Finding an inseparable connect with fitness from quite an early stage in life, model-turned-actor-turned- entrepreneur, Dino Morea has given Mumbai a luxury which has transformed the way the city looks at fitness: DM Fitness-a concept of open gyms on the streets of Mumbai, which is free for all. With the launch of the first station last year, the count has now reached 14. Walking off the beaten path, while trying to make fitness reach the grass- root levels, this initiative by Morea has picked up pace in terms of expansion, not only in Mumbai, but also across the country. "The Get Fit Mumbai initiative needs another 100 fitness stations in this city alone. But, I am also in the process of planning a Get Fit Ahmedabad and Get Fit Kashmir. The ultimate target is to take this initiative
to every city of the country," says Morea.
Running through the streets of Mumbai while rerunning the memory of his travel to international destinations, witnessing their innumerable outdoor fitness facilities, is what made him conceptualise DM Fitness. "I realised that besides running, there was nothing else that one could do to get fit. There was no facility of any kind to perform any exercise routine on the streets," he says. Revolutionising the Indian fitness scene on every level, DM Fitness is here to stay and intends to increase its awareness among its clientele more and more detailed. "To see kids working out at these stations, is more than an assurance and an outstanding feeling that everyone is willing to adopt fitness and its various forms into their lifestyle," says Morea. Apart from taking the usual expansion route, he is also keen on encouraging fitness competitions within and outside the country through this format. "This is the only way we can get India on the international fitness map," he adds.
Fitness to me is a way of life, and not just a six-pack fixation. It's truly more wholesome as it changes your entire being, thought, confidence and outlook towards life. Given our access to the vast amount of information available at the click of a button, it has become more detailed with time. However, doing a lot of basic stuff, like functional and body resistance agility training can prove to be effective. But training all the body parts is paramount to having a proportionate body.
On the biggest fitness challenge faced by Indian men
Fitness in our country needs to be encouraged from an early age. It's often neglected as it's not considered important by many. Lack of physical education and facilities is a critical cause. And, even on giving it a thought, many start and try to build their bodies in a hurry, often injuring themselves. Some attempt quick fixes using strange supplements and have far more serious complications. Though, the challenges are many, all can be addressed by taking initiatives
at an early stage.
On energy levels changing with age
Energy levels do change as you get older. For instance when I was 18-19, I could play a 90- minute game and go to the gym, workout and still be fine the next day. At 26-27, the next day wasn't exactly the same. But at 38-39, if you're fit, just completing a 90-minute game is more than enough. The healing process definitely slows down as you age. To keep yourself energetic, a good, quick workout and a great diet can work well to boost your metabolism.
On the right fuel
If a person is trying to achieve a certain body type, then not just a diet, but an equally effective routine is the way forward. Diets shouldn't be misconstrued as starving yourself. Diets are good, as long as they don't shock your body suddenly. You need to ease yourself into one, while not falling prey to quick fixes. Remember, everything in moderation is good.
On failures and accompanying pressures
Failures are a part and parcel of the journey. However, you just have to take them in your stride, learn from them, get back up and start again. I have had some fantastic highs, and equally devastating lows; they definitely make you stronger and wiser. Just don't give up.
The hardest thing is always being ahead of the game; it's possible, but hard. However, competition is great, as it always makes one want to shine brighter. It just makes you go the extra mile and do a lot more to outdo yourself. The trick is to always take it in great spirit and push yourself enough, and not limit your avenues.
Grooming for men is more than necessary. Personal hygiene and a neat look, all add up to your confidence and personality. The usual habits like keeping clean, smelling good, wearing fresh, clean clothes-should all form a comprehensive part of your well-groomed personality.
Style to me is something basic, yet smart. It is important to create your own statement that people recognise instantly; maybe the way you wear your clothes, or even a particular personality trait. Your own individual style helps you stand out from the crowd. Looking at the latest trends in the rest of the world, in terms of fashion, just helps you be more aware and stay ahead of the game.