To all women out there let’s make sports part of our fitness routines!!!

The National Sports Day, or Rashtriya Khel Divas, is an annual observance that falls on August 29. The day commemorates the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, the hockey wizard of India.

Briefly about importance of sports in my life—

I started playing squash and basketball in Class 4 and table tennis and throwball in Class 6. Although squash is more an individual game, table tennis, basketball and throwball taught me great skills such as leadership, patience, discipline, team spirit, working towards common goals, being persistent, looking for strengths in others and ofcourse learning the most when we lost as a team of how we could perform better and win the next game.

Frankly the years I was into sports were amazing as it really enhanced my sense of self and and helped me benefit from the camaraderie as a teen from various team sports and really developed a sense of belonging.

Rather when I look back the years I derailed the most and lost focus in my priorities were the years I wasn’t playing any sports.. Wish I could tell my younger version… Hey you, Don’t you ever stop playing… it can do wonders for you and your life…”

Coming back to today; each one of us face barriers to pursue what we have loved doing for years. Been the same for me too.. Today I have to wear specs for all my waking hours and since I suffer from varicose veins I have to wear compression stockings for atleast 10 hours.. However, I havent let them come in the way of enjoying a game of squash or table tennis with my husband. Playing basketball and badminton with my daughter and niece and nephew helps me bond with them too..

So high time to ask yourself what’s stopping you for picking up that badminton racket or simply playing a game of cricket or basketball with your kids? Time to reignite that sportsperson in you and truly age is no barrier it’s a limitation we have put in our minds???

Some important stats –

(BBC reported that under 30% of women in India engage in sports. That means girls have 1.3 million fewer opportunities to play high school sports than boys have. Lack of physical education in schools and limited opportunities to play sports in both high school and college mean girls have to look elsewhere for sports –which may not exist or may cost more money.

If young girls can’t access that through something as universal as sport, then we’re blocking out a generation of potential world-changers. ) – What can each one of us do to help girls continue sports??? Thought for some action.. Your coach in possibilities.. Parul