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Milk is the secret of my energy, says nonagenarian

The 94-year-old Yogi Trikrandas is the oldest participant in the ongoing 37th National Masters Athletics Championship to win a silver in 400 mtrs race!

At the age of 94 when most of the people befriend their beds and choose to be at home, here is a man from Pune who believes that ‘a person is as old as he thinks’. Though he is 94 years now, he is fit and healthy and runs like any normal youngster.

Born on 1922, Yogi Trikrandas is the oldest participant in the ongoing 37th National Masters Athletics Championship to win silver in 400 mtrs on Thursday. This is not for the first time he is participating in the athletic championship. He travels hundreds of kilometres every year to take part in National Masters Athletics Championship. “I have been running in the championship for 19 years now and will continue to participate in future,” Trikandas told City Today.

He is among the eight participants in the 90 plus category in 100, 200, 400 mtrs running. Trikrandas who claims to be a Sanyasi says that he suffers from no ailments. “I am fit, both medically and physically and this is the result of my routine exercise – one hour of jogging and two hours of Yoga every day, besides a healthy diet,” he said.

When asked to share his diet, Trikrandas promptly said “no non-vegetarian food”. He said that most of his food intake is in the form of milk, besides eating green gram and wheat rotis.

Yogi Trikrandas has a piece of advice to youth. “Most of our youngsters including athletes indulge in smoking and take various kinds of intoxicants. One should avoid consuming such toxins to be fit and healthy. Even tea and coffee are not good for health,” Trikandas says.

Speaking about his life as a yogi, he said: “It was all good till I was 60 years. I did everything I could for my children but, they eventually stopped caring for me and started disrespecting my words. I was left with no option but to leave my house. I renounced everything and went to Himalayas. I came to Pune only recently,” he said.

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