Junaid Nazir, a 31 year-old medical professional from Srinagar, works long hours to ensure citizens of Delhi get the lab tests they need to stay in shape. Aside from his laborious work schedule Junaid loves hitting the gym and has found that his fitness has helped him serve more people at work. Here’s a bit more about his amazing story…

Tell us a bit about your background…

Junaid Nazir, a 31 year-old medical professional from Srinagar

I come from a middle class family of five settled in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. My father is a Government Servant, while my mother manages all household tasks. After my graduation from Islamia College in Srinagar I got into the diagnostics industry, and started my career as a Marketing Executive at Thyrocare. I had to be flexible as it was my first job. I took on many tasks including providing clerical support to assist  interdepartmental communication, managing staff schedules and ensuring that the marketing function is being maintained. After Thyrocare, I joined Quest Diagnostics in a more senior capacity and was responsible for 5-6 software projects, meeting Quest’s business goals, evaluating budgets and deadlines and much more. For the past few years, I have been running my own business called Rapid Escort Healthcare.

What is your fitness routine like?

Lab Technician's Fitness Regime Helped Him Save More Lives During Covid-19

My fitness routine starts only in the evening around 7 PM. I go for a run for half an hour and then hit the gym, Aryans Fitness World in Malviya Nagar for about 45 minutes. I make sure to never miss out on my post workout meal of a banana with peanut butter. I try to keep my dinner light and ensure that I eat at least one hour before bed. As I am out on the road a lot, I ensure to carry water with me and drink at least 3 liters each day. 

How and when did you get into fitness?

Junaid - get into fitness

In 2015, after I had left Quest Diagnostics I started a new job at a fitness startup. That was the point I really got into fitness. “This could be great,” I told myself. I was always fascinated by the human body’s performance and decided to challenge myself to do something about it. When I went out with friends, I also realized that I was different and couldn’t enjoy eating some of the unhealthy foods my friends relished.

What role did you play during the Covid-19 pandemic?

During Covid-19 due to the overload at labs and testing centers, I personally decided to assist my collection staff and go from house-to-house collecting dozens of samples from affected people each day. I also matched samples to accredited labs which had additional testing capacity so that my patients would get their results at the earliest. I saw many people suffer during the first wave, and vowed to get people timely testing and assistance wherever I could.

I was confident that my being a fit and healthy person, would reduce the personal risk and danger I faced being on the frontline. 

Your fitness mantra is…

Don’t make excuses like “I don’t have the time to workout”. Schedule workouts as you would any other important activity, such as having your meals. 

Your advice to others who want to get in shape…

It is important to note that physical activities and exercise not only maintain physical and psychological health but also help our body to respond to the negative consequences of several diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. I recommend eating a variety of foods from all food groups to ensure adequate intake of important nutrients. The National food-based dietary guidelines can help you.