How did you get started?
I started exercising when I met my husband 4 years ago. He is a competitive athlete that street bikes and mountain bikes religiously. Before I met him, the last time I biked was when I was 12, so I started learning from scratch through him really. He was my motivation to exercise and stay focused since it was all new to me. I never exercised daily before, but when I started I really liked the way I felt. All my husband’s surroundings has to do with fitness, from his friends, family, and daily routines. I learned a lot from his friend’s and family as well. The one thing I did have was a strong mind and a positive attitude. I realized after a little while exercise became a good habit, and I starting biking 7 days a week and lifted weights for 90 min 3 times a week. I also like to paddle board, golf, hike and swim.
Where does your motivation come from?
Most of my motivation is definitely from my husband. We are kindred spirits when it comes to fitness now. He is my favorite workout buddy, and on the days where I feel like I am sinking to go he lifts me up and gets me moving. It really is an inspiration to be motivated everyday. I feel lost when I miss a workout.
How do you feel your flexibility helps you both in and out of the gym?
Being flexible helps me most with snowboarding. I train all year so I can take brutal falls when we go helicopter snowboarding. Being 16,000 feet up in the air on a mountain with little oxygen can really take a toll on the body, so you really need to be flexible and fit, especially when doing 4 mile runs. Snowboarding has now become my passion and keeps me wanting to maintain physical fitness.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
7 days of biking and 3 days of lifting .. I do swimming, paddle boarding, and golf once a week if I still have energy.
If you had to pick only 3 exercises what would they be and why?
I don’t have to pick 3 .. For me only one is really important and that is weight lifting. It is very important because as we age our muscle deteriorates. Now that I am getting closer to 40 I want to maintain my bone density. I am not planing to be skinny and not planing to be an actress or model .. but as long as I can I want to keep my strength and do the sports I love.
What is your diet like?
I pretty much eat everything .. Is not what you eat it’s how much you eat. Portion control is a must. I also try to limit my carb intake.One thing that really works for me is to do intermediate fasting. This means taking a long break after my last meal of the day, which is dinner. I do not eat breakfast and eat my first meal at 1pm, so I only eat lunch and dinner.
I have 14 hour fast between my last dinner and lunch the next day. This way when I exercise in the morning I am burning fat for fuel.Everyone has their own regimen that works for them, but for me intermediate fasting works best.
What’s the one food you couldn’t live without?
Only one, Popcorn is my weakness .. When I go to the movies I have to have popcorn only to get out the craving, minus the butter.
How do you handle food cravings?
If I have cravings I eat that food. It is not so much important what you eat but how much, so again portions come into play here. If you crave a food your body needs it, so let your body have it. My favorite line is “hot fire will burn anything.”
What’s something not many people know about you?
Two things, I am the first Indian women to helicopter snowboard in the Himalayas ..
And second I check my weight 10 times a day. I have 4 Weight scale in my bathroom.
“Be brave and take risks ”