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Finding their rhythm: Participants in the Wellness Walk will be given tips on keeping fitness levels high.
Finding their rhythm: Participants in the Wellness Walk will be given tips on keeping fitness levels high.

Shankar Bennur

Wellness Walk will be conducted every Sunday at Cheluvamba Park

MYSORE: Can music make your morning walk comfortable, rhythmic, refreshing and also reduce stress? This is precisely what a team of professionals have experimented with and recorded “positive results”.

The team recently introduced the concept of Wellness Walk (walking combined with music) among morning walkers at Cheluvamva Park here. More than 200 people, including senior citizens, took part in the walk. According to the team, there has been a good response to the concept.

Neurosurgeon Anil Sangli, and chartered accountant and musician Sripad had introduced music reverberation therapy to patients suffering from certain mild neurological ailments. With theoretical support extended by one Amrutha, they found that the therapy also called SRIAN (Sripad-Anil) Envision had encouraging results with patients showing signs of recovery.

“A paper on music reverberation therapy had been presented at the Asian Conference of Neurosurgeons,” Dr. Sangli, who is a consultant here, told The Hindu.

City industrialist B.R. Pai encouraged Dr. Sangli and Mr. Sripad to introduce the concept of Wellness Walk for morning walkers and joggers.

Accompanied by musical compositions, including instrumentals, played in the background (using speakers), the Wellness Walk ensures a structured walking exercise with the support of music. “Simple walking may not reduce stress. If it is done while listening to ragas and instrumental music, it helps bring a rhythm to the whole exercise giving a refreshing experience. And the feedback from walkers after one session is enough to substantiate that music can bring change,” Dr. Sangli said. Breathing techniques, the position of the feet and arms while walking, methods of rhythmic walking and so on are explained to walkers.

The Wellness Walk will be conducted every Sunday at Cheluvamba Park in February. Doctors will be invited to give inputs on wellness to the participants “We want to conduct this walk in other parks of the city in March and subsequent months. Interested people can be part of the exercise,” Dr. Sangli said.

Besides sensitising them on the benefits of listening to music while walking, the participants will be given tips on keeping fitness levels high. A yoga expert and physical education instructor have been roped in to conduct yoga sessions and exercises respectively.

“This is an attempt to motivate people to adopt better workouts to maintain good health,” Dr. Sangli said.

The Wellness Walk is held from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

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