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Vivek Gupta, 38, co-founded online meat and seafood delivery brand Licious, along with Abhay Hanjura, in 2015. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Gupta was part of the finance team at Helion Ventures for close to a decade. He is a badminton player and has won awards during corporate tournaments. He is based out of Bengaluru.

Morning Boost

I always make it a point to wake up at 6am and go for my workout session. I ensure that I never skip exercising for more than two days in a row. However, I allow myself the indulgence of waking up late for a couple of days in a week. After my workout session, I spend a good amount of time reading the newspaper. I am particular about making a to-do list, including the smallest of details, every morning. It keeps me focused and productive.

Fitness Files

My workout regimen is a combination of running, cardio and badminton games—all of which are high-intensity—as I believe they don’t let your mind wander and yield great results. I also find them very de-stressing.

Sleep log

I usually wind up work at around 8-9pm, after which I spend some time with family and sneak in some me-time as well, before hitting the sack. I am one of those lucky people who can fall asleep anywhere, anytime. On most days, I manage to get 7-8 hours of sleep.

Food for fuel

I have a protein-packed breakfast that includes eggs and a smoothie that I prepare myself using all natural ingredients. I love home-made food. It keeps me energized and gets me going through my busy schedule.

How I Find My Zen

Playing badminton is a hobby that helps me relax. It demands your complete focus and attention. During a game, I feel completely detached from all my worries. On some days, I take time off to catch up with co-founder Abhay over a game of snooker in office. It helps us be in sync with each other. Catching up with friends, too, helps me unwind. I feel real-life engagements can relax and rejuvenate your mind, and are highly underrated in today’s world.


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