A 70-year-old man, born in Punjab and primarily based in Eire for over 40 years, has utilized for a Guinness World File after finishing what he calls his Earth Stroll overlaying over 40,075 kilometres or the equal of the circumference of the Earth in underneath 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.
Through the first three months of my strolling seven days every week, I misplaced eight kg by having a deficit of 700 energy per day. Over the subsequent six months I misplaced an additional 12 kg. The lack of weight was nearly totally resulting from 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 at all times for an extended period. There have been many occasions I did all the stroll in a single try. Beginning early allowed me to complete up by early afternoon, which gave me loads of time to do issues equivalent to procuring, financial institution work, home and backyard work, he stated.
The retired engineer and enterprise advisor 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 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 10 km radius of Castletroy.
He additionally downloaded the Pacer exercise tracker app on his smartphone to maintain an entire observe of his steps and its information flagged his main milestones alongside the way in which.
By the top of the primary yr I walked 7,600 km and to my shock I discovered that in reality I walked to India from Eire. I continued strolling and by the top of yr two, I walked a cumulative complete of 15,200 km and I discovered that in reality 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 purpose to finish my final purpose, he says, in reference to his Earth Stroll, which he accomplished on September 21.
His software with the Guinness World File is at the moment underneath 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 lower.
In the meantime, his strolling mission continues regardless of the COVID-19 lockdown constraints, which solely means he has to repeat his routes a number of occasions a day to satisfy his every day strolling purpose.
He additionally retains himself replenished with almonds, cashews, walnuts and bananas to maintain vitality ranges up throughout 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 report, Mr Bajaj is eager to unfold the message that strolling is the very best type of train for all ages “higher than operating or jogging and it’s free”.
Having run by means of 12 pairs of footwear, at a mean three per yr, throughout the course of his Earth Stroll, his central recommendation is to put money into a superb pair of strolling footwear and socks.
His different recommendation for fellow walkers: Loneliness would be the largest strolling problem and may partially be overcome by listening to music or podcasts. Make the umbrella your finest 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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