Better known for his acting and directorial skills, Deepak Tijori cites fitness as an important part of his life. The actor, who is remembered for his roles in movies such as Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na, Pehla Nasha and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, takes his fitness routine pretty seriously, which explains why Deepak, 50, still manages to look a lot younger. He shares how.
Right and regular workout
"I start with a simple warm-up with 15 mins on the treadmill. Once my body is warm and ready to pump, I start my weight training as one should always do weights in the beginning of their routine," says Deepak. The actor emphasises the need for weight training for those who want to loose weight, and not just build their body. Since, body uses more energy and strength during weight training, Deepak suggests beginning the workout with just two body parts a day.
"Weight training takes up an hour of my time. Then I move on to cardio, which involves about 50 minutes of spinning on an exercise cycle, and at times on good days, I workout on a cross-trainer for half an hour in addition to spinning," he says.
Deepak suggests having a good leg workout at least thrice a week, as legs contain one of the biggest muscles in the body.
Diet makes a difference
"I am a vegetarian. My day begins with milk and muesli with a few dry fruits — almonds, walnuts, and raisins — thrown in," says Deepak. He also loves to add juice to his diet. A mixed juice of beetroot, carrot and bottle gourd anyone?
For lunch, he has dal, a green vegetable subzi, curd or raita and salad. "I grab a bite before I hit the gym — tea, digestive biscuits or at times just apple/ grapes with no tea." His dinner is again some proteins — dal or salad — or if there’s a continental menu then a whole wheat pasta with loads of veggies is his favourite pick.
Candid fitness facts
What’s your fitness mantra? Eat everything, but burn it.
Do you drink alcohol or smoke? No.
Which gym do you go to?
True Fitness, Mumbai.
Do you believe in crash diets?
Not at all. I feel starving your body by depriving it of food is the unhealthiest thing to do.
How many hours in a day do you workout?
Two hours, five days a week.
What’s your post-gym treat?
Refreshing coconut water.