Air quality is pathetic. It's not safe to run in it. Is running indoors on treadmill an option? If yes, then which one to get? Here is a review of a treadmill review.
I wrote this blog / email on 22.2.2008. Some numbers raise their head even when you don't know what they mean. And then somehow it all makes sense.
(Disclaimer: This is not Sports & Exercise Medicine doctor writing but a crazy runner... a damn crazy runner. Please do not try this at home, kids please keep a watch on your parents)
We human beings ran as sperms to be born, and contrary to what most of us have been made to believe, new scientific evidence shows that it isn’t a race. It is a synchronised run to the egg where all of the millions of sperms have very specific roles. All of them move. Being lazy is never an option.
You’ve got to respect yourself. Only then will you respect the person sitting across the table who you are trying to help.
Recently air quality in Delhi was really bad. Around the corner was the most iconic running event of North India. Even now its the best that it's been in last 45 days but is still poor. Here is a 60 second presentation that'll help you think even more. About more.
About a week back on #NDTV panel discussion where I was one of the panelists, a lady belonging to #MyRightToBreathe said that farmers need to understand that their children’s lungs too will be affected because of air pollution, courtesy all the stubble burning.
Patronising the farmers by starting the sentence with, ‘we are not blaming the farmers’ doesn’t help such a condescending remark. I belong to a farming family. I know the ground reality a lot more than such air-conditioned air-purified drawing room air-pollution crusaders.
I don’t hear them talk about the farmers now. Hats off to you Faye D’Souza from #MirrorNow for bringing it up.
As for Runners, we missed an opportunity to join together and be heard on behalf of ourselves and all the poor farmers too. As has been Indian tradition over centuries, we all ‘educated’ folks got into an ego tussle amongst ourselves, rather than being heard addressing a far bigger cause. But then again how would have Mughals & British conquered India had we been missing this trait!
I’m so glad I simply don’t fit into this so-sigh-tea.
Disclaimer: I was rusticated, luckily so, in probably less than 48 hours from the above hashtag for using inappropriate language on my Facebook page 🙂 . I was a very celebrated ‘invited member’ for the time that I lasted there. Ironical that it’s only ‘their’ right to breathe. Not mine. No one else’s.
I got 44 out of 100 in English Grammar in class 8th. I was given 11 grace marks in Biology in class 11th. I have now been contributing for India's best newspaper, Mint, besides other newspapers. I was invited to write a book on Pain by Penguin Publications. This all happened because I found my rock. You need to find yours. Ignore all the quick sand around.
Air Pollution could be a blessing in disguise. Along with rights come duties. We runners are in the eye of the 'air-pollution' storm. Lets act more responsibly than we possibly have ever done. We would have changed the future for ourselves and our loved ones.
In this life, courtesy the society we live in, we all are trained for one-up-manship of all kinds. I’m a better human being than you, I care more for this world than you, I love you more than you love me, I’m more humble than you etc. Alan Watts in his amazing lecture takes it to the next level.
Pacing is very important. Just that most never learn how to do it. If you get it right, you’ve really cracked what most haven’t been able to. You'll become a far better runner.
People normally are proud of their kids once they get 99 % etc or get into some top University. Children are normally treated by parents like trophies. I’m proud of mine for being themselves even if it means going against what is thrown at them like Asthma, bullying etc. Viren (11yrs) came third in inter-school athletics Meet in 1,500 metres clocking in at 6min 11seconds. Harsheath (16yrs) just ran his third half marathon in approximately 2hrs 10min. A lot more than I had done by those ages.
The running season is on but air quality in Delhi NCR is being said to be 'very unhealthy' to exert outdoors. Should you be exercising and running out doors? What about all those masks people are running around in?
My interview with Procam team about evolution of running culture in Delhi.
We all have been bullied at different phases of our lives, scarring us forever. If being more physically active, playing sports and doing exercises have helped, please do share. You could be a life-changing heroine or hero to someone you don't know.
3 very simple exercises that can be done anywhere, anytime. Do 3 times a day, 11-33 reps each time. Do for 33 days. Soon it'll become a habit & strength training wouldn't seem like such a big deal any more. GOYA and make others too as well.
How does a 15 year old react when he gets into trouble with three of his seniors 3-5 years older, has asthma to deal and like any sane teenager, hates studies? Harhseath shares his experience and his journey.
Free posture & shoes assessment for children of ages 4 - 17. This initiative is part of iRun Festival that'll be held in 5 cities (Delhi: 29-30 July, Hyderabad: 22-23 July, Mumbai, Bangalore & Chennai dates / venues tbc). Our tips could just make them GOYA (Get Off Your Arse).
The 'thing' I love (the most) is my tiddly-piddly Volkswagen GT. It gives me immense pleasure. It's just my kind of car. Today is the day I give it away. Not sell. It's in top shape. I want to let go because I 'love' it too much.
Barefoot running! Everyone is going on and on about it without understanding more about it. This will give you something to think about.