Day Three: Iran
Day three took us out of Iraq and through the arid deserts and luscious green gardens of Iran, one of the oldest and most historically inhabited areas on earth. The terrain is varied here and cycling through the landscape would be a great experience. The distance we covered has decreased slightly (we can blame it on the challenging terrain) but we’re still well ahead of our initial target. It is crazy to think that between us we have travelled as far as Iran, in just 3 days!
Iran is known for its history of the Persian empire, intricately woven rugs, love of poetry, and green gardens. In fact, the English word “paradise” comes from a Persian word meaning “enclosed garden.” It is little explored by tourists from the west for obvious reasons, but is a country of great beauty and rich history, aswell as great contrasts between old and new. Interestingly for such an ancient civilisation, over 70% of the population are under the age of 30.
Sport in Iran
Formally, the national sport of Iran is freestyle wrestling. Wrestling improves balance, reflexes, strength, endurance, and agility through a combination of moves. Wrestlers are often very lean and strong for their body weight, carrying less than 4% body fat. As much a culture and tradition as a sport, Wrestling is a way of life in Iran.
However, in modern times the most popular sport has become Football. The combination of running, walking, sprinting and kicking can bring benefits including increased stamina, improved cardiovascular health, reduced body fat, improved muscle strength and tone, increased bone strength and improved coordination.
Whichever sport you play, any form of exercise has its obvious physical advantages, as well as the often-overlooked mental benefits; at Elevate we recognise these and use our training to help increase confidence and self-esteem. Our classes are designed to push you to your limits physically, so you also benefit mentally. Its also about being part of a community of like-minded people, who all have their own goals to achieve but enjoy doing it as part of a group, so they can help and push others. It’s difficult not being able to do that together at the moment, but that’s one of the reasons we chose to take on this challenge, so we can achieve something together. We’ve also got our regular online classes, which you can watch on https://www.elevatefitnessuk.com/livestreams/
Distance Travelled: 6,403km
Journey Finished: 15.59%
Money Raised: £3,005
Countries Visited: 13 Countries
Day 3 Leader Board
- Ashley Hill – 140km
- Kimberley Langley – 118km
- Darren Fox – 102.56km
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