Friday, September 14, 2007



Every time I see the picture of a model on the cover page of a magazine, I wonder she has such a svelte figure. Is she gifted with such a figure? Or how much does she have to work out to keep her figure in shape? Or may be she has had some surgery done to get that kind of a figure? Several questions shroud my mind in this regard. As I tried to discover more about these models, I understood that fitness is a vital part of their life.

What is fitness? Fitness is not about being thin, having a small waist, or having bulging muscles. It is a combination of qualities that enable us to be at our full potential in performing vigorous physical activities. It is the ability of our body to perform physical activity without any stress. There are two aspects to being fit- one is being physically fit by working out and the other is to follow a healthy diet. Modeling is a career which requires people to be on their toes all the time. Models need to have great skin, toned muscles, and svelte figures. It is indeed a mammoth task for models to maintain their figure. And these days’ people try various things from cosmetic surgery to fad diets just to keep fit and look sexy. How important is it for them to keep fit? “Fitness is important for all, but especially important for models. It is very important for them to follow a healthy diet and a good exercise regime. They should renew their exercise regime every 3 weeks as it takes 3 weeks for their body to get used to a certain kind of exercise” says Divya Ramprasad, an ex Miss India finalist and currently a fitness trainer at Fitness one, Alwarpet.

“Personally I feel fitness is very important for any man or woman. For a model too it is equally or more important to be fit since they are in a profession of 'looking good'. 'Looking good' is all about confidence. So if you feel fit you feel beautiful! Having the right weight for your height and a toned body is also essential
for a model to carry herself well in any kind of clothes” says Sruti Hari, a model and film maker. To have these sexy figures on one hand where these models have rigorous work out schedules, on the other hand they also have to take care of their diet. It is important to follow a healthy diet. But these days many models are following fad diets. A fad diet is anything that promises dramatic results. It could be at the atkins diet, the south beach diet, eat right for your blood type diet and the likes. But these can be dangerous to the heath. Cutting down on carbs totally is not good, going on a complete soya diet is equally bad. So it is very important for these models to follow a healthy diet which is right combination of proteins and carbohydrates in order to keep fit.

Modeling is indeed a very challenging career. “Models are not just brand ambassadors, but also role models for the public. The public are influenced more by the models than by the products. So it is very important they keep themselves fit and look good” says Dr Sheela Viswanath, a microbiologist who has been a model and won the Mrs Chennai contest a few years ago.

The secret behind those svelte sexy figures of models who grace the cover pages of magazines is indeed a strict fitness regime combined with a healthy diet.

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