Running: The health mantra for Delhi

first_imgNaveen JindalDelhi is an intoxicating mix of traditional and modern blends and is ideal for anyone who is passionate about sports and fitness. In fact, the capital offers its residents everything they may need for a healthy life. The excellent infrastructure it provides is enough for us to be proud,Naveen JindalDelhi is an intoxicating mix of traditional and modern blends and is ideal for anyone who is passionate about sports and fitness. In fact, the capital offers its residents everything they may need for a healthy life. The excellent infrastructure it provides is enough for us to be proud of.Far removed from the glass and chrome cities world over, Delhi abounds in greenery and has parks and stadiums that are tailor-made for the fitness conscious. While exercise is a personal regimen, running in this city has taken on social proportions. The first time I ran in a marathon was three years ago; the energy of a thousand people running together was just amazing, and addictive. City marathons create a sense of belonging, a sense of ownership and responsibility. While maintaining the highest level of fitness is my primary aim, running the marathon is an unparalleled experience. The Delhi Marathon is always for a good cause and I love knowing that we are helping a cause by running as a community.Another event that I take pride in being part of is the Tiranga Run. To run holding the national flag high is a feeling every Indian should be able to boast of. I take a personal pride in this as it was when I moved a plea that the Court allowed every Indian national the right to fly the national flag.When I first ran the Delhi marathon three years ago, I found the energy of a thousand people running together amazing, and addictiv.Of course, running a marathon is serious exercise, and fitness is something every individual should take seriously. I personally have not been jogging outdoors regularly of late but this city has a plethora of excellent options for those who love running. Lodhi Gardens, Nehru Park, India Gate, professional stadiums and even private clubs, the capital offers some thing to anyone brimming with enthusiasm. Over the past few years, time constraints have meant that I work out mostly at home. But I always believe that a healthy body is the key to a positive mind and thus for me, a fitness regimen is a must. I am also a firm believer in the benefits of yoga and pranayam. Yoga is as much about the body as it is about the mind and I religiously practise my daily routine of yoga even when I am travelling.What is important is to have a healthy lifestyle and by that I mean early to bed and early to rise, exercise daily, and eat the right food at regular intervals, which helps maintain metabolism. If you eat unhealthy or junk food, then it becomes very difficult to burn out the calories. One has to be disciplined, always.advertisementThe best tracks in townSIRI FORT SPORTS COMPLEXKhel Gaon MargTrack: 1 kmSurface: Clay lawn surface for a smooth run. Clientele: Fitness fans. “This is a wonderful track, beautifully maintained by DDA. All that greenery makes you feel healthier.”-Muzaffar Iqbal, member, Indian hockey teamNEHRU PARKChanakyapuriTrack: 2.4 kmSurface: Soft non-metal surface easy on ligaments Clientele: The proximity to the Diplomatic Enclave says it all.LODHI GARDENLodhi RoadTrack: 2.5 kmSurface: Made of clay. The park even has a monkey bridge where runners can get a thorough workout. Clientele: This power park attracts the who’s who of Delhi, politicians, judges, industrialists et al.JAWAHARLAL NEHRU STADIUMOff Lodhi RoadTrack: Four lane, 400 mSurface: Synthetic track Clientele: State and national level athletes. “Delhi’s only two synthetic tracks for professional athletes can be found here.”-D. Sarkar, director (Sports), DDA.ROSE GARDENNear IITTrack: 750 mSurface: Soft mud track Clientele: Nature nuts and fitness freaks. “The best part about this park is that there are no irritating romantic couples lurking here.”-Capt. Deepanjali Bakshi, runner-mountaineer.last_img