For the vivacious Kajol, fitness is a great love.
The actress who made a successful comeback post-delivery, loves working out.
“Getting back in shape after having a child is not an easy task. And I realised that when my doctor told me how much my daughter weighed, which meant that all those extra kilos were for me to shed. When I decided to return to films, I had to work really hard to lose all that excess weight. I’ve always enjoyed working out, so I hit the gym with a vengeance and controlled my intake of food as well. I spent a lot of time in my effort to get back in shape. That helped me lose inches. I realised, though, that there’s no shortcut to losing weight or getting a svelte figure. I’d advise pregnant women to keep themselves active as much as they can. You need to get in shape after your delivery or you’ll regret it later,” she says.
The talented actress, who is now pregnant with her second child, doesn’t work out as much as before, but makes sure that she hits the gym in her house every day. Having had a personal trainer to help her exercise for several years, Kajol now enjoys working out on her own now. “After a couple of years, you know what suits your body best. Now, unless I’m training for a movie role, I avoid a trainer.”
A self-confessed fitness addict, Kajol adds, “The one hour I spend working out daily is very important to me. I have a lot of excess energy within me and working out is a great way to release it. I get hyper if I skip a day at the gym; unable to concentrate on anything. Even reading a book gets difficult because I feel agitated.”
Working out is also the best stressbuster for her. “Working out is a great way to destress. I value and enjoy the time when I’m working out by myself. It is my way of letting go of all my stress and balance my day perfectly. Having a good gym at home helps, and I make the most of it. Although these days, I’m going a little easy since I’m pregnant,” says Kajol.
And while she is known for her great love for reading, Kajol also loves to keep her mind active. “Working out the mind is as important as working out the body, and I do both regularly. I solve the sudoku and crossword puzzles every day and keep my mind stimulated.”