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Updated: January 17, 2014 18:36 IST

Fine fettle

ABIR AHMED
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Malaika Arora Khan
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Though blessed with a toned figure, regular yoga keeps Malaika Arora Khan physically and mentally fit

Malaika Arora Khan, one of the fittest mummies in Bollywood, is not actually the gym freak as perceived to be. She believes in a healthy lifestyle with a mix of workout and good diet. The diva credits her shapely body to her genes and is delighted to have them naturally. “I am glad the way my body looks.”

The secret behind the actor’s toned body is regular yoga which maintains her physical and mental fitness. “Yoga is important to me, despite a hectic schedule. It gives peace to my mind after having drained all my energy in work.”

She feels size zero theory is corrupt and leads to unhealthy practice. “Why can’t women stay the size they are. I don’t like those men and women who artificially go on looking what they are not. It’s just so unhealthy to be so thin and sleek.”

One of the judges in India's Got Talent Season 5, the actor maintains her glam quotient and is confident the way she always carries herself. “I have an average height and there are no camera tricks that plays with our image on the screen. The only magic that happens is with the heels. Thank God! We women are blessed with them. It doesn’t matter how you look or what size you are, it is important to feel confident about your personality.”

Malaika’s busy schedule can give anyone nightmares. Her involvement in her husband’s production company, judging shows on television and taking care of her kids leaves little time for self. She adds: “One hour workout is a must irrespective of your work commitments. If you aren’t fit, your efficiency will go down. Moreover, I don’t drink or smoke which is the most harmful to one’s health.”

As a mother, she advises Indian women to feel beautiful and take time out of their schedule. “I think every woman must learn to love herself, besides devoting all the time to the family. She should step out to the gym and give herself the freedom to shed the extra pounds.” Malaika believes children should be prevented from eating junk food. “Obviously you can’t stop them from having it but there should be a limit to it. When children grow up you can’t control their likes. So they should be moulded into a habit of eating healthy as well.”

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