Khelo India Freedom Run 2020

In today’s world where most of our time is spent in front of a screen, so much so that we don’t even have a choice to do otherwise. One of the many things being affected by this is our fitness, it’s being neglected. 

A wise man once said, “where there is a will there’s a way”. All that we need is a little bit of a push, some motivation and that’s exactly what the ‘khelo India freedom run’ is. It is the incentive for people to get independence from obesity, laziness, stress and anxiety. 

It is based around the concept of flexibility, another little teaspoon of freedom. It gives runners the choice to :

                 – Run a route of their choice, at a time that suits them. 

  • Break-up their runs. 
  • Run their race at their pace

Participants are meant to track km manually or by using any tracking app or GPS watch, then upload it.

 

With the number of fitness-related posts and videos dominating social media every single day, (not to mention the rising popularity of virtual gyms) you’d think that staying fit seems to be at the top of everyone’s priority, right? Wrong! In a recent pan-India survey conducted by Gympik, a fitness discovery platform in India, 53 per cent of respondents revealed that they are not disciplined enough to remain fit.

 The market research targeted cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Hyderabad to infer the current fitness trends and habits among residents. The data collected from the research based on the responses of 1.06 million people, discovered that a shocking 53 per cent lack the time to exercise, 36 per cent lack motivation to enrol at a fitness centre whereas 14 per cent claim to be completely clueless about where to begin their fitness regime.

There is another interesting insight from the study that confirms the mentality of Indians regarding fitness. Men were three times more likely to join a gym to build muscle while women were more interested in weight loss. 58 per cent of men went for bodyweight training, while women were drawn towards dance exercises – 85 per cent for aerobics and 81 per cent for Zumba. BEING FIT DOESN’T MEAN BEING THIN!. This misconception leads women to lose their weight so much that they are then malnourished.

So India is in simple words, not a very fit country, and 14 percent of the people are completely clueless about where to begin their fitness journey from, but fortunately, we all have this amazing opportunity to go on this run, Now it doesn’t mean one run will make you in your best shape but this may be a start and an amazing opportunity to try something new. The COVID-19 is trying its best to stop us but, we have to try our very best on fighting it which is why, maintaining SOCIAL DISTANCING for yours and others safety is extremely important, but at the same time you should not wear a mask while running, The World Health organisation states that People should NOT wear masks when exercising, as masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably. Sweat can make the mask wet more quickly which makes it difficult to breathe and promotes the growth of microorganisms. The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain a physical distance of at least one meter from others.

 

The khelo India freedom run will be held 19th, 2oth and 21st September 2020 it is preferred to be kept early in the morning.

 

                    Category                                                     Distance to run or walk

  1. a)    Students studying in grade 4 to 6                                     1 km
  2. b)    Students studying in grade 7 & 8                                      1.5 km
  3. c)    Students studying in grade 9 & 10                                     2 km

 

The above table shows the distance to run for different age groups.

 

“EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE AS LONG AS YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO IT AND YOU PUT THE WORK AND TIME INTO IT”. – MICHAEL PHELPS.09i9

 

Sakina Baxajiwala and Alefiyah Pachorawala

Grade IX