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Dec 01, 2016

The Importance of Fitness in Running a Company

How does fitness, healthy lifestyle and getting outdoors help grow a business? CEOs and founders explain their logic.


Yogesh Kumar

A healthy lifestyle and a healthy dosage of outdoors have a lot of unfathomable advantages. It keeps one motivated, punctual, active and inspires new ideas and creativity.  One puts in more concentrated efforts and active time and mind to work which ultimately helps in the growth of an individual and the organization. These positive vibes end up inspiring colleagues to follow in the same footsteps and become leaders.

According to Yashish Dahiya, Founder and CEO of PolicyBazaar said, “Fitness is extremely important for the overall growth of an individual. If you want to fare well as a professional, you need to be high on energy and have a positive attitude in life and towards your work. Sports teach you this and teach you to never give up. This attitude is crucial for the growth of an organization. There will also be challenges and both the employer and employee need to have perseverance and optimism to sail through difficult times. Sports teaches you all this and this is the reason why most sportspersons have a great career outside their sport.”

Mr. Dahiya is a triathlete who completed his first Ironman on August 20th, 2016 in Kalmar, Sweden. “I feel the amount of hard work, dedication and perseverance that I have put in my sports, be it swimming or anything else, has taught me to be all the more dedicated to my company. Being a sportsperson, I am always high on energy,” he added.

Mr. Dahiya says it is always good to interact with your employees who are going through difficult times themselves and helps by encouraging them to take up a fit lifestyle. “We organize sports meets for our employees annually and also encourage them to participate in different sporting events in and around the city. Apart from these, we also have fitness trainers onboard to drive our employees to take care of their personal fitness and nutrition goals.”


66-year-old Sushil Kumar Bhasin, who works at Bhasinsoft India Ltd. based in Bangalore, India, told The Outdoor Journal in an interview, “Exercising keeps body and mind in good sync/health, hence enhancing enjoyment of everyday life. A fit and healthy body keeps mind alert. A healthy person can better input physically and mentally for a greater error-free output.” Mr. Bhasin started his fitness regime quite late in his life, suffering from backache for nearly a decade. In the last few years, he has finished six full marathons, ten half marathons and five ultra races.

On the same lines, the founder of an Indian fitness and lifestyle app Fitso, Saurabh Aggarwal, said, “Sports has helped me in a way that it has made me optimistic and carry on till the end. It has given me a ‘never say die’ attitude. It has made me learn how to carry my team along and to take care of everyone, similar to any mountain expedition. One step at a time and passing through the low times is of the utmost importance as it is a part of the game.”

The career of Apoorva Prasad, Founder and CEO at The Outdoor Journal, has been oriented around the fact that he is a climber and outdoors person. He said, “As human beings, we have not evolved to lead sedentary lifestyles. We did not evolve to sit on a chair, in front of a computer, for eight to ten hours a day. We have evolved to climb trees, run, hunt, fish, and sleep outdoors. It’s very recent in the history of human evolution that we lead such inactive lives. “Sport” is simply a way for us to find a balance with who we truly are, as human beings, with the responsibilities and duties that modern society has made for us.”

Mr. Prasad became a journalist because he wanted to continue to climb and write/shoot about it. “My life has actually been oriented around my decisions based on a certain sport and lifestyle. Without this piste that I followed from my early 20s, I couldn’t have created The Outdoor Journal today.”

“For us especially, our angle is to bring about active, sustainable lifestyles and a better ecological balance. It has been scientifically proven that being outdoors, in nature, makes us happier and more fulfilled individuals. Sport and being outdoors is what we truly are. No society or social construct (“countries” or “nations” being one of them) can thrive or succeed by ignoring something so fundamental as healthy, sustainable living, and sport and physical activity.”

Do yourself and your work life a favor by adopting a fitness regime and exploring the outdoors more often.

Feature Image: The Outdoor Journal Founder and CEO Apoorva Prasad climbing in Lahaul/ Image © Zubin Atre/ The Outdoor Journal

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Jul 10, 2018

The 2018 Whitewater Awards: Nouria Newman and Benny Marr take the spoils.

The Whitewater Awards is a gathering of the world’s best kayakers to show off the biggest and best things that have happened in the sport over the past year.



Brooke Hess

 To be considered for an award, athletes, photographers, and filmmakers submit media taken over the past year that they believe showcases the best progression in the sport.  

There are sixteen different categories for submission, including separate male and female categories within the “Best of” kayaking categories. Categories include Photographer of the Year, Film of the Year, Expedition of the Year, Best Trick, Best Line, River Stewardship, Grom of the Year, Rider of the Year, along with several others.  Awards are decided upon by a voting process done by the Association of Whitewater Professionals.

This year’s Whitewater Awards was held in the Egyptian Theater in downtown Boise, Idaho. It was hosted on June 14th, the same weekend as the North Fork Championships, which takes place on the North Fork of the Payette River just outside of Boise.  The North Fork Championship is regarded as one of the hardest kayaking races in the world.

The race takes place on Jacob’s Ladder rapid, which is a rapid so difficult and consequential that most kayakers feel accomplished simply by surviving the rapid, much less racing the rapid. Nouria Newman, a 3-time NFC racer and winner of this year’s Whitewater Awards Female Rider of the Year describes it well,

“The NFC is the hardest race in whitewater kayaking. [Jacob’s Ladder] is a scary, consequential rapid. Running it is challenging, and it only gets harder to race it and make the gates.”

In order to minimize the risk involved in the race, event organizers have developed a strict qualification process for racers. 30 racers will qualify to race Jacob’s Ladder. Ten of them are pre-qualified from placing top ten at the event the year before. Those ten then read numerous athlete applications and vote on the next ten racers who will join them.  The last ten racers are decided through a qualification race on S-Turn rapid, another one of the North Fork’s infamous class V rapids.

Every year on this same weekend in June, kayakers, photographers, and filmmakers from around the world flock to Idaho to celebrate quality whitewater, progression of the sport, and the community that surrounds it. Both the North Fork Championship and the Whitewater Awards had great turnouts of athletes and spectators this year.

John Webster

The finalists of each category in the Whitewater Awards were presented in film format at the Egyptian Theater for the entire audience to view, with the winner being announced live. Winners were presented with an award and expected to give a short speech at the event. The big winners of the night were Nouria Newman and Benny Marr, who were awarded with Line of the Year and Rider of the Year in the female and male categories. Nouria says that voting for the “best” in each category is a challenging process, “…voting is always tricky, (look at both French and U.S. presidents, not too sure if they are really the best available option). And it is also very hard to compare lines and rapids. What’s bigger? What’s harder? I got voted Best Line of the Year with a good line down Parque Jurassic, a long technical rapid, but Rata’s line down Graceland, which is a huge slide, was equally as good, if not better.”

No matter how tricky the voting process can be, Nouria agrees that the Whitewater Awards plays a large role in the progression of the sport, “I think it’s super cool to see what people can do in their kayak, how they push the limit of the sport and how they open new possibilities.”

For more information about the Whitewater Awards, you can visit whitewaterawards.com, you can also follow them on Facebook and on Instagram.

You can follow Nouria on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You can follow Benny on Facebook and Instagram.

Cover photo courtesy of Ari Walker

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