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How fitness enthusiasts in Kerala capital continue to stay in shape despite lockdown


For Hyderabad native Sanjay Tapse, who has made the town his “home” for the previous 12 years, Zumba is a “passion”. It all began two years in the past when the ISRO engineer attended a workshop on the fitness programme. “I wanted to stay in shape but hitting the gym was not really my cup of tea. I love to dance and so Zumba suits me,” he says. However, as with multitude of different fitness enthusiasts in the town, Sanjay’s routine too has now taken a success owing to the restrictions imposed to break the chain and cease the unfold of COVID-19.

With social distancing turning into the norm, a number of fitness aficionados desire to “stay at home”, whereas additionally taking a look at other ways of staying match. Despite fitness centres remaining shut and crowds at public locations thinning, many are usually not giving up on their fitness objectives. Like Sanjay, who has switched to doing gentle workouts at dwelling. “I’m practising a bit of yoga and doing stretching exercises. I am controlling my diet as I’m less active these days since I can’t go for Zumba,” he says.

Walkers could have a success a wall however many are discovering different methods of staying energetic, like tattoo artiste George Fernandes from Mudavanmugal who has been in the behavior of strolling about four km each morning. A former bodybuilder, he shifted primarily to strolling and biking to stay in shape. I’ve, nonetheless, stopped stepping out for my morning walks for now. My work-out expertise has come in useful and I’m doing quite a lot of free-hand and physique weight workouts lately. I additionally use resistance bands, skipping ropes and dumb bells,” says the 33-year-old.

Cycling enthusiasts too have utilized the brakes in the meanwhile. Cyclist Priya Balan says she has discovered an efficient various to maintain the momentum going — ‘rapid walking’ on the terrace of her home. “I think we should be respectful of the government directives as now is a time to think about the collective health and not individual benefits. However, it’s, of course, difficult when you are forced to take a break from something you have been doing for so long. It almost feels like having to give up a good habit,” says Priya, who in any other case goes biking a minimum of thrice per week, usually together with her associates or on her personal.

With fitness centres coming below the lockdown, gym-hitters and bodybuilders are buying and selling heavy-lifting for easier dwelling work-outs, with or with out tools. Like Karate practitioner Vaideesh Kumar C from Jagathy who now practises his martial artwork strikes coupled with primary physique weight workouts similar to push-ups and chin-ups at dwelling. “In any case, I was planning to refrain from going to the gym when the directive to close such places down came. I felt it safer not to share gym equipment for now,” he explains.

Do’s and don’ts

  • Abhilash Viswam, Consultant Physiotherapist at Meditrina Hospital, says those that work out on a often can continue their routine at dwelling as they is likely to be aware of the do’s and don’ts. “However, in case of resistance training, it is advisable to lessen the weights and increase the reps to avoid injuries,” he says. Abhilash suggests floor workouts are superb and other people can do brisk strolling at their houses for cardiovascular fitness. “Above all, stay hydrated,” he says.

Fitness trainers level out that gymnasiums are usually not only a place for pumping iron however a possibility for social interplay as nicely, particularly after a tough day of labor. Venugopal Unnnikrishnan of Belaire Health Club, nonetheless, questions the “motivation factor” in understanding at dwelling by oneself. “It’s often that sense of fraternity that brings many body-builders back again to the gyms. Nevertheless, it’s possible to do lot of ground exercises at home, but targeted muscle-building may not be easy as they require specific equipment. However, beginners can check out YouTube videos of certified trainers for work-out tips,” he provides.

The sports activities scene in the town has just about come to a standstill, with summer season camps and coaching periods for youths too known as off. Tennis lover M S Krishnakumar says he can’t wait to decide up the racket once more. “Normally, I play the game at Trivandrum Tennis Club almost every morning. I’m currently doing skipping, jogging and so on to maintain my stamina,” says Krishnakumar.

For former badminton participant Jose George, who runs Ajit and Jose School of Badminton in Kowdiar, shutting the academy doesn’t deter him from imparting coaching for some children with potential, thanks to his video tutorials. “They cannot afford to be off for long and we have charted a training schedule using short video clips for instructions and feedbacks,” he says. Jose now retains himself on prime of the sport with “wall practice”, a coaching methodology, at his residence. “Now that I get more time, I’m also watching a lot of iconic badminton matches and highlights on YouTube,” he says with a chuckle.

Priya Balan

For some, like Kalaripayattu coach Ajith Kumar T of Maruthi Kalari Sangham close to Poojappura, it’s additionally a matter of livelihood. Only final week, he made it again to the town after a coaching camp in Kolkata, which was ultimately known as off earlier than completion. However, Ajith has since been in “quarantine” as a precautionary measure, which has disrupted his coaching and train routine. “What’s worse is that our Kalaripayattu demonstrations slated for the coming weeks in many districts have been cancelled, affecting our source of income,” he says. Ajith is hopeful that issues will begin to lookup quickly.

Many deem practising yoga as useful not just for bodily fitness but in addition for an general sense of well-being, and author and filmmaker Sreebala Okay Menon attests to this. She feels these are powerful occasions and underscores the significance of staying calm. “As a yoga student and practitioner of meditation, I find yoga more than just physical fitness act. Personally, I have now dropped everything because of the present situation and this helps me simply sit at a tranquil spot just to listen and observe,” she says. As yoga is one thing that may be practised on one’s personal, she says the lockdown hasn’t actually affected her routine.

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