Eight months ago, when Rajendra Asari, the Superintendent of Police, Ahmedabad (Gujarat, Rural) called Constable Kamleshsinh Gohil to his office, he was taken aback. At 107 kg, Gohil was quite unfit, and while it is essential for everyone to work on being more fit, it is especially crucial for a police officer.
Asari took it upon himself to improve Gohil’s fitness levels. He first asked Gohil to get a medical check-up done, and the report showed high cholesterol and pre-diabetic sugar levels. It was evident that the constable needed to get into an exercise routine which would suit his busy schedule, and also make him fit.
So, the IPS officer invited Gohil for a jog with him the next morning. The constable certainly could not refuse an invitation by his senior and reached the running track the following day.
This would prove to be a turning point for him.
Speaking to Ahmedabad Mirror, Gohil said, “I got tired running 100 metres on the first day. The next day, I ran 200 metres, and a week later, I managed to run a distance of 400 meters.”
SP Asari was determined to support Gohil till he succeeded in losing the extra flab. “He showed the willingness to reduce his weight. I did not make any diet plan or schedule for him. I just advised him to do regular jogging on the racing track at the police headquarters or any place where he can find space. I kept a record of his success,” he told AM.
Within eight months, Gohil was down to 79 kg!
“Asari sir changed my life, and I am grateful to him for that. I cannot believe this happened to me. Earlier, I used to get tired on duty, but SP sir inspired me to keep going, and now I can perform my duties in a better way,” he said.
His peers soon noticed that the constable had lost 28 kg, without intensive exercise or a stringent diet. They inquired about his regime and soon followed his footsteps. Sub Inspector Jaydipsinh Rathod, for example, began to accompany Asari on his morning jog and has managed to lose 4 kg so far.
The police officers now join IPS officer Asari on the running track every day, with one common aim—to get fitter. “Fitness is important, not six-pack abs. Looking at Gohil’s achievement, other cops have also started jogging and exercising with me,” Asari said.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)