My priority would be to guide, educate and train people to maintain good health–Physically, mentally and spiritually by adopting sports
Fitness Expert Mohali
Our readers would like to know about your educational background, qualifications and consequent achievements?
I did my Bachelor’s of management and information technology from Punjabi university, Patiala. Thereafter, I did diploma in Animation from Zee studios, Mumbai. After that, I worked as a compositor with Prime focus ltd, Mumbai for 2 years. Then, for further studies, I went to England from where I did my MBA in Human Resources from University of wales, Cardiff. I am a certified yoga trainer and a sports nutritionist.
Please tell us about your achievements as a sportsperson you feel proud of?
I have finished around 25 official half marathons in India where I got podium positions in about dozen events.
During my long-distance cycling series events which is called BRM (Brevet de Randonneurs Mondiaux) I completed 200 kms in 8hrs 50 mins , 300 kms in 12hrs 57 mins and 400 kms in 17 hrs 46 mins. I could not complete 600 kms due to an accident after 208 kms and had to abandon it.
Moreover, I actively organized many running/fitness awareness events across Punjab.
What were the reasons you wanted to be a sports nutritionist for your professional career?
During my corporate desk jobs, I faced a few physical and mental health issues, due to which I preferred to engage more into active life-style and adopted running and cycling as a health-conscious activity and gave full attention towards nutrition. Now to maintain harmony in physical exercise and nutrition, I became a nutritionist professionally which actually gives meaning to my living and health.
Who inspired you the most in your life?
My father (Late S.Harnek Singh) who retired as headmaster of a School, inspired me the most in my life. He was a dedicated guide, teacher, disciplinarian and an educationist. He inculcated in me, the qualities of never give up, hard labor, humility and practice of gratitude. I always try my best to be true to his expectations from me.
We see in our society most of the people ignore their mental health specially women, what was your experience during your various campaigns. What is your message for them?
During this century, we see that women have changed from house-wives to be earning partners and there is a lot of competition in every field raising mental problems for them. We need to address this menace in the society. So, it’s a need of an hour to educate or can say motivate them that they may not make it a stigma to discuss their mental health problems, rather solve these at an early stage.
What are the common symptoms of mental health issues to be diagnosed?
Most common symptoms of mental health are sleeplessness or excessive sleep, constant feelings or worry, anxiety, mood swings, changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite and withdrawal from society.
In the present scenario of modern life style all age groups are suffering from depression and anxiety. What are the basic reasons for this?
I feel everyone is in the race of an unhealthy competition or comparison which is fueled by social media and lack of bonding and lack of time for each other in families. Fast paced lifestyle causes anxiety and Moreover, less practice of gratitude and acceptance.
Which was the toughest challenge you faced in half marathon/ running?
For me the toughest challenge was running in the Kasauli Hills, H.P, there was a sharp knee jerking decline which kept me on alert mode, during first half and an elevation on return which needs lots of practice and stamina. I felt breathless and decided to practice more for next year.
What is the importance of cycling in your sports career and fitness?
Cycling has become an integral part of my fitness journey. Just before Covid, I had a foot injury and my doctor suggested to start cycling for recovery, here not only my foot got better, I also embarked on journey to explore my passion for long distance endurance cycling with rides ranging from 200kms to 300kms to 400kms.
What message would you like to convey to the youth for cycling. Most of the youth want to use air- conditioned gyms for their fitness?
Cycling is a good muscle workout which uses all of the major muscle groups and also it is a low impact exercise, causes less strain and injuries. Moreover, cycling has its own soul relieving benefits for mental health. Where people can connect with nature as it is an outdoor activity. Gym also has its own benefits and may be used during harsh weather.
You are a renowned motivational speaker. What are the must have qualities of a successful motivational speaker?
I would say a motivational speaker must speak from his/her self-experience and must be well read about the topic he/ she is speaking on. Must be passionate, optimistic and empathetic which means highly relatable with the audience and touches the lives of the people more authentically.
What are your priorities for social work in the field of health and wellness?
My priority would be to guide, educate and train the people to maintain good health – Physically, mentally and spiritually by adopting sports, and to guide them about necessary nutritional formulas and combinations of food. Thus, making a complete balance between an exercise and nutrition.
How people can reach you for their health issues, counseling for their fitness?
I am very active on Instagram @kulpreet_brar and Facebook @Kulpreet Brar and I am also working on my website namely- fitwithKB with detailed workout and diet customized plans. People may contact through DM’s on these platforms.
Which is your favorite quote?
“When Life is good
When Life is bad,