Zumba and yoga sessions steal the show
"Still I have participated in this run. Doing Zumba was fun, many years ago there was no such thing. Around 50 senior citizens from our society have participated in this marathon," said Toshaniwal.
PUNE: Zumba sessions at Bajaj Allianz Pune Half Marathon 2019 on Sunday stole the show as the Zumba dance moves proved to be a fun way of warming up and cooling down for the race.
Participants tapped their feet to popular Hindi, English, Marathi and Punjabi songs as trained instructors guided them from the stage.
Apart from Bollywood songs, Zingat from Sairat remained the favourite.
Zumba instructor Sameer Sachdeva and his team guided the runners during the warm-up session. Sachdeva said that warm-up is necessary before any physical activity and all participants responded well on Sunday. "Their enthusiasm was unmatched," said Sachdeva.
One of the participants, Rajendra Toshaniwal, said that he has undergone knee replacement surgery in both knees. "Still I have participated in this run. Doing Zumba was fun, many years ago there was no such thing. Around 50 senior citizens from our society have participated in this marathon," said Toshaniwal.
Rameshwar Jadhav and his two friends said that because of the Zumba warm-up, they felt quite energised and motivated.
A yoga session was arranged as the 3km race -- the last of the lot-- came to an end. Yoga trainer and wellness expert Anshuka Parwani helped participants with yoga asanas that enable stretching of muscles after a gruelling run.
"It is important for runners to know what exercises can relax the muscles. Hence, stretching after run is as important as the warm-up," said wellness expert Anshuka Parwani.