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Celebs reveal their fitness secrets

The camera adds 10 pounds to the way you look – so film and TV stars really need to be trim. Raima Sen, Eesha Koppikar, Koena Mitra and Kangana Ranaut share their fitness secrets.

entertainment Updated: Jul 24, 2010 16:41 IST

Raima Sen: Surya namaskars work

Begin the day with a set of Surya Namaskars. This not only regulates your circulation and gets your heart going, it is also the best way of loosening the right muscles. A Surya Namaskar is a holistic exercise that does a lot for your body’s flexibility and agility. Follow that up with freshly made vegetable juice. This is how I get the colour in my cheeks, the naturally flushed look.

Eat a wholesome breakfast. The first meal of your day should be the biggest. Go for whole-wheat bread, cold cuts, egg-white omelettes and tall glasses of juice. This is one meal that I literally gorge on.

Kangana RanautSpice up your exercise regime by doing different activities on different days of the week. Try spinning one day, pilates the other, Bikram yoga on one day and aqua-robics on another. Your mind and body are both exposed to new things and this way you will never get bored of working out in the gym and doing run-of-the-mill strength training and cardio.

Reserve boring stuff like salads and fruit bowls for the night. Have a tasty evening snack, then salad and fruit for supper. This way you satisfy your cravings and go easy on the last meal of the day which needs to be the lightest and easiest to digest. Fruit and veggies have fibre, so are ideal for that.

Don’t ever overdo the whole exercising bit. Don’t lift weights beyond the limits that have been set for you, and don’t run that extra mile if you have a stitch in your side. Being fit doesn’t mean ruining your
vitals or hurting yourself in the process. Stay within your set boundaries and have fun while staying fit – that’s what matters.

Ronit Roy: I do a lot of parkour

I don’t eat out and I never overeat: I make it a point to eat home-cooked food only. Even when I’m at shoots I always ensure that food is sent from home. The food is regular vegetarian fare without much oil and too many spices. My wife doesn’t eat garlic or onion and because of her, I have also got into the habit of eating Satvik food, which is very healthy.

I incorporate a lot of running into my routine – for at least an hour whenever I can take time off from my schedule. That’s how I have seen most of Europe – by running. It is one of the best ways to exercise.

I go for fight classes. Unfortunately, recently I have been unable to do this, but otherwise I have been going for fight classes that teach you serious combat techniques. These classes include a lot of warm ups and breathing techniques that keep you fighting fit.

I include a lot of multigrains in my diet. I avoid wheat and rice and instead include bajra and millets in my diet. It keeps me on the go. And I also avoid white bread and biscuits and even oily foods like samosas which I am quite fond of.

I do a lot of Parkour. Parkour is free style running that includes jumping over buildings and similar structures. This really helps keep my body supple.

Eesha Koppikar: I never starve

The best way to achieve a fit body is to have adequate sleep and a balanced diet. I don’t take tensions to bed and sleep at least 7-8 hours every day. I turn in by 10 pm if I am not shooting, and even if I am, I take power naps between shots. It helps keep your body fit and also makes you look and feel good.

I drink at least a litre of water as soon as I get up as it helps burn 25 per cent of calories and increases metabolism. It flushes out toxins at the start of day. I drink water throughout the day as well. It keeps my skin free of blemishes.

I work out twice a day because I do not believe in making my workout monotonous. So I enjoy it twice a day, which keeps me fresh. I do weight training and also cardio, swimming and martial arts throughout the week. The whole idea is to have variety in the routine and keep it interesting so that I don’t get bored.

I have frequent frugal meals which includes a heavy breakfast, healthy lunch and a light dinner accompanied by three small meals throughout the day. My small meals could be a bowl of fruits, a handful of dry fruits or a hot cup of tea with two Marie biscuits. Also I never have dinner close to my bed time.

I never crash diet or starve. It’s a big NO for me. I believe in being aesthetically beautiful and never take short cuts.

Koena Mitra: Swimming once a week is a must

I have to work out, no matter what I’m doing. If I miss a session or if my instructor is busy, I make sure I go for a run on the beach and work out there.

I am a true blue Bengali, so it was very difficult for me to give up rice. But now I have got used to it.

Swimming once a week is a must. I find it really relaxing. Also, on weekends I indulge in a body massage to rejuvenate myself and start the next week afresh.

I can’t do without music while I am working out. Music keeps me going.

I have six small meals a day. I start my day with a glass of warm water. After my workout, it’s time for breakfast which consists of a bowl of fresh fruit, an egg white or vegetable omelette and a slice of multi-grain bread. At around 11 am, I eat two digestive biscuits. For lunch, I have a bowl of vegetables and salad, with skimmed yoghurt or a glass of buttermilk and two rotis. At 4 pm, I drink a cup of green tea; along with it, I eat a toast or two biscuits plus a few almonds and peanuts. At 7 pm, it’s time for an apple. And for dinner, I usually have a bowl of soup, sautéed vegetables and grilled fish or chicken.

