A 70-year-old man, born in Punjab and based mostly in Eire for over 40 years, has utilized for a Guinness World File after finishing what he calls his Earth Stroll masking over 40,075 kilometres or the equal of the circumference of the Earth in beneath 1,500 days with out stepping out of his dwelling metropolis of Limerick.
Vinod Bajaj started his journey in August 2016 with a humble purpose of dropping some weight and getting fitter.
As he shed the kilograms, his enthusiasm for strolling solely multiplied and led him to chart out various routes, together with by indoor malls to beat climate constraints.
Through the first three months of my strolling seven days every week, I misplaced 8 kg by having a deficit of 700 energy per day. Over the following six months I misplaced an extra 12 kg. The lack of weight was nearly completely as a result of strolling and I didn’t have to vary a lot of my consuming habits, stated Mr Bajaj.
Usually, I began strolling early within the morning and accomplished largely in two intervals, the primary one was all the time for an extended length. There have been many instances I did your complete stroll in a single try. Beginning early allowed me to complete up by early afternoon, which gave me loads of time to do issues reminiscent of procuring, financial institution work, home and backyard work, he stated.
The retired engineer and enterprise marketing consultant grew up in Chennai and moved to Scotland in 1975 for a Grasp’s in Administration from Glasgow earlier than work took him to the Republic of Eire 43 years in the past, the place he has been residing together with his household at Castletroy, a suburb of Limerick, for 36 years.
It was the native Irish and world information that stored him firm throughout his lengthy walks, which fell inside a ten km radius of Castletroy.
He additionally downloaded the Pacer exercise tracker app on his smartphone to maintain a whole monitor of his steps and its data flagged his main milestones alongside the best way.
By the tip of the primary yr I walked 7,600 km and to my shock I discovered that in actual fact I walked to India from Eire. I continued strolling and by the tip of yr two, I walked a cumulative whole of 15,200 km and I discovered that in actual fact I walked greater than the circumference of the moon (10,921 km). This motivated me additional and I made a decision to stroll the circumference of Mars (21,344 km), he remembers.
The distinction between the Mars Stroll and Earth Stroll was roughly 19,000 km and I knew it was not going to be simple. I continued strolling with an goal to finish my final purpose, he says, in reference to his Earth Stroll, which he accomplished on September 21.
His utility with the Guinness World File is at present beneath course of as they assess if his stroll masking the equal of the Earth’s circumference in 1,496 days and 54,633,135 steps makes the lower.
In the meantime, his strolling mission continues regardless of the COVID-19 lockdown constraints, which solely means he has to repeat his routes just a few instances a day to satisfy his each day strolling purpose.
He additionally retains himself replenished with almonds, cashews, walnuts and bananas to maintain vitality ranges up in the course of the walks.
My spouse and siblings weren’t impressed initially as all of them felt that I used to be strolling an excessive amount of and my well being can be affected. Finally they got here round reluctantly and now hope that I’ll scale back my stroll and never try a second Earth Stroll, anti-clockwise, he jokes.
Whereas he awaits a response on his potential world file, Mr Bajaj is eager to unfold the message that strolling is one of the best type of train for all ages “higher than working or jogging and it’s free”.
Having run by 12 pairs of footwear, at a mean three per yr, in the course of the course of his Earth Stroll, his central recommendation is to put money into a very good pair of strolling footwear and socks.
His different recommendation for fellow walkers: Loneliness would be the largest strolling problem and might partially be overcome by listening to music or podcasts. Make the umbrella your greatest buddy in order that no climate will upset your stroll plan and self-motivation, self-discipline, consistency and time administration are key.
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