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Yearender 2019: From Pilates to martial arts, here’s how celebrities kept fit

Celebrity-led fitness workouts have been a hit this year. From Pilates to Aerial Yoga, Bollywood celebrities made sure they kept us motivated. Take a look!

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 31, 2019 4:22:33 pm
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Fitness, undoubtedly, has remained the buzzword this year as well with everyone — from the prime minister to aam aadmi — hopping on the fitness bandwagon with greater zeal. In 2019, with the launch of Fit India Movement (in August), and the annual International Day of Yoga (observed on June 21), conversations around fitness gained momentum. Leading the way are our celebrities who regularly share updates regarding their workout sessions on their social media channels. From yoga and Pilates to aerobics and martial arts, the sky has been the limit.

Be it Alia Bhatt, Preity Zinta, Malaika Arora, Kunal Khemmu, Tusshar Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Rakul Preet Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Deepika Padukone or Jacqueline Fernandez, celebs have given their fans a peek into their workout regimen on numerous occasions.

Take a look:

Yoga

Yoga is so much more than simple stretches. It is about creating balance, strength, flexibility and relaxation in the body through a series of postures, movements and breathing patterns. Besides improving flexibility, yoga also works on one’s core muscles, and allows you to perform cardio-centric exercises in a way that is not as obviously taxing as other forms of cardio training.

Yoga is also well-known for its stress-reducing aspect. Cardio benefits and relaxation from a regular yoga practice, in unison with a sensible diet, can effectively aid in weight loss.

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Malaika Arora

 

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A post shared by Malaika Arora (@malaikaaroraofficial) on Dec 2, 2019 at 12:07am PST

Mallika Sherawat

 

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A post shared by Mallika Sherawat (@mallikasherawat) on Dec 9, 2019 at 12:23am PST

Mandana Karimi

 

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Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within #mirror #within #awareness #yoga #selfawareness 📸 by @filmmith

A post shared by Mandanakarimi (@mandanakarimi) on Nov 6, 2019 at 10:38pm PST

Rakul Preet Singh

 

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I bend so I don’t break 😜 Morning ritual with @anshukayoga ❤️ #meditate #positivevibes #happymornings

A post shared by Rakul Singh (@rakulpreet) on Oct 31, 2019 at 9:16pm PDT

Shilpa Shetty

 

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I’ve suffered from muscle spasms and back stiffness very often in the past. When I started Yoga, I was skeptical about performing a lot of the complex asanas. Being able to flex and stretch the way I can today has been a very steady and gradual process made possible by two things: Yoga and my will-power. Today, I can easily move my back while practicing asanas like the #CatCamel pose. It’s a very easy asana, but it helps improve the spine’s flexibility, strengthens the wrist and the shoulder, helps relax and calm the mind. Enough motivation to start the week on an energetic note. How do you start your week? #MondayMotivation #FitIndia #FitIndiaMovement #yoga #yogisofinstagram #yog #CatCamelpose #health #fitfam #strengthen #fitness

A post shared by Shilpa Shetty Kundra (@theshilpashetty) on Dec 8, 2019 at 9:43pm PST

Pilates

Another great way to improve muscular and postural strength is Pilates, which is a series of about 500 exercises inspired by callisthenics, yoga and ballet. Partly inspired by yoga, Pilates is based on putting yourself into unstable postures and challenging your body by moving your limbs, while yoga mostly consists of a series of static postures.

Pilates lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in the body in a balanced way. It improves flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness. Pilates can be an aerobic and non-aerobic form of exercise. It requires concentration and focus, because you move your body through precise ranges of motion. In Pilates, your muscles are never worked to exhaustion, so there is no sweating or straining, just intense concentration. The workout consists of a variety of exercise sequences that are performed in low repetitions, usually five to 10 times, over a session of 45 to 90 minutes. Mat work and specialised equipment for resistance are used.

This exercise is suitable for all — from elite athletes to people with limited mobility, pregnant women and even those with low fitness levels.

