A 70-year-old man, born in Punjab and based mostly in Ireland for over 40 years, has utilized for a Guinness World Record after finishing what he calls his Earth Walk overlaying over 40,075 kilometres or the equal of the circumference of the Earth in below 1,500 days with out stepping out of his house 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 means of indoor malls to beat climate constraints.
During the primary three months of my strolling seven days per week, I misplaced 8 kg by having a deficit of 700 energy per day. Over the following six months I misplaced an additional 12 kg. The lack of weight was nearly totally on account of strolling and I didn’t have to alter a lot of my consuming habits, mentioned Mr Bajaj.
Typically, I began strolling early within the morning and accomplished largely in two intervals, the primary one was at all times for an extended length. There have been many instances I did the complete stroll in a single try. Starting early allowed me to complete up by early afternoon, which gave me loads of time to do issues similar to buying, financial institution work, home and backyard work, he mentioned.
The retired engineer and enterprise guide grew up in Chennai and moved to Scotland in 1975 for a Master’s in Management from Glasgow earlier than work took him to the Republic of Ireland 43 years in the past, the place he has been dwelling along with his household at Castletroy, a suburb of Limerick, for 36 years.
It was the native Irish and world information that saved 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 observe of his steps and its data flagged his main milestones alongside the way in which.
By the tip of the primary 12 months I walked 7,600 km and to my shock I discovered that in truth I walked to India from Ireland. I continued strolling and by the tip of 12 months two, I walked a cumulative complete of 15,200 km and I discovered that in truth 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 Walk and Earth Walk was roughly 19,000 km and I knew it was not going to be simple. I continued strolling with an purpose to finish my final purpose, he says, in reference to his Earth Walk, which he accomplished on September 21.
His software with the Guinness World Record is at the moment below course of as they assess if his stroll overlaying the equal of the Earth’s circumference in 1,496 days and 54,633,135 steps makes the reduce.
Meanwhile, 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 power 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. Eventually they got here round reluctantly and now hope that I’ll cut back my stroll and never try a second Earth Walk, anti-clockwise, he jokes.
While he awaits a response on his potential world document, Mr Bajaj is eager to unfold the message that strolling is one of the best type of train for all ages “better than running or jogging and it is free”.
Having run by means of 12 pairs of footwear, at a mean three per 12 months, in the course of the course of his Earth Walk, his central recommendation is to spend money on 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 finest pal 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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