Su­niel Shetty: A fit man in­deed

He talks to Alive about Mis­sion Fit In­dia.

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Mis­sion Fit

In­dia is an en­deav­our to cre­ate aware­ness and mo­ti­vate peo­ple all over In­dia to get fit and stay fit. This is a 120 days long ra­dio cam­paign which will be reach­ing more than 43 cities. Through the cam­paign, vet­eran ac­tor Su­niel Shetty’s team of pro­fes­sional train­ers and di­eti­cians would be de­bunk­ing peo­ple’s myths and giv­ing them tips on how to get fit.

Ex­cerpts from a talk with fit and dash­ing Su­niel Shet­tly:

Why did you feel the need to launch this ini­tia­tive?

Well, first of all, I felt that there hasn’t been any con­cen­trated ef­fort in In­dia to­wards spread­ing aware­ness and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to get fit. Swac­chta ke saath Swastha bhi za­roori hai. Se­condly, as I have a close re­la­tion­ship with fit­ness and have seen its ben­e­fits, I wanted to share it with other peo­ple. More­over, fit­ness is a form of self-love; by be­ing fit you are ac­tu­ally help­ing your body. There are no down­sides of be­ing fit!

How im­por­tant is fit­ness to you

per­son­ally?

To me, fit­ness is of ut­most im­por­tance. I am a trained mar­tial artist and got into Bol­ly­wood be­cause of my fit­ness and physique in spite of not be­ing a trained ac­tor. Also, i am iden­ti­fied as an ac­tion hero, so I bet­ter look like one right? More­over, I like do­ing my own stunts and for that, I have to be fit.

What do you think are the big­gest chal­lenges that In­dian so­ci­ety faces to­day as far as fit­ness is con­cerned?

You’ll find peo­ple on both ends of the fit­ness spec­trum… Very fit peo­ple as well as very un­fit peo­ple. One of the big­gest chal­lenges that our so­ci­ety faces is that it doesn’t take fit­ness se­ri­ously. Se­condly, most of us are so busy with other things in our lives that we don’t find the strength in our­selves to ded­i­cate a few hours to our own body. The se­den­tary life­style is an­other thing to be blamed.

What would you sug­gest to be­gin­ners who are wanted to get fit?/How to get started? /What can one do to achieve fit­ness?

Well, one can start his or her jour­ney from any­where. Sim­ply by in­dulging in any phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity like sports

You shouldn’t ne­glect your men­tal health in the pur­suit of phys­i­cal fit­ness. Think of your body as a car, if the gear shift isn’t work­ing you won’t be able to drive it. Sim­i­larly, if you aren’t pay­ing at­ten­tion to your men­tal health, you won’t be able to con­tinue on your jour­ney to get­ting fit.

or dance or gym or just walk­ing steps in the di­rec­tion of get­ting fit. I would sug­gest be­gin­ners to not jump into heavy ex­er­cises in­stantly and to work dili­gently.

Peo­ple of­ten tend to ne­glect men­tal health in pur­suit of phys­i­cal fit­ness. How im­por­tant do you think it is to achieve a bal­ance be­tween the two?

It is of ut­most im­por­tance to cre­ate a bal­ance be­tween your men­tal health and phys­i­cal health. Like the quote goes – a healthy mind in a healthy body. You shouldn’t ne­glect your men­tal health in the pur­suit of phys­i­cal fit­ness. Think of your body as a car, if the gear shift isn’t work­ing you won’t be able to drive it. Sim­i­larly, if you aren’t pay­ing at­ten­tion to your men­tal health, you won’t be able to con­tinue on your jour­ney to get­ting fit. This is why, is it very nec­es­sary to achieve a bal­ance be­tween men­tal and phys­i­cal health.

What are the big­gest mis­con­cep­tions or myths do you think peo­ple have about fit­ness?

One of the mis­con­cep­tions is that any kind of regime the per­son in­dulges in will start show­ing re­sults im­me­di­ately. Fit­ness is a jour­ney and takes time. You have to find some­thing that works for you and con­tinue work­ing on it. Also, meal prepa­ra­tion is a must. Fit­ness isn’t just about ex­er­cis­ing, it is also eat­ing right.

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