Ms. Namita Nayyar: Share your exercise routine that you do to maintain such a bikini perfect physique?
Ms. Amanda Bisk: My exercise routine changes all the time. I travel a lot and have a very busy schedule so it is all about making my exercise fit into my daily life. I am also a big fan of variety in my exercise because I get bored easily!
From Monday to Friday I train twice a day but only for 20 minutes at a time (morning and afternoon). I usually do a 20 min HIIT circuit in the morning using body weight exercises and then a 20 min sprint session or running in the afternoon. I love fast paced, explosive workouts that you can do anywhere (like at a park or even a hotel room) so most of my workouts don’t use equipment. Each evening I also stretch and practice yoga at home for 30 min-1 hour before I go to bed.
On Saturdays, I try to do something different, like surfing, gymnastics, bike riding, tennis, hiking, a walk with my friend, or a fitness class then on Sunday I have recovery day where I only do gentle yoga and stretching.
I created a fitness program called Fresh Body Fit Mind, which is an exact replica of my training schedule. It is based on short but incredibly effective 20 minute workouts that are really great to fit into a busy lifestyle. FBFM includes hundreds of exercises I use from day to day and a training schedule that is focused around variety and sustainable workouts.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What is your diet? Do you take a particular fixed regulated diet comprising of nutrients and vitamins to keep you in perfect health?
Ms. Amanda Bisk: I am a vegetarian. I have been eating this way for a year now and ever since I changed I noticed many things with my health improved (better skin, more energy, sleeping better, better digestion etc).
I always believe in eating a diet full of wholefoods (little or no processing) with as much variety as possible. All of my meals are based around fresh fruit and vegetables with a portion of carbs and protein to support all of the exercise I do. Because I am vegetarian I also try to boost my portions of foods that contain protein, iron and B vitamins (like beans and lentils, eggs, chia, tofu, spirulina, leafy green vegetables).
Water is also a huge part of the way I eat. I try to drink throughout the day and I also have a big glass of water when I wake up, and before every meal or snack. Dehydration makes our bodies send off hunger signals, even if we are not hungry! Water also aids in digestion, clears your skin, and boosts your energy.
My Day On A Plate:
2 poached eggs on 2 slices of good quality toast with half an avocado.
Long black coffee with a dash of soy milk.
Chia pudding (made by adding 3 tablespoons of chia to 1 cup of soy milk overnight)
Topped with granola, bran, nuts, and seeds
Mexican Lettuce burritos:
Vegetarian Chilli Con Carne: Kidney beans, chick peas, broccoli, carrot, mushroom, capsicum, tomato, onion, spinach, zucchini, all diced and cooked in a pan with Mexican spices.
Homemade guacamole (avocado, squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper)
Salsa (tomato, cucumber, onion finely diced)
Use a lettuce leaf instead of a burrito tortilla and stuff it full of the above ingredients!
2 or 3 squares of dark chocolate