A grandmother of three, 82 year old Dukmit Lepcha has just become the oldest paraglider in Sikkim. The oldest paraglider registered by Sikkim Paragliding Association before Dukmit Lepcha was a 68 year old man.
Lepcha took to the skies on 28th October from a paragliding point near the Aangi monastery at Ranka, a small town situated 20 kilometers away from Gangtok. She flew for nearly six minutes at an elevation of about 4,500 feet as her family and onlookers cheered on including the members of Paragliding Association of Sikkim.
"It was such a pleasant experience. I enjoyed it, and no, I was not afraid. My granddaughter who is 17 years old went before me, but she was a little scared. I did not tremble at all because I wanted to know what it feels like to fly," she told the Sikkim correspondent of Fit NorthEast.
Dukmit Lepcha is an inspiration for fitness enthusiasts who know and believe that being physically fit and agile is possible at every ageIncidentally this is not the first adventure sport, Lepcha has participated in. In 2016, she went scuba diving off the Andaman coast. Her next plan is cycling. Lepcha is an inspiration for fitness enthusiasts who know and believe that being physically fit and agile is possible at every age provided one has a positive and healthy attitude and maintains the right everyday wellness habits and rituals.
Fit Northeast consulted a doctor in Mumbai who specializes in geriatric care to understand what really is the miracle formula that makes people like Dukmit Lepcha soar to such inspiring and incredible heights of physical fitness.
"It's a combination of the mind and body. Any person who is a sports enthusiast and consistently indulges in a sport throughout his or her life is actually less likely than most others to develop age related chronic problems like stiffness of the joints, arthritis etc. Moreover such people generally have good cardiovascular and muscle health. These factors really aid beneficially when it comes to any sporting feat," says MK Sharma who practices in a renowned private hospital of Mumbai. "However, the fundamental magic ingredient that makes such unusual and spectacular feats possible is courage and zest for life," he sums.