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