GOQii, a leading Smart Preventive Healthcare Company from India presents the list of India’s Top 30 Health and Fitness Influencers of 2019. This list includes healthcare
professionals, celebrities, chefs, fitness bloggers and even the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi, who for the second time in a row
has been named as the No. 1 fitness influencer in India followed by Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar and yoga guru Baba Ramdev. GOQii had earlier released the GOQii India Fit Report that found, in an unaided survey, that 75% respondents named Akshay Kumar and Baba Ramdev as someone they would trust for health advice. The team undertook further surveys and research to reveal other influencers whom people
look up to when it comes to health and fitness.
This list aims to highlight people who have the greatest impact and reach in health, fitness and wellness.
GOQii does not necessarily endorse the people in the list personally. The top 30 health and fitness
influencers have been derived from the list of 100 names that the GOQii staffers, players and
ambassadors nominated. A scoring system was created based on the following categories:
Followers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube; Number of Google news mentions; And
an estimate of how much each person's career focuses on fitness and health.
This data was collected primarily throughout the month of January to March 2019. The
following names have emerged as influencers who have truly created a stir in the health and fitness
Our honourable Prime Minister is not only keen on improving India, but keen on improving the health and fitness
The actor is probably one of the fittest and healthiest in the Bollywood industry. His fitness mantra? ‘Health matters the
A popular household name, Baba Ramdev has become well-respected by advocating yoga. The yoga guru
The Indian cricket captain is an inspiration to every aspiring cricketer. Unsurprisingly, he is also one
MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI
Ex-captain of the Indian cricket team, ‘Captain Cool’ has certainly proven that fitness has no age limit.
The actress is one of the leading fitness figures in the Bollywood industry. Even before acting, she was very active
The explosive actor is unsurprisingly a fitness freak, and has a disciplined fitness regime consisting
The bollywood sensation has inspired millions of her fans because of her disciplined life, strong determination
It comes as no surprise to anyone when we say that the bollywood beast is crazy about fitness. The young actor
The actress’ incredible fitness is due to her strict diet plans, yoga practices, and workout routine. Though she is
The actress follows a strict routine to stay fit, be it yoga, diet, or workouts. According to the diva, Yoga inculcates
The popular actress follows a rigorous workout and a strict diet plan to achieve her athleticism. Her fitness mantra
The badminton ace is an extremely determined and disciplined sportsperson and follows strict training for 6 days
P V SINDHU
The badminton star has been playing the sport since she was seven. Fitness and exercise has always been
Sunil Chhetri is one of the fittest men in the Indian football team. The striker holds several prestigious records
Not only one of the top names on the hockey field, Sardara Singh has also been one of the top names in the fitness
The 53 year old is not just an actor, but a model, a TV host, and a fitness enthusiast as well! The national
The fitness freak wasn’t always this way. He was once actually a stout boy that always said, “One more beer”
The fitness professional is a body transformation wizard! He shares his motivational workouts with over
One of the most influential fitness professionals from across the globe. Other than being a health and fitness
The holistic nutritionist practices in the field of Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine, and is also a motivational speaker.
Dr. Aashish Contractor is a consultant in the field of rehabilitation and sports medicine, and is famously known
The chef always has cooking tricks and tips up his sleeves. He has sold around 10 million cookbooks, has around
The captain of India’s women cricket team is a huge inspiration to not only her teammates, but a whole generation
He is the Chairman of the board of Tata Sons. He joined the board in October
The actress was instrumental in getting women interested in cricket, when she first hosted the IPL. When Mandira
Mary Kom is a popular name in Women’s Boxing. Her wide range of achievements have come from years of dedicated
After close to 12 hours of gruelling climbing, a software engineer named Kuntal Joisher became the first complete
The 41 year old’s sight was claimed by Glaucoma when he was only 19 but that did not stop him from living his life
Dr. NARESH TREHAN
The cardiovascular surgeon is famous for taking the field of medicine to the next level. He has received multipleSS
Our honourable Prime Minister is not only keen on improving India, but keen on improving the health and fitness in India as well. Despite all the tasks at hand, the 68 year old still manages to stay fit. He showed the world so, by taking part in the #HumFitTohIndiaFit challenge that was given to him by cricketer Virat Kohli. The Prime Minister posted a 1.48 minute video in which he walks on pebbles, grass, gravel, water and stretches backwards on a rock. He says that the routine is inspired by the five elements of nature - water, fire, air, earth and ether. He often practices yoga as a way to keep his muscles active, and has been pictured at several yoga events. In fact, he was instrumental in instituting the International Day of Yoga 2015 which is now being observed globally.
The actor is probably one of the fittest and healthiest in the Bollywood industry. His fitness mantra? ‘Health matters the most!’ His fitness regime started much before he became an actor. He enjoys practicing martial arts and has a black belt in Taekwondo. Even with his hectic life, he manages to maintain his workout regime, occasionally adding new exercises to avoid boredom. He believes that one should devote their body to exercise for one hour in order to be fit. With the recent release of his action movie ‘Kesari’, Akshay Kumar trained harder than ever to maintain his physique and his level of fitness, which ultimately resulted in a level of brilliance in the movie.
