London, October 17
A 70-year-old man, born in Punjab and based in Ireland for more than 40 years, applied for a Guinness World Record after completing what he called the Earth Walk – covering more than 40,075 kilometers or the equivalent of around the world in under 1,500 days – without leaving his hometown of Limerick.
Vinod Bajaj began his journey in August 2016 with a humble goal of losing weight and becoming better.
As he poured the kilo, his walking enthusiasm only increased and led him to chart various routes, including indoor malls to overcome weather barriers.
“In the first three months of my walk seven days a week, I lost 8 kg by having a deficit of 700 calories per day. Over the next six months, I lost an additional 12 kg. Losing weight was almost all because of walking and I don’t have to change many of my eating habits, ”Bajaj said.
“Usually, I start walking early in the morning and complete most of the two intervals, the first is always longer. Many times I do the whole walk in a single attempt. It allows me to start early at the end of the early afternoon, which gave me a lot of time to do things like shopping, bank work, housework and garden, “he said.
The retired engineer and business consultant grew up in Chennai and moved to Scotland in 1975 for a Master’s in Management from Glasgow before he was offered a job in the Republic of Ireland 43 years ago, where he lived with his family in Castletroy, a suburb of Limerick, for 36 years.
This is the local Irish and world news that keeps him company while he is on a long walk, which falls within a 10 km radius of Castletroy.
He also downloaded the Pacer activity tracker app on his smartphone to keep a complete track of his steps and its records flagged his major milestones along the way.
“At the end of the first year I walked 7,600 km and to my surprise, I found out in fact, I walked to India from Ireland. I continued walking and at the end of two years, I walked a total of 15,200 km and I found out in fact, I walked more than the full moon (10,921 km). This motivated me more and I decided to walk around Mars (21,344 km), “he recalls.
“The difference between Mars Walk and Earth Walk is approximately 19,000 km and I know it will not be easy. I continued walking with the goal of completing my final goal,” he said, referring to his Earth Walk, which he completed on September 21.
His application to the Guinness World Record is currently in process as they assess whether his walk covering the equivalent of the Earth’s circle in 1,496 days and 54,633,135 steps reduces.
Meanwhile, his mission continued to walk despite the COVID-19 lockdown barriers, which meant he had to repeat his routes several times a day to meet his daily walking goals.
He also keeps to himself almonds, cashews, walnuts and bananas to maintain energy levels while walking. “My wife and siblings were not impressed at first because they all felt that I was walking too much and my health would be affected. Eventually, they hesitated and I hoped to slow down and not try the second Earth Walk, against on the left, “he jokes.
As he awaits a response to his world record potential, Bajaj enthusiastically spread the message that walking is the best form of exercise for all ages – “better than running or jogging and it’s free “.
Having by 12 pairs of shoes, on an average of three per year, during his Earth Walk, his central advice is to invest in a good pair of walking shoes and socks.
And, another piece of advice for fellow travelers: “Loneliness will be the biggest challenge of walking and partially overcome by listening to music or podcasts. walking and self-motivation, discipline, consistency and time management are key. ”PTI