Opening Doorz Editorial | May 07, 2018
Ritu Shivpuri on her workout routine, eating habits and spiritual quotient…
Basically I’m a very lazy person; I go to the gym for a month, then for the next six months I’m far away from it. This has a lot to do with the fact that I have been blessed physically. I have been consistent with my weight, have had a decent body all my life and I guess, I have taken this for granted.
I just restarted my gym last month and I am enjoying it, but if I start doing a daily soap again, it may get tough to keep up to this new gym schedule. I stay away from protein powder and any other such ‘elements’ which allow for quick results. The faster you get results, the sooner you lose it: easy come, easy go! I do a lot of strength [functional] training; I don’t do heavy weights as I don’t want to go out of shape when I stop. I’m more into using my body weight whilst exercising.
Fitness tip: Making certain lifestyle changes helps: each person should take a good look at themselves and do what suits their body-type the best. Also, one needs to be hydrated throughout the day.
At my home, we don’t believe in dieting; we believe in lifestyle change. I don’t deprive myself of anything, be it a pizza or a biryani. I love my biryani. I eat whatever I want. I don’t live by hard and fast rules. I believe one should eat and drink what you feel like. You should enjoy your life. The only thing I am very particular about is my dinner time: It has to be before 8pm. That’s what I have stuck to since a long time. We have to remember that our body slows down after 8pm and our metabolism comes to a standstill. If you have your dinner before 8pm, your food doesn’t gets stored as fat. I’m also trying not to eat carbs at night because, of late, I have put on a little weight. I drink soups and have salads at night. As a family, we are very heavy on fruits and nuts. Even my kids have 4-5 dates every day instead of having protein bars. We don’t eat anything out of a can or a box: nothing with preservatives. We eat only food that is made in the house.
I believe that spirituality has to come from within, nobody can teach it to you. It comes from your parents, your upbringing. I have been very blessed to have the most amazing parents. Lies and cheating and walking over people to get ahead have never been our agenda. I’m spiritually inclined and a very affectionate person. The feeling of love is my biggest spiritual guide. You evolve when you put people’s needs before yours. I genuinely believe that for spirituality to grow we first need to cleanse ourselves of wrong thoughts. When you live correctly there is a peace of mind that no amount of wealth or technology can give you. In life, you will find people who will run you down; you learn to cut them out. Earlier, I used to get very upset: now I just move away.
I believe every phase of life should be enjoyed and lived to its fullest. No age ever comes back. I want my children to live without regret because I believe in living without regrets.
(Ritu Shivpuri is an Indian film actress and model, notable for her work in Hindi and Kannada cinema. Daughter of actors Om and Sudha Shivpuri, Ritu made her acting debut in a leading role in the 1993 film ‘Aankhen’, which was one of the highest grossing films of the year. Last year, she won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award (Best Debut Actor on Television) for 24 Season 2.)