Boss Woman: Mithali Raj

Let’s learn it from cricketer Mithali Raj on what's her secret for holistic wellbeing
By Charu Sharma

Captain of the Indian women's cricket team, Mithali Raj is an inspiration, to say the least. In a rendezvous with the sportswoman, we discovered her way with wellness, health and happiness. Here's what she had to say:

Wellness is being organised

I plan my day well in advance. I believe that having an organised day is of paramount importance. When you are organised, it gives you contentment and peace, which naturally brings a lot of happiness into your life.

I do a balance of cardio and strength training to keep fit

I am 34 years old and have had a long career. Over the years, I have suffered injuries that have become chronic. So, it is imperative for me to do certain exercises everyday to maintain my levels of fitness. I have a balance of cardio and strength training in my workout. For me, strength training is very important as it gives me sustenance on the ground. It also gives my muscles a lean look. I can’t go to the gym everyday because it tires the muscles; I run on days when I don’t hit the gym.

Eating on time is very important

I am a sportsperson, so I stay away from aerated drinks, fried food and too many sweets. My meals are all about grilled food, vegetables salads and nuts – I eat more proteins and less of carbohydrates. Eating on time is very important for me. I make sure that I finish dinner early because I have early morning training sessions and can’t get much done with a heavy stomach.

Yoga makes me feel light

Yoga helps me stretch my stressed out muscles and gives me more flexibility. When you are playing back-to-back games and don’t have enough time to recover, yoga is a great way to relax and revive tired muscles. The asanas and breathing techniques help remove the clutter from the system and make me feel light.

I love oil massages

I am not regular at spas and love to indulge only after a long and intense tour. My favourite is a vigorous oil massage.