Exclusive Interview with Fitness Instructor: Dal Dhaliwal With Amrit
Punjab2000’s reporter Amrit Matharu caught up with UK’s leading British-Asian women in the fitness industry. Daljit Dhaliwal is the founder of Body Perfect Personal Training Studio which launched in 2011, writes fitness columns and has a fitness show, FitAsia on BritAsia TV.
Dal became interested in fitness after her second daughter was born. She initially started working out and exercising to lose the weight she had gained from pregnancy. She explains “that’s when I got hooked and my love for fitness grew. After having her third daughter she decided to work towards gaining qualifications and to train as an instructor.
“I love how exercise makes me feel and I enjoy keeping in shape. My three daughters keep me motivated and I enjoy being an active mum. Exercise helps me feel more energised and helps with coping with stress too.”
With the help of the interest expressed from the media, Dal uses these opportunities to create awareness of health and fitness to women in the Asian community. “I discovered there was a gap in the Asian market. There were no respected Asian role figures to help create health fitness awareness.I decided to connect with various key people in the media such as producers, editors. Opportunities with BritAsia TV opened numerous other doors in the media. My sole purpose with the support of the British Asian media is to create healthier, fitter, happier lifestyles among the Asian community.”
Dal wishes to encourage Asian women by being a positive role model, “If I can incorporate a healthy lifestyle so can they. I often answer questions live on radio and TV and am always happy to offer women encouragement via my social media too.”
Amrit asked Dal what motivates her to workout. Dal commented, “I love how exercise makes me feel and I enjoy keeping in shape. My three daughters keep me motivated and I enjoy being an active mum. Exercise helps me feel more energised and helps with coping with stress too”.
Dal works out six days a week including three early morning cardio sessions and five weight training sessions per week. Her 45 minute sessions are scheduled around her work commitments and she tells Amrit that she always keeps one day totally free for relaxation and recovery.
Amrit interviewed Dal about her tips for incorporating a healthy diet into your fitness regime. Dal recommends making small changes at first. For instance if you don’t drink enough water, you can start by introducing more water into your diet. Or it could be that you skip breakfast, then it’s recommended you start eating a healthy protein based breakfast.
“Introduce small changes gradually. Plan and prepare your food. Know exactly what you will be eating for the day. Then you are less likely to snack on the ‘bad’ foods when hunger hits you. Planning and preparing leaves less room for failure and more room for success!”