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Mary Kom the most promising Indian female boxer

17 October 2011 No Comment

The secret of Mary’s success, is in maintaining her body weight at 47 kgs. This petite puligist, who is also a mother of two, is a recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. In a heart-to-heart conversation with us, Mary Kom revealed some of her fitness secrets and what keeps this mother of two going.

Here are the excerpts from the interview.

On health:

I would define health as soundness, well being and good condition of the physique. Health is very important for me because it holds my strength, fitness and my professional life. And for me, it is a joy to be fit and fine.

On physical fitness:

I keep my physical fitness in check through a systematic and regular exercise routine. My daily routine consists of running early in the morning, skipping and punching and kicking the bag for ½ hour each. For my overall physical fitness, I concentrate on all areas of my body. To sharpen my skills I do a bout of sparring or ‘practice fighting’, which is one of the most important training methods in boxing.

On diet and nutrition:

I take proper nutrition and balance my diet. I do not indulge in much of spicy foods. Light snacks before practice/exercise and a healthy breakfast after practice is what my daily dietary routine consists of. Lunch at 1-2 pm and dinner at 8-9 pm is what I stick to. I drink lots of juice in order to avoid dehydration. And a glass of milk before going to bed is like a habit for me.

On mental fitness:

A boxing match has four rounds, each lasting for two minutes with a 60-second break in between. It is then that sound mental fitness is a must. Mental fitness is a very important aspect of any game, especially boxing. One cannot proceed ahead without mental soundness. I do a lot of brain-eye coordination exercises in order to keep my opponent in place and act fast.

On other sports:

I just fully concentrate only on boxing and have no time to opt for other sports activities. But once or twice a month I play football, volleyball, handball just for leisure. I usually train 2-3hrs in the morning as well as in the evening.

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