Huma Qureshi is not a gym freak or a slave to exotic foods. What keeps her fit?
Huma Qureshi, who’s acted in films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Badlapur and Jolly LLB, among others, reveals her fitness goals, gym routine, diet and much more.fitness Updated: Dec 13, 2017 14:14 IST
Huma Saleem Qureshi (July 28, 1986) burst into limelight with her role in the two-part crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). She earned several nominations, including Filmfare’s Best Female Debut and the Best Supporting Actress. She went on to act in many other films, including Ek Thi Daayan (2013), Dedh Ishqiya (2014), Badlapur (2015) and Jolly LLB 2 (2017).
Apart from acting, the 31-year-old also hosts awards. Huma was hosting the 7th edition of the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards in Delhi recently when HT caught up with her. The awards recognise the best in the travel and hospitality industry across hotels, destinations, airlines, spas and more.
Talking to HT, Huma revealed details about her fitness goals, routine, diet, how being fit has impacted her life, and about travel and trekking too.
What is your idea of being fit?
My idea of being fit is feeling good about leading a healthy and disciplined lifestyle. A lot of people have ridiculous misconceptions about diet and workout routines. It is not about exotic greens and workouts from the western world. It is about what works for you the best.
Men have six packs. What do you think should be the goal for women?
The goal should be to make a healthy routine a part of your lifestyle, so that it should feel like second nature. Nothing will look good on you if you don’t feel happy. The world is fixated on defining and redefining what is feminine. That is for every individual to decide for herself.
How has being fit changed your life?
It has changed my life tremendously. I feel more focused and present while carrying out my professional commitments. Our lives demand our absolute attention and energy. With a fit body, it’s easy to give it our all.
How do you keep yourself motivated to work out every day. Do you mix/change your routines regularly?
I’m now at that point where I will feel agitated and lost if I miss working out. I love experimenting with different kinds of workouts. It all depends on my mood and energy levels. Some days it is a gruesome circuit, other days it is weight training or pilates.
You work out with Yasmeen Karachiwala, the fitness trainer. How has your training changed after joining her, compared to what you were doing before?
We train according to my goal and energy levels. If I’m in the middle of a shoot, then we do pilates and lots of stretching along with cardio. Other days, I prefer doing weights. She tailors the program for me depending on whether I’m shooting or not.
You’ve climbed 4,000 metres to Low’s Peak on Borneo Island in Malaysia. When was this and did you undergo some sort of training for it?
Yes, it’s the highest peak in southeast Asia and I just went there on a whim with my friend and I feel everyone should do it! I was at a party with my girlfriends who said that they were going to go on the trek and I should join them. So I came back home and told my brother that my friends were planning it and I wanted to do it too. He just laughed it off and said, “You and climb a mountain? That’s never going to happen. You like to travel in your comfort and luxury.” Then I thought I have to prove him wrong! So just to prove him wrong, I climbed the mountain.
Are you into trekking regularly?
Well, I have trekked and hiked in school before, but it wasn’t a regular thing for me. You basically need to be careful about your knees and your lower back. I feel, once you do it, the fear goes away automatically.
While climbing the mountain, I remember there was less oxygen, you get tired, your legs are hurting, but (there is) the thrill of touching the peak and being there. Nothing can be compared to that.
Do you have a set sleeping and waking up time?
Not really, it all depends on my call time.
What’s your diet plan like?
I believe in eating wholesome food that is good for your body and mind. I don’t think that depriving yourself of any food group is healthy.
What would you normally eat on your cheat day?
Any dark dessert or mithai.
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