Former cricketer Anil Kumble shares his five fitness tips
The cricketer advices fitness freaks to eat only home-cooked meals
Former Indian cricketer, Anil Kumble, well-known as Jumbo, will be flagging off a run on July 28 to bring awareness about World Insulin Day that falls on July 30. Anil's late mother Saroja Swamy was a diabetic, and the cricketer says this is one of the reasons for him to support the cause of diabetes. "I would see her monitor her blood sugar level every day. Living with the condition was quite painful for her." Talking about his own lifestyle, the cricketer shares five tips which he believes have worked for him.
1- One lifestyle change after retiring from active cricket.
It was a huge challenge for me to keep fit particularly because I had taken up administrative jobs so I would sit most of the time. The only ritual that I followed every day was to train for at least 45 minutes every day. It's a mix of running, lifting weights and gymming.
2- The workout Anil enjoys most.
I like running a lot. It's a mix of easy pace and high-intentisty intermittent running. I am not training for any event so I listen to my body.
3- What time do you start your day.
I start my day at 5.30 am. I usually begin by drinking water and I workout at my home gym. I usually run in the morning.
4- Where do you get your nutrition and proteins from?
I eat only home-cooked meals. I eat on time and eat in the right quantity. I usually eat South Indian food because it is a balanced meal. I get my proteins from pulses and daal.
5- Advice to young people who are into fitness and depend on supplements.
You need to be disciplined when it comes to eating. Don't eat any packaged food, always carry home-cooked meals. Supplements are only supplements. Your nutrition should come from food.
Anil is the Changing Diabetes Ambassador for Novo Nordisk India.