Meetings, long working hours, high pressure task lists, loads of coffee and on-the-go wraps, and to ease the day’s pressure, a couple of drinks at night. If this is your daily routine, you are in trouble.
Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had once said, “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” But India seems to be losing out on that asset at nerve-racking speed. Various studies done across the globe suggest that the number of obese and unhealthy people in India has shotup tremendously.
To address this concern, Hindustan Times has taken up a new initiative to help readers get back to a healthier living. In the following four weeks, HT will encourage people to adopt a fitter lifestyle by sharing expert advice on all things health.
Globalisation has brought about several changes, one of them being the change in Indian diet. The sudden influx of fast foods and packaged foods has changed the way the nation eats.
The time-consuming and expensive gyms are hardly of any use, and are being used to look desirable rather than staying fit. We, as a nation, must address this major setback to India’s well-being, and what better way to start than with Milind Soman, the ‘Ironman’ himself. The former supermodel and actor has recently won the iconic and arduous Ironman triathlon, in a record time of 15 hours, 14 minutes.
Milind Soman recently won the Ironman triathlon, which comprises a 3.8km swim, an 180.2km cycle ride and a 42.2km run, in that order, without a break. He did that in a record time of 15 hours and 14 minutes.
Talking about his love for fitness and health, Milind says, “I started swimming competitively at the age of 10. I would train for about three to five hours a day, five days a week. And that’s how I began my fitness journey.”
An Indian National Swimming Championship title holder for four years, Milind owes his success in life to his parents and sports. “The greatest gift my parents gave me was to encourage my interest in sports. It made me the person I am today.”
The 50-year-old is also an avid marathoner, and his secret to health is his love for keeping fit. He says, “I love being able to get up and run a marathon anytime I want. To achieve this, all I need to do is be clear in my thoughts, and always stay positive in my attitude. I believe in myself and respect my body.”
The chiselled body that the former supermodel has been flaunting for years now is a result of pure dedication, and not the gym. Milind reveals, “I really enjoy swimming and running. I love all kinds of outdoor activities. I never go to the gym.”
As for being religiously committed to fitness, the model has been strong-willed enough to take up a healthy lifestyle seriously, and give up on bad habits like smoking and drinking.
Milind reveals, “I used to smoke and drink when I started working on TV, but when I started preparing for the Mumbai Marathon in 2003, I managed to kick those habits. I had kind of stopped swimming in 1998, and did not indulge in any kind of regular sport till I started distance running. It brought me to my senses and changed my life.”
When asked for some health tips, Milind says, “When I run, swim and cycle and it inspires people to follow my actions, it makes me very happy. My tip to readers, who are interested in living a fuller life filled with positive energy, would be to start slow and keep steady.
Always be active, sleep at the right time, and eat fresh and simple food. Choose a sports activity that you enjoy, do just enough to feel fresh, fulfilled and energised, and keep your eyes on your goal.”
Joining hands with HT for the stay fit initiative, Milind congratulates HT, saying, “It’s a great initiative. I’m happy to create awareness through it.”
Milind’s diet diaries
I don’t follow any particular diet. I eat everything, except refined, white sugar. Also, my meat intake is minimum. I never eat till I am full. I avoid cheese and eggs, as they don’t suit my body. I also don’t drink tea or coffee. I drink plenty of water throughout the day. I’m a Maharashtrian, so we eat ghee, cream and butter a lot. I love ghee in my food; I have it with practically every meal. I eat a lot of fruits in the morning and a lot of vegetables throughout the day.