Modelspeak: It is not necessary to have six-pack abs
Model Kritika Babu reveals the secret behind her svelte figure to Sonil Dedhia.
Have you always been a fitness freak or did modelling force you into it?
I have always been a fitness freak. When I was in school I was into athletics and during my college days I took up to dancing which also helped me stay in shape. My father is a doctor and a health freak. He has always taught us to stay away from junk food and eat the right food and. My mother is a yoga instructor so when I stopped dancing I started doing yoga.
Your fitness regime before and after full time modelling...
Before modelling I never made any extra efforts to take up fitness. It was happening automatically. As I said I was into sports and lot of extra circular activities. After modelling I have started going to the gym. For me going to the gym just a reason to lose weight or else I find it very boring. I still fill Yoga is the best exercise to stay in shape. Forty-five minutes of yoga is my fitness regime.
How addicted are you to working out?
I love working out and I always want to stay fit. I have seen a lot of celebrities who are so old but still look so fit and have a well-maintained body. I'll continue to be a fitness freak all my life (smiles).
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Image: Model Kritika Babu
'It is difficult to pick up pranayama'
Your fitness plan when traveling...
If it's a matter of couple of days then I skip my gym and yoga. I just try to eat less. If I am travelling for more than a week then I try and do yoga every alternate day in the morning so that I can energise myself and it helps me going through the day.
Your take on six-pack abs...
Being in the industry I think it is not necessary to have six-pack abs but it is necessary to look good and stay in shape. I think a flat stomach is what everyone desires and I don't think it is difficult to achieve if you maintain a proper fitness regime.
Which is the most difficult exercise?
I do a lot of yoga so I think it is difficult to pick up pranayama but once you get a hang of it I guess it is the best exercise.
Image: Model Kritika Babu
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The most common workout blunder
The most common workout blunder that people commit...
A lot of people go on a crash diet and take up on doing crazy workout in the gym. I think that is the worst mistake anyone can every commit.
Your favourite workout attire...
I normally do yoga at home so I like to wear something which is loose and comfortable. When I go to the gym I like to dress up in tight fitted clothes.
What are the five essential things that you carry in your gym bag?
A bottle of water, my shoes, a fresh towel, lip-balm since I get dehydrated and my lips get dry and a bottle of deodorant.