â€œFitness means the world to meâ€, said Tarun Khanna essaying Raja Krishnadevaray in Sony SABâ€™s Tenali Rama
- What does fitness mean to you?
Fitness means the world to me. When I was kid, I was very weak. I used to be very sick, very frequently. In my growing up years, people often made fun of me and that was the time when I made a resolution to myself that I will never be weak. Since then, fitness has been like oxygen to me.
- What is your fitness mantra?
My fitness mantra is â€“ Discipline. If you indulge in fitness activities regularly, you donâ€™t need to do hours of exercising. I can still wear the same pants and jeans that I was wearing years ago, just because of the fitness discipline that I have observed over the years.
- How do you keep a healthy balance between your mind and body?
For me, what works is Yoga. I donâ€™t do yoga everyday but I make sure I do it at least 4 times a week. It definitely helps me strike the right balance between my physical and mental fitness.
- Do your roles demand for you to stay fit and have a perfect body?
I have played the role of Mahadev 8 times on different platforms. That requires me to be bare- body, upper torso. Hence, to flaunt that, you need to have a proper physique. I donâ€™t make it overly muscular but I make it look athletic and aesthetic.
- Following your demanding and hectic routine, how do you manage to stay fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle?
It is the most challenging thing to manage fitness routine amidst shoots. We are supposed to commit almost 12 hours of shooting and minimum 2 hours of commuting every day. For this reason, I have found a few exercises that take very little time but give maximum result. So, I keep practicing them while shooting for Sony SABâ€™s Tenali Rama. Most importantly, I walk a lot whenever I get time
- Any quick healthy snack that you rely on during your busy days?
I carry boiled eggs, sprouts, tomato and Onion with me. Mix these things along with a little lemon juice and rock salt, and you have a very delicious snack with you. Apart from this, there is also a lovely way of making a chutney. Blend some avocado, tomato and onions with a bit of lemon juice and rock salt. It tastes absolutely delicious.
- One food item that you simply cannot resist
Iâ€˜m a foodie and to name one food item will be a little difficult. However, I love fruits and I make sure I eat at least 4-5 different fruits in a day. Apart from that, I am very fond of lassi and curd but I consume them earlier in the day.
- What kind of music do you like listening to while you work out?
I love listening to motivational music- Eye of The Tiger and the theme song of Rocky movie are my all-time favourite. Also, â€˜Born in the USAâ€™ by Bruce Springsteen is another song I enjoy listening to while working out.
- Any Fitness tip for your admirers?
The most important thing about fitness is to be regular. It is the only way you can stay fit. You donâ€™t have to be in the gym for 2 hours or consume expensive protein powders. Just 30-45 minutes of exercising everyday will give you very good results. Donâ€™t look for short-cuts. I look up to Virat Kohli for fitness inspiration as I have heard he didnâ€™t cheat on his diet and workout even on the day of his wedding. This is the kind of discipline I strive for.
Watch Tarun Khanna, as fit as ever, on Sony SABâ€™s Tenali Rama, every Monday to Friday at 7:30 pm.