5 fitness lessons you need to learn from Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra’s approach to working out is as real as it gets—the actor doesn’t love sweating it out at the gym, but does it to keep herself healthy, fit and agile. As she tries different workouts to find one she really likes (swimming and skipping are her current favourites), here’s what you can learn from her fitness routines now. 

1. Find a way to workout, even when you travel

Chopra is always on the go, and her travel schedule means that a regular gym workout may not always be possible. Her favourite way to get in some cardio while in a hotel room? Skipping. “I love skipping. I learnt it really really well in school and then I learnt it even better during Mary Kom, so I try to get my cardio in my skipping. It’s easy to carry, you have your skipping rope in your bag, it’s easy to do,” she explained in a video interview

2. Know your body, and exercise in accordance with it

The actor has always had a lukewarm approach to working out, preferring to get in when she really needs to, like before an important shoot or for a particular role. “Honestly, I work out only when I need to. My body responds very quickly to exercise, so I don’t need too long to tone up and get into shape,” she told Vogue India. “I want to hit the gym but I work 15-hour days and I’m exhausted by the end of it,” she confirmed. “I have to stay super active and agile because I do my own stunts. I do all my fights myself. I trust my body and my instincts,” she confirmed in an interview too. 

3. Try adding movement to your day

Even if she’s not sweating it out on the mat, Chopra likes to add movement through her day, whether she’s taking a hike (“mother nature’s medicine,” she called it) or just parking the car a little further away than usual. “I try to be active in everyday life—I take the stairs instead of the elevators or walk instead of driving,” she shared. 

4. Figure out your motivation

When she does workout, Chopra does it to stay balanced and healthy. “The idea is to keep fit and healthy and not shrink myself by two or three sizes,” she shared about her exercise routine, which mostly involves yoga or resistance training. “I find that trend amongst celebrities disturbing, since a lot of kids and teenagers strive to attain our kind of figures, but without proper guidance,” she shared, confirming that she doesn’t want to perpetuate a specific kind of body type through her social media and communications. 

5. Find a cardio workout that serves as a stress-buster

For Chopra, her usual gym regimen involves cardio and resistance training (squats are a common addition to her repertoire). But she likes swimming too. “I also love swimming, it’s a full-body workout and I’ll try to do 10 laps continuously,” she shared in an interview. Swimming builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness, making it a low-impact but high-intensity practice. 

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