Fit & Fa­mous

Mes­mer­iz­ing midriff, sleek physique, toned-to-per­fec­tion limbs… How does Shilpa Shetty Kun­dra stay in such killer shape all the time? Read on, to fiND OUT…

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The se­cret be­hind Shilpa Shetty’s su­per toned and svelte fig­ure

From the time she made her Bol­ly­wood de­but, Shilpa Shetty has had one of the most en­vi­able bod­ies in the in­dus­try. What’s strik­ing is that at 43, she con­tin­ues to siz­zle with her ul­tra-fit and su­per toned fig­ure. How does she man­age to keep her body look­ing so amaz­ing all the time? ‘H&N’ does some straight talk with the gor­geous ac­tress, an­chor and fit­ness freak to find some an­swers… Ex­cerpts from the in­ter­view…

From the time we’ve set eyes on you, you’ve had one of the most toned, fit and pic­ture-per­fect bod­ies in the in­dus­try, and still do... What’s the se­cret? Thank you for the com­pli­ment! Well, I don’t know about hav­ing one of the most toned bod­ies in the in­dus­try but yes I started work­ing se­ri­ously to­wards fit­ness and not just be­ing in shape six years ago after my son Vi­aan was born. Till then when age is on your side, when you have not re­ally put on any weight and didn’t have is­sues with belly fat, you are good. I think I was one of the first ac­tresses to get a club mem­ber­ship in those days or go down to the gym and work out while the he­roes also worked out dur­ing shoots. And I think that came from the fact that my fa­ther was an ath­lete and I was a state level vol­ley­ball player. I also have a green belt in karate. So my fit­ness lev­els were al­ways great and when I joined the in­dus­try, I was re­ally young, so that kind of showed on screen too, though I think I did have a lot of baby fat in ‘Baazi­gar’. But once I started work­ing out reg­u­larly, I re­al­ized I wanted to stay and be fit al­ways.

You are one of the most sought after yoga icons in the coun­try to­day… When did your tryst with yoga hap­pen? I got in­tro­duced to yoga 15 years ago when I had an in­jury - a cer­vi­cal is­sue in my neck. My phys­io­ther­a­pist told me to do some yoga ex­er­cises to

“My fa­ther was an ath­lete and I was a state level vol­ley­ball player. I also have a green belt in karate. So my fit­ness lev­els were al­ways great and when I joined the in­dus­try, I was re­ally young, so that kind of showed on screen too.”

strengthen my neck. That’s when I joined yoga classes and started lov­ing it. It not only strength­ened my neck but also toned, stretched and made my body more flex­i­ble. I re­al­ized yoga was a long-term plan for me and not just a quick fix, and ever since, I’ve been quite loyal. I be­lieve that yoga is the only holis­tic form of ex­er­cise. Apart from its phys­i­cal ben­e­fits, you also be­come men­tally fit, calmer and are able to think in a more pos­i­tive fash­ion. There are only pos­i­tives when you start to do yoga.

Which form of fit­ness do you en­joy the most? And why? My aim is to be fit - the form doesn’t mat­ter. It can be yoga, core strength­en­ing, high in­ten­sity train­ing - any­thing that im­proves my strength, agility and flex­i­bil­ity is the form I en­joy. I also en­joy free hand ex­er­cises and do weights for my legs. With age, you need to strengthen your mus­cles as you lose a lot of bone den­sity and mus­cle mass.

Tell us about your cur­rent work­out sched­ule… I don’t have a sched­ule as such, as I am quite busy with my work and be­ing a full-time mum. But I try my best to get in three days of yoga and three days of weight train­ing. I try to do 1015 min­utes of deep breath­ing ev­ery day. One or two days of the week, I just let go and give my body rest to re­ju­ve­nate and re­cover from my work­outs. I also travel a lot which takes a toll on my health. So as much im­por­tance as I give to my regime in the gym, I give that much or more im­por­tance to my sleep and rest too.

You’re also a fab­u­lous dancer… Does it help in keep­ing you fit? I don’t get the time to dance much now but my son makes sure that I dance around his lit­tle fin­ger. When I used to do movies and shows, danc­ing was part of my regime. Now, I try to make sure I dance a bit when I go to a close friend’s party or when I have a party at my own house. Let­ting my hair down on the dance floor is one way of telling my­self that this will also help me burn calo­ries.

Have you al­ways been diet and food con­scious too, or did it hap­pen one fine day? There was def­i­nitely a big shift in my life when my son was born. When you give birth

“Yoga is the only holis­tic form of from ex­er­cise. Apart its phys­i­cal ben­e­fits, you also be­come men­tally fit, calmer think and are able to in a more pos­i­tive fash­ion.“

to a child, you re­al­ize you are re­spon­si­ble for a hu­man be­ing and his health is in your hands. I started read­ing up a lot on health and nutri­tion as I wanted to give the best to my child. Those times were a rev­e­la­tion to me when I un­der­stood what to eat, when to eat, what to buy, the whole dif­fer­ence be­tween or­ganic and pes­ti­cide­laden food. It made me more con­scious as a hu­man be­ing.

How im­por­tant is emo­tional/ men­tal health for you in the over­all scheme of things? What do you do to keep your men­tal health in top shape al­ways? Yoga is ex­tremely im­por­tant to me and the rea­son I turn to yoga is be­cause we live in a very fickle, shal­low world to­day where we are con­stantly be­ing judged. And it’s very easy to lose fo­cus and be­come in­se­cure. Yoga cen­tres me and gives me the con­fi­dence in what I am do­ing. Peo­ple are strug­gling with men­tal health is­sues and are not able to ex­press them­selves and get help. I would sug­gest yoga to all those peo­ple. From my own ex­pe­ri­ence, I can say that it has made a big dif­fer­ence to my life.

