I run a Bed & Breakfast and serviced apartments in a suburb of Delhi called Greater Noida. 2 years ago I got the opportunity to go for a trek to Everest Base Camp. 45 days before the trek I started training everyday and that is how I started my fitness journey. I’ve always loved adventure sports, I skydived for my 21st Birthday. I’m a PADI certified open water diver, I’ve hiked in Bhutan, Nepal and Ladakh. I ran 3 half marathons last year and hope to graduate to the full in Jan 2017. I’m also a practicing meditator with Isha Foundation.
Q: What are your favorite activities to keep fit?
Swim in the ocean, hike in the mountains, run because you can!
Running, cycling, swimming, yoga, kalaripayattu, plyometrics and inspired by Rohit cannot wait to try crossfit!
Q: If you had to trek through a treacherous route and were allowed only 5 items, what would you carry?
Treacherous route then I wouldn’t need 5, just 2 would be enough. Water and Tenzin! (Tenzin is an amazing guide whom we met on the Frozen River Trek , Chadar Trek, at Ladakh, India). He was just plain heroic.
Q: Tell us about the most intense physical activity you have ever done(exercise wise).
June last year my sister and I decided to do 2100 suryanamaskars in 21 days. We did them in 17 days, there were two days when we did 300 each and June is a verrrry hot month! But the most gruelling intensity that I have ever experienced physically was during the oxfam trailwalk in Dec 2014, teams of 4 have to walk 100 km in 48 hours. We did it in under 34 hours, at the finish line there was a lot of crying!
Q: Should every person get a gym membership to be fit?
Absolutely NOT! The biggest joy for me is to connect with nature while physically challenging myself. Running in parks or on trails instead of a treadmill is so much more liberating, you develop a keener instinct about yourself out in the open. Cycling, swimming, yoga, there is so much you can do outdoors that is so exciting! The only time I go to the gym is while training for a trek to do the full incline walk on the treadmill that assists in steep climbs.
Q: What is your philosophy towards wellness?
Swim in the ocean, hike in the mountains, run because you can and always stay hydrated!