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Calories are no worries for many

mumbai Updated: Nov 05, 2010 00:51 IST
Lina Choudhury-Mahajan
Lina Choudhury-Mahajan
Hindustan Times
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Tiara D’Souza, a Bandra resident, recently signed up for a gym membership.

The BPO team leader, who has a demanding job, didn’t want to wait till Diwali was over to hit the gym. She wants to look her best throughout the festive season. “I know I’m going to put on those extra kilos which will be very hard to get rid of later. It’s better to work towards keeping in shape now than wait and stress my body out,” she said.

Unlike revellers who pop sweets during festivals and then waddle to a gym to shed the calories, the fitness conscious are not waiting for the season to get over to hit the gym. Tejal Shah, an art teacher, decided to sign up for gym class at the start of the festive season. “I know there are no shortcuts to fitness. With the counselling and guidance at the gym, I have lost 7kg in two-and-a-half months. Also, I have become more energetic and flexible,” says Shah, who works out in a Haji Ali gym.

Cashing in on the trend, many gyms and fitness centres across the city have introduced special Diwali packages. This is what prompted Mickey Mehta to be part of the Holistic Health Workshop by Hypercity which highlights his fitness DVD that combines yoga, pilates, calisthenics, agility drill and boot camp.

“People have now realised that sensible eating and regular exercises are the cornerstones for a healthy life. A majority of people have made fitness and health a regular feature in their lives,” says Mehta. Fifteen visitors have signed up for the workshop that started a few days ago.

“People want to look good for the festive season. They have parties to attend and want to indulge in sweets and look good at the same time,” says Leena Mogre, director, Leena Mogre’s Fitness. “Today no one goes on crash diets. Everyone knows you have to be consistent if you want to look good.”

Payal Gidwani Tiwari, a celebrity yoga and fitness expert, who has also introduced special Diwali fitness packages, says, “This type of a programme is very essential. It allows people to stay guilt-free while indulging and makes it easier for them to get back to their fitness routines.”

D’Souza, whose festive schedule includes lots of partying, agrees. “Payal has given me tips on how to sustain my energy throughout this festive season despite the non-stop partying. She’s told me these little tricks on how to balance my food and alcohol intake. She's even told me how to keep my body from bloating and hydrated.”