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I was feeling better - Anushka Sharma
After a brief modelling career, Anushka Sharma made a dream debut in Bollywood opposite Shahrukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, before playing the hot bod in the recently released Badmaash Company. The actress who now has her hands full with films like Patiala House and Shaadi Mubarak tells us how taking up fitness seriously has made her a calmer person today.
You literally danced your way into Bollywood with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Is dance a way of working out for you?
Although dancing is a great form of exercise and I love it, it doesn't really feature in my regular workout regimen. Dance is more of a cardiovascular workout and as a person who doesn't put on weight easily, I don't need to go high on cardio, really. It's very important to know your body type before embarking on a fitness regimen, so that you choose one that gives you maximum results.
So, what is the fitness regimen you follow?
Until recently, I was doing 4 days of weight training for an hour. However, after having experienced yoga during a recent trip to Ananda in the Himalayas, I'm looking at taking up yoga seriously. In the few yoga sessions that I did there, I saw a completely different me. I was feeling better, had more energy and the glow on my skin was hard to miss. I immediately knew this was what I needed. Yoga disciplines you more than anything else, something that is crucial, given the chaotic lives we lead.
And how do you ensure that discipline in your fitness schedule?
Since there is no alternative to keeping fit, ensuring the discipline is a given. One has to understand that exercising triggers your happy hormones. There was a time when fitness was nowhere in my scheme of things, given my lean frame. Back then, on most days, I would feel exhausted and sulk. It was then that my friends told me to start working out. And within a very short time, there was a difference in the way I thought and worked. Ever since, I've taken it up religiously. And no matter how busy I keep, I never compromise with my workout schedule. If I'm unable to exercise in the morning, I make sure I do so in the evening. And if I'm shooting at a faraway location, I make sure I go for a jog or a walk and eat right.
How much of it is diet for you?
The right diet contributes to about 60% of keeping your body weight in check. You have to know what works for you and what doesn't. For instance, a lowcarb, protein-rich diet doesn't work for me. So, I eat everything in moderate proportions. I make sure I have a fruit or two every day for my share of anti-oxidants. But again, salads are something that don't work at all for me. The key is to maintain a healthy balance between eating well and exercising right, be it to keep your weight in check or get that glow on your skin.
So, is that the secret to your fabulous skin?
To a large extent, what
you eat has a lot to do with the way your skin looks. But it's also important
to know your skin well. Since my skin is continuously overexposed to harsh
lights and heavy make-up, I refrain from using too many artificial cosmetics.
Natural formulations work best for me. However, I religiously wash my face
every night with a creamy cleanser and apply a cocoa butter lotion.
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