Height: 5ft 4inches
How did you get started?
I’ve actually always been a sporty girl, and played every sport that came my way. I started playing with the boys in the park behind my house, and in school. I did well in most sports, and football always remained my favourite. My natural sporting ability helped me in my younger years, but the competition grew as I grew older, and it wasn’t enough for me to be ‘naturally athletic’, I needed to build a strong and fit body as well. So round about my late teens, I included strength/resistence training to my routine. I have definitely progressed a lot since then, and now I’ve got better balance and strength than I’ve ever had.
Where does your motivation come from?
I have this image in my head of what I want to achieve in the world of football, and as a personality, to serve as a source of motivation to others. That image is my motivation. And believe me, it is not a small dream. So everyday when I wake up, I focus on that dream, and try moving one step closer to making it a reality.
How do you feel your flexibility helps you both in and out of the gym?
I have always believed in following a prolonged stretching routine at the end of every training session, mainly to maintain my flexibility. It helps in recovery of the muscles and prevents any stiffness or chances of injury. In the long-run good flexibility allows the body’s muscle fibres to maintain it’s agility, which means that with age I won’t lose my speed and quickness in movement, as rapidly as one would otherwise. Which for an athlete like myself could mean a longer shelf life.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
My work out routine revolves around my football routine. I enjoy and respond best during weeks that are heavy on football trainings (mostly in the morning), with either fitness, strength or recovery sessions every other evening, designed around the intensity of the football session that day.
If you had to pick only 3 exercises what would they be and why?
Push ups for upper body strength
Squats for strong footballer legs
Plank for core strength
And I’d probably throw in some sit-ups in the mix too.
What is your diet like?
I gotta have a solid breakfast to recover from my morning training session. So plenty of fruits, boiled eggs, coconut water etc. Otherwise, I actually really enjoy ‘ghar ka khana’ and love any and every type of sabji! So I stick to home food during the rest of the day. At night I try to avoid carbs, and eat only protein and whatever sabji there is.
What’s the one food you couldn’t live without, and how do you handle food cravings?
Butter chicken! But luckily food cravings I can handle, it’s cravings for things like cold coffee and iced tea that I just don’t know how to say no to, and I allow myself to have either whenever I crave it, knowing well that my body has done the hard work to deserve/burn it off.
What’s something not many people know about you?
I have a very strong creative side which I express occasionally through poetry writing
“At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe