Saiyami Kher: You can be fit even if you don’t have six-packs

Fitness freak Saiyami Kher who knocked out everyone with her chiseled body in the film Mirzya, says that she hates going to gym. In conversation with a leading Indian magazine, Saiyami said, “I don’t like fixed regimes either. You should keep doing some physical activity or the other to burn calories. That’s the best way to lose weight. I do like to run. I run 10-12 kms on alternate days. When in Mumbai, I run from my home to the Bandra sea-link, a good 10 kms away from my house.”

As she had to prep up for the film Mirzya, she had to undergo gym training in order to look muscular in one character and lean in the next. “I joined a gym and did crossfit training.I also learnt kickboxing. Crossfit is basically a mix of weight training with cardio. I used to do 350 squats and eight kilometres on the rowing machine during that intense training. But it was totally worth it in the end.”

Talking about being a brand ambassador of Adidas Running, she said, “I had a bad injury during the marathon but still finished the full 42 kms. That has been my biggest achievement in life.”

The actress loves the sport of cricket and mentions that if not acting then she would have chosen cricket as her profession. On playing cricket with friends from the entertainment industry, she said, “Angad Bedi, Gaurav Kapoor, Purab Kohli, we have a small group and we play together whenever we find the time.”

Having played the game with Akshay Kumar, Saiyami said thrillingly, “Once, he took me as his batting partner as he knew I was into running.”

“I knew he was fast but had no idea about his speed. He would finish two runs even as I ran for one. It was super fun,” adds the actress.

Talking about the Mirzya director Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra, Saiyami said that he is fond of swimming and water polo sport. She further mentioned about her bond with the director on the sets of Mirzya.

“We used to talk about swimming all the time and he gave me tips on how to increase the length of my stroke in the pool. And also how to build up speed and stamina,” said Saiyami.

Adding further she spoke about how her interest in sports elevated her in sporting disciplines in her college.

“I represented the college in badminton, cricket, table tennis, throw ball, basketball, hand ball, volleyball, swimming and running. So being involved in a physical activity has become a habit, Even today I start getting irritated by evening if I don’t get to play something during the day,” said Saiyami.

Despite of being a fitness freak Saiyami doesn’t believe in the phenomenon of size zero. “If I were to wear a bikini for a shoot, I’d cut down on sugar and carbs for fifteen days. I like to keep it natural and prefer eating home-cooked food. I add ghee on rotis.

I detox my body twice a year by going on an all-fruit diet.”

“If I am going out for a party or for an event then I have my dinner at home before stepping out. I don’t like late night eating,” she adds.

She believes in staying lean and having athlete like body. “People should understand that film celebrities go to the gym because they need to have a certain physique. But physical fitness doesn’t mean you have to be aesthetically good-looking. You can be fit even if you don’t have six-packs,” she said.

Adding further, she said, “If you are running you have to do some weight and strength training. If you don’t have basic strength, you can get injured badly. Strengthening of the knees and the ankles is important.”

Being an extrovert, her definition of hanging out with friends is quite unusual than others, she questions, “Why can’t they come together to run instead?” “Instead of eating and drinking, friends should play cricket or some other sport. It keeps you younger too,” she said.

Talking about her focus on exercising every day, she said, “I used to keep my music alarm set to the Bhaag Milkha tu bhaag Milkha tune. Then, I stick a note in front of my bed where I write my goals for the next day. That helps me a lot. I love to listen to music while running. I don’t listen to Western music. Instead, I go for Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar songs.”

She signed off by insisting people to have vacation fitness goals, she said, “One should set goals during vacations too. It helps you keep focused.”