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July 09, 2009
Two teenagers have set out on an attempt to become the youngest Indians to climb Mount Everest.
The sweat and toil of a trek leads to meadows full of flowers.
The secret to a limber body is a little-known but very effective aspect of your cooling down session — the self-release myofascial technique.
Plagued by a lack of good trekking maps, Indian hikers make their own.
Don’t worry about missing your workout when you head to the seaside this summer. You can make up for it with these fun beach sports.
On April 11, history will be rewritten as one man jumps from the edge of space, 37 km above earth’s surface.
Strength is not just ‘a man thing’. Women can wrestle and do weights without worrying about adding bulk.
Last year, one intrepid Indian woman made history by skiing across the Antarctic to the South Pole against all odds. This is her story.
Martial art forms do more than teach you how to defend yourself. They work out your core and improve overall fitness levels too.
Donning explorers’ boots you’ve strayed too far from the group? Happens to every trekker. Here’s how you can find your way back.
With summer round the corner, you can explore another element and add swimming to your fitness regimen.
Trekkers may be well equipped to deal with the elements, but gadgets aren’t. Here’s how you can keep electronic gear safe.
It’s not easy Luge? You may never have heard of it but one Indian has been representing the nation in the sport, hurtling down ice tracks at lightning speeds.
Have you wondered what being at 8,850 m feels like? A 20-year-old tells us about braving avalanches, eating apple pie at base camp and feeling drunk from altitude sickness.
A triathlon is the final test of endurance. If you finish it, you will emerge stronger and fitter.
Seeking adventure? Go find it in the sub-zero temperatures and snowy terrains of the Himalayas. The mountains aren’t competely off-limits in the winter.
Answer this - How do you run 10 km and keep eating the food you love? A former "fatty" reveals his secrets...
Why walk, when you can skate? It’s fun, it’s adventurous and it’s a great way to hang out with friends and explore parts of the city you never knew about, writes
To fly a kite you first have to unlearn all you know about control and power, and then learn to go against your instinct.
The top contender for this year’s Mumbai Marathon says mixing it up is his training mantra.
All wheels on the ground is for regular people. For BMX freestyle bikers, the rules of gravity are meant to be defied.
Here’s an exercise form that works you out from the inside. And besides making you fitter, gives you better posture, improved focus, and makes you less injury prone. What’s not to like?
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If you thought fitness freaks spend their time holed up in a gym, think again. These marathon chasers live it up running around the world, says
When you are a BASE climber, you not only ascend a steep mountain but also hurl yourself off it. After all, what goes up must come down — it’s how you do it that counts.
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Perfect a mean punch, stay safe on the streets, and get fighting fit in the bargain. Sign up for kickboxing.
For most people, horse riding is largely seen as a pursuit of the rich and famous, or else a gambling enterprise. Few know about the many physical and mental benefits of horse riding.
If your need for speed is facing a roadblock on the traffic-infested tarmac, head to the sea for clear steering over waves and skimming over choppy waters.
Getting smart about your exercise routine often involves thinking out of the box, like going from behind the wheel to pedalling on a pair of them.
Plunging face down in the snow, only to get up and fall yet again, is worthwhile for the rush of zipping along a snowy slope.
The best fitness regimes aren’t always about cutting edge training techniques. The trick is to stick to a simple plan with dedication and consistency.
As a kayak glides through the water and your worries dissipate in its wake, you become one with the ocean, writes
The 40s and 50s may bring heart trouble with them. But that doesn’t have to be reason to slow down. In fact, it might be the perfect time to sign up for a marathon.
Tame the surf and part the seas on a personal watercraft for a taste of real adventure, writes
Have you hit a plateau? Are you getting beat by the same people, finishing in the same place, no matter how hard you work out? Maybe the solution lies in the way you think, writes
You’ll start with a sinking feeling in your belly. But halfway down, the scenery will distract you, giving your stomach time to catch up.
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Bing a lone ranger may have its charm, but running in a group holds out more benefits for the serious runner, writes
Think this campsite at Rohtang Pass is pretty? Before you go on an high altitude trek, this might be the ideal testing ground.
Marathons are safe. Just get a go-ahead from your doctor and then take it a step at a time.
Saina Nehwal says that stretching after workouts is just as important as the regimen itself. It’s an essential tool for her recovery.
There is more to a trek than meets the eye. Like a drop of several hundred feet that you need to cross or a waterfall you need to go down.
Limbering up is one thing; knowing just how to do it is another. Here’s a look at the dynamic stretches and jogging drills that will help you prep up for your workout.
Let the wind sweep you off your feet. Find out what it is really like to soar like a bird in the skies, writes
PT Usha in action.
Himalayan peaks are unforgiving taskmasters; even a momentary lapse in concentration in thin air can be an invitation to trouble, writes
The man who powers our Davis Cup dreams on his piston-like legs believes that fitness does not need fancy equipment. A peek into the training methods of India’s leading sportspersons.
A whole world of adrenaline-filled moments and encounters with the creatures of the sea awaits you. Put on a scuba suit and go diving.
Note the upright head and forward chest, as well as the way the foot hits the ground. Getting the posture right will make you faster and longer.
Angling is all about man versus fish and which beast will tire sooner in the battle of wills.
Speed takes on a whole new meaning when you’re pressing the accelerator on mud and slush instead of tame old tarmac.
When it comes to a sheer explosive workout, squash is right on top of the sports spectrum.
Climbing an artificial wall is an exciting way to get fitter.
Boxer Vijender Singh pumps iron to add power and tone to his muscles, not bulk.
This photograph was shot aboard the INS Bitra that saw the Mhadei off as she left Goa for Mumbai.
In sports, being fit doesn’t just mean being able to pump iron. It also means having physical and mental strength, stamina, speed, sharp reflexes, and focus.
Adventure sport junkies swear by activities like parasailing and surfboarding. Now you can combine the two and throw away the tether into the wind.
Leander's fitness mantra:
No need to get stuck on machines for strength training. Invest in rubber resistance bands and get a better workout that mimics natural movement.
Pandu Pul is the most dicey section of the trek to Mantalai. Those rocks demand a gentle tread.
Arjun Nichani whizzes down Marine Drive in Mumbai. Once you’re hooked, you can take things up a notch with a mix of skating and aerobics that improves flexibility.
Rafting over the Middle Tons:
Rishikesh is passé. In a country riddled with rivers, there’s no dearth of places where you can test your mettle tackling white water.
This game may involve swordplay but there’s very little aggression on display. Every once in a while, a player may take a big stride and leap in the air.
Rahul Pandirkar creates a splash at the Yeoor Hills near Mumbai.
Speed walking is low-impact and therefore poses a far lesser risk of injury to your knees than running.
Ultimate Frisbee is a limited-contact team sport played with a 175 gram flying disc. The object of the game is to score points by passing the disc to a player in the opposing end zone.
Ice climbing, as the term indicates, is the activity of ascending inclined ice formations. It is broadly divided into two spheres, alpine ice and water ice.
Scuba diving is a form of underwater diving in which a diver uses a scuba set to breathe underwater for recreation, commercial or industrial reasons.
Wingsuit flying is the art of flying the human body through the air using a special jumpsuit, called a wingsuit, that shapes the human body into an airfoil which can create lift.
Formula One, also known as Formula 1 or F1, is the highest class of auto racing. The "formula" in the name refers to a set of rules to which all participants and cars must comply.
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