In today’s world, people have access to many fitness coaches who help them build a good physique or lose weight. One such health coach is Simranjit Singh. He helps solve problems and focuses on making people feel good. Certainly, if a person doesn’t feel good, there is no point in having a good physique or lighter weight.
Simranjit Singh is a health coach, squash athlete, counseling psychologist, and mental game professional. Simranjit Singh is in conversation with Icy Tales in guiding people to stay fit and healthy.
In Conversation with Simranjit Singh
Q) According to you, what is the most important thing people should be cautious about in maintaining good health?
Simranjit Singh – If health is concerned here, the basic is routine. Whatever we do throughout our day should be consistent. If you are doing exercises on day one, and you are eating another day, and then you fall back to junk food, then it won’t work. Hence consistency matters the most here, like if you start exercising, you should do it daily.
Q) According to you, what balanced diet should people maintain to be fit?
Simranjit Singh – In terms of a balanced diet, there are two ways to think about it in the present time. One is that we are eating a lot of processed food. The natural the food is, the better for us. And if you want to go into a little more detail about it, I would say that we lack a bit of protein in our diet. As Indians, we eat a lot more rice and roti. They aren’t bad, but there needs to be an increase in protein somewhere else in the diet.
Q) What is your fitness regime? What are the things you do to keep yourself fit and healthy?
Simranjit Singh – I try and get working out at any time of the day. Usually, I get it done by the morning itself. I take an hour to finish my exercises and focus on what I am consuming for the rest of the day. I don’t think the entire day about what I have to eat, but I try to eat mainly natural foods. That doesn’t mean I don’t eat junk food; I do.
Q) You being a squash athlete yourself, how important do you think that everyone should involve in constant sports?
Simranjit Singh – This is a huge issue in our society. We do focus on sports, but we cannot continue that after a certain level. There is a sort of stigma that is gradually going away from society. The stigma is on adults playing sports. People are more focused on the office and housework than playing any sports because that is more accepted.
Q) People have made a perception that if your coach doesn’t have a particular type of body, they aren’t considered for counseling in comparison to someone who has six-packs. How do you wish to break this stereotype?
Simranjit Singh – People consider the aesthetics and looking good to be fit. If any actor comes with a good body, he is considered fit. It can be quite the opposite. You are looking well, but and you can’t sit down, so there is no benefit of looking good in terms of being good.
There is something different in aesthetics, and it is different in working efficiently in your daily life. I try to break this thing by educating people. Whoever is working with me, I educate them to the fullest, so I would believe that with whoever I have worked with, athletes or any members of my gym, they have slowly formed their present mass.
A coach doesn’t need to have six-pack abs, but you should be healthy-looking. If you are doing everything right, exercising properly either in the gym or anywhere else, eating natural foods, least unprocessed food, going out in the sun, hydrating yourself, you are still working healthily, and you will be able to maintain a good healthy lifestyle. It will also reflect on the outer part of yours. How much you try to work on your inside will show it on your outside, and that is how people will perceive you as a good coach.
Q) You are known as a mental game professional. Could you elaborate on this?
Simranjit Singh – Mental game professional means I am practicing sports psychology, which is about athletes. Any athlete of sports, people who do business, training, where they are in the pressure situation, how you act, and how you bring that into your emotion, all of that sort, comes under mental coaching.
I work with athletes of different sports. I am working with a tennis player, one squash player, and I have seen one common thing that people lack the confidence to show their performance on the main stage. Then I work on what they do every day, how they can bring it to their competition.
Q) What does ‘healthy’ look like for you? What are some specific health goals people should achieve according to you?
Simranjit Singh – If you are achieving all the following criteria, then consider yourself healthy. First, a bit of movement in a day is important, not necessarily exercise, but if you are playing outside, hydrating yourself properly, eating natural foods, going out in the Sun, these are the four basic things I would love to see a person do, then I’ll consider them healthy. Even if people consider you overweight, if you perform these things, you are moving towards being a much more healthy individual.
I would like to see people move more towards feeling better in terms of health goals. Some people have the criteria to look better and say that they want to get strong, but I haven’t seen a person who has come to the gym and said he wants to feel better.
People usually go to doctors and say that they are not feeling good, but I would rather see them come to the gym. If anyone doesn’t feel good about themselves, they can feel good by gym sessions. I do the work of calling my clients, and I ask them every day about the same. If they want to lose weight, and if they are feeling good as well or not. If people don’t feel well, there is no point in being lighter weight.
Q) What has been the most remarkable thing happened to you in your journey so far?
Simranjit Singh – One which strikes my mind first is when I was allowed to coach, so I played squash, and I used to do works that made me stronger. And I was allowed to do an internship in the gym to learn how to coach, and then from there, I started understanding how to do it by talking to people. That was the basics of coaching, and understanding how people move, anatomy, etc. Once I finished three-four months of that internship, I got a certification. I started liking it so much; it was minimal, but it led me to the coaching.
Simranjit Singh has plenty of theoretical and practical knowledge on keeping himself fit, as what are the things to be done to lead a healthy life. If anyone faces any fitness maladies, Simranjit Singh is an absolute guide to them.