Bollywood celebrities often set trends when it comes to fashion and style, but the prime reason they can carry off all these looks is because they are fit. This is also the reason how they can survive the long shoot hours for days. Working out and eating right are of prime importance to maintain one’s health, and Bollywood celebs are no stranger to this concept. In fact, they follow it and inspire us to do the same. Whether it is Sonam Kapoor who lost weight to enter Bollywood, or Kareena who went from size zero to losing her post-pregnancy weight in no time, these actors know how to do it right and are surely our motivation. We give you the secrets of some of these celebs to help you start your fitness journey.
Sonakshi Sinha’s fitness story is seriously inspiring. She was an overweight child and even when she made her Bollywood debut, she was not as fit as she is today. But Sonakshi kept going and today, is one of the fittest actors in Bollywood. She tried a variety of workouts to keep her metabolism high and not get bored of exercising. Here’s what Sonakshi does to stay fit.
The Dabangg girl does not like to miss her workout sessions, and to keep things interesting, she does everything from skipping to battle ropes to yoga. Kickboxing is also an intense workout that Sona swears by. The high-energy cardio and mixed martial arts workout helps burn about 600 calories per hour, and leaves you with toned legs and arms. Even your reflexes become sharper with kickboxing. But that’s not all, did you know Sonakshi has learnt yoga as well, and can do a handstand quite easily? This pose requires great arm, shoulder strength and balance and the actor has mastered it. Surya Namaskar is another favourite of this actor.
She even started doing Pilates recently which is quite a popular workout among celebs. Apart from this, Sonakshi has tried battle ropes which is no easy feat. It is perfect to get toned arms and is extremely high-intensity in nature. Despite doing these different workouts, Sonakshi also hits the gym from time to time and does weight training that helps her build muscle.
Katrina Kaif is a fitness freak and hardly ever misses her workout. In fact, she’s one actor who works out after long shoots as well and even when there isn’t a gym on the set. Katrina is very dedicated to her fitness regimen and ensures she eats clean to stay so toned. She often shares selfies and videos from her gym and inspires us to get fit.
Katrina is a fan of Pilates and that is essentially what she does to stay toned. Her instructor is Yasmin Karachiwala who whips her in shape thanks to exercises like Pilates Reformer Duet and more. The actor also does weight training exercises using her body weight such as push-ups that keep the core, arms and shoulders strong. Katrina is in fact known to make her friends and co-stars also work out when the trainer is missing or there is no gym.
But Katrina also loves the outdoors and doesn’t mind trying different sports that too help her keep fit. She’s tried surfing which requires great balance and core strength. When not working out, Katrina’s intense dance rehearsals keep her busy. She also does many of her stunts and has also shared behind-the-scenes training videos of her learning the technique to fight onscreen which were quite impressive. Her dedication to stay fit is out for us to see, Katrina looks toned and is also strong and can pack a punch.
Kareena who is a trendsetter in many ways, has definitely had a fitness journey worth noting. Being from a foodie family, Kareena has loved her share of butter chicken and paranthas, but she shocked everyone when she lost oodles of weight and became size zero. While it wasn’t the healthiest of things, she did start a trend.
Later, Kareena regained the lost weight but this time, she went for a leaner look than before. The actor has been a big fan of yoga and can manage to do as many as 100 Surya Namaskars in a go. Her dietician Rujuta Diwekar has played a big role in her fitness journey. While most celebs follow international food trends, Kareena swears by locally grown, healthy Indian foods that Rujuta recommends. She does not shy away from eating foods that are often tagged unhealthy such as rice and ghee, but maintains portion control.
Kareena’s pregnancy was widely covered by the media, and post her delivery in December 2016, she got back to her pre-pregnancy body in a few months. Even today, Kareena is often snapped by the paparazzi as she heads out to the gym almost every day. She looks fitter than ever, and it is all thanks to her intense workout sessions. Kareena often works out with her close friend and gym buddy Amrita Arora, and she took to social media to share snapshots of their gym sessions.
Not your average gym exercises, Kareena trains hard by mixing it all up. From simple workouts like climbing up and down the stairs, that not just increase your heart rate but work out your legs too, to battle ropes that work on the upper body, she can manage it all in one session. Kareena uses kettlebells as well to perform exercises like squats and push-ups. Kickboxing is another thing that Kareena does to stay fit.
Anushka has always had a lean frame since the time she entered Bollywood, but she works out hard to stay in shape. Being a former model, she is not new to following a fitness regimen and maintaining her figure, and continues to do so even today. The actor once said in an interview that she makes it a point to exercise regularly, even on shoots and locations where there isn’t a gym. Anushka asks for a makeshift gym and trainer in places where there are no gyms available nearby.
Yoga is a big part of Anushka’s fitness and she tries to do it five times a week. Apart from this, she also likes to meditate to keep her mind away from stress. When not in the gym, she goes for a run, dances or does boxing to stay fit. She too likes to have a different routine so that exercising does not get monotonous.
