My JourneyMy fitness journey started in my childhood. I took up sports in my childhood and have played almost all games till now. In the end, I chose badminton as my game and passion which has kept me fit to date. I always aspired to go in the medical field butalso wanted some association of sports in it. I started doing my research on how I could fuse my two passions into a profession. That's when I got to know about the field of Physiotherapy which had the perfect combination of sports and medicine..I used to actively engage in athletics in school days. I was a runner by nature. One day during PT period in my school, I was playing badminton with my friend. My PT sir spotted me playing well and thought I could participate in competitive games. I was 10 years old at that time. I started working on my badminton strokes, took part in several competitions and also won the games. In the first year of the competition itself, we won the district tournament and the winning streak continued. It gave a wonderful boost to my game and my journey as a badminton player started.In 2009, I was detected with asthma. Initially, it wasn't that severe but later I started experiencing attacks for a longer duration, persisting for 7-8 hours. I used to get severe asthmatic attacks from midnight till early in the morning, because of which I would stay up all night and remain drowsy the following day. This continued for the next three years. I could not concentrate on any other thing. Since those were my academic years, I used to get worried about my studies and would fear my examinations.I was treated for asthma and was put on heavy steroids and inhalers. They worked on me but only temporarily. One day I thought of getting back to my game which I had to quit for a long time because of frequent episodes of asthma. Slowly, I started playing again and it was bliss. I could feel the oxygen flowing in my body wherein earlier I used to feel trapped. At that moment,I decided to never quit my game again because it helped me come out of my condition and become healthy. To this date, wherever I go I carry my kit bag. I believe that sports only make us better.My sport has helped me evolve as a person and taught me to take failure in stride because sports works two ways - someone wins and someone loses. It teaches us to accept defeat with dignity and rise again to win. It inculcates a sense of sportsmanship. It not only helps in the game but also moulds our attitude towards life. That's why I always feel inspired by badminton. My profession, which requires intense physical effort, inspires me to keep fit. Also, I believe that if I am fit I can help my patients recover in a good way. Keeping fit helps me perform better at my game.My professionAs physiotherapists, we are well acquainted and trained with sports injuries and being my area of interest, I have gathered a lot of experience in treating such injuries. I studied physiotherapy to be associated with sports and Injuries. Personally, whenever I play badminton I ensure to do a proper warm-up before and cool down after the game. As a physiotherapist, I cannot emphasise more on the importance of warm-up and cool down as it helps you prevent injuries. .My achievementsI have 9 years of experience in the field of physiotherapy wherein I have 1 year of overseas experience as the official International Sports Physiotherapist to two International Soccer Teams (U-23 and Senior Men's team) for a Pacific Country called Timor-Leste. I joined the official teams for FIFA WORLD-CUP PRE-QUALIFIERS to Myanmar and Malaysia respectively in 2019.As a sportsperson, I have represented my school in badminton and athletics till my 10th standard and have received many achievements and certificates. Also, I represented my institutions at both my junior college and university level during my undergraduate studies. Currently, I play in the open category within Pune district and doctors' category in Maharashtra state and have secured 20 titles to my name.Fitness is necessaryFitness is the key component of today's lifestyle. It can be for anyone - be it a child, an adult or an elderly. In the COVID 19 pandemic, remaining healthy should be on priority. Being physically active helps reduce the risk of major conditions like Diabetes, heart disease, obesity and many more. Regular exercise promotes strong muscles and bones which improves overall health.Fitness helps to maintain our metabolism which ensures that our body is maintained with good homeostasis i.e. a good internal environment of the body. Being fit indicates that we have good immunity which helps the body to fight infections or any other conditions and promote a faster recovery. Mental health too is highly impacted by exercise as it kicks up the endorphin levels. It helps to reduce anxiety levels, depression and improves one's self-esteem and self-confidence. It helps alleviate the negative mood, improves cognitive function and sleep, which is highly necessary for good health.Tips for taking up sports as a profession for people with health conditions, firstly I would like to appreciate them for their decision to become a sportsperson. Few tips I would like to share with them are:• Before starting any sport, make sureyou do a complete body check-up by consulting your doctor for any health issues to be seen beforehand.• Consult a physiotherapist and get checked for your weak and strong muscle groups so that you can work on them accordingly and then start the training of your sport.• Before getting into any sport, educate yourself about it such as the rules of the sport, the intensity of the sport etc.• Rule out your capacity and choose a sport accordingly.