It is a pleasant, cool December morning in Navi Mumbai, a close suburb and the twin city of Mumbai. With all its greenery and open spaces, Navi Mumbai does give one a chance to enjoy the cool winter. And it is this time of the year that people eagerly await and look forward to as the rains have just left after pouring their clouds empty by bathing the soil, air and trees to its hearts’ content and confining most people to the comforts of their cozy abodes sipping hot tea for months together.
This is the perfect time to enjoy the pleasure of a walk or a jog in a park and begin the morning in this part of India. It is not too cold and chilly as in other parts; as the proximity to sea keeps the temperature just right enough for a cool breezy morning as well as night. There is a sudden boost in the number people of the jogging class that is seen now.
If one observes this class, one can find that there are different types of joggers who form the clan. It is my observations of such class that I am enumerating a few interesting types with their characteristics in this post.
The Dedicated Joggers:
This class has the most sincere and dedicated group of men and women (mostly of the youth to the middle age with a few elderly) jogging daily at the same time, morning or evening, following the pace and rhythm to the core. They hardly miss a day and can be seen 24×7 irrespective of the weather. If not jog they would definitely take brisk walks but sure enough not refrain from their daily regimen.
The Fast Pacers:
This class of men and women are seen to be in a hurry and it seems from their body language that they are going to hit the weighing scale and shout “VICTORY!!”They do a confused mix of jogging and running-can be termed as “jog run”! It sometimes even feels (looking at the slant of their forwardly leaning bodies) that they have the gravity pulling them down with all its might. Some of them have the habit of plugging their ears with headphones during the entire jog while others have the mobile speakers so loud that it seems they not only have their fitness in mind but also share a deep social responsibility to entertain others during the course.
The Gossip Joggers:
This class is anybody’s guess as the name says it all. It has mostly the middle aged men and women, coming in groups and dressed to the mark, with the best sports outfit and branded shoes, looking perfect fitness advertising models. As they begin their rounds there is silence but soon after a single round they start having their, what I call ‘The Mouth Jog’. The men discuss anything from the front page News headlines, sports, politics or corporate affairs and all worldly matters. The women on the other hand start with issues like the kids and their studies, their maid problems and family affairs, cuisine, latest fashion or movie reviews etc. The daily topic in each group is based on one who initiates the talk and then the entire jog circles around it. In this class, there are also a few college going youth, mostly evening joggers, who take to talking and giggling about the college affairs. I like calling them the ‘Mouth Joggers’ too because their mouths exercise more than their bodies.
The Senior Joggers:
These are those elderly citizens and senior people who have seen and experienced the world and toiled hard in the major part of their lives. Their pace is slow, sometimes even needing a hand to help them or a walking stick and while some of them may not jog but they do have their morning walk as their body permits. The twinkle in their eyes, as they complete their rounds, has so much to say and the smile on their faces has the satisfaction of accomplishment. They are the most enthusiastic of the entire jogging clan.
The Couple Joggers:
This class is for the Couples who are married (of all age groups). They jog in perfect unison matching each other step by step. They form the fitness duo and their jog together is an indication that they are the motivating force behind each other.
The Workaholic Joggers:
The name suggests all about this category. They are mostly men who cannot refrain from talking on their mobiles to their seniors, juniors or colleagues planning strategies about their work i.e. job and feel that this time of jog will not be fruitful unless they do so and ignoring their work even the slightest is a great sin. They follow the phrase ‘Work is Worship’ to a different level altogether.
The Seasonal or Occasional Joggers:
This class of joggers has been seen seasonally or occasionally. They appear at some times during the year and then disappear. Many girls and boys or even men and women, who have the impression that a few days of jogging would do it all, come under this category. Most of the time, they leave it abruptly as they do not get the necessary ‘fitness results’ they had envisaged. I call them “Rainbow Joggers” as they appear and disappear like rainbows in the sky.
All in all, the need for HEALTHY MIND, BODY AND LIFE is the need of the hour and there is a certain amount of awareness among all that medicines can be the last support our body needs if we can control and take charge of it with utmost care. So keeping aside the scrutiny of which class of joggers we belong to or don’t, let us start having “FIT ME” as our goal as we welcome and greet the New Year and take to keeping Fit in 2018 by jogging, running, walking, exercising and eating healthy. So ready, steady and go…..Wishing all a very Happy Healthy New Year in Advance.
(P.S.: Any other types of joggers I may have inadvertently missed can be suggested to be incorporated in the list. The above list is based purely on personal observation and is not scientific but creative in nature:-) Hope you enjoyed reading)