Looking to Our Sikh Elders

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I am inspired. With the growing prevalence of cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes in our community – it is important to be inspired. Fauja Singh, Amrik Singh, Ajit Singh and Karnail Singh (with a combined age of 336) recently took part in the Edinburgh Marathon as part of the relay Sikhs in the City team. How have they stayed so healthy? The quartet agrees that a combination of a positive frame of mind, keeping the company of people who are forward looking, not indulging in any excesses, appreciating what God has provided them with and keeping active is the key to being healthy.

All four members of Sikhs in the City share an infectiously positive outlook and lust for life that is key to their ongoing success. Ajit Singh, 79, for instance, has just learned to ride a bicycle, so one of his goals now is to complete a triathlon. He and his lifelong friend Amrik Singh, also 79, have completed more than 1,000 races between them and acted as mentors to Fauja. Karnail Singh, 80, is the newest member of the team and the least experienced runner. His “experimentation” with course routes means that his teammates have to keep an eye on him, but what he lacks in kilometres he more than makes up for in providing the focus for a little gentle mickey-taking. [link]

If that wasn’t enough, the four will be taking part in a relay marathon in London, a relay from Birmingham to London, the Norway KnarvikMila where times are age-weighted, and they are joining the Toronto Waterfront marathon to challenge a team of Canadian elders over a 5km course.

And as an example of the positive outlook, Fauja Singh comments on his life in England.

Before leaving I ask Fauja what changes he has seen in Britain in the 15 years he’s been here and he replies in his typically charming, upbeat way. “Maybe it’s because I’m getting on a bit and so I’m grateful for everything, but despite what other people might say, I only see improvement. The respect and acknowledgement I get here is just wonderful.” And with that trademark twinkly smile he adds: “I am very grateful for the opportunities I have been given. If I didn’t do any of this why would a man like me, of my age, have the opportunity to wander the streets of the world?” [link]

We can learn so much from them. Are you an active and positive-minded Sikh? I know I have much to improve but hopefully by the time you read this, I’ll be at Yoga class!


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15 Responses to “Looking to Our Sikh Elders”

  1. Maestro says:

    These guys put me to shame! If this doesn't get me to the gym, I don't know what will.

  2. Maestro says:

    These guys put me to shame! If this doesn’t get me to the gym, I don’t know what will.

  3. sonny says:

    omg that's the best pic ever. hands down.

  4. sonny says:

    omg that’s the best pic ever. hands down.

  5. Harman says:

    I need a desktop-sized picture of that. Instant motivation.

  6. Harman says:

    I need a desktop-sized picture of that. Instant motivation.

  7. RAJINDER SINGH says:

    One very easy way:

    step 1) Right click on picture above, and save picture on your computer

    Step 2) Right click again, Go to Desktop settings, and select this picture as "background".

    (I dont know if there are any copyright issues here. Probably not)

  8. RAJINDER SINGH says:

    One very easy way:

    step 1) Right click on picture above, and save picture on your computer

    Step 2) Right click again, Go to Desktop settings, and select this picture as “background”.

    (I dont know if there are any copyright issues here. Probably not)

  9. Judith Barrett says:

    Please can you tell me who, if anyone, owns the copyright to this picture? I am searching for one to appear in a book of school assemblies for secondary school teachers. All of the assemblies take something to do with sport as their starting point, and one of them features the inspirational Fauja Singh and his fellow runners.

  10. Judith Barrett says:

    Please can you tell me who, if anyone, owns the copyright to this picture? I am searching for one to appear in a book of school assemblies for secondary school teachers. All of the assemblies take something to do with sport as their starting point, and one of them features the inspirational Fauja Singh and his fellow runners.

  11. Roop Dhillon says:

    Fauja Singh goes running with Harjinder SIngh the Head of SIkhs In England. Harjinder told me that they measured the mass of Fauja's leg, and it was fitter than Harjinder's who is 40 years old!!

  12. Roop Dhillon says:

    Fauja Singh goes running with Harjinder SIngh the Head of SIkhs In England. Harjinder told me that they measured the mass of Fauja's leg, and it was fitter than Harjinder's who is 40 years old!!

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