My work involves travelling a lot, and even if I don't have the time to hit the hotel gym, I do squats, push-ups, lunges, crunches and jumping jacks in my hotel room
As a young lad I remember being incredibly skinny. So much so that I barely fitted into any of my father’s clothes from his enviable wardrobe. I wanted to change that, and it led me to a sport—squash. I loved playing squash, and eventually stepped into the gym. After finishing college, I landed the job at MTV and went to New York for training. Back in those days, I was not given a brief on how I should look, and what a desirable physique is. So while I continued to enjoy my stint at MTV, I also relished the various culinary delights of New York, and ended up with chubby cheeks! And I didn’t realize it until some family and friends pointed it out. And that’s when I took it upon myself to work towards a healthier and fitter me.
Today, I work three-five times a week in the gym. I do varied high-intensity workouts that typically last from 45 minutes to an hour. My workout routine involves weight training and CrossFit. I was introduced to CrossFit by a few friends and have been doing it for nearly five years now. The founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, is my fitness icon; his vast knowledge unifies fitness and health. In addition to my workouts, I do yoga, I swim, and even go hiking. While consistency is key, routine is the enemy. So I keep introducing variations in my workouts and engage in other physical activities.
I also put Pearson’s Law into practice. To quote the law, “When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported back, the rate of improvement accelerates." I record and report my workout routines, and have benefited greatly from this practice. My work involves travelling a lot, and even if I don’t have the time to hit the hotel gym, I do squats, push-ups, lunges, crunches and jumping jacks in my hotel room.
The other important aspect of fitness is correct diet and a good lifestyle. If you do not eat fairly clean, your body will not achieve optimum results from workouts. I follow the Paleo diet, and my meals comprise meat, eggs, vegetables, fruits and nuts. I’m a breakfast person and often make it for myself. I love making all kinds of eggs, and a smoothie with kale and spinach. I eat whole fruits as much as possible and whatever is in season. I am eating a lot of mangoes at the moment. Avocado is my all-time favourite superfood. It’s also one of the best anti-ageing foods one can eat. I even carry it in my suitcase when I’m travelling to a place where I think it might not be easily available. I stay far away from processed foods. I’m fairly disciplined through the week so that I can cheat when I’m at dinners with friends.
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