Balancing Fitness and Blogging: Priya’s Life in Mumbai

A fitness trainer in a pink sports bra and black leggings walks confidently down a narrow, urban street with closed shop fronts.

“I’m Priya, 29 years old and living in Mumbai. My days are split between training clients at the gym and managing my own fitness blog. Fitness is my passion, and I believe in leading by example. I wake up at 5 AM every day, starting with a session of yoga on my balcony overlooking the bustling city. Then it’s a protein-packed breakfast—usually a spinach and mushroom omelette with a side of avocado toast. The rest of my day is a mix of personal training sessions, creating workout videos, and sometimes squeezing in my own workout. I always tell my clients that consistency is key and that every small step counts. My journey hasn’t been without its challenges. A few years ago, I was in a car accident that left me with a serious leg injury. The recovery was tough, but it taught me resilience and the importance of never giving up. Family is important to me. My parents live in Pune, and I visit them as often as I can. They’re supportive of my career, even though they were initially skeptical about me leaving a corporate job. My younger brother is studying engineering in Bangalore, and we catch up over video calls regularly. I try to make time for friends too; we often meet for a run at Marine Drive or for dinner at one of the city’s many fantastic restaurants. Now, I focus on clean eating but allow myself the occasional treat. For lunch, I usually have a quinoa salad with grilled chicken or a hearty bowl of dal and rice. Mumbai’s street food is tempting, but I try to resist, though I do indulge in a vada pav every now and then. It’s all about balance. Evenings are for winding down with a light dinner, often a soup or a grilled fish with vegetables. I love exploring new recipes and incorporating them into my diet. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with making healthy versions of traditional Indian dishes. My favorite? A light and flavorful vegetable biryani that I make with brown rice and lots of fresh vegetables. It’s a hit with my friends and family. Looking ahead, I hope to expand my fitness brand, perhaps even open my own gym. I want to inspire more people to lead healthy lives and realize that fitness is not just about looking good, but feeling good. My favorite local dish? It’s got to be pav bhaji, but I make a healthier version at home, using whole wheat buns and adding lots of veggies to the mix.”

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