A popular household name, Baba Ramdev has become well-respected by advocating yoga. The yoga guru believes that fitness is an integral part of life. His claim to fame was due to his company, Patanjali Ayurved, that believes in yoga and ayurveda as a way of improving life. His brand is now a popular name in India and is giving the MNC FMCG companies a run for their money. As of May 19th, the guru’s company is the third largest FMCG company in India.S
The Indian cricket captain is an inspiration to every aspiring cricketer. Unsurprisingly, he is also one of the fittest on the field. Back in 2012, Kohli was actually overweight, and was determined to slim down and become fit if he wanted to play cricket. He started following a strict diet and workout regime that has helped him get to where he is today. His usual workout routine includes both cardio and weightlifting. He stays away from junk food as much as possible and prefers home cooked meals that are high in protein and low in carbs. His ultimate aim is to promote equality throughout the indian sporting industry. As the World Cup has started, the captain has been working extra hard, inspiring the rest of his team to do so as well.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Ex-captain of the Indian cricket team, ‘Captain Cool’ has certainly proven that fitness has no age limit. The expert cricketer is 37 and still going strong. The tremendous amount of power behind his shots, his crazy speed between the wickets and his mastermind decisions come from years of following a strict fitness regime. How does he do it? For starters, he loads up on nutrients, especially proteins. Even though he hits the gym regularly, he isn't the biggest fan of the gym, and prefers to stay fit by playing different sports like football and badminton instead. Being a top wicket-keeper also means doing around a 100 squats behind the wicket before coming to bat, and that needs an enormous amount of strength and stamina. While most of us know about the skipper’s soft spot for butter chicken, his everyday diet is much healthier. He usually starts his day with a porridge with nuts, fresh fruits, and a glass of milk. His lunch and dinner usually consist of rotis, dal, chicken, and a healthy salad. He believes that in order to stay fit, you must eat healthy. Being a top cricketer, he takes a lot of care in maintaining his fitness levels and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.
The actress is one of the leading fitness figures in the Bollywood industry. Even before acting, she was very active and played badminton in national level championships. Even though her schedule is always jam-packed, she still manages to find a way to stick to her workout. She believes that yoga improves her strength, concentration, and keeps her mind active and calm. Her routine is a combination of weights, pilates, dance and yoga. Deepika recently married the explosive actor, Ranveer Singh, who is also crazy about working out, so we can only assume that the dynamic couple motivate each other to stay fit and healthy.
The explosive actor is unsurprisingly a fitness freak, and has a disciplined fitness regime consisting of a strict diet and workout plan. The actor’s fitness mantra is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). He enjoys eating home cooked meals with plenty of protein and less carbs. His workouts include burpees, push-ups, squats, and deadlifts. Aside from his workout, he also goes cycling, running and swimming regularly. He always remembers to do warm up exercises before his workouts which reduce the risk of injuries. His fitness tip is, ‘to be fit, stamina is incredibly important. Initially start slow, and then keep pushing the limits’. He also believes that a happy state of mind is the key to developing a healthy life.
The bollywood sensation has inspired millions of her fans because of her disciplined life, strong determination, and dedication towards her workouts that make her incredibly fit. Kareena follows strict diet regimes and well planned fitness mantras to achieve her level of athleticism. She has a balanced diet that she follows everyday. The actress believes that to be fit and healthy, you must have a positive attitude towards life. Her workout regimes are usually a mix of dance, cardio, and yoga exercises. She is a keen follower of yoga and believes that it is an effective way of synergizing your body, mind and health.
It comes as no surprise to anyone when we say that the bollywood beast is crazy about fitness. The young actor has always been an athlete. Ever since he was a child, he had taken an interest in fitness by playing football and practicing martial arts. His inspiration? Ever since he was 4, his hero has been Bruce Lee. According to the actor “Fitness should be a combination of muscular strength, body composition, flexibility, muscular endurance, and cardiovascular endurance”. He follows a strict diet plan, and has been eating healthy food since he was a child. He mostly eats home-cooked meals and never eats carbs after 5pm. The actor is so determined that he doesn't give in to junk food, not even on his cheat day!
The actress’ incredible fitness is due to her strict diet plans, yoga practices, and workout routine. Though she is not a gym freak, she prefers keeping fit by doing exercises and yoga. For certain movies like Mary Kom and Dil Dhadakne Do, she lost about 20 kg, which proves how hard the actress works. She is incredibly fond of her green vegetables and fruits, which give Priyanka her much needed vitamins and minerals. She does not believe in killing off cravings and says you must give in once a week. Her levels of fitness are a result of years of hard work and dedication, which is what makes her one of the leading faces of acting not just in Bollywood but across the globe.
