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Interview: Akkineni Nagarjuna Talks About Fitness, Retirement

Akkineni Nagarjuna has turned 53 on August 29, but none can guess his age based on his physique. Especially, his looks in his recent films Love Story and Damarukam have left many in the industry with surprise. The Tollywood star says that the secret of his fitness is not a rigorous workout routine, but over two decades of regular exercise and pursuit of healthy day-to-day habits that include the synergy of body and mind.

In an interview to IANS, Nagarjuna spoke about his chiseled body and retirement. He said, "I don't believe in the concept of working out rigorously to pump muscles. It may be effective, but when you stop working out, it comes back to square one. I believe in long and consistent exercising which I have been doing religiously for nearly 25 years now."

The actor added, "I exercise six days a week for one hour in the morning. Besides regular exercising, one should also take care of his or her daily habits such as adequate sleep and drinking lots of water. Apart from that, I enjoy whatever I do. It helps me in having a sound mind which in turn helps me stay fit."

Recently, he flaunted six pack abs for his Telugu film Damarukam. He says he didn't have to diet to achieve his goal. The star said, "First of all, I never diet because I'm a foodie and that's why I own two restaurants. When I have to build a muscular body, I hit the gym and prepare myself, but that doesn't stop me from exercising regularly. I distribute 25 percent to diet (healthy eating habits), 25 percent to regular workout and 50 percent to daily habits."

Continue to read Nagarjuna's interview in the slideshow.

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