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Now gyms in courts to keep fitness levels of judges in order

Accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle,the judges of the Delhi trial courts may soon be seen pumping irons and flexing muscles at a gym meant exclusively for them.

Accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle,the judges of the Delhi trial courts may soon be seen pumping irons and flexing muscles at a gym meant exclusively for them. While the authorities are all set to “formally” open the first such fitness centre for judicial officers at the Karkardooma Court Complex very soon,a number of judges have already started thronging the gym to stay in “good physical and mental shape”.

Named “De-stress Centre” after a Delhi High Court directive,the gymnasium has been set up to help officers bogged down with deskbound work to unwind and fight stress levels.

The proposal was mooted to offer relief to judges,many of whom are caught up in the huge pile-up of cases and handle more than 100 matters a day.

While the authorities had previously held get-togethers and de-stressing camps with musical evenings or yoga,the idea of building special rooms for judges to unwind came up last year.

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The concept took concrete shape earlier this year and funds were arranged following the requisite nod from the High Court,which already has a gym on its premises.

Built on the third floor of the court building in Karkardooma,one can already find several magistrates using the treadmill,exercycles,boxing kits and massagers. According to an officer associated with the project,the Karkardooma gym is being built on the lines of the one in the High Court and will have modern equipment.

“A gym is not only for relaxing but will certainly help us fight the negative aspects of our work. Now we can head to the gym as soon as we finish our task in the courts,” a judicial officer told Newsline.

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A civil judge said that considering their excessive stress level,judges are prone to heart-related diseases and hence,an accessible exercise regimen would help them keep the doctor away. “Moreover,the communication gap between judges will narrow down as they exercise together,” he added.

When asked about the benefits of gyms,Dr B N Mishra,senior physician,DDU Hospital,said,“Keeping in view the fatigue judges might experience due to long working hours,regular exercise would certainly keep them mentally relaxed and physically fit,enabling them to work better.”

First published on: 08-09-2009 at 12:24:42 am
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