Fit­ness is a life­style, not just a fad

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CELEBRITY trainer Ab­bas Ali, who has worked with Bol­ly­wood per­son­al­i­ties Shahid Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Son­akshi Sinha and Za­reen Khan, among oth­ers, says fit­ness is not a three-month fat­loss pack­age but a life­style, and it’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand the pur­pose and rea­son for choos­ing it as part of one’s life rather than be­cause some ac­tors are do­ing it.

“Don’t get in­spired by the glam­our of Bol­ly­wood in fit­ness. If you want to be fit and healthy, first know the rea­son and pur­pose for choos­ing fit­ness as life­style,” Ali said.

“In to­day’s day and age, our mind is lead­ing another life and our body is go­ing in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. Fit­ness is not a three-month fat-loss pack­age. It’s a life­style.

“We, as me­dia and celebri­ties, in­spire In­di­ans when it comes to fit­ness and that’s where we have gone wrong. Fit­ness is sci­ence. Do your re­search be­fore start­ing a fit­ness regime or a healthy life­style from a fit­ness ex­pert,” he added.

Also mas­ter trainer of brand Ree­bok, Ali says Bol­ly­wood stars, too, take fit­ness se­ri­ously and for them, it’s more of a pur­pose-driven ex­er­cise.

“Ev­ery client of mine had a dif­fer­ent pur­pose for health and fit­ness and as a coach, I show them the most ef­fi­cient way to achieve a fit body rather than go­ing to ex­treme lev­els and us­ing short­cuts.”

Ali says that true suc­cess and sat­is­fac­tion in his ca­reer came through his own trans­for­ma­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

An eight-month trans­for­ma­tion, to be pre­cise, that saw him go from 95kg to 79kg.

It was then that he con­tin­u­ously strove to com­bine dif­fer­ent forms of fit­ness such as cal­lis­then­ics, park­our and other such forms to cre­ate his own sig­na­ture de­sign of pro­gram­ming.

He says that “health is not a mon­key see, mon­key do busi­ness”.

“You can’t ape peo­ple be­cause we all come from dif­fer­ent cul­tures (food), dif­fer­ent life­style, ge­net­ics, and body types. Know your body, know your fit­ness goals, do your re­search, con­sult a sports nu­tri­tion­ist and a fit­ness coach, who can guide you for health and per­for­mance rather than fol­low­ing a celebrity or me­dia ar­ti­cle on fit­ness.”

How­ever, he feels that In­di­ans have be­come more health and fit­ness con­scious.

“To­day, an av­er­age In­dian con­trib­utes to his or her fit­ness by in­cor­po­rat­ing small changes like morn­ing walks, chang­ing from su­gar to sug­ar­free, from eat­ing white carbs to brown carbs, and avoid­ing gluten and un­healthy fats, junk, pack­aged food and aer­ated drinks.” – IANS

Ab­bas Ali with ac­tor Shahid Kapoor.

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