Know Your Limitations and Then Defy Them - Bharat

1. Tell us more about yourself and your profession.

A Fitness Enthusiast, Influencer and a certified Nutritionist, my zest for fitness led me to bootstrap The Fitness Bar in 2019. From being a CS Aspirant to landing a job at a financial management firm, it took me a while to realise this wasn’t my cup of tea. People, today, are more aware of the benefits of working out than 10-15 years ago, of the significance of the regular physical activity. 

They are aware of the different options available, and about the different things that they could do to get fit. Individual’s perspective of fitness is not only limited weight loss, but also holistic development in terms of strength, mind and body, flexibility, endurance, and about getting the ‘real’ fit. 

We help them achieve their fitness goals by personalizing their fitness plans based on their style and needs.

2. What is your fitness mantra?

Know your limitations and then defy them.

3. What are some of the major misconceptions about diets and exercises?

First, that just exercise is a magical cure-all for weight loss and good health. A good exercise regimen does as much for your mental health as it does for you physically. But the thought that weight loss is predicated on exercise is misguided. A healthy body & mind is based as much on exercise as on a good, nutritious and wholesome diet. Secondly, diet doesn’t mean starvation. There needs to be a shift in the mindset- diet brings the fear of starvation with it and this is completely untrue. With diet alone or exercise alone, one cannot achieve their fitness goals. 

4. How can one maintain a healthy lifestyle?

Healthy living means a person’s both - physical and mental health, are in balance and functioning in sync.

· Watch your diet – eat three whole, colourful meals in a day
· Exercise or indulge in regular physical activity
· Drink at least 3 to 4 L of water
· Sleep for a minimum of 7 hours every night
· Give yourself a well-deserved break once in a while

5. What is one piece of advice you would like to give someone who wishes to lose weight?

There isn’t any fad diet or miracle pill which transforms your body overnight, but losing weight is within everybody’s reach. Start small, find out what fuels you and consistently work towards your goals.

6. What impact do you want to create with your work?

Making fitness accessible for everyone with the best equipment, classes and amenities. Fitness is linked to various benefits like improved concentration, a sharper memory, enhanced creativity and less medical leaves and increased productivity. 

Most important being a longer life span and a healthy heart. Fitness should not be seen as a luxury but a necessity to keep up in today’s world.

7. How do diets and exercise contribute to overall well being and happiness?

Diet with physical activity can help an individual to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases and promote overall health. It also leads to increased energy and self-esteem, works as a stress buster, at the same time promotes strong bones, muscle and joint development, building overall strength and endurance. 

Also, while exercising, the human body releases endorphins, which triggers a positive feeling the body. A healthy lifestyle leads to a healthy mind and happiness in general.

Interview by - Mahi

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