New Delhi: Virat Kohli, who leads the ‘Men in Blue’ from the front, is one of the fittest cricketers in the world today.
With his six-pack abs and chiselled body, the Indian cricket team’s captain surely is an inspiration not only for the masses but also for professional athletes around the world. Read: Karan Johar’s weight loss formula – This is how famous Bollywood director lost 17kg in just four months
While Virat arguably is one of the most popular sought-after sportspersons in the country, not many know that the Indian cricketer was not as fit when he started his career. He revealed that he was really chubby, and his weight was11 or 12kg heavier than he is today. In fact, he said that he began taking fitness much more seriously post an ordinary Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2012.
Realising the need to transform his body to survive the rigours of playing in the field, the cricketer said he changed his training regime and eating habits completely. Virat, who is the fitness icon of Team India, once revealed how he began spending more time in the gym, went off gluten, off wheat, avoided cold drinks and even desserts. Read: Aishwarya Rai’s weight loss secrets – Five reasons why you should opt for Ayurvedic medicine to burn belly fat
“I was in the gym for an hour-and-a-half every day, working really hard, off gluten, off wheat, no cold drinks, no desserts, nothing. It was tough,” he was quoted as saying earlier.
So, it’s not a surprise that Kohli, who recently stopped endorsing cola beverages, looks in the best shape of his life today, given his dedication to staying fit and healthy.
Speaking exclusively to ET NOW, Kohli talked at length about the importance of staying active and, what does it take to keep one physically fit in a demanding corporate environment. Read: Amitabh Bachchan’s top 5 fitness and diet secrets revealed
He said it doesn’t take much to be able to take out time for some physical activity.
“Just from the point of view that it’s of personal benefits, being physically active helps you keep a healthy lifestyle. All your health concerns won’t trouble you if you are taking care of your physical self. So what happens is we go into a stage where there is an urgent need to start walking or jogging or being involved in a physical activity, and only then we sort of do it because it’s a crisis situation,” says Kohli. Read: Milind Soman’s fitness secrets – Five tips to have a body like him
According to Kohli, if one can sort of taking out time on a daily basis – be more active and involved physically, then all these concerns will go away as well as influence people around us in the right way.
The Indian Cricket Captain, who launched his personal line Puma One8 in association with Puma, also feels that to encourage fitness at work, all corporate offices can observe a sportswear day.
On being asked if he does have a lazy day, he says: “I do have my lazy days. But for me, physical activity, my fitness and my nutrition has become a lifestyle, and not just restricted to the sport. It’s something that I will keep continuing even when I’m done with the sport.”
The cricketer, however, said that he doesn’t skip his fitness schedule even on a lazy day as ‘fitness is more of a lifestyle than a sport’.
Emphasising the benefits of physical activity on mindset, the cricketer says: “When you are fit, you feel more confident about what you want to do, and mentally it puts you in a better place.”