04 Nov To make anything sustainable, it will have to be fun – STOLT Interview with Vinita Ramtri
Vinita Ramtri has a day job at one of UK’s largest retail banks looking after transformations. She is also a writer having just published her first book on Amazon and she acts and models too. She is a single mother of 2 children, a London marathon 2017 finisher and it seems like the list just goes on and on.
We spoke to this multi-talented, multi-faceted woman about how she manages it all and it turns out that not only does she manage it all but she also enjoys every bit of it.
First, you’ve achieved a lot in many different areas of life. What makes you so successful in everything that you do?
I think it’s grit and just getting on with things that I believe in. If I put my head and my heart to something then that’s it, I’m going to do it. A lot of times, people might say ‘oh that’s not achievable or that’s hard or how many things are you going to do’ but I know that if I want to do something, I will do it. If you put in a little bit every day, you get a lot done.
Besides that, I’m also generally happy with the things that I choose to do. None of them are taking anything away from my life, they are all adding to my life. I’m not doing anything to tick a box. It’s all passion.
Also, I’m very disciplined. I’m especially very disciplined about my exercise, healthy diet and anything to do with fitness because if I don’t have a fit body, everything will get compromised. Because none of the activities can get done without you being present.
So how do you find the time to exercise with all these exciting things going on in your life? How does your weekly routine look like?
I fit my training in around my work and my children.
Monday to Friday I go to the office and we have a gym in the basement. I block out an hour in my diary, usually between 12 and 1pm, to go to the gym. Obviously, the job that I do is quite challenging and not everyone can work around my schedule but I try to go at least 4 days a week but the exact time of the day might vary. But I do try to prioritise my exercise and adjust my calendar accordingly because if I don’t do it, no one else will.
On the weekend, my son goes to football on Saturday and tennis on Sunday, so I get an hour both days to run around the football pitch or the court.
I understand it is easy to feel like you don’t have the time. But if I sometimes feel like I have to drop my normal exercise for 2 or 3 days, then I pick out a 10-minute ab workout which I do in the morning or I take the children to the park to play football in the evening so that I can run.
And what goes through your head when you’re running? How do you keep at it?
I usually plan for my work and for my children.
It’s also a very good time to unwind because you’re disconnected from devices. I usually don’t even listen to any music, I like the silence when I run. Soaking in the atmosphere and observing your surroundings. The rhythm comes from within so you don’t necessarily need the music.
And I don’t get bored, my brain is constantly working. Sometimes when training for a marathon and the runs get really long, I like to utilize the time I listen to podcasts, something linked to my work or leadership talks.
I’m mentally very strong. If I think it has to be done then I don’t contemplate. I don’t spend any energy thinking about if it’s hard or if it’s easy. It doesn’t matter. You just keep going.
Why is it that important to you to exercise regularly? What does it bring to your everyday?
If I didn’t exercise I would still be able to function but my energy levels might be different. That’s for sure.
Also, when you exercise your patterns change. When I work out, I’m eating lighter before and after the workout. And I don’t need an extra coffee after my work-out because I’m already energized. I have one coffee in the morning and that’s it. Also, you don’t want to waste that work-out by not being hydrated so I drink a lot more water. And I only drink hot water.
Exercising also affects your body confidence a lot. I do a lot of presentations and city events, and when I’m standing at a stage I can feel my core and the power and balance that comes from exercise. That makes a big difference.
Do you ever feel the need to unwind and recover? And what do you do then?
To be honest, I don’t feel the need to unwind so much. Primarily that is because I enjoy everything that I do. I’m not going to the gym as a punishment for example and I don’t need to take that one day off from exercise because I love it.
Of course, sometimes when I do unwind, I see my friends, go to the movies or have a nice dinner. I also travel with my children. We’ve been to Paris, Munich, Amsterdam and we are planning another trip now.
What advice would you give to other people who lead a busy lifestyle and find it hard to fit exercise and fitness in their daily routine?
My first advice would be to start small. Because a lot of people go overboard and they set unrealistic goals for themselves. And then they give up because they just get so fed up with it.
The key thing to make anything sustainable is that it has to be fun. You have to look forward to it. Otherwise, you are going to find an excuse.
The second thing is to recognize that you are not doing it for anyone else. You have to have the will to do it yourself. And if that will is not coming from your heart then maybe you need to leave it for another year and come back to it. But even if you are not enjoying it at some point, give it some more time so that you can see the benefits of doing it first. Over time, the possible inconvenience will become less than the benefit and when you reach that tipping point you will keep at it.
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