- In any sport, fitness is of great importance. Power, speed, stamina, energy levels and concentration matters. Not only physically an athlete is required to be fit mentally as well.
- To stay mentally fit, Punam emphasises on meditation.
- Along with all this, running between the wickets is equally important.
- Punam Raut, who is an icon, unravels her fitness secrets.
Speaking about fitness, Punam said, “In cricket, you have to be physically fit and energetic. Along with practice, exercise also carries importance. Your experience and fitness is vital. The fitness regimen changes as per the match.”
She added,” In fitness, endurance, hand-eye-coordination, potential and power have to be followed.”
As per Punam, all the players have to up their fitness levels.” While batting, fitness is pivotal. Once, Deepti and I played a record break innings. We had a 45 over partnership. So, spending long time on the crease requires a lot of patience. That time, our stamina, speed and fitness mattered a lot.”
Punam also practices yoga and meditation. She does pranayama in the morning and meditation at night. Before practice, she exercises. “Once, I was dropped from the team and I was difficult for me to bounce back in the team. So, many negative thoughts ran in my mind. During which, yoga and meditation helped. I used to do pranayama around 4:00 am to 6:00 am. Due to which my game improved.”
Speaking about her diet, she said: