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Women Fitness President, Namita Nayyar, joins the Fitness Trainer for an illuminating chat about her fitness goals and how she wishes to inspire more and more women in 2020!
You are a certified personal trainer and qualified nutrition coach, what motivated you towards the world of fitness?
Initially, the world of fitness came to me as an approach to better my own life. I was going through quite a rough, anxious time of my life, and training for me was like a form of meditation- an escape that really helped me through that time. Next came the results and I got addicted to seeing my hard work pay off and loved feeling strong and energetic. I have always been very fascinated by nutrition and its effects on the body and the combined passion of the two is what drove me to educate myself further in the field and start helping others. I love how fitness also bring people together, so besides the healthy aspect of eating cleaner and exercising more, it also makes you feel better because of the community it builds.
The first thing that you changed in your daily routine to stay fit?
My top five rules I swear by for you to live a healthier & fitter life:
- Eat a variety of vegetables in a range of colours and different parts of plants
- Limit sugar in your diet
- Eat real fresh foods- lean proteins (from protein sources that works for your body), healthy fats and carbohydrates- and limit processed foods, fast foods and packaged foods
- Be mindful of your intolerances and listen to your body. Some foods that are good for others, may not necessarily work for you.
- Drink plenty of water & get enough sleep.
‘I eat mostly a pescatarian diet, as that works well with my body, but I do eat other meats on occasion too.” Elaborate & tell us more about it?
I am very in tune with my body and understand what my body feels good consuming and what I can personally digest well. We are all so different from each other so listening to YOUR body’s signals to understand its needs is very important.
I feel the best eating a pescetarian diet- and I get most of my protein out of fish (and eggs and vegetables).
We live in a society where are wanted to define ourselves with one word- vegan, pescetarian, vegetarian etc.- but I strongly believe in balance. I’m not a vegan, but some days I will eat a plant based diet, I know my body doesn’t digest meat as well as fish, but sometimes I will enjoy other meats too. Finding a balance that works for you is what health is all about. And that also includes finding balance between the occasional naughtier treat or a social drink with your friends, and all the perceived “healthy choices”.
What does your first meal of the day look like?
This varies a lot where in the world I am- and even day to day. Presently, most days I am training first thing in the morning and not eating my first meal until brunch time/ early lunch time. Every now and then I wake up feeling hungry and then I eat first thing. Yesterday my first meal was barramundi and vegetables and sweet potato mash. Today I had an omelette with a side of avocado.
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