‘You need to cheat on your diet once a week’
These days, teenagers are so health conscious but when I was in my teens, I use to gorge on junk food, go partying and clubbing. One day, when I went to the gym, the trainer asked me to run for 1 kilometre. I could only run half the distance and that’s when it hit me that at the age of 21, I can’t even run for a km. That changed me
You need to cheat on your diet once a week: Eshan Shanker
Actor Eshan Shanker says that a healthy lifestyle is the balance between working out and eating right Fitness for me means being healthy,” says actor Eshan Shanker, who was last seen in the Abbas-Mustan directorial Machine. “A healthy body helps us achieve our dreams. If you are lazy, you won’t be able to acquire your goals and dreams,” he points out.
The actor talks about how he was like any other teenager who hardly gave any thoughts to his health. “These days, teenagers are so health conscious but when I was in my teens, I use to gorge on junk food, go partying and clubbing. One day, when I went to the gym, the trainer asked me to run for 1 kilometre. I could only run half the distance and that’s when it hit me that at the age of 21, I can’t even run for a km. That changed me,” says Eshan.
The actor says that he doesn’t compromise on his workouts and his days are planned accordingly. “Four or five times a week, I do gymnastics when I wake up, which gives me free flow and flexibility. Then I take my meal and after that I go for dance sessions and rehearse. I usually go to the gym in the afternoon but in case I have meetings, I postpone it to the evening. At the gym I concentrate on my mobility, flexibility, strength and cardio,” shares the actor who has worked as an assistant director with Dharma Productions on two of their films — Gippi and 2 States.
“You need to cheat on your diet once a week so that it shocks your body. Otherwise, your body will get used to the same routine and after a while will stop responding to it,” he says.
Acquiring a great body, says Eshan, is partly for professional reasons and partly personal. “When I was offered Machine, I wasn’t in the right shape and fit into the requirement of the character. I use to workout for two and half hours daily,” he says.
Here the actor shares more about his fitness regime:
My fitness regime: I believe in exercising everyday because it’s a stress buster for me. I do 15 minutes of cardio, running, weight training and functional training.
My daily diet: I have six meals a day. I start my day with oats, almonds, raisins and apple followed by an omelette made with 7-8 egg whites. For lunch, I have lots of veggies, chicken and brown rice. Then chicken salad in the evening and for dinner I have a salmon and lot of veggies and at times some mashed potatoes. Before going to bed, I have curd mixed with a spoon of protein shake.
Sleep for me: Is very important. You need decent amount of sleep, otherwise you cannot concentrate. There was a time when I was hardly sleeping and I realised that I could barely concentrate or focus on anything.
I love training: My back
I hate training: My legs
My body feature that I love the most: My abs
Who inspired me to workout: Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has a great body even now.
Fitness mistake that people make: They just blindly start working out, which leads to injuries. People need to maintain a proper form when they left heavy weights during their workout, or it could cause strain and tear their tendons, muscles and joints and cause them serious injury.
My cheat diet includes: Everything I was craving throughout the week, which includes Chinese food, pizza, burger, and desserts because I have a sweet tooth.
The best body in Bollywood: I think everyone has great body but I admire Aamir Khan because he transforms his body according to the demand of the character.
My fitness mantra: Push yourself and work hard because no one else will do that.