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Behind every successful woman is herself

Mar 08 2019 • Written by Smriti Mishra

~ Smriti Jha


If you are looking for fitness motivation, you should read about these business industry female tycoons who are inspiring the world behind. Unlike the busy CEOs, MDs, company Founders, these women leaders are not just spending their weekends by relaxing and throwing parties; they are heading to gyms, practicing yoga and are quite active at marathons and all.


They are the real heroes who do not just want their workforce to be healthy and productive but, they also keep themselves fit and energetic. And, these financial and creative wizards work towards bringing out the best in them by doing so.


1.Indira Nooyi, former CEO of Pepsico


“They say sleep is a gift that God gives you, that’s one gift I was never given’’, says Indira.


Fitness mantra

Indira usually wakes up at 4 a.m and do meditate for 15-30 minutes.

90 minutes work out followed by a sauna and a healthy diet is a secret to keep her fitness a level up. She is known to start her office work by 7 am.

She claims that she never craved sleep. Every day, Indira goes to sleep early to feel energized on the next-day morning. Before going to bed, she clears her mind completely so that she can begin each and every day completely fresh.



2.Vinita Bali, Managing Director, Britannia Industries

“Staying healthy is about feeling good, eating right and exercising wise.”~ Vinita Bali



Fitness mantra


Her day typically starts with stretches and pranayama. She devotes 30 minutes in the gym almost every morning. Vinita loves playing squash or tennis over a weekend or whenever time permits.

She maintains a healthy balanced diet with a strict portion control without binging in between.



3. Ursula M. Burns, CEO, VEON

Own your power believes Ursula Burns!



Fitness mantra


She focuses on women who are trying to balance work and family.

She is a real iron lady who wakes up at 5:15 a.m., every morning- ready to conquer the world. Burns schedules an hour of personal training at 6 a.m. twice a week to drop sweat and to regain energy.




4. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chief Managing Director, Biocon Limited

“I am a water baby’’, says Kiran.


Fitness mantra


She believes in the restorative influence of water.

For Kiran, the workout is a daily ritual. Her workout schedule is a combination of swimming, yoga, and cardio for an hour. The work out time normally extends on weekdays.


She smacks on a healthy diet throughout the day to keep a check on her weight.



5. Nadia Chauhan Kurup, Joint Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer, Parle Agro

The birth of her first child led Nadia’s attention to her fitness regime.


Fitness mantra


Nadia hits the gym for kickboxing and weight-training. She prefers kickboxing over yoga to beat the blues.

She keeps a check on her calorie intake and, follows a balanced diet plan. Her other indulgences are swimming, horse-riding and running on the beach.



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