@Swasthliving (facebook & Instagram)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
What’s something not many people know about you?
I am a day dreamer & a night thinker 😉
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” Eleanor Roosevelt