Sports stars and adventure enthusiasts offer tips for a proactive routine during the COVID-19 lockdown

PV Sindhu

Meditation, revolutionary health routine and onion pakodas! For badminton champion PV Sindhu, the present lockdown is proving to be an uncommon expertise. While she nonetheless focusses on health, this section can also be serving to the shuttler dabble in new issues, akin to cooking. And, sure, cleansing the home.

The 24-year-old insists that it is very important be affected person and keep constructive. “I have been trying to prepare snacks like onion pakodas,” she says. “My mom (P Vijaya, a former international volleyballer) is giving me invaluable tips.” Despite the pakodas, Sindhu remains to be pretty disciplined about her weight loss plan. “I am not supposed to eat much even if there is mutton kheema which I like a lot. Occasionally, I manage to taste it now,” she laughs, including, “I am also helping my mom keep the house clean.”

To maintain match, she follows a health app, issued by her coach VM Srikanth, below the steering of her father (PV Ramana). “There are fitness routines using terra bands, weight jackets and dumbbells of different weights,” says Sindhu, including “I do meditation thanks to the guidance of Sri Ram Chandra Mission (Hyderabad).” And what about observe? “I have to stay in touch with the sport and my father conducts wall-practice sessions for 45 minutes which maintains the desired reflexes.”

The champion performer says she additionally will get to spend time along with her nephew Aaryan now, in addition to listening to music and watching Netflix.

Can sports activities be a precedence now? Sindhu says, “No one can think of anything else except fighting the virus. It is the responsibility of every citizen to respect the guidelines of both the Central and the State Governments which are doing a great job.”

-VV Subrahmanyam

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran

When worldwide desk tennis star Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, 27, often returns house to Chennai after a lengthy tour, his mom says in jest that he’s again at his visitor home. For, like {many professional} sportspeople, his visits house are sparse and brief. So, even a quotidian affair, like a household dinner, turns into particular. The COVID-19 lockdown, on this regard, has been an unasked-for boon for Sathiyan. He has been consuming home-cooked meals, watching Malayalam films (he mentions Trance, Kumbalangi Nights and Ustad Hotel) together with his mom, and restarted a interest he had deserted after school: studying. (He is presently studying Usain Bolt’s autobiography, Faster Than Lightning and Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life.)

But Sathiyan understands he isn’t in the center of a summer season trip. “This is an unprecedented situation and it’s been tough for all of us,” he says, “You got to keep your mind and body active to not lose track of your game and fitness.”

He wakes up early morning each day for his health routines with coach Ramji Srinivasan (who has had a stint with the Indian cricket staff as effectively). “I head to the terrace and via video call, I work on my fitness with him. I do some jumps, strength training and exercises with some equipment I have.”

In the evenings, he performs desk tennis in opposition to a remote-operated robotic (Butterfly Amicus Prime for superior gamers) that he had not too long ago imported from Germany.

He has additionally taken to yoga and visualisation methods. He spends the remainder of his time speaking to junior gamers and his followers on social media. With the lockdown now prolonged until May 3, Sathiyan is planning to take up gardening, too.

-Praveen Sudevan

Sajid Chougle


Mumbai-based Saijid Chougle’s pleasure in life is to leap off cliffs or aeroplanes. A BASE jumper and a sky diver, he travels throughout the world exploring new spots to dive from. This consists of cliffs in Norway, Chikmagalur in Karnataka and Konkankanda in Maharasthra. “I started skydiving in 2011 when I was in Philadelphia and in 2017 I got hooked on to BASE jumping,” says Chougle.

Now at house, he satiates his adrenaline rush with movies. One of his newest Instagram movies reveals him strapped up in security gear, a helmet and a backpack as he prepares to launch off what seems like a folded rug. He then glides via air, on the method encountering squeaky toy geese and paper flying previous. Shot in his bed room, the complete sequence was recorded with him mendacity on the flooring as he enacted actions that usually occur during the course of a soar. “The camera was tied to the ceiling fan,” laughs the 37-year-old. “I dragged my mother to help me with the deployment sequence. She had to pull the parachute,” he provides. His newest video reveals him leaping out of a airplane and touchdown on his mattress.

Chougle can also be holding himself busy with common stomach workouts and a stretching routine. “I do three sets of crunches, cycling, wind shields and planks. I use an app called Splits Training to improve my flexibility and get to full splits,” he says.

