Year In Review: 10 Fitness and Wellness Icons of 2020

Saloni Dhruv
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Year In Review: 10 Fitness and Wellness Icons of 2020
Year In Review: 10 Fitness and Wellness Icons of 2020

2020 has been a difficult year in many ways, especially when it came to being fit and healthy. Working from home and sitting on the desk for longer periods of time has disrupted our health goals of the year. And as the year came closer to an end, it made his rethink and re-evaluate our lifestyle choices before anyone had even heard of Coronavirus.

“Sitting is the new smoking.” Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar had once mentioned in one of her books. But with the lockdown on and nowhere to go, how do you get motivated to get your butt off that chair or the couch?

Enter celebrity influencers. These actors and actresses have redefined ways to remain fit, healthy and strong, all of which can be done from the comforts of your home.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra

At 45, Shilpa Shetty Kundra is one of the fittest actresses in Bollywood right now and her Instagram account reflects that.

From guided yoga routine to sharing recipes of healthy meals, this actress has become an influencer in its literal meaning, something that many aspire to be.

Milind Soman

If there is one person who would prove that you don’t need a gym or fancy shoes to stay fit and healthy, then it’s Milind Soman.

From running barefoot and doing pull ups from a tree, this model-turned-actor-turned-fitness god has wowed everyone, including the Narendra Modi, the PM of India, with his workout routines.

His Instagram not only features him, but also his wife and mother, who prove that anyone can get fit at any age without a fancy gym membership.

Malaika Arora

There is no denying that this ‘Munni’ has the best body in the business. As the owner of Diva Yoga studio, Malaika is as much a promoter of yoga as she is of pilates.

During lockdown, this multi hyphenated diva shared some of her beauty secrets, which ranged from how to get luscious locks like hers to how to maintain that flawless looking skin, all of which are home remedies, the ingredients of which are easily available in your kitchen.

Anil Kapoor

From running to skipping, at 63, Anil Kapoor looks like he never had to deal with ‘dad bod’. While many of us may have been unmotivated to do any form of exercise, Mr. India took this opportunity to challenge himself and get fitter and faster.

And might we say that he looks younger than even his own son Harshvardhan and son-in-law Anand Ahuja.

Kareena Kapoor Khan

We’ve always seen Bebo as Po in real life — sassy and glamourous. But when the actress made her social media debut of Instagram during the lockdown, she showed another side of her personality — minimal and pure.

Her makeup-free selfies in those stunning kaftans have garnered millions of likes, not just from her fans, but also industry people. It’s a refreshing change from the usual decked up avatars of stars that we see on screen, giving a valuable lesson of self love and self care, that it’s okay to just let your skin breathe and be yourself, afterall, wasn’t it Kareena who proudly said ‘main apni favourite hoon’?

Tiger Shroff

How can we talk about fitness and not have Tiger Shroff on the list? This ‘Student’ is one of the most fittest and active people in Bollywood right now. He can do backflips, he can throw punches, he does martial arts and he can dance.

With his smoldering looks and big muscles, this kind hearted, polite star kid has more than 27 million fans who adore him. It’s no wonder that Tiger is an inspiration, not just for people his age, but also youngsters, teenagers and kids.

Preity Zinta

If you are feeling too lazy to workout, then just pop in on Preity Zinta’s social media account for some fitness motivation.

From ‘You don’t get a good butt by sitting on it’ to ‘Everyday is a new day and a new hustle for some muscle’, her workout videos will get you up and moving.

Vidyut Jammwal

#ITrainLikeVidyutJammwal #BottlePushups#AbYehKarkeDekhao

You read those hashtags right, bottle pushups. Not only does it look impossible, Vidyut made sure that he inspired others to do the same and send him their videos. That’s the kind of influence this ‘Commando’ has on the youth.

His Instagram, which features his ripped body and toned muscles, show that by being persistent and consistent with your workouts, you can be stronger than you’ve ever imagined.

He even created this ‘animal workout’ inspired by your favourite animal.

Alaya F

Despite just being one movie old, the young actress has already amassed almost 900k worth of fan following on Instagram. That doesn’t come as a surprise as the actress shows what she does to remain fit during the lockdown — she dances.

Her dance videos are the perfect setting to just get up from your desk and move your body. From attempting to do a handstand to acing the pushup challenge, the actress has shown little steps you can take at home for your body.

Karan Singh Grover

“Stop lifting the whole house.” That’s the comment Bipasha Basu left on her husband Karan Singh Grover’s Instagram post. But then how else do you workout at home without weights and bars? Grover has shown that you can maintain your muscles by just substituting your gym equipments with things in your house, like your couch.

Karan’s Instagram account is a treasure trove for anyone who wants to get ripped without doing the same old boring workouts, a lot of which involves hanging to work on the core and getting those uncountable amount of abs.