Fab­u­lously FIT

India Today - - A GUIDE TO BETTER LIVING | HEALTH & FITNESS - By Ur­sila Ali

Ac­tor and busi­ness­woman, Shilpa Shetty Kun­dra is on a mis­sion to make In­dia healthy. She gives the low-down on her best fit­ness tips.

How did your fit­ness jour­ney be­gin?

it started when i was 10 and had lit­tle un­der­stand­ing of fit­ness. i used to be a vol­ley­ball player and did taek­wondo. But tak­ing it for­ward and want­ing to help peo­ple to ex­plain how it can make a dif­fer­ence to their lives hap­pened 10 years ago when i pro­duced my first yoga DVD, shilpa’s Yoga, then a book,

the Great in­dian Diet, and now You tube with the shilp as hetty chan­nel.

What is #ShilpaKaMantra for women on-the-go?

eat a heavy fi­bre rich break­fast/ smoothie. Carry your own food— packed lunch or nuts. Don’t take your health for granted. Prac­tice makes per­fect. Make an ef­fort and see the change.

What is one thing that you stick to when it comes to your diet?

i try not to eat after 7.30 pm and keep a gap of three hours be­tween din­ner and sleep time.

Yoga or gym?

any kind of re­cre­ation, sport or ex­er­cise is good for you. i en­cour­age weights as well be­cause as you grow older, you lose mus­cle mass and bone den­sity, but i prop­a­gate yoga, be­cause it not only strength­ens but tones and stretches all in one go. Once you live life based on the yo­gic prin­ci­ples, it will change your sen­ti­ments, be­hav­iour, mind and ac­tions. it’s a lifestyle.

How do you find a bal­ance be­tween work, rais­ing a child, and your health?

Women sim­ply ex­cel at mul­ti­task­ing— it’s hard, but not im­pos­si­ble. My son, fam­ily and our health is top pri­or­ity, rest ev­ery­thing comes sec­ond. But when i am at work, i’m 100 per cent com­mit­ted.

How do you un­wind?

i breathe deeply, try to take a mas­sage wher­ever and when­ever i get the time.

Your weekly cheat-day videos have gone vi­ral. What is your favourite in­dul­gence when it comes to food?

i started it to show peo­ple that i’m hu­man too and though i lead a dis­ci­plined lifestyle, sun­day is the day to in­dulge. it’s im­por­tant for the mind to not crave. i have a ter­ri­ble sweet tooth and as you see on in­sta­gram, i love a good dessert.

Favourite char­ac­ter por­trayed by you on screen?

My roles in Phir Milenge, Dhad­kan, Rishtey and life in a Metro.

One health tip you would want to give to your 16-yearold self?

i never look back. i be­lieve it’s never too late to make a change.

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