Fit­ness great, don’t overdo it

Deccan Chronicle - - EDIT -

The re­fresh­ing and re­ju­ve­nat­ing ben­e­fits of a fit­ness reg­i­men are ac­cepted uni­ver­sally. No mat­ter how a per­son keeps fit, the end re­sult is a fit­ter per­son is a bet­ter per­son as phys­i­cal ex­er­cise also leads to be­ing men­tally more ac­tive. Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi is known to make a fetish of his fit­ness rou­tine and pro­motes it to in­spire the pub­lic. His in­dif­fer­ence to sleep and ex­tended work­ing hours are leg­endary, not to men­tion long flights putting his body in dif­fer­ent time zones. If the PM’s video with its five-el­e­ments yoga rou­tine proves mo­ti­va­tional enough for a large num­ber to seek fit­ness and thus re­duce de­pen­dence on doc­tors/medicines, the na­tion will be a bet­ter place.

The coun­ter­point about the fit­ness chal­lenge based on home-made mo­ti­va­tional fit­ness videos is that they can’t be politi­cised. The way in which Kar­nataka CM H.D. Ku­maraswamy was as­sailed over his fit­ness is in bad taste as no one is aware of his health is­sues and what kind of fit­ness regime will suit him. And while it may be de­sir­able to have the en­tire po­lice force as­pire to fit­ness — the phe­nom­e­nal num­ber of pro­trud­ing bel­lies is am­ple rea­son — let not the chal­lenge turn into hav­ing to mea­sure each one’s BMI, or chest or belly, in some bizarre com­pe­ti­tion. Be it tai chi or taek­wondo, mal­lakhamb or sec­u­lar yoga, gym work­outs or run­ning or walk­ing, each per­son has his own way of keep­ing fit and stay­ing in good health. The im­por­tant mes­sage is: try your hand at any fit­ness rou­tine that grabs your fancy, and don’t be chal­lenged by ex­treme fit­ness lev­els of sports­men like Vi­rat Kohli.

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