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Kshiti Jikar

@Swasthliving (facebook & Instagram)

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How did you get started?

I have been an athlete my entire life. Back in 2011, when I started working full time my life goals changed. I had no time to exercise and I ate out every day. It was only after 9lbs weight gain, chronic migraine attacks and severe lower back pain that I decided to take charge of my health. To bring back self discipline, I started taking yoga lessons. At the gym I did short High Intensity Interval Training workouts focused on cardio and body strength. Soon I was hooked to this deadly combination of yoga and HIIT. It was smart, efficient and effective way to stay active amidst busy lifestyle.

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Where does your motivation come from?

My life partner has been my motivation all along the way. Our weekend dates are a good sunny hike to a neighborhood trail followed by enjoying a freshly squeezed apple and beet juice. But the harsh reality is that to sustain a long term healthy lifestyle, motivation should come from within. I work out because I want to, not because someone else forces me to! It’s about training your mind to do the right thing for your body!

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What workout routine has worked best for you?

High intensity interval training (HIIT) has worked best for me given the full time job and long commuting hours. On weekends I also practice yoga to keep that mind and body balance I have strived to achieve.

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If you had to pick only 3 exercises what would they be and why?

1. Surya namaskar ­ It’s a versatile exercise that engages your core and helps reduce back pain. 10­15 reps of these will make you sweat!

2. Deadlift and press ­ It works my shoulders, back, thighs, glutes and core­ total body fitness! Whether it’s leg workout or upper body, I never shy away from a few reps of these.

3. Ball pass abs (pass and grab abs) ­ It’s upper and lower ab workout and involves passing a stability ball back and forth between your hands and feet.

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What is your diet like?

I am a foodie, so dieting is not my thing. I believe in a wholesome diet comprised of plant based protein, healthy fats, vitamins and fibers. For me , a typical week day would be like: breakfast: power food smoothie or oatmeal morning snack: yogurt or mixed nuts lunch: lentil soup and salad evening snack: banana and gluten free crackers and hummus dinner: rajma and brown rice with yogurt and salad on the side.

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What’s the one food you couldn’t live without, and how do you handle food cravings?

Dessert in general is my weakness! I keep healthy alternatives at home such as dark chocolate nibbles, dates, and berries to curb my sweet cravings but who am I kidding? Nothing can beat a cheesecake! Therefore, I started controlling my portions. For instance, instead of having an entire bowl of ice cream, a bite or two did the trick!

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What’s something not many people know about you?

I am a day dreamer & a night thinker 😉

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Favorite Quote:

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” ­ Eleanor Roosevelt

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