Name: Mr Shashwat Shukla Age: 29 yearsOccupation: Fitness trainer and law studentMy iourney to fitnessI used to watch races in my school days and in my school and sports clubs, the winner used to get a tiffin box or a water bottle and fame. As I was a kid I got attracted to that and started to train myself. .Growing up, I got to know about Mr Ram Singh Yadav who is an international runner and Olympics player who represented India in the 2012 London Olympics. Mr Yadav belongs from my native place Varanasi and I used to read about him in the newspaper. He was serving in the Indian Armed Forces at that time and represented India in many international races. I was inspired by Mr Yadav and afterwards, he became my coach who trained and guided me like an elder brother by keeping me along with him on the armed forces campus.In 2007, while preparing for the national level race, I had a severe injury and my scan reports showed that my left knee got tilted by 6 cm. That incident changed my life forever. At that time, I was not able to walk or wear jeans and used to sleep on the floor mat as I was not able to sleep on a foam bed because of the injury.One day I was walking barefooted on the sand along the side of Ganga River with my coach. l discovered that barefoot is causing me less pain than shoes. My coach taught me about barefoot running and suggested I take up the activity and see the results. I began practising barefoot running and started to win many races back to back. I used to compete with people wearing branded shoes and now I am a world record holder in barefoot running.Fitness is my passion and I would like to continue in this field till I am alive. Between early 2014 and 2016, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and I came out of my depression because of my passion and hard work to stay fit. I won my injuries too due to the positivity that I gained by exercise.Presently I am a fitness coach and I work with people of different age groups. My aim in life is to educate and make people aware of the benefits of fitness as I have seen that every other person in our society is grappled with some issue, either mental or physical, and that can only be resolved with a positive outlook and thought process. I believe that a positive attitude can be gained by exercising and I saw the effect during my physical training with children. I got the opportunity to help many kids and adults to come out of the negative situations in their life and now I am motivated to expand and share the benefits with many others.My inspirationWhenever I used to train myself, I used to feel active and positive and whatever work I used to do, I could do it with full concentration and clarity and used to complete that work successfully. It is because of my training that I could learn many things and excel at my studies. I have completed my Bachelor degree in Commerce (B.Com.), Bachelor of Law (L.L.B) and now pursuing Masters of Law (L.L.M). I am also a certified Coffee Maker from a food company and a certified flautist.I remember and abide by the verse of Bhagavad Gita "The man who is healthy and fit will be the happiest person rather than the man who is wealthy." Bhagavad Gita helped me a lot to become successful in my life.Exercise helps in the release of a chemical called endorphins also known as happy hormones. Exercise not only makes me happy, rather I have gotten addicted to the feeling one experiences after exercising.Fitness for everyoneFitness reduces our risk of contracting many diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Diabetes. It helps in reducing stress, sleeping better and improves our mental health. Since it does so much for our body, it is important to exercise no matter at what age you are.Physical activity increases the total energy expenditure of the body which helps people to stay in energy balance or even lose weight, as long as they don't eat more to compensate for the extra calories they burn. Physical activity helps decrease the fat around the waist and total body fat and slows the development of abdominal obesity, for example, weight lifting, push ups and other muscle-strengthening activities.Regular physical activity strengthens the heart muscles. A strong heart can pump more blood with less effort. As a result, the force on the arteries decreases, thereby lowering the blood pressure. If a person has Diabetes, being active makes the body more sensitive to insulin (the hormone that allows the cells in the body to use blood sugar for energy). This helps in controlling the blood sugar levels and lowers the risk of heart disease and nerve damage. Fitness and mental health Regular exercise has a profound and positive impact on depression and anxiety.Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression and negative mood and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal. It also helps to relieve stress, improve memory and helps you to sleep better. It boosts your overall mood. One doesn't have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits but consistency is the key.Tips to keep fit at homeI suggest everyone exercise daily for at least an hour. One should eat the right food with portion control and drink sufficient water to gain maximum benefits. Also, sleep is of utmost importance as it helps in the repair and maintenance of the body. It improves memory and strengthens the immune system. So, one should sleep for 7-9 hours a day to improve their body functioning.Apart from these, people can do home workouts like high knee, push-ups squats, lunges and core strengthening exercises.My messageThe adage 'early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise' is apt and should be imbibed by everybody. Eat good and healthy food because you think the way you eat and your thinking shapes your hard work. Also, exercise regularly to keep fit and stay happy.