Haryana Olympic Association

(Regd.No. 251 of 1987-88)

Olympic Bhawan, Sector-3,Panchkulla

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From the President's desk:

Jogging/Running is a coordinated and complex movement that includes the whole body. Every person runs differently, each has his or her own pace. Running is not just an excellent exercise or a pleasurable activity, it carries magnificent health benefits. Apart from building muscles, running strengthens bones and is an excellent work out for a body. Among the exceptional health benefits of running are reduced chances of osteoporosis – a disease indicative of bone weakness. As the bone structure weakens, it hollows and becomes porous, thus the term osteoporosis. As this happens, bones become brittle and susceptible to serious damage especially if triggered by a fall. While for some people, osteoporosis is genetically inherited, but for most it is the lack of exercise. Jogging/running keeps the bones in healthy condition, thereby decreasing risk of osteoporosis. Besides the bones, muscles too are benefited as jogging helps in building muscles due to the effort exerted on a regular basis. As one runs, the muscles are working on to propel the runner forward. This movement helps to develop muscle tissues and tone/firm up bums and legs besides shedding off those extra pounds for it burns calories as well. For positive results, it is better to have a running plan with a professional trainer to achieve the desired outcome. Slim persons who are just starting out their running routine, should not get alarmed if they notice that they are gaining some weight. It is not because they have acquired fat but due to muscles developed which are denser than fats. In other words, if you have less fat tissues, the increased muscle tones will make a heavier, but not fatter you, which explains weight gain. Running improves the cardiovascular system. Anyone engaging in a running workout is supplying oxygen to his/her muscles. The heart itself is a muscle and the constant workout brought upon by simple running helps strengthen the heart and reduces risk of heart diseases/failure. Apart from benefit to the heart, the arteries are also strengthened. As one engages in a running workout, the heart pumps harder than usual to provide the body's accelerated demand for oxygen. In doing so, pressure is increased within the arteries, flushing away any fat cholesterol that might be adhering to the arterial walls. These fatty deposits if not dealt with can obstruct the arteries. If blood cannot be carried into the heart and to other body organs a heart attack might ensue. Running helps in keeping the arteries healthy and in good working condition. The first thing you experience as you run around is getting out of breath. This is due to inability of capillaries to carry tiny blood vessels to the lungs. To increase the capacity of the capillaries within the body, incorporate running in your daily activities. This will in turn improve the respiratory system. Because running bolsters both the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, it will naturally improve your body resistance as well, saving you from frequent attacks of cold and cough viruses. Though it will not provide complete immunity, at least you will suffer less and quickly recover. The above- mentioned are just few of the benevolent aspects. It may be taken as a sport, an exercise, or simply a recreational pastime. Whatever the intention, it imparts splendid outcome.

(P.V.Rathee) President/HOA.

From the Secretary General's Desk:

Cycling commonly used as a means of transport is also a sport and a form of recreation. It is considered the most energy efficient form of travelling causing no pollution or noise and needs little space for parking or riding. In this fast developing world, there are many who have passion for this wonderful vehicle. Cycling has many benefits. It helps to reduce chronic heart diseases, obesity, tones muscles, improves respiratory health, enhances stamina, lessens chances of diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. According to the World Health Organization(WHO), physical inactivity is second only to tobacco smoking as a health risk in developed countries, and this is associated with many tens of billions of dollars of healthcare costs. The WHO's report suggests that increasing physical activity is a public health 'best buy', and that cycling is a 'highly suitable activity' for this purpose. Bicycles are often used by people seeking to improve their fitness and cardiovascular health. In this regard, cycling is especially helpful for those with arthritis of the lower limbs who are unable to pursue sports that cause impact to the knees and other joints. Since cycling can be used for the practical purpose of transportation, there can be less need for self-discipline to exercise. Cycling on a stationary cycle is frequently advocated as a suitable exercise for rehabilitation, particularly for lower limb injury, owing to the low impact which it has on the joints. The bicycle is not suited for combat, but it has been used as a method of reconnaissance as well as for transporting soldiers and supplies to combat zones. In this it has taken over many of the functions of horses in warfare. In the Second Boer War, both sides used bicycles for scouting. In World War I, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand used bicycles to move troops. In its 1937 invasion of China, Japan employed some 50,000 bicycle troops, and similar forces were instrumental in Japan's march or "roll" through Malaysia in World War II. Germany used bicycles again in World War II, while the British employed airborne "Cycle-commandos" with folding bikes. In the Vietnam War, communist forces used bicycles extensively as cargo carriers along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The last country known to maintain a regiment of bicycle troops was Switzerland, who disbanded their final unit in 2003. It is a good idea to start cycling from childhood as it helps in developing self confidence and improves growth. It is suitable for all ages apart from being the safest mode of transport both for the riders as well as for other travellers. In a health report it was found that cycling improves your mood, gives you a positive attitude, helps in gaining fitness besides enhancing strength and coordination. There are training tips to improve the cycling speed. If you are a beginner and want to ride fast then go through the training tips. One of the best ways to improve speed is to structure cycling. As a response to the increased global sedentarily and consequent overweight and obesity, one response that has been adopted by many organizations concerned with health and environment is the promotion of Active travel, which seeks to promote walking and cycling as safe and attractive alternatives to motorized transport. Given that many journeys are for relatively short distances, there is considerable scope to replace car use with walking or cycling, though in many settings this may require some infrastructure modification, particularly to attract the less experienced and confident.

(Narender Hooda) Secretary General/HOA