We often look to others for appreciation, which then defines our sense of self-worth, which creates an internal disconnect. Shifali Gupta, a 40 years old, mother of two, first discovered running, jumped in to the deep end of the rat race, but along the way, happened to discover her own self too.
Many gurus and experts will give you a discourse on running and life at drop of a hat; a similar pattern found on social media. These sources undermine your true potential and only bring passive understanding. Lessons learned from your daily experiences are your best teacher. Focus on those, and how they will serve us well in the future.
My College Dean, Dr. Nagra & Mrs Nagra picked up running at 74 & 69 yrs of age. They share their fitness routine, and dabbling with running at this ripe age. Physical fitness is an investment for a better tomorrow, he feels. Dr. Nagra gives his take on Sports Medicine from the 1990s and it's evolution to where it is now.
Contrary to what people think, it’s not running that causes the bad knee pains, but running with poor form. Unfortunately when you pick up running in 30s and beyond, you are trying too hard as you’ve forgotten how to move naturally, the way you did as a child.
There is no rocket science to it. You need to slow down and work on your strength training. Be patient as you’ve taken decades to master the art of moving inefficiently and unnaturally. It’ll all soon come together.
What if I tell you that you could pick up running even in your mid to late 50s! That age is just a number if you focus on form and overall health for running. Let me illustrate this point by talking about Mr. Ramanjit Singh Oberoi.
“Blindness separates people from Things, Deafness separates people from People”. This quote from Hellen Keller sums up the importance of the senses of seeing and hearing in our lives, which enables us to forge personal and professional relationships as a society and with the surrounding environment.
If you’ve risked your life by running a full marathon(s) in gas-chambers of modern cities of ‘civilised’ world, here is your chance to push it a bit further in scenic Ladakh, by running 55 kms over Wari-La, a high mountain pass not yet infested by tourists who can’t differentiate between Goa and Ladakh.
Instead of hiding the imperfection, instead of shunning the brokenness, the implication is that there is value in being broken and coming back whole, there is value in falling down and bouncing back up. The cracks add to the beauty, to the experience.
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.
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.
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’.