“Over the years I have learned that running affects you at many levels. It truly results in physical and mental well-being. Training for and finishing a marathon has taught me perseverance and patience,” Mishra says.
Also an avid golfer, he sees many similarities between long-distance running and golf. “Both have one feature in common — you are essentially competing against yourself. They have also taught me continuous learning and self- improvement,” he says.
Mishra tries to balance running and his travel expeditions. He says, “The great thing about running is you only need to pack a pair of shoes; and they are a fixture in my travel bag. Since my wife shares a passion for running, when we are on a vacation, we actively try to participate in a new marathon in whichever city we are in, if possible.”
He shares some fitness tips:
1. Each body is different
There is no “ideal” exercise routine which suits all. Listen to your body and figure out what you enjoy the most — for some it may be sports, for others running and for someone else, just lifting weights, swimming or yoga.
2. Do not set unrealistic targets
Take an incremental improvement approach. That way you will ensure that you don’t over-exert and suffer an injury.
3. Be flexible about timings
A busy schedule and hot weather means you may not always be able to go out for a run. Go to a gym in the afternoon, or evening, or if nothing else, go for a brisk walk post-dinner. Remember, any workout is better than no work-out at all.
4. Leave that desk and move
If you have a deskbound job, get up after every hour and take a walk.
5. Look after your diet and your sleep
For diets, remember that anything in moderation is okay. Also, there is no substitute for good sleep.