Suniel Shetty: A fit man indeed
He talks to Alive about Mission Fit India.
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
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.