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STARTRACK Despite a hectic schedule, DJ Aqeel makes sure that his health never takes a backseat

DJ Aqeelis back with his new album “Forever 2”
DJ Aqeelis back with his new album “Forever 2”

For a deejay, singer and composer like Aqeel, who is always on the move, it’s imperative to maintain good health. His profession, he says, in fact, calls for holistic well-being.

So even in a jam packed routine, DJ Aqeel makes sure to take some time out for himself. “Running is the best way to burn your calories and I run a lot,” says the celebrated Mumbai-based DJ, adding that not only running but other cardio exercises like walking and swimming also do wonders to one’s health and time and again he includes them in his regimen.

The musician and businessman — he also has his own clubs in plush five star hotels in Delhi and Mumbai — was in the Capital to promote his new album Forever 2 (Universal Music). DJ Aqeel rose in popularity with “Shake it daddy mix” in 2000 followed by the remix of “Tu hai wahi”.

Aqeel is also averse to fried food and is particular about his diet. He says his diet can be called a balanced one and since time also matters, he makes it a point to have food at right time. For instance, he avoids taking meals after 8 p.m.

But with all that travelling and night parties, which are an integral part of his professional life, to what extent can one be particular about a balanced diet and the timing? Junk food, finger food must be coming in handy. “I travel a lot, I take almost 150 flights in a year, so when you travel so much with all your luggage in hand, you burn a lot of calories any way,” laughs Aqeel.

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