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja

 

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A post shared by Radhika Karle (@radhikasbalancedbody) on Oct 14, 2019 at 4:03am PDT

Kriti Sanon

 

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A post shared by Yasmin Karachiwala (@yasminkarachiwala) on Nov 22, 2019 at 6:00am PST

Deepika Padukone

 

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A post shared by Yasmin Karachiwala (@yasminkarachiwala) on Sep 9, 2019 at 4:57am PDT

Janhvi Kapoor

Preity Zinta

 

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A post shared by Yasmin Karachiwala (@yasminkarachiwala) on Sep 18, 2019 at 5:56am PDT

Boxing

Boxing is believed to be a great workout for those wanting to strengthen their flexibility and develop core muscles. While boxing is a martial art and a combat sport, it is also known to be a great workout because of its intensive nature. Not just that, people are drawn to boxing as a workout because it’s fun and enjoyable, and promises drastic improvement to overall health and wellness. For those looking to lose weight and get fit, boxing could help as it combines pad and bag work, skipping and ground work, which are all aerobic exercises.

Boxing strengthens cardiovascular muscles and improves endurance. The rigorous pad work exercises followed by the constant fast-paced repetition of throwing punches is great in developing enhanced aerobic and anaerobic respiration. As a full body workout, it involves head movement and footwork, defensive techniques such as bobbing and weaving, as well as workouts to develop power and speed. It engages the entire upper body core muscles and lower body.

Sara Ali Khan

 

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Farhan Akhtar

 

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A post shared by Farhan Akhtar (@faroutakhtar) on Nov 18, 2019 at 8:06pm PST

Kunal Khemmu

 

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Training session 2. Monday got me motivated to another level today. Looking forward to loads of soreness🙈

A post shared by Kunal Kemmu (@khemster2) on Oct 14, 2019 at 6:00am PDT

Esha Gupta

 

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A post shared by Esha Gupta🌎 (@egupta) on Nov 18, 2019 at 2:00am PST

Sanya Malhotra

 

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A post shared by Sanya Malhotra💥 (@sanyamalhotra_) on Nov 11, 2019 at 8:05am PST

Aerobics and gymnastic rings

Have you ever noticed how gymnasts have a lean physique? As compared to hours of bodybuilding exercises in the gym for bulky muscle, gymnastic rings propel shorter workouts that help develop lean physique. Training with gymnastic rings is much more intense than a similar move on a static bar. Standing motionless with the help of rings is known to build the upper body and develop core strength. Besides, it helps break monotony and adds variety to one’s routine.

Sushmita Sen

 

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Shamita Shetty

However, always consult your doctor before embarking on any new fitness programme, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition or have not exercised in a long time.

Running

It’s not just an activity or exercise, it’s a way of life. When done in a proper way, benefits of running include strengthened immune system, controlled blood pressure, physically strong legs, increased bone density and strength, and increased confidence.

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Anil Kapoor

 

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Milind Soman

Saiyami Kher

 

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A post shared by Saiyami Kher (@saiyami) on Sep 30, 2019 at 1:29am PDT

Aerial fitness activities

It is a combination of traditional yoga poses, Pilates and dance with the use of a hammock. Simply put, it allows one to perform various yoga poses that may be difficult to do on ground. The workout is fun, acrobatic and definitely worth a try for fitness enthusiasts because of its varied benefits. Like any other workout, aerial fitness activities help clear the mind and relieve stress, in turn helping combat fatigue and keeping one mentally and physically active throughout the day. Aerial fitness also enhances flexibility as the body is able to move more freely with less effort by counteracting gravity. Being suspended in the air helps release tension on the bones and muscles, increasing flexibility. Suspended yoga is known to strengthen core muscles, which increases spinal and shoulder flexibility.

Aerial fitness is apt for improving blood circulation which helps delay ageing and its symptoms. The detoxifying ability of aerial fitness can help lower the risk of cardiovascular issues.

