Actor Mrual Jain, who was recently seen playing a negative role in Life Ok’s finite series Nagarjuna — Ek Yoddha, is known for his acting prowess. He has also floored his audience with his fit body and chiseled abs.
The 32-year-old actor, who kickstarted his acting career with Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki in 2008, says, “Fitness is all about discipline and punctuality. My secret is my discipline towards my workout, and the will to be fit each and every day for a healthy and good life. When you’re fit, you have a good feeling about yourself and you sense good energy inside you.”
Mrunal loves doing different types of workout training. The actor says, “At times, I dance. Sometimes I do Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training but that is very rare because it involves a lot of physical strength and energy level. I do cardio before the gym, followed by weight training, stretching and abs workout. That is my routine for six days a week.”
The Uttaran fame actor doesn’t exercise more than one hour and 15 minutes because he feels that it is the maximum duration you should spend in the gym. His weekly fitness regime includes — Monday: chest and abs, Tuesday: legs, Wednesday: back, Thursday: shoulders, Friday: arms and Saturday: legs again.
He likes to start and end his day by drinking water but before that, he consumes a glass of milk with oats or other diet food. “In summer, you need to gain weight, so I have oats and milk in the night approximately 30 minutes before I go to sleep. I drink a litre of water followed by my regular diet in the morning,” he elaborates.
Mrunal, who eats home-cooked food, believes that it’s the diet which shapes our body. He quips, “If you do a good workout, but the body is not supplied with good food, then your body will not develop. Your diet should complement your workout. Having said that, I belong to Jain community, and we have very limited source of proteins in our diet. So, I basically stick to paneer, tofu, iso-protein which I consume after my workout and of course, a lot of water to stay hydrated.”
But given the erratic work schedule, how does he manage to eat healthy? Answers Mrunal, “The credit goes to my mom Vidya and my wife Sweetie who prepare the whole diet food. I keep eating every two hours. When you are working out so much, you feel hungry, but what you are eating is important. After a tough workout, if you consume oily food, it does not make sense. My diet is balanced comprising soya protein, soya bean, rajma, tofu, salad and soup.”
My fitness regime: Monday to Friday, never call me to a party. Gym is where I party.
My daily diet: Homemade food comprising dal, chapati, sabzi
The importance of sleep: Sleep is more important than going to a party. A good night sleep keeps me sane.
The body part I love training: Legs
The body part I hate training: Cardio
My best body feature: Abs
I started working out at the age of: 17
I was inspired to work out, after looking at: Hrithik Roshan
Fitness mistake, one must never make: Never compete with fellow gym partners
On my cheat days: I like to indulge in Pizza
I like to work out with: My wife
n Bollywood actors with the fittest body: Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff
n The days I don’t workout I feel: Like a loser
n My tip for those aspiring to be fit: There is no age to feel that you cannot be fit. You can only say ‘Let’s start tomorrow, do what I have not done before.’ This will help you to be more active, alert and good-looking in the coming years.