Jacqueline Fernandes: 'Dance helps me stay fit'

By Hindustan Times

NEW DELHI, Nov. 11 -- Former Sri Lankan beauty queen turned-actor Jacqueline Fernandes was athletic as a teenager but realised the importance of a good body when she went for the Miss Universe contest.

For Jacqueline fitness means eating right. She says, "Fitness is not just about looking good but maintaining optimal levels of energy. It's important that you eat the right food in the right quantity." In her quest for an ideal body, Jacqueline upped her protein intake and workouts (an extra class or extra 45 minutes of ab exercises or cardio) and focused on healthy, equal and well-balanced meals.

"Cheese and dry fruits are my indulgences since I'm not a chocolate or dessert person," she smiles. Jacqueline doesn't agree with the popular notion that trainers need to be hard task masters. She believes that they should be on the same page as you and be vey supportive.

"They need to take you along and keep you on track," she opined. Although the actor loves working out, gym exercises are not for her. She's not a very gym person, instead she prefers outdoor workouts in fresh air. She enjoys doing yoga as it gives her positive vibes and energy.

"Yoga keeps me positive and I also dance to keep fit," she says, adding that it's important to wear workout gear that's comfortable, of good quality and suitable to the climate. "Shoes are important too as the wrong footwear can cause injuries."

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