Leena Mogre fitness expert

Q. After so many years in the industry, how did you narrow down on which aspect of fitness would be the driving theme for this book?
A. Since the time I started in the industry, a lot has changed. There weren't even any female instructors then. Today, there are so many different forms of workouts, new diets, fitness techniques, etc. Though, according to my observation, each person's body is different and what might work for one person, might not work for the other. So one needs to work at the base level and make simple changes in their lifestyle, such as improve your posture.

Leena Mogre
Leena Mogre 

Q. In what way do these go a long way?
A. Exercise is a preventive medicine. I am urging people to change their lifestyle. Today, all people do is pick up a new exercise routine, be it power yoga, kickboxing, capoeira, or if a celebrity or a magazine propagates outdoor workout people head out. By blindly following these routines, you can hurt yourself, and then the doctor will ask you not to exercise. Working on your core and weight training will help you stay fit through everything and stay
motivated too.

Q. What are the most common fitness mistakes that people make nowadays?
A. Burn themselves at both ends. Today, people work hard and party hard or workout too much. If you work late in office and go for a jog at 5 in the morning, you are not doing yourself any good, as your body needs to rest.

Representative pic
Representative pic 

Self-diagnosis. Internet is a boon, and a problem too. People read up about international health fads, diets, food items and start following them without assessing their body. This can cause much harm.

Obsession with body image. When you look at the image of a fit person, it isn't necessary that your body can look the same. Work out and not over-workout to stay fit, not just to look like someone.


Total Fitness: The Leena Mogre Way, Leena Mogre, Random House India, Penguin Random House Company, Rs 250, releasing this week.