1. What does fitness mean to you?

Fitness is a way of life for me, and it gives me immense happiness. I love the idea of being fit and not having a paunch. Its been a lifestyle change for me for almost about 10 years now. Earlier, I would never bother about anything and would generally hog on to junk food. I would never stop at just one samosa and had to have at least 4. Now, fitness has become essential for me as it gives me a sense of peace, happiness, and wellbeing.

2. How do you keep a healthy balance between your mind and your body?

I am a person who never overthinks. I believe whatever has to happen will happen eventually. That’s how I keep my mind fit. For the body, I eat everything but in moderation and at equal intervals of 2-3 hours.

3. Following your demanding and hectic routine, how do you manage to stay fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle?

I carry all my food from home, including breakfast, lunch, coffee, fruits. Earlier when I had a driver, I would always get down at the domestic airport and walk my way back home while returning home. That way, I wouldn’t waste time and would be able to spend more time with my family while having done my workout as well.

4. What is your ideal workout regime?

I am not a gym guy. I can’t look in the mirror and workout as I find it extremely boring. I have always been a runner. That’s my happy time and I am incredibly joyful when I am running. After my shoots, at least 3-4 times a week, I go for running after coming home. I return in my running gear so that once I park my car, I directly go for my run before going back home. I also do a lot of workout with my son. I take him for walks and sometimes we even go on our terrace and work out. This way, I also get to spend that extra hour with him.

5. Do your roles require you to maintain a fit body?

At times they do. Before Tera Yaar Hoon Main, I was playing Lord Krishna in a show. That role demanded a flat stomach and a rightly proportioned body to look godly but not muscular. Hence, it took a different kind of workout routine for me, which was a mix of weightlifting and running. However, for the role of Rajeev in Sony SAB’s Tera Yaar Hoon Main, I can eat whatever I want as I don’t need to be ripped for the role. I am also wearing a prosthetic stomach for this character. So, while I can be lenient, I still make sure I am eating in the right proportions and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

6. Any quick healthy snack that you rely on during your busy days?

I love eating makhana. I carry a box full of dry fruits including cashew nuts, walnuts and almonds. I have a box of cranberries for my sweet tooth that I eat everyday after my lunch. I am the kind of person who can have the same thing continuously for 6 months. So, for example, I will have Besan ka Cheela for 6 months until one day I will be like I can’t have it and won’t have it again for a year.

7. One food item that you simply cannot resist.