‘I TRY TO MAKE FITNESS MY BIGGEST PRIORITY’
Deepak Kabu has a natural inclination to be physically active, and his passion for sports too helps him stay fit and healthy, despite a demanding work schedule. Inspired by industrialists like Anil Ambani, he has now begun training for next year’s Delhi M
A SPORTS-FILLED CHILDHOOD
As a child, I was always interested in sports. I used to participate in every sport, be it cricket, football or others, and I was also a table tennis champion when I was in college. Table tennis is my favourite sport and I still play it as often as I can. I have an added advantage because of my sports background. I have this natural inclination to be active physically, whether that means working out in a gym, running, swimming or playing a sport. It makes a big difference if you have had an active, sportsfilled childhood. It helps you stay disciplined and keeps you fit as you grow older.
A NO-COMPROMISE ROUTINE
I follow a disciplined daily routine. I try to go to bed early, by 10-10.30 pm and I am up by 5 am. I begin my day with warm water and honey. My morning workout usually is at the gym, or I go to our clubhouse and swim or play a game of table tennis. My morning exercise is very important to me. On days when, for whatever reason, I cannot work out in the morning, I don’t feel I am at my best in the office. I believe I need to work out daily so that I can stay at the top of my game when I am working. My hectic schedule is a bit of a challenge, but I try to make fitness my biggest priority. Even if I am travelling, I set aside time to run, swim or work out at the hotel gym.
I am a Kashmiri and Kashmiris are known for their love of nonvegetarian food. However, over the past few years I have tried to reduce my intake of red meat because I discovered I had high cholesterol levels. Giving up red meat was rather difficult, especially since my mother’s cooking is irresistible! I try to limit my intake of non-vegetarian food and eat only fish and chicken now. I try to ensure a balanced diet with the right portions of carbs and protein. I avoid tea with milk and sugar, and stick to green tea. I have three relatively light meals a day, and I snack on a handful of nuts or fruit between meals when I am hungry. I also try to have a few glasses of warm water during the day. Like most Kashmiris, I have a big build and am 6 feet tall, but I have managed to maintain my weight at 82 kilos.
THE MARATHON DREAM
I am inspired by successful businessmen like Anil Ambani, who probably have busier schedules than me, but still make fitness their priority. If Anil Ambani can set aside time to exercise, surely I can too! I hope to participate in a marathon sometime in the near future. Maybe I will register for the Delhi Marathon next year. I have already begun marathon training – I run approximately 8 to 10 kilometers in the gym on the treadmill, and I will slowly increase the running distance. I am inspired by the endurance and strength of people who run in marathons. Perhaps I will do the 20 kilometer run first, and later try the 40 kilometer one.