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One of the youngest badminton players on the national circuit,24-year-old Neha Pandit has her agenda clearly chalked out.

Written by Rohan Swamy |
September 3, 2011 2:25:19 am

One of the youngest badminton players on the national circuit,24-year-old Neha Pandit has her agenda clearly chalked out. On the professional circuit,she believes in playing seriously and giving it her very best,but when she’s off the court,living life in moderation is her mantra. “Most people live in extremes and that is the cause of their ill health. While training and playing are very important for me along with my diet,I do make it a point to give in to my temptations once in a while! It helps lead a balanced life,” she says.

“My mornings are reserved for playing,and the evenings are for training. I do cardio and weights alternately in order to improve my resistance and stamina. In addition,shadow skipping,running and other such exercises also help,” she says,describing her daily routine. Pandit,who has been a runner-up at the Senior Nationals,is firmly set on winning it this year. And she has modeled her diet accordingly. “Food for me is mostly a homely affair. The day begins with breakfast which is oats,milk,eggs. I am a non-vegetarian so balancing my food cravings is not easy. Eating small portions during the day helps,” she says.

Another important aspect is the inclusion of dry fruits and fruits in her diet. “They help keep a person fresh and also supply small bursts of energy while training,” she adds. She is a self-confessed chocoholic and gives in to her sweet cravings once in a while. She adds,“Every weekend,I go out for lunch or dinner. I also love Italian food.”

“These days,youngsters consume a lot of cola drinks and junk food. These contain preservatives and are not good for health. Youngsters should balance these things out. Eating junk food once in a while is fine,but too much can lead to severe health problems including obesity.”

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