Forget Virat Kohli fitness challenge, here is Sachin Tendulkar challenging you

first_imgSports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s fitness challenge has drawn the likes of Virat Kohli, Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu. Several sporting stars across the country accepted the Rathore’s challenge and then went on to challenge others.Kohli, for instance, challenged his wife Anushka Sharma, PM Modi and MS Dhoni. While Anushka and the Prime Minister accepted, there is no word yet from Dhoni, who is busy planning and strategising for the 2018 IPL final.However, the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Amitabh Bachchan and several other high-profile politicians have lapped up the challenge to show how they stay fit despite hectic schedules. In short, the ‘Hum Fit Toh India Fit’ challenge, was started by the sports minister, who posted a short video of himself doing push-ups few days ago, has become a rage on social media.#HumFitTohIndiaFitPost pictures and videos of how you keep yourself fit and send a #FitnessChallenge to your friends on social media. Here’s my video and I challenge @iHrithik, @imVkohli & @NSaina to join in Rathore (@Ra_THORe) May 22, 2018But you can forget about Kohli’s challenge to Anushka, PM Modi and Dhoni.The king of batting and Kohli’s idol, Sachin Tendulkar has a new fitness challenge for Indians.Tendulkar spoke to parents and their children about the need for fitness and a healthy lifestyle.Tendulkar was at Savitribai Phule Pune University to create awareness among parents, teachers and students. By the end of his speech, those not inclined towards sports would have left hall feeling motivated and determined to go out in the open and play.advertisementKohli has recently spoken out on the need for Indians to be physically active. But Tendulkar has been stressing on the need for India to become a sports-playing nation for years.Tendulkar addressed around 300 teachers from around 250 educational institutes affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University on the topic, Mission Young and Fit India.Before Sachin began to speak, Dr Meenal Sohani, a leading counselor explained the ill effects of depravation of physical activity on one’s body.She said that as per a WHO report, in India, 25 per cent of kids from the age group of 13 to 15 are under depression. The youngsters these days are under tremendous pressure as they have to continuously lead a competitive and full of pressure life. The problem starts with the kids dedicating a major portion of their time to electronic and social media. The excess use of gadgets, electronic devices and social media takes one away from physical activity. As much as 60 per cent of our health depends on the level of stress one faces. Explaining the above important issues of stress, Dr Sohani focused on sports being the only medium that naturally de-stresses one. Exercising helps to generate anti-anxiety and anti-depression effects in a body without any side effects.Tendulkar said sports made a huge difference in his life. As an 11-year-old, he was taken to Ramakant Achrekar, the legendary cricket coach and young Sachin’s life changed forever.A few years later, Tendulkar debuted for India and went on to become the greatest batsman in the history of the game.Tendulkar also urged his young audience to learn the virtue of patience. The record-breaking former batsman was worried that the younger generation wanted everything too soon.In the age of hi-tech gadgets and easy access to WiFi, Tendulkar said life was far more peaceful back in the day when there were no mobile phones.Tendulkar devoted his entire adult life to cricket but he wowed his audience with his knowledge of Kho Kho. He said the game taught players the spirit of team spirt and the importance of selflessness.Tendulkar also stressed on the need for parents to encourage their kids to go out in the open and play sports. He said a few of his friends were not motivated by their parents to play sports. Today, when Tendulkar meets them, he feels much fitter than his peers.The former India captain, who is now a member of the Rajya Sabha, said the Education Department should introduce a grading system for sports in schools. That, Tendulkar felt, will encourage parents to allow their kids to play more actively.Tendulkar had another interesting suggestion: he reckoned schools would do well to hire former athletes to train students and help imbibe a sporting culture in them.last_img read more

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