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The Benefits of Exercise

The Benefits of Exercise

The medical literature tells us that the most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many more problems are through healthy diet and exercise. Our bodies have evolved to move, yet we now use the energy in oil instead of muscles to do our work.
-David Suzuki
There was a time in the Indian film industry when actors did not really need to be fit. They could be pot bellied and obese and still play a young hero. Many Indian actors, brilliant as they were in their craft, never really cared about their health or appearance and exercise never really figured in their scheme of things.
It was because of this that these actors never really fulfilled their true potential as actors.
A number of them in fact developed medical complications and died much before their time; some even in their prime. Among the actors of that generation some did understand the true benefit of exercising regularly. There have been examples of actors both in India and the West, who in spite of having a host of medical conditions, continued to rule at the box office by the sheer dint of their hard work, and regular exercise was often the cornerstone of that effort.
This not only lengthened their careers, but probably also extended their very life-spans. If one were to ask these stalwarts, about what they would attribute their continued success in both their careers and personal lives, despite being dogged by illnesses and injury to following a strict regimen of exercise for years. This would invariably involve them at getting up early in the morning and hitting the gym for a rigorous workout.
In India the whole 1990s brigade of actors introduced the fitness culture to not just the Indian movie industry, but to the youth of the country. These actors had in turn been heavily influenced by leading American action stars, with outstanding physiques- the result of long years of hard training in state of the art gyms.
There were of course stars in India with great bodies and excellent fitness levels, even earlier, but these were exceptions rather than the rule. That was possibly the reason why there were many more cases of actors falling seriously, or losing their youthful looks relatively early when compared with the stars of later generations.
But it was really the stars of the nineties who inspired millions of youngsters to start working out on their bodies. The news stars of the 1990’s and the early twenty first century elevated the whole fitness and body building phenomenon to a whole new level.
While most of these stars above would work out extensively in expensive gyms with the help of personal trainers, others had a more holistic system of exercise where they would combine martial arts training with exercise at home. Not everyone completely subscribed to the western methodology of body building and they just did not believe in taking shortcuts to success in body building. Real strength and not showing off mattered to them.
It’s not just the male actors who are super-fit these days. Their female counterparts are every bit as fit and go to great lengths to be that way. Some of them have has for long been an exponent of yoga with enviable fitness levels. Others spend many hours in the gym to keep their bodies in top shape.
Indian movies are the kind; that are total entertainers. This means that the actors should be able to dance and sing on the screen apart from being able to fight. That requires for them to be super fit to look convincing. Then there are the many endorsements that actors shoot for as also their overseas stage shows that need them to be both looking good and agile at all times.
The stakes are so high in terms of money, prestige, power and stardom that not being fit is not an option at all. Therefore it is imperative that youngsters who want to succeed as actors be prepared to spend long hours exercising, so as to just keep up with everybody else. To get ahead of everybody else and be amongst the top few is something that comes later and requires an even greater level of hard work, commitment and of course luck. In the meantime they would do well to focus on the necessary first step of exercising regularly.