‘I’M UP ON A SUNDAY BY 4.45 AM TO BEGIN MY RUN @NCPA AT 6…’
For Sunil Lulla, fitness is an attitude and a way of life. He consciously does not have a Saturday nightlife in favour of early morning runs, and says running has also added to his life a wide circle of friends, great conversations and enjoyable experienc
SUNIL LULLA, CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR, GREY GROUP
FITNESS AS A WAY OF LIFE
Fitness is an attitude that you bring to the table. It requires a certain discipline that not only keeps you fit physically, but also strengthens you mentally and spiritually. I wouldn’t say I am a fit person or a person who is extremely strong. I don’t have a bulked up body or six pack abs, but fitness is a very important part of my daily routine. It’s a way of life. To accommodate my hectic schedule at work, I have broken up my fitness routine into three things – running, yoga and gym workouts. This gives me great elasticity and allows me to find time for exercise even when travelling. When the season begins, I also go sailing.
WHAT RUNNING ADDS TO MY LIFE
I run with a group of people led by Savio D’Souza, India’s first international long distance athlete. I love running because it builds your stamina and helps you maintain a disciplined lifestyle. I use my running to raise money for charity too. Plus, running with a group of people ensures that I have great conversations, and I make a host of new friends. It also gives me the opportunity to have a good breakfast with them, usually at Doolally Taproom in Kemps Corner. After breakfast, we have some beer there. Beer is a carbohydrate and is the best drink for runners. All good runners will advise you to have a glass of beer the day before a long run. It sets you up well for the run!
I try to run at least three days a week, and on Sunday mornings. To do that, I try to go to bed on Saturday nights by 9.30 pm. I don’t have a Saturday nightlife like many other people. I am up on a Sunday by 4.45 am and I begin my run at the NCPA at 6 am. I try to cover a distance of at least 40 km a week. Earlier this year, I ran my first full marathon in Mumbai. Until then, I had done the half marathon of 21 km. To train for the full marathon, I used to run at least 70 km a week last year. I also get at least two hours of yoga, and two to three hours in the gym each week. My interest is not in trying to live long, but rather in being healthy.
BEATING THE SWEET TOOTH
I eat a lot, but I also burn it out. I have a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner without fail. I begin my day with warm water and lime, and I believe that is something everyone should do, especially those of us in the media and advertising line of work. We tend to drink loads of tea and coffee, and we eat erratically and that builds acidity. The lime and warm water helps cleanse your system in the morning. I try to ensure that my meal portions are reasonable. Through the day, I snack on a handful of nuts - an excellent source of energy and good fats - and avoid snacking on anything else. I have a sweet tooth though, so I always run on the day that I eat something sweet.