How a Single day outing changed my LIFE

ShaileshStarred Page By Shailesh, 6th Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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A 26 year young boy discovers his poor fitness status during a single day outdoor outing, this motivates him to be fit and work for his health.

How it all started

Location: Skandgiri near Bangalore
Time: September 2012

It was a Saturday night when sitting in room watching TV, surfing internet seemed no better option to us. A program in National geographic Channel inspired us and within 5 minutes from then we were ready with our Sunday’s plan. As per the plan we woke up at 3 am packed our bags and at about 4:15 am with 6 friends on 3 bikes, fully fuelled tank and engine roaring loud we started our journey. We spent one and half hour to reach the foot of the hill.

The hill

It was huge with clouds covering the upper one third of the hill. The chilling weather, no proper path to lead and watching few groups returning from the starting point itself made it more alluring to accept the challenge. At 7 am we started trekking. It was not even 15 minutes that my heart beat shot up enormously and it became very difficult to breathe. It was then when I realized how unfit I have become. In my mind I started blaming junk food, internet and all the electronic devices because of which I kept myself away from all kinds of physical exercises. I thought of either returning back from there itself or wait there until my friends finish the trek and come back. But my friends didn’t let me chose from any of those. Finally I had to join them after taking some rest.

On the mid way

From deep jungles and slippery rocks we somehow kept moving up. Again my heart beat shot up and breathing became difficult. For every 15 minutes of trek I needed a 5-10 minutes of rest. This continued till we reached the top. After reaching there I strongly felt that that was much more than the achievements I wrote in my Resume. Meanwhile I gathered enough strength from somewhere within to pose for photos and to enjoy the weather. Stretching out on a huge rock with cool breeze soothing the exhaustion was a heavenly feeling. After taking some rest thinking it to be easier task we started to climb down the hill. But it turned to be the other way round. It was not to push yourself up for every step but this time it was to stop yourself and make balance after every step you take since the slope was very steep and there was no grip. By afternoon 2 pm we were back to the foot of the hill.

When we completed the trek

Looking at the hill I could only say “Though the trek was very difficult but it was worth taking the pain”. More over it was more of an eye opener for me. What else can be better than you know where you stand and friends (fitness conscious) ensure you put in efforts to come out of this?

Lesson from the trek

I took the lesson seriously and started working on opening up my body, stretching, animal flow and then Shaun T’s Insanity program for fitness with one of the friends as mentor.

I suggest you too to find out how fit you are. If you feel you have flunked the fitness test just gather some courage, willpower and start. Remember you are in the game until you give up. You will be fit again. After all we all know “health is wealth”.


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A post graduate working with a Company at Bangalore. Exploring places, networking and sharing knowledge is what I like.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
6th Aug 2013 (#)

well done Shallesh...excellent advice for young and old uns like me!!!!

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author avatar Shailesh
7th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks Caroline

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author avatar Retired
7th Aug 2013 (#)

Well, that was a lesson you learnt well. Enjoyable read and yes health is wealth and we all need to be fit.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Aug 2013 (#)

Definitely a lesson well learned, Shailesh. We have to get out of our comfort zones. City folks become cocooned to daily sedentary lifestyles and need determination to step out them - siva

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author avatar perfectatdat
8th Aug 2013 (#)

Good job Shailesh. May be we can trek together sometimes.

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