Rakul Preet Singh: I don’t treat fitness as a fad, and I don’t follow a regime just because I am an actor “Unfortunately, being lean and having six-pack abs define fitness today,” rues the actress.

globalmovie     10 Apr,2021         No Comment

Rakul Preet Singh: I don’t treat fitness as a fad, and I don’t follow a regime just because I am an actor
“Unfortunately, being lean and having six-pack abs define fitness today,” rues the actress.images
Be it growing organic veggies at her home, practising yoga, cycling to work or even playing golf, Rakul Preet Singh is committed to staying fit, even when her schedule gets hectic. The actress says, “I don’t treat fitness as a fad, and it’s not something I follow just because I am an actor. A healthy lifestyle is important for each one of us, irrespective of our profession. For me, it is as important as eating and breathing. A healthy lifestyle leads to a healthy mind, which is more productive. So, fitness makes me happy.”

Rakul says that her tryst with fitness began as a child. “I come from an Army background, and fitness has always been an integral part of my life. In high school, I took to golf and was a national-level player. When I started modelling, I began gymming. Also, my parents work out daily, even today, and they have always inspired my brother and me,” she shares.
Talking about fitness, Rakul points out that people often mistake health and fitness for six-pack abs and toned bodies. She explains, “It’s sad that people don’t understand the importance of fitness and limit it to certain professions. They assume that it’s only for people who want to be thin. Unfortunately, being lean and having six-pack abs define fitness today. But, that doesn’t mean that one is healthy. What’s important to me is my energy levels and how much strength I have. Strong is the new sexy. Everyone should be able to lift their own body weight, and every girl should be able to do at least a normal push-up. Good endurance is important, too.”

The actress doesn’t stick to one form of exercise. “Lifting weights, doing high-intensity workouts, cycling, enjoying adventure sports… I do it all. I also practise yoga, which helps me achieve mind-body-soul balance,” she says.

The pandemic has made people more health-conscious. “People at large have woken up to the importance of health and immunity,” she says, adding that her own battle against COVID-19 was rather easy. “That episode has reinstated my belief in a healthy lifestyle. I didn’t have severe symptoms. On the fifth day, I started practising yoga, and on the 11th day, I tested negative and resumed work soon. It took me a little longer to get my strength back in the gym. However, I could get back to work right after and didn’t have extreme fatigue,” she shares.

Ask her if she prefers the indoors or outdoors to exercise, and Rakul replies, “I love outdoor activities, be it trekking or cycling. I am an outdoor person; you can’t lock me in a room and say, ‘Let’s play some board games’. Outdoor activities energise me and also help me connect with a lot of things, spiritually.”

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