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Pune-based hematologist and triathlete Dr. Rajendra Pol believes his high-energy workouts make him more productive at work.

“If I don’t do my training, I don’t get that boost of energy. While not everyone can do a program as demanding as mine, it’s important to keep both the mind and the body fit through training,” says Dr. Pol, who completed his first Ironman 70.3 in Weymouth, UK, and a 14-kilometer swim marathon on the Thames last year.

Also known as a Half Ironman, this event is part of a series of long-distance triathlons (a competition in which participants swim, cycle and run) organized by the World Triathlon Corporation. Participants must swim 1.9 km, cycle 90 km and run 21 km in approximately eight hours. Dr. Pol completed the course in 6 hours and 53 minutes.

Doctors Day (July 1) is an annual celebration of the dedication of medical professionals to providing compassionate patient care. This doctor is among a growing number of physicians who are refreshing their minds through physical activity to increase their productivity.

Dr Pol plans to take part in the Ironman 70.3 in Bolton, UK next year and wants to celebrate his 50th birthday with an 18km swim in Lake Windermere (England’s largest lake). Dr Pol lived in the UK for 20 years before moving to Pune last year and works as a haematology consultant at Manipal Hospital, Baner.

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Dr Pol plans to take part in the Ironman 70.3 in Bolton, UK next year and also wants to celebrate his 50th birthday with an 18km swim in Lake Windermere (England's largest lake). Dr Pol plans to take part in the Ironman 70.3 in Bolton, UK next year and will also celebrate his 50th birthday with an 18km swim in Lake Windermere. (Express photo by Atikh Rashid)

The doctor has a busy schedule with bone marrow transplants and cutting-edge treatments such as CAR-T therapy. Nevertheless, he makes it a point to run 12 km every other day. On Sundays, he packs his Scott bike in the car and drives to Sus for training. “I can easily cycle 50-60 km here, compared to cycling in the city,” he says.

On days when he has to visit the Satara clinic, Dr Pol makes it a point to cycle the 112 km. “I start at 5 am and reach Satara by 9.30 am, take a quick shower, have breakfast and then get to work,” adds Dr Pol. On days when he does not cycle or run, he does his swimming training sessions.

“In addition to sufficient stretching exercises, strength training is also important,” he adds.

At a time when half of India’s adult population does not meet World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for adequate physical activity, according to a new study published in The Lancet Global Health, this doctor’s incredible commitment to exercising three to eight hours a week despite the demanding demands of the medical profession is an inspiration.

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First uploaded on: 30.06.2024 at 18:07 IST

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