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Feb 2014

Dave & Bobby

Mohan's Fitness


The National Association for Sports and Physical Education recommends that school-age kids:

  • get 60 minutes or more of moderate and vigorous physical activity on most or all days
  • participate in several bouts of physical activity of 15 minutes or more each day
  • avoid periods of inactivity of 2 hours or more during the daytime hours

Now, with that in time, the challenge is to make sure that the kids follow a good fitness regime. In this age of gadgets where TV is not the only enemy of physical activity, where parents have to fight not only against all the different Disney shows that their kids get hooked to, but also have a battle on their hands when it comes to having to pull their kids away from their iPads and lap-tops while the kids insist on continuing their mine craft quests with various other friends logged on at the same time.

Luckily for the us, 5k, 10K, half-marathons, marathons and even triathlons are common terminologies these days. These events are well promoted and the prospect of participating with thousands of other people, along with a sense of doing good thanks to the different charities tied to them, lures the youth and the not so young alike. And with more and more adults participating in these, the culture of conscious fitness regimes are naturally being imbibed by the next generation.

We had the honor of meeting two Indian American boys, Dave and Bobby Mohan, ages 12 and 9 year old. The two brothers, who live in Phoenix, Arizona, are just like any brothers are- they fight, they argue, they even try to one up each other at times, but just like brothers tend to be, end of the day, they're truly best buds.  Motivated by their parents, Sumeet and Rupal

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whose stories we had covered on desideewar in 2012, they took on running for fun, fitness and family time a few years back. And as Dave adds during the interview, food is a pull too (oh yes, the different kinds of healthy, and some not, food offered at some of the expos and post-events can make a party).

Together (and sometimes individually), Dave and Bobby have participated in about 15 5Ks in a short span of two years. Some of the 5Ks that they have participated in are the Hot Chocolate Run, Kids Rock, Run for Water, Kiss Me I'm Irish and the Luminaria Run. But they don't just participate, they are in it to win it too. Dave informs us that he won 2nd place in 2012 in the 'Run for Water' and then in 2013, Bobby won 2nd place in the same event, since he didn't participate that year, he adds :). And Bobby describes the fun they had in participating in the Hot Chocolate Run, especially because it ended with the participants getting chocolate yummies like Hot Chocolate, chocolate fondue, etc.  Apart from the various 5K that they have participated in, they love to accompany their parents on adventurous hikes, like taking the 8 hours hike to the upper Yosemite falls at Yosemite National Park in 2010. 

What we found especially impressive was the fact that the boys find the time to train and participate in the runs in spite of their busy schedule at school and with other activities. We learnt that Dave is quite a force to reckon with in Chess. He travels all over the US to participate in different State and National level chess tournaments, returning with trophies and cash prices from everywhere, often beating opponents who are more than three decades older than him even. As he points out his trophies to us with well earned pride, he also informs us of making it in the Top 100 Twelve Year olds in the National Chess list. He's also in the National Junior Honor Society. Bobby, on the other hand, is quite an artist. we enjoyed seeing his many master pieces.

Before signing off, we asked them if they have any tips for other kids who might be interested in participating in 5K runs. Watch what they have to say to that and the rest of their talk with desideewar in the video link that follows......



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