Sport as a workout
I do a lot of working out on the basketball court itself. The court is a great surface to run laps on. I make it a point to run the length of the court before I start cardio workouts. Shooting drills are an excellent way of developing muscle strength and stamina. When I play five-on-five games, I get a complete body workout – it is both cardio and resistance training. For people who find the gym boring, playing a sport can be a great workout.
In the gym
During the NBA season, I work out in the gym at least five times a week, usually twice a day. I rest on weekends because it is important to let your body heal. For cardio, I prefer the elliptical, the treadmill and the stairmaster. I do a lot of ab exercises to maintain a strong core because your core is the most important part of your body.
Training in the off-season
During the off-season, the focus is on maintaining my level of fitness. I hit the gym for a few hours every day, but spend most of my time practising on the court and playing five on five. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I get in the weight-room before a few hours of shooting practice on the court. Tuesdays and Thursdays are set aside for just basketball.
Healthy meals and happy meals
I try to follow a strict diet. I eat oatmeal or cereal for breakfast and a sandwich for lunch. Later in the day, I stick to healthy carbs, such as pasta, and protein sources, such as chicken and egg whites. Sometimes, I eat stuff I should not be eating, such as junk food from McDonald’s. These cheat days happen quite often. The older I get, the better I will have to eat. But, I am still young (25), so I can eat unhealthy food every now and then.
Dealing with injuries
As a professional sportsman, you are going to get some injuries, but you can reduce the number and extent of the injuries you have by taking care of your body. This summer, I have started doing yoga, which will improve my flexibility and, hopefully, help keep injuries at bay.
Photography by Rohit Gupta