India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli is one of the fittest players in cricket right now. He is also one of the biggest supporters of including physical activity in the lifestyles of every child and adult in the nation.
Kohli said, “We surveyed around 3000 people across 18 cities. It paints a small picture of what is happening on a larger scale. One-third of those people have done no activity in one year. If I did that, I would have been nowhere.”
“We waste so much time browsing the internet for nothing, looking at other’s people lives. Technology is good, but it is pulling people away from reality. Earlier, we did not waste time on video games. Now with phones, you can just lie down, and you don’t have to even get up,” he said.
“Nowadays, people play for a day and then they give up because of minor niggles. But if they can continue to do physical exercise, then you can do so all your life. One should not wait for the comfort zone. I used to steal chalks to make stumps on the wall in the gully I used to play,” he said.
He stressed for everyone to be involved in sports and should not wait for proper facilities to begin.
“When we were growing up, we stayed in a colony. We did not wait for a proper cricket field. People should not wait for proper facilities unless you are a professional sportsperson,” he said.
“I played so many other sports and facilities enjoying yourself. It’s all about finding joy. It does not have to be a career. Physical activities make you feel better about yourself. You become more confident and healthy,” he said.
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