Fitness is a lifestyle, not just a fad
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.