Fit For Life

Spar­ring in the ring helps this 34-year-old stay in shape and re­lease work re­lated stress.

Health & Nutrition - - CONTENTS - – by Lal­lan Jaiswar As told to AISH­WARYA P. VAIDYA

Why a 34-year-old is fight­ing to stay fit

“T he fit­ness habit runs in my fam­ily. My fa­ther So­mur Jaiswar and my grand­fa­ther were both wrestlers. My grand­fa­ther even ran an akhada in Ut­tar Pradesh (UP). My fa­ther shifted to Mumbai in 1965 and con­tin­ued to follow the sport and in the process trans­ferred his pas­sion for fit­ness on to me. When I turned 9, he started tak­ing me to the Worli sea face daily to jog. So even as a child I used to run, play kab­badi, wres­tle. When I en­tered Kirti Col­lege I en­rolled into the Na­tional Cadet Corps (NCC) where for 3 years I was ex­posed to other fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties like scout drills and box­ing. I loved box­ing! “Un­for­tu­nately after I started work­ing box­ing took a back seat. As project-in-charge of the real es­tate company Shapoorji Pal­lonji my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are many. But still I kept up with the daily 45-min jogs in or­der to stay in shape.”


“In Oc­to­ber 2013 I came in con­tact with boxer Rajan Jothady, who was of­fer­ing lessons at the Shivaji Park, Dadar. So after a break of 10 years I was back in the ring. I spar five days a week for 3 hours right now since I’m train­ing for the Lodha Foun­da­tion tour­na­ment. And I run 6K ev­ery morn­ing. “Box­ing and run­ning go hand-in­glove. Foot­work is very im­por­tant in box­ing and I achieve it through run­ning which helps me stay ag­ile, flex­i­ble and im­proves my stamina. I did the 21K in 1:42:00 in the 2012 Mumbai Marathon.


“My fit habits spill over into other ar­eas of my life too. My wife Nisha, who used to run with me till our daugh­ter Geet was born, en­sures our meals are cooked with min­i­mal oil and is mostly healthy. Even when I’m meet­ing clients I go for the health­ier choices. “


“I lost 10 kg since I took up box­ing and am now 74 kg for my 5ft 10 inch height.”


“My work re­quires me to stay fit as I am al­ways on the move. I have to be on the site, help peo­ple va­cate a plot. There is a lot of stress and box­ing helps you re­lease all the frus­tra­tions of the day in a healthy way. “I used to be very short tem­pered and ir­ri­ta­ble but spar­ring has calmed me down, I’ve be­come more pa­tient. And that has had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on my decision mak­ing abil­ity. Be­cause in the ring you have to be on your toes al­ways. Although box­ing makes you stronger men­tally and phys­i­cally, it also teaches you not to mis­use your power. I’ve been smacked in the mouth, punched in the nose, hit in the ear. That last knock landed me in the Hin­duja Hos­pi­tal with ver­tigo, but I’m okay now. So all in all I can say hon­estly that fight­ing in the ring has helped me to grow as an in­di­vid­ual to over­come my fears and de­fend my­self. You learn what it’s like to get knocked around and you also learn to get up and give it back.”

JAISWAR’S TIP “Vase­line, I learnt, is the beauty se­cret of box­ers. It keeps you slip­pery and so abra­sions on con­tact are min­i­mized.”

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