In an exclusive blog by Huffington Post India, Milind Soman opened up about his recent triathlon experience and what got him there in the first place. This is what he had to say in a nutshell.
The actor and model had never heard of the sporting event until he was approached by a friend who was organizing it in Ahmedabad. She offered to train him, even though the rules related to running and swimming were nothing new to him. His new challenge? Cycling, which he admits is still quite uncomfortable for him.
With limited time per week and only two and a half months to train, Soman pulled it off, like he always has. Fitness has always been nothing but liberating.
He took part in the triathlon to mark his 50th birthday and lucky for him, he reached a new fitness goal despite facing several roadblocks along the way. The secret to his success – focusing physical, mental, emotional, spiritual energies so they may come together in one being to forget the pain.
Soman’s journey to fitness (and his career) began with swimming, when he won at several meets with the unending support from his family till the age of 23. He would train 3 to 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.
If you’re wondering how he got that sexy body in the “Made in India” video, it was all thanks to swimming. So go ahead people, hitting the pool is just as effective as hitting the gym.
Sadly, his foray into modelling and acting got him to become a chain smoker which was until the Mumbai Marathon came to his rescue.
In 2009, after five years of running the half marathon every year, he decided to enter the full marathon (42 kms) and completed it in 4 hours 50 minutes.
Since then, he has gone on to take part in events where he has run from Mumbai to Ahmedabad and from Delhi to Mumbai. One would imagine that it would have been easy for him, but actually it was hard and he had to focus his energies to pull himself through.
Milind Soman joined the organising committee of the Pinkathon which was a marathon exclusively for women in an effort to get more ladies interested in staying fit and healthy. It welcomed women from all walks of life and they could wear whatever they wanted – professional gear, sarees, salwars or burkhas.
It was high time women were given an opportunity to get exercise despite several cultural reasons pulling them back.
“I personally don’t like being told what to do and I imagine that is how it must be for others. But when I run or swim or cycle and if it gets some attention and draws other people into it, it makes me very happy,” he writes in Huff Post’s blog.
If our diet also affects our fitness regime, what does this sex-god eat?
Well, everything except refined sugar. He tries to limit his meat intake while he eats all foods in moderation. “We Maharashtrians eat a lot of ghee and butter. And I love the taste of ghee and I practically have it with every meal.”
Milind’s advice to those who would like to starting running and keeping fit?
Slow and steady wins the race. Never overwork yourself but focus on your goals and what you would like to achieve while responding to your body.