Virat Kohli is amongst the fittest sportsperson. His commitment to cricket and his body remain unparalleled. Kohli, recently, commissioned a survey in association with apparel giant Puma and the results were alarming. Almost a third between the age of 18 and 40 have not indulged in any physical activity in the past year. Kohli called it “disastrous” and said if he had done the same, he would not have been alive.
In an interview with The Times of India, Kohli expressed his concerns, “That’s (one-third of people between 18 and 40 not getting involved in any physical activity for a year) not just worrying, it’s disastrous. If I wasn’t engaged in any physical activity for a year, I don’t think I would be alive. Even if I was not playing professional cricket, I can’t imagine myself not doing any physical activity at all. The survey conducted across 18 cities also shows that people are spending four to five hours every day on the mobile phone.”
A Virat Kohli post from 2016
Kohli highlighted the harms of overuse of technology that has led to people losing sense of important things in life.
“Technology and social platforms rather than being helpful are starting to become harmful for a lot of people,” he added. “People are losing sense of what are the important things to do, what are the things they need to do for their mental and physical development.”
When I was growing up…
Recalling his growing up years, Kohli spoke on how playing outdoors was a big part of the culture.
“When I was growing up, we got together in the evening and played in parks and housing societies. During weekends we used to go to sports complexes and spend the whole day there. We used to find things to do. That used to be a big part of our culture.
“I played a lot of cricket or badminton when I was young because it gave me immense joy. I did not know then that I was going to be a professional cricketer. I used to watch sports on TV and try and replicate the moves. To save money, we used to create our own courts using tapes, and hammer nails into the ground to mark them out. That used to give us a lot of happiness. And that’s the key thing to find,” Kohli recalled.
What made Kohli the fitness freak
Focusing on fitness helped Kohli not only excel in professional sport but it also helped him be more confident, gain clarity and focus. This is one of the reasons he started pushing others towards fitness.
“My reason was totally different. It had to do with playing at a certain level in professional sport. I realised in the process that when I started getting fitter, I started thinking better. I had more confidence, clarity, focus and determination. And I started feeling that inside me as soon as I changed my physical regime. That’s when I began to think that everybody should be doing this. Getting fitter makes you confident overall. It makes you feel good about yourself. You need to feel good to have good thoughts. And then came about this idea of pushing people towards fitness to make them understand why this is so important,” the Indian skipper further added.
No wonder, the current Indian side is amongst the fittest in world cricket. Try and draw parallels from the Indian teams of 20th century.