A 73-year-old Sikh has become a surprise online star thanks to workout videos he’s made during the coronavirus lockdown.
Rajinder Singh has been creating keep fit clips for Sikh places of worship or gurdwaras in the Berkshire area, but it is as the ‘Skipping Sikh’ that his name has now spread across the globe.
And news networks from as far afield as America have been interviewing the fitness fan.
Health is wealth!I love to skip and I’d love you to join me.Please support the fundraiser I’ve set up for the heroes@NHSuk https://t.co/A0qDRypEWM @bigbenmoore @BBCSouthNews @bbcasiannetwork @BBCNews @BBCWorld @minkaur5 @BBCBreakfast @Sport_England @StayInWorkOut @SportingEquals pic.twitter.com/baSEpg2wEt— Skipping Sikh (@SikhSkipping) April 20, 2020
For his part, Rajinder, who is based in Harlington, has always loved exercise – he was an avid Park Runner before the pandemic hit – and now more than ever he is spreading the word about the benefits of keeping in shape.
He told BerkshireLive: “It helps my community and wider community to feel they have someone who looks like them and is of a similar age exercising so let’s get off the sofa and workout.
“It gives you that sense of inspiration and motivation.”
Rajinder acknowledges that people may be struggling during lockdown, but is resolutely upbeat – and promises his workout content on Twitter will help raise a smile.
“This is a really difficult time for us all because we don’t remember anything being as bad as this so it’s causing lots of anxiety and depression.
“But by me creating exercise videos to have available online, this will encourage more people to stay active through this time.”
And, thanks to his fame, Rajinder’s also raising much-needed money for the NHS who he has such gratitude to for their hard work saving lives.
“I have looked after myself all my life by staying healthy and not overeating or having the wrong foods because I think the NHS should look after those who really need it.
“They do such a fantastic job and are amazing and they are the one’s doing all the hard work, they don’t have the option to walk away and are so brave in what they are doing.
“I respect them, I salute them and I wish them all a very blessed life ahead and I pray everyday for their wellbeing and everyone else who has family members in hospital right now because of Covid-19.
“Being from India we have never experienced such a great set-up like the NHS and brilliant medical care, so this is just a real blessing. God bless them all!” He adds.
Rajinder’s wife Pritpal and daughter Min – who organises his social media – also feature in the videos, and they have been helping his fundraising for NHS Charities Together here.
The Just Giving page explains: “My challenge to you: Join me, get skipping, get walking, get running, get active and post your videos tagged with #SkippingSikh on all social media.
“Please tag in @SikhSkipping and @minkaur5 on Twitter so we can reshare these videos and encourage more people to join the challenge.”
The challenge has already beat its target and raised more than £6,000.
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