'Fitness is not about time but about prioritising'

Jan 14, 2013, 09:21 IST | Shaheen Parkar

3 questions with author and fitness trainer Vesna P Jacob

1. What was your main inspiration to write Work It Out Without A Workout?
Over the years, I have met many people who wanted to get fitter but didn’t have time to go to the gym. I have also worked with people who regardless of how little time they got would use it to exercise. So, I realised the problem is in prioritising. Work It Out Without a Workout is a fitness book in disguise; it is actually a lifestyle book that changes your perspective. It deals with the mind of a person, setting goals, mapping one’s body and mind as well as identifying the opportunities that can be used to one’s advantage. My approach to fitness is that there is always a way — one has to find the one that works for you.

2. How did you become interested in holistic fitness; take us through the journey?
I played basketball at the national level when a knee injury cut my career short. Two surgeries down the road left me with lots of pain and I was told that I might never be able to play again. Meanwhile, I gained a lot of weight and was feeling emotionally frustrated. One day, I decided to fight so I could overcome my condition. This led to years of study, and trial and error until I found the way to break the cycle. My perspective changed, from feeling powerless to using it as an opportunity to learn and grow. The next step was discovering, understanding and working towards strengthening the body in a functional way. The holistic approach is the only approach, which gives results that are beyond the physical realm. Hailing from Bosnia and Herzegovina, I never looked at establishing myself in India as my goal; it came as a consequence of my work. My goal has been to make people aware of their possibilities, help them overcome pain and live fulfilling lives.

Work It Out Without A Workout, Vesna P Jacob, Random House, Rs 250. Available at leading bookstores.

3. Can you share a few quick tips to get fit?
>Realign your body: A properly aligned body will carry you through your day without aches and pains; you will also look and feel better.
> Strengthen your core: Core muscles are all of the abdominal, back and pelvic floor muscles.
> Use all your time to be more active: Exercise everywhere — in your car, at work and even at parties. Many little things in the day will add up and over time, you will benefit multifold.
> Eat well-balanced, nutrition rich foods: Moderation is the key. Drink plenty of water and give yourself proper rest. 

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