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Hill walking draft 1 - Aayushmaan

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AAYUSHMAN PANDEY IGCSE PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSWORK ANALYSING PERFOMANCE- HILL WALKING INTRODUCTION Hill walking, or trekking, combines hiking and camping in a single trip. A backpacker hikes into the backcountry to spend one or more nights there, and carries supplies and equipment to satisfy sleeping and eating needs. A backpacker packs all of his or her gear into a backpack. This gear must include food, water, and shelter, or the means to obtain them, but very little else, and often in a more compact and simpler form than one would use for stationary camping. A backpacking trip must include at least one overnight stay in the wilderness (otherwise it is a day hike). As a compulsary component of the IGCSE Physical Education course, I was required take part in hill walking expedition in rural southern Maharashtra, on the western (Konkan) coast of India. The camp was 3 days and 3 nights long, during which we had to perform various skill components of our hill walking course, such as backpacking, navigating, pitching a tent, first aid as well as survival skills. 1 out of 3 nights we spent at a camp. Whiler the remaing were spent oin the wilderness. Trekking was done only during daylight hours and by the end of the hourney, we had covered approximately 45 kilometers, stopping at various Maharashtran villages along the way in order to replenish our water supply. Hill walking is mostly an aerobic activity which greatly relies on and improves one's cardiovascular endurance, since the activity lasts for a long period of time, and has a medium level of intensity. It is also beneficial to one's musles such as the quadriceps and hamstrings, since trekking for such long periods of time on a regular basis greatly improves a persons muscular endurance. Also, as per the American hiking society,hill walking is known help reverse the negative effects of osteoporosis by increasing the bone density and slowing the rate of calcium loss, thus strengthening the bones and decreasing their susceptibility to break. ...read more.

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Coordination- I believe that I am able to successfully coordinate movements between two or more of my limbs pr body parts. This was important in the expedition while walking down steep slopes since I had to move ahead while holding on to rock walls for support. I was able to coordinate the movements between my arms and legs with precision, which helped me move ahead swiftly without tripping or falling along the way. Speed- Throughout the expedition, I was able to move at an approximate speed of 4 km/hr, which is in accordance to Naismith's Rule. As a result, I was able to cover distances as planned out earlier on the map, which made it easier for us to locate where we are and where we need to go. WEAKNESSES General Fitness Flexibility or Suppleness- In my opinion, I was not as flexible as I should have been during the expedition. My movements were fairly stiff. My legs could move freer and my arms and hands need to be able to perform delicate movements smoothly and carefully in order to be able move swiftly. An increase in flexibility will help me overcome obstacles with ease and help me perform techniques that require a large range of movement at joints. Specific Fitness Balance- I feel that during the expedition, I lacked good balance. This hampered my movements greatly and also affected the speed at which I walked or climbed. While going downhill, I nearly lost balance completely several times, this meant that I had to slow down and take extra care of my movements. I feel that if I become well balanced, I will also be able to improve my speed, agility and coordination to a greater extent. I can improve this with regular yoga, and various exercises in yoga that are meant for balancing. With regular practice I am sure I will soon overcome all these problems. ...read more.

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* 2 packets of Papad (a roasted snack) * 1 kg of Onion * Indian kitchen spices * 6 packets of Noodles * Few packets of processed food with high carbohydrate percentage (easy to make) * Plenty of fruits- apple, pear, oranges (a kg each) OUR MENU FOR THE EXPEDITION DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 Breakfast ------ Fruit & Biscuit and sandwiches Cheese & Cucumber Sandwich Cheeses sandwich Lunch ------- Soup, Rice, Dal, Noodles Soup,Dal & Rice Provided for by the residents of a village Dinner Rice & Dal Rice, Papad, Potatoes Onion Curry(with spices) with carrots, Dal and cucumbers Packed food rich Carbohydrates.We were forced to use processed foods since most of our fruits and rice were over FACTORS AFFECTING PERFOMANCE Provision- We had planned our expedition well and planned all the things that we needed for survival. We had a torch and Swiss Knife, and good bags and good quality tents, good food and compasses and all provision required. Thus our expedition was successful and we did not fall short of any item. Peer Group- All of us were inclined to do this course as it seemed fun and challenging. We were all motivated to try hill walking and thus this motivation was with us all along the trip keeping our spirits high and so that we worked well. School- Our school encourages such activities as they want students to get an exposure of life without luxuries. It was their initiative to tie with Nature Trails and provide us with an option of Hill walking for Physical Education. Rest- While on the expedition I made sure that my group and I got enough rest and sleep so that we were ready for the next day. This is why we were not very tired all the time. And since we had exercised all day, I made sure that we all were rested. For myself, it was not easy to carry all that weight, and walk such distances at high altitudes, hence that is why I had sound sleep every night in our tents. ...read more.

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