NukeLeeUs'. It's taken me over 33 years of practicing what I preach here, it simply isn't a theory.