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Delhi’s getting fitter

health and fitness Updated: Dec 16, 2010 01:54 IST
Zofeen Maqsood
Zofeen Maqsood
Hindustan Times
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Fitter, leaner, healthier — if that’s what you’ve noticed the way Delhiites are these days — it may not just be a fluke. Be it sweating it out in the gym or settling just for salads and soups in restaurants, Delhiites seem to be getting more fitness-conscious than ever before.

Health and fitness experts across the city confirm that there has been a definite rise in people asking and opting for newer exercise regimens and organic diets in a bid to get fit. We bring you five areas in which Delhi has geared up and adopted a healthier lifestyle.

Nutritionist Ishi Khosla says, “Delhi has seen a rise by almost 50 per cent in people’s dietary changes. Today, people want to know about incorporating multigrains in their diet. Also, organic food is a big hit.” Dr Veena Aggarwal from VLCC healthcare says, “Records also indicate that now, eight out of ten women in any urban household want to know healthier diet options.”

Fitness freaks

Gym and yoga memberships and other newer ways of fitness like bootcamps and masala yoga has became a rage. Dr Aggarwal says, "There has been a 30 per cent rise in gym membership." Yoga expert Dinesh Dagar says, "Group yoga has emerged as a big gymtrend and there has been an increase of around 10-20 people in every batch."

A better fit
Interestingly, retail stores confirm that the average waist size for women in particular has gone down. Mansi Zaveri, marketing manager, French Connection (India) says, “The sales data shows that the average waist size has gone down to 26-28 inches from an earlier 30 inches.

Healthy lifestyle
Dr Aggarwal confirms that an increasing number of people are visiting doctors, seeking preventive consultancy so that they don’t fall prey to lifestyle diseases, such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes.

Organic mantra
City restaurants are on an overdrive to serve health and organic food. The number of people ordering for salads has multiplied. Aashita Relan from Royal China says, “People are opting for light food and are even conscious of the oil we use in preparations. Corn and olive oil are favourites among customers. Steamed food, such as fish and dimsums are also popular.

‘Fitter than the fit’ trend
Trend alert Stylist Rajni Singh says, “When you see your favourite stars embracing the ‘fitter than the fit’ lifestyle, you are bound to get influenced. With Bollywood divas Shilpa Shetty, Bipasha Basu and Lara Dutta launching their fitness DVDs, fans are bound to take note and try to emulate their fitness mantras.

Fitness followers Fitness expert Rujuta Diwekar, who has trained celebrities such as Kareena, Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Bendre, released her second book — Don’t lose your mind, lose your weight. The book was a total sell-out, which proves that more and more people want to follow the ways that help celebs stay fit.

Fit is in Kevin Carriagan, global director, Calvin Klein jeans says, “If what the masses pick is any indication to go by, then there has been a craze for cleaned up, uncomplicated linear denims – the style that best flatters a fit body.”