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Fitness first: OYO CEO Aditya Ghosh exercises 5-6 times a week, focuses on strength training & cardio

Ghosh says that working out more helps him eat more.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Apr 18, 2019, 11.32 AM IST
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Aditya Ghosh is both a foodie and fitness freak.
Aditya Ghosh, CEO, India & South Asia, OYO, on how lifting weights helps him focus and connect body and mind.

“It’s important to bring a healthy curiosity, discipline and focus to everything you do, otherwise you risk jeopardising what you’re working for — whether it’s strength training or achieving a sales target. When I’m distracted or wound up, I let people know my state of mind, so they know what to expect. It’s important to acknowledge when you’re distracted or tired or when you want to simply unwind over a movie. It makes us human. On other days, I’ve realised a good walk or talking to someone about what they are up to can do wonders to clear your head. While dealing with a setback, one must view it as temporary and gauge the extent of the problem. I feel that compartmentalising things in my mind and defining clear borders help in maintaining clarity."

“Finding and creating reasons to live, laugh and love fills the soul with joy. Children that way are great and teach us to just ‘be yourself’. There’s always something to learn from everyone. I try to look for the silver lining to see if I can be a better version of myself and learn something from people that I meet. We must compete with ourselves alone and [try to] be a bit better than what we were yesterday.”

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Aditya Ghosh is both a foodie and fitness freak.

“I start early, between 4.30 am and 5.30 am. I try to work out five to six days a week. It’s mostly strength training with a combination of different exercises like cardio. The way some people meditate or listen to music or go watch a movie to unwind, my workout does that for me. For instance, when you’re swimming for a long time alone, it forces you to connect with your mind and body. Likewise, when you are lifting weights that are nearly double your weight, the slightest distraction could leave you paralysed for life. Exercise is my anchor and a source of strength to take on the challenges and opportunities of the day. Since I am lifting heavy weights, I seem to be always hungry. But I am very conscious about what I eat. I carry my own food. I try to eat at the right time, even if it’s in the middle of a meeting. My meals and the proportion of carbs and proteins changes depending on the kind of training I am undergoing for that particular week. My palate is diverse, and I am big on taste and preparation. In that sense, I am a big foodie and actually exercise more so I can eat more.”
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