Alia Bhatt

 

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A post shared by Alia ☀️ (@aliaabhatt) on Apr 24, 2019 at 3:11am PDT

Huma Qureshi

 

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A post shared by Huma Qureshi (@iamhumaq) on Oct 31, 2019 at 9:41pm PDT

Rakul Preet Singh

 

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Morning ritual !! ❤️ @anshukayoga #bebadass #fitisthenewit

A post shared by Rakul Singh (@rakulpreet) on Aug 25, 2019 at 7:11pm PDT

Martial arts

Martial arts has tremendous health benefits and can get you in shape very quickly. It is one of the most effective workouts. From physical improvements to enhancement of both your mental and spiritual well-being, martial arts pave the way for people to reach their peak potential. Notably, in a US study, children aged between eight and 11 years were tasked with traditional martial arts training that focused on respecting other people and defending themselves as part of an anti-bullying programme. The children were also taught how to maintain a level of self-control in heated situations.

The researchers found that the martial arts training reduced the level of aggressive behaviour in boys and found that they were more likely to step in and help someone who was being bullied than before they took part in the training.

Adah Sharma

 

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Akshay Kumar

 

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This is why he’s my Bae! Fitness=agility+skill+discipline+spirit-puffy gym muscles :) #When2BlackBeltsSpar

A post shared by Twinkle Khanna (@twinklerkhanna) on Apr 26, 2016 at 9:10pm PDT

Isha Koppikar

 

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A post shared by Isha Koppikar Narang (@isha_konnects) on Nov 20, 2019 at 9:07pm PST

Pregnancy fitness activities

From Pilates to Yoga, pregnant women and new mothers were seen sharing about activities that helped them keep fit. It is well-known that depending on one’s body conditions, exercise during pregnancy can help reduce backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling; increases energy levels, improve mood, posture and promote muscle tone, strength, and endurance besides help in sleeping better.

Kalki Koechlin

Poorna Patel

Chhavi Hussein

 

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There are so many battles one fights. Double them up for a mother. Triple them up for a mother twice over. Because a mother fights so many battles for her kids too. There are some battles that you get help with. Like you take your husband’s help when sleep training your baby. You take your doctor’s help when you’re struggling with an illness. You go to your best friend when you need a shoulder to cry on. You call your mom when you need advise on weaning your baby. But there are a few battles you fight alone. Fitness is one such battle. In fact it helps to go hit the gym alone. It’s good to not compare yourself with anyone. It’s great to not look at what others are doing and find your own comfort zone. It’s awesome to go at a time that is convenient to you, when all other responsibilities are on pause mode (read baby fed and asleep). That is when you start fighting this battle. Alone. Competing with yourself. Taking each rep as it comes, and then doing one extra. This is me 6 months postpartum. While I have achieved a flat stomach with a lot of hardwork and perseverance… The surgery, the foot fracture and the double slipdiscs are some battles I continue to fight everyday. * Postpartum fitness videos starting from next week on my channel. Please subscribe on the link in bio. #postpartumfitness * PC: @fitmom_calisthenics_ ______________________

A post shared by Chhavi Mittal (@chhavihussein) on Nov 10, 2019 at 10:11pm PST

Gymming

Gymming workouts haven’t gone out of fashion. From lifting weights to strength training, a dedicated gym workout has benefits you can’t say no to. From improving the mood to meeting your fitness goals and take up new challenges, a good gym session led by a trainer is a great way to work-life balance.

Suraj Pancholi

 

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No Straps 🤛🏼 All the way up! 🙌🏽 #deadlift @rajivsingh.sr @health_xp

A post shared by Sooraj Pancholi (@soorajpancholi) on Nov 19, 2019 at 12:15am PST

Ameesha Patel

 

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Gym time .. my happy place .. @klinton81 @unitedstrength 💖💖

A post shared by Ameesha Patel (@ameeshapatel9) on Dec 6, 2019 at 11:14pm PST

Katrina Kaif

 

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A post shared by Katrina Kaif (@katrinakaif) on Dec 4, 2019 at 5:09am PST

Gauahar Khan

 

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A post shared by Katrina Kaif (@katrinakaif) on Dec 4, 2019 at 5:09am PST

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Tiger Shroff

 

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A post shared by Tiger Shroff (@tigerjackieshroff) on Aug 17, 2019 at 10:25pm PDT

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