Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Get a kick, it's Saif!

Eisha Sarkar
Posted on Hello Wellness on Jun 8 2011 10:48AM

Long locks, two left feet, and hardly a muscle on that body - watch Saif Ali Khan in Ashiq Awara and you feel like it's a different person altogether. Since his comeback with Farhan Akhtar's Dil Chahta Hai, 39-year-old Saif has not only resurrected his career but also managed to build a physique to die for. So how do you kick yourself to good health, the Saif way?

Kick the butt
Saif took to smoking at the age of 16, when he was studying in London. He once said in an interview, "I'd smoke all the time. It kept my brain functioning when I was shooting long hours." In 2008, he was admitted to the hospital complaining of chest pain. His choice was clear: Either kick the bucket or kick the butt. He quit smoking. He diverts his time and energy into work to keep temptation at bay. Make your choice and embrace a new life. 

The kick of love
Need some motivation to exercise? Do it with your girlfriend/boyfriend. Inspired by his girlfriend Kareena Kapoor, Saif has embraced yoga as part of his life. The three one-hour sessions of yoga through the week, help improve his stamina and flexibility. In yoga instructor Payal Gidwani Tiwari's book, From XL to XS, he says, "Yoga is the best exercise I have done. The endorphins that dance around my brain after a class is something I haven't experienced before."

All for kicks!
Saif does kickboxing four-five times a week, to improve his cardio and make him more flexible. He does 15 minutes of advanced stretching (like the 180-degree split), rounds of skipping, low and high kicks and punches. He also does plyometrics to improve functions of the nervous system. But before you start kicking, make sure you stretch and warm-up properly.

Since his health scare, Saif has stopped eating cholesterol-rich foods and stuck to boiled, almost bland food, with little or no masala. His diet comprises 45 per cent carbohydrates, 30 per cent protein and almost 15 per cent fats. In an interview last year, he said, “I have sweated it out to get this body. It's not just for a film as I want to maintain it for the years to come."

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