‘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

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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.

FOOD TALK

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.

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