Anushka never misses weight training as she knows how important it is to keep your bones and muscles strong. The best part about weight training is that it helps you burn calories even after the workout is over and improves your metabolism too. When Anushka was shooting for Sultan, she did strength training exercises too, to look the part of a female wrestler. When it comes to diet, Anushka stays away from junk food and does not stock them at home too. She however gives into her cravings when she feels like but maintains portion control.
Alia Bhatt was a chubby teenager but her mentor Karan Johar asked her to shed those extra kilos before she made her debut with Student of the Year. The actor worked hard to lose that weight and today, she maintains it by regularly hitting the gym. Alia Bhatt is also obsessed with Pilates, and her trainer is the same as Katrina’s. In fact, the two often work out together and Katrina even trains Alia at times.
Alia is also good at doing handstands and sometimes dances to stay in shape. She was in fact learning Kathak which requires precision, core strength and works out your legs and arms as well. She also enjoys swimming sessions.
The Highway actor has consulted Kareena’s dietician, Rujuta Diwekar for diet tips to help her chart out a nutritious meal plan. While Alia is no stranger to healthy food, it took her some time to adapt to a lifestyle that does not include much junk food as she loves fries, pastas and burgers. But she has cut down on her favourite foods to stay in shape, and indulges in them once in a while on her cheat days. The actor surely looks fit and fabulous thanks to her strict workout regimen.
A fitness enthusiast, Shilpa Shetty Kundra loves to preach about diet and exercise and is a living example of practising what you preach. The actor has written books about it, sharing her own secrets that help her stay fit. She also regularly shares easy recipes on social media that one can whip up in minutes and are nutritious. Shilpa believes in clean eating, but she also has her share on indulgence once a week. Being a dessert-lover, Shilpa binges on her favourites every Sunday, and even shares it with her fans on social media. From ras malai to pastries, she has it all on her cheat day. But on other days, Shilpa sticks to a healthy diet.
The actor swears by yoga and even has a workout CD that you can try to learn how she does it to stay fit. Shilpa also does weight training and can do several push-ups in one go. Even though she has always had a slim frame, she put on weight during her pregnancy. But she lost all the extra weight within a few months of giving birth to her son. Shilpa’s trainer started slow by making her do yoga and low-intensity workouts that helped get her stamina up. Functional training, animal flow workout and conditioning exercises helped her shed about 20 kg post pregnancy. And today, Shilpa is one of the fittest Bollywood celebs we know.
Deepika comes from a sports background with her father being one of the top professional badminton players of India at one point. This makes her naturally athletic in nature and being a former model also made sure that Deepika was always in shape. The Padmaavat actor has always had a fit body thanks to her interest in sports and her healthy eating habits. When not doing yoga, she can be spotted on the badminton court, playing a game or two. Deepika does different workouts to stay fit. From Pilates to yoga to outdoor activities, she does it all.
The actor is also a dessert lover and cannot stop her urge to eat sweets. She though keeps a control on her portion size, and often opts for a piece of dark chocolate when she craves something sweet.
Deepika isn’t a fan of traditional gym workouts, so she sticks to freehand exercises and stretching routines to keep her muscles agile. She also doesn’t like running so much but goes for a walk if she doesn’t have the equipment to work out. Lunges, squats, jumps are all part of her exercise routine apart from yoga poses and meditation. Deepika is definitely one of the fittest celebs and it is all thanks to her regular workout routine.
Sonam Kapoor is fit as a fiddle today, but that wasn’t always the case. She admitted that she was an overweight teenager who struggled with health issues like PCOD and borderline diabetes. The Neerja actor decided to lose weight after Sanjay Leela Bhansali decided to offer her a film. It is then that Sonam took to hitting the gym to shed those excess kilos.
Sonam does a mix of different workouts that include yoga and Pilates. She recently even turned vegan when she realised that dairy doesn’t suit her body. Even though she loves fish, she gave up eating meat some time ago. Sonam sticks to a healthy diet with a cheat day every once in a while. From aerial to artistic and power yoga, Sonam has done it all, and loves all the different types. She is also a fan of the reformer machine in Pilates. This workout helps her tone her entire body without too much impact on the joints. After losing the excess weight, Sonam even wore a bikini in one of her films and flaunted her fit figure.
When it comes to keeping fit, Jacqueline Fernandez doesn’t hold back.The Sri Lankan beauty not only takes to the gym and yoga to keep fit, but has also recently got herself in pole fitness and dance. While Jacqueline’s journey with fitness started during her Miss Sri Lanka pageant in 2006, it was only after she joined movies that she took her fitness and nutrition seriously. Her Instagram account being proof of her growth, Jacqueline has been seen doing air splits, an effortless swivel across the pole, and of course, the lotus position on a pole too. Recently seen in Baaghi 2’s Ek Do Teen, Jacqueline dances to burn calories and does yoga to increase her flexibility.
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