Is your hus­band Raj Kun­dra as fit­ness and health con­scious as you? How healthy an in­flu­ence have you been on him? Be­tween the two of us, def­i­nitely I think I am health­ier. Raj is a Pun­jabi and lives to eat but hav­ing said that, after nine years of mar­riage and two years of court­ing each other, just about mid of this year, he gave up su­gar. It wasn’t be­cause I told

“Raj is a Pun­jabi and lives to eat but hav­ing said that, after nine years of mar­riage and two years of court­ing each other, just about mid of this year, he gave up su­gar. It wasn’t be­cause I told him to, but be­cause he re­al­ized him­self how bad it was for him.”

him to, but be­cause he re­al­ized him­self how bad it was for him. As per re­search, a spoon­ful of su­gar brings down your im­mu­nity for the next six hours. Raj and I al­low our­selves to in­dulge on Sun­days, but other­wise, we’ve elim­i­nated su­gar from our lives. So yes, I have been a good in­flu­ence on his food habits and health. He has be­come a lit­tle fit­ness con­scious too as he re­al­izes how im­por­tant it is for par­ents to be healthy as chil­dren learn from the par­ents. Our son too re­al­izes that when we aren’t eat­ing dessert on a nor­mal day, he shouldn’t be do­ing it too. So we prac­tice what we preach.

Go­ing down mem­ory lane, tell us some­thing about what at­tracted you to Raj? His na­ture. Raj is a very sim­ple, se­cure and happy per­son and that’s what at­tracted me to­wards him. And in phys­i­cal­ity, it was his smile!

How do Raj and you han­dle mis­un­der­stand­ings and tiffs? And how do you’ll make up after a fight? We talk - that’s the best way

be “My aim is to fit - the form doesn’t be yoga, mat­ter. It can , strength­en­ing core train­ing high in­ten­sity - any­thing that strength, im­proves my is agility and flex­i­bil­ity the form I en­joy.”

to go about things if there’s an is­sue. We try not to have a con­flict, in the sense that we try to keep the dis­cus­sions to dis­cus­sions and not ar­gu­ments, and that, I think, is re­ally im­por­tant in a mar­riage. You need to be able to talk and hear each other out. We make sure we reach a point mid­way – ei­ther he un­der­stands or I do, and that’s how we’ve led our lives so far.

What are the par­ent­ing mantras that you and Raj abide by, when it comes to your son Vi­aan? We know we are not per­fect, but we also know that we are striv­ing to do the best for our child. Both of us try to be hand­son par­ents. Even though we are both busy work­ing, one of us is al­ways there to put Vi­aan to bed. We ac­tu­ally haven’t taken a hol­i­day on our own with­out Vi­aan, and this is the first time in nine years that we will be do­ing so - that’s how much our son means to us. We don’t ar­gue in front of him – al­ways do it in the con­fines on our room. These are the lit­tle rules we fol­low. It’s also im­por­tant to not con­flict about

not to “Raj and I try in the have a con­flict, try to sense that we keep the dis­cus­sions and not to dis­cus­sions that, ar­gu­ments, and I think, is re­ally im­por­tant in a mar­riage.”

what we are say­ing to our child. If mama has said ‘no’, you can’t go to papa for a ‘yes’.

The fit­ness en­thu­si­ast that you are, are you in­cul­cat­ing fit­ness habits in Vi­aan too? And what are they like? We try and not in­clude su­gar in our son’s life too. We try and make our own ice creams at home so he doesn’t miss out on the sweet tooth that he has and is sa­ti­ated. I try and make those ice lol­lies and cakes in non­re­fined su­gar; we use a lot of co­conut su­gar in our bak­ing items. Vi­aan, at six-and-a-half, also re­al­izes that su­gar is not very good for him. But un­for­tu­nately, ev­ery­thing out there has su­gar in it – from drinks to co­las to corn­flakes. So you have to be aware as a par­ent and in­cul­cate the right habits in your child. How do you jug­gle work and home? What are your work-life prin­ci­ples? It’s a dif­fi­cult job to do but it’s the same for any par­ent. I just make sure that when I am at work, I give it my 100% and when I am home, I am a 100% mother. You can’t have guilt feel­ing trick­ling into your work space as that will ham­per the qual­ity of your work. I try my best to be there for all of

in “We don’t ar­gue al­ways front of him – do it in the con­fines These on our room. are the lit­tle rules also we fol­low. It’s im­por­tant to not what con­flict about to our we are say­ing has child. If mama can’t go said ‘no’, you ‘yes’. to papa for a

Vi­aan’s im­por­tant oc­ca­sions, which is dif­fi­cult but I know that my son and fam­ily come first. I just try to be the best I can at both places.

What do you do to de­stress and re­lax? I med­i­tate at the end of the day ev­ery night, and thank the Lord for ev­ery­thing he has blessed me with. I also do some deep breath­ing be­fore sleep­ing. I try and get in a mas­sage when­ever I can, that helps me de­stress.

A health mes­sage you’d like to give your read­ers… It’s never too late to make a change in your life and noth­ing is life is dif­fi­cult to achieve. We live in a time and age where food is mixed with pes­ti­cide. A lot of aware­ness needs to hap­pen with la­bel read­ing. So ed­u­cate your­self about what you put into your body. Start read­ing. Breathe more. Sleep more and pri­or­i­tize your health above ev­ery­thing else.


late “It’s never too in to make a change your life and noth­ing to is life is dif­fi­cult achieve. Ed­u­cate what your­self about you put into your body. Start read­ing. Sleep Breathe more. more and pri­or­i­tize your health above ev­ery­thing else.”

With Raj and Vi­aan

With par­ents

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