Kangana Ranaut: Yoga makes me flexible

I drink a lot of water. In fact, I make it a point to drink at least eight glasses of water every day. I feel that makes my skin shine and I look fresh. It’s great for my digestion too.

I have reached a certain level of fitness. So from now on, the challenge is to maintain my body, not shape it. I can go a bit easy. So I visit the gym a few times a week. It helps me maintain my physique.

Irrespective of how odd the timings of my shoots can get, I make it a point to get at least eight hours of sleep every day. That’s because I need to feel rested if I am to do my work properly. Also, if you do not get enough sleep, it shows on your face.

I have always been very spiritual and make it a point to meditate regularly. It’s a great way for me to keep my mental and physical balance and happiness. It helps me do away with stress and stay grounded.

I have been doing yoga for the past five years. And I feel that yoga is responsible for my toned look. I practice yoga for half an hour every day with my guru, Surya Narayan. Yoga is the primary reason for my fit body. And it has also made me very flexible.



Mandira Bedi: No sweets for me

I’ve given up sweets completely. Especially chocolates. Because one bite of a chocolate would invariably become a complete bar and then I would be dying of guilt.

I keep my carbs intake in check. I don’t take them every day but have them once in three days because carbs are essential for the body.

I work out five days a week. I do strength training and cardio for 20-40 minutes to get the lean and toned look. But I also take a break from
exercises for about three to four days every 20 -25 days. The body needs rest too.

I am a vegetarian, so protein intake is a must. I eat an egg white omelette from three eggs every two days. I also eat a lot of sprouts and soya.

Don’t starve. Eat at regular intervals. I have no fixed times and quantities but do have something to keep the stomach filled. A biscuit, a sandwich or fruit is good. A good body is based on 80 per cent diet and 20 per cent exercise.

I’ve given up colas. My drink is 1/2 Sprite + 1/2 soda. Low on sugar and calories.

Rahul Dev: Take deep, full breaths

You may not realise it, but as you grow older, your breathing becomes shallower (look at a baby’s chest and see the expansion and contraction – babies breathe slow and deep). It is important to take deep, full breaths at all times, not just while exercising.

You don’t have to drink a certain number of glasses everyday, but it is important to sip water through the day

I try and stay happy no matter what. Stress is not just bad for your mental health but also your physical health.

I have 5-6 small meals through the day. I make sure I eat plenty of carbs and proteins as proteins are essential to rebuild muscle at night and carbs are good for the brain.

It is critical to put your body through at least one strenuous physical session for about 40-60 minutes everyday. This doesn’t mean hitting the gym – you can go running, swimming or even play your favourite sport.

Neha Dhupia: Exercise outdoors

I eat a little less than I can eat, and exercise a little more than I can! I go to the gym five times a week, do yoga about three times a week and play a sport – tennis, squash or volleyball – about once a week. I strongly advocate exercising outdoors or undertaking a sport that will keep your interest intact. And what’s better, you’ll be able to breathe fresh air.

Yoga is a holistic workout. It helps correct your system internally, and teaches you how to breathe correctly, the basis of a strong framework. It helps mould your shape and enhances flexibility.

I avoid foods and drinks that are preserved in cans. I prefer to follow an organic diet. Breakfast is my largest meal, followed by a light lunch and dinner. I also eat smaller meals every two-three hours and intersperse them with green tea and Earl Grey tea. I nibble at a lot of fruit too.

Staying fit mentally is extremely important. Taking a break every now and then helps you recharge your batteries. When I have time, I like to travel. When I can’t travel, I just turn my phone off. That’s a great way to take a break.

Sonu Sood: I don’t party at all

I am very disciplined about my exercise regimen. Even when I am shooting and have a hectic schedule, I make it a point to exercise.

I prefer doing some form of exercise outdoors. It gives me an incentive to be regular. It keeps me positive and refreshes my mind. Recently, when I was shooting in Panchgani, there was no gym. I’d trek 13 km up and down the hill from where we were staying to the place we were shooting.

I have always been a vegetarian and I have maintained a good, bulked-up body with vegetarian food. I avoid junk food and eat a lot of soya. This diet keeps me energised and I feel healthy.

I don’t party at all. To be able to exercise on time and eat healthy, it is imperative to be strict about your routine. So, I completely avoid partying.

Keeping myself away from smoking and drinking keeps my body detoxified and helps me achieve excellence in fitness.