-Priyadarshini Paitandy

Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri

With soccer and all different sports activities coming to a standstill round the world, India and Bengaluru FC (BFC) star Sunil Chhetri is doing his greatest to maintain himself occupied. He tried his hand at cooking, but it surely didn’t go as deliberate. The experiment ended with Chhetri being kicked out of the kitchen by his spouse, after he in some way managed to get a small bowl caught inside a greater one. The usually supremely-fit footballer shouldn’t be ashamed to confess that he has let himself go a little bit. “I’ve lost the plot at the moment — chole-puri, samosas, vegan pizzas are being demolished at an alarming rate,” Chhetri posted on Twitter a few weeks earlier, accompanied with a ‘gif’ of a man stuffing his face with meals.

With cooking out of the image, Chhetri is again to the extra acquainted routine of studying. At the second, he’s studying best-selling science ebook Cosmos, written by astronomer and Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sagan. “I’m spending time reading, catching up on some fantastic shows on TV, and keeping myself fit. There are household chores that I’ve slowly become very good at. I’m also turning to games of Ludo online every day with a few of the lads on the team. I have to keep the competitive edge alive,” Chhetri says.

Chhetri does miss being on the soccer subject, however he’s conscious that there are greater points to sort out. “What’s made this a little bearable is that we just got done with our season. But I will be honest, football is the last thing on my mind at the moment. It’s easy for us sitting at home to talk about what we miss doing. We’re fortunate. There are so many out there who are struggling to get meals and don’t have a roof over their head,” says the 35-year-old.

-Ashwin Achal

Issack Koshy

Isaack Koshy

24-year-old Isaack Koshy misses his staff mates. In this case, two stunning horses named Unique and Ricardo. He’s been coaching with Ricardo for eight years and with Unique for six years. Koshy, a former nationwide degree equestrian and presently the chief coach at the Madras School of Equitation, Guindy, is accustomed to the outdoor, beginning his day at four am with horses. He rides Unique and Ricardo and then trains youngsters in the fantastic artwork of equitation. Then by 9.15 he’s at his office — Chola Wealth the place he’s a part of the Digital staff.

But the latest lockdown has turned his schedule topsy turvy. He now wakes up at Eight am and by 8.30 begins his workplace work at home. “I miss training, teaching and interacting with students. That is my passion,” says Koshy. The junior and senior instructors whom he has educated reside inside the premises of the driving college and they ship Koshy movies of the horses. “I give them a weekly plan for the horses. This includes free schooling and lunging,” he explains. In order to make up for the break in coaching and maintain abreast of what’s the newest in the world of driving, he watches movies on Show Jumping Clinic, a web site the place high degree riders add content material of what they do.

Earlier, evenings had been spent going for lengthy walks. But Koshy now prefers to stay indoors. “In the evenings I do a 100 each of pushups, squats and crunches. On some days, I also do Tabata workouts,” he says. He confesses he was once meticulous about his weight loss plan, often two boiled eggs for breakfast. Lunch can be rice, vegetable, dal and hen; and hen soup for dinner. “Now I eat whatever mom’s cooking,” he laughs.

-Priyadarshini Paitandy

Prajnesh Gunneswaran

Prajnesh Gunneswaran

Sports, in these unprecedented occasions, is inessential — regardless of tens of millions of us lacking it, longing for its return, hoping to observe our favorite stars in motion as soon as once more. For a few of the athletes — particularly the achieved stars — the lockdown is maybe an unexpected trip. But for many, who’re nonetheless constructing their profession, that is short-term unemployment.

This is very true in the case of tennis. It’s powerful to earn factors and cash if you’re ranked outdoors the top-50. The lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic for Prajnesh Gunneswaran, ranked 132nd (second-highest Indian in the ATP ladder), is understandably an undesirable state of affairs. But he acknowledges that his wrestle pales compared to tens of millions of underprivileged folks throughout the world. “Tennis, at this moment, isn’t that important. The main concern should be safety, putting food on the plate,” he says.

Being confined to his house isn’t new for Gunneswaran, a few prior accidents had carried out this to him. But there may be a danger of getting caught in a rut if the gamers are match however aren’t taking part in. Gunneswaran acknowledges this problem. “You have to keep your mind sharp and the body fit. So, I do some basic exercises everyday.”

A fan of Tamil films, Gunneswaran is catching up on the ones he had missed. “Like most Tamilians, I like Rajinikanth. I not too long ago watched Darbar. And, I watch a bunch of reveals on Netflix. Money Heist is one thing that I’m presently watching.”

-Praveen Sudevan

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