The actress follows a strict routine to stay fit, be it yoga, diet, or workouts. According to the diva, Yoga inculcates a sense of self-control and discipline. Her diet involves a spread of small healthy meals across the day. She has always been a fitness enthusiast and has the simple aim of spreading awareness. Shilpa’s Yoga DVD was a massive success and even started a YouTube channel about fitness and nutrition that is gaining popularity. She has even written a book, which is one of the best in the health sector. Being an actress, she still finds time to follow her routine, and it is that determination that makes the actress one of the fittests in the business. Shilpa has also recently launched a new fitness app, with the aim of putting India on the global yoga map.
The popular actress follows a rigorous workout and a strict diet plan to achieve her athleticism. Her fitness mantra is, “Eating right, sleeping right, and exercising regularly.” She doesn’t believe in extreme workouts or extreme diets, but follows the middle path. Jacqueline Fernandez manages to keep herself slim with her diet plans, yoga exercises, and workout fitness regime. She always divides her meals into three categories, which are carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. She is very fond of nutri-balls, that she makes at home from seeds, nuts and dryfruits. She enjoys drinking protein shakes post-workout and hardly touches sugar. Her fitness regime is strict as well, and is a mix of strength training, martial arts, and cardio.
The badminton ace is an extremely determined and disciplined sportsperson and follows strict training for 6 days and an important 7th day of rest for the body and mind. Her workouts and training focus on making her arms and legs stronger, which gives her a boost in the sport of badminton. She increases the coordination of her hands and legs by practicing lateral pulldowns. She enjoys running, and does push-ups and crunches in order to keep her muscles active. She follows strict diets and believes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Saina steers away from junk and oily food completely and usually eats boiled and steamed food to stay fit.
P V Sindhu
The badminton star has been playing the sport since she was seven. Fitness and exercise has always been a part of her life. Her daily schedule is packed with pranayama, yoga, swimming, and running. She follows a strict diet, which is low in sugar and high in proteins. She shys away from junk food and only has a cheat day after finishing a tournament. She enjoys listening to music as it relaxes her and clears her mind. Her recent exit from the Australian Open will certainly be a setback, but the ever-resilient badminton ace will be back stronger and better than before.
Sunil Chhetri is one of the fittest men in the Indian football team. The striker holds several prestigious records to his name and is becoming more popular day by day. Chhetri stays fit by doing several exercises and routines. He loves doing speed training drills, which is an important aspect of his game. He trains six days a week, leaving the seventh day for resting. Taking a day off allows his muscles to cool off and his body to heal. Apart from working out, Chhetri loves cycling, which helps strengthen his legs and improve his stamina. The upcoming World Cup in 2022 will be the striker’s last chance to help his team through to the tournament, which means Chetri will be working as hard as ever to do so.
Not only one of the top names on the hockey field, Sardara Singh has also been one of the top names in the fitness industry for a while. His secret? Exercising daily, focusing on his core muscles, and eating a healthy balanced meal. His fitness mantra? “If it burns, you're getting closer. Sweat is just fat crying.” After being excluded from India’s Squad for being ‘too slow’, he proved everyone wrong by getting a yo-yo test score of 21.4, easily beating Virat Kohli’s score of an impressive 19. A quick look at his instagram account just proves how hard this ace veteran has been working out.
The 53 year old is not just an actor, but a model, a TV host, and a fitness enthusiast as well! The national swimming champion grew his enthusiasm for fitness at the young age of 9, but stopped exercising when he was 23 until the age of 38. When he was 50, he completed two of the worlds most challenging races, the Ironman Triathlon, and the Ultra-Endurance Event. He follows a diet regime where he avoids food with refined sugar and food that is over-processed. Milind does not run everyday. Instead he runs 3-4 times a week and rests on the remaining days. He believes that one must always stay active. He also believes that exercising in gyms can only take you so far as you cannot work on your body as a whole inside it. Milind is now sharing his fitness journey with his fans on the web platform in the show ‘Maximise Your Day’. In a recent interview, he said “it’s heartening to see that people around the world are more concerned about fitness now.”
The fitness freak wasn’t always this way. He was once actually a stout boy that always said, “One more beer” and “One more cheesecake.” He had no clear goal. But he has come a long way since then. He realized that to get fit, he must follow a strict diet with disciplined exercise routines. Ranveer is now a popular YouTuber, with his YouTube channel ‘BeerBiceps’ racking up 2.1 million subscribers and a whopping total of 127 million views at the moment. He shares fitness tips and lifestyle advice to his online viewers. “As much as fitness has trained my body, it’s trained my mind even more,” he says. He believes that fitness should be a permanent change and not just a temporary activity that helps you reach your physical goal. He has recently started another channel where he talks about casual topics like clothing, and often shares workout tips on it as well.
The fitness professional is a body transformation wizard! He shares his motivational workouts with over 1.2 million subscribers on YouTube. The fitness guru is a firm believer in making videos with scientific evidence. After delving into the world of motivational speaking and personal development, he decided to dedicate his life to helping the youth reach their highest potential in the world of fitness and health. His story, from being thin to extremely fit, has inspired all of his subscribers to follow his steps and improve their health. He is an incredible motivation to people who don't want to go down the gym route by teaching them his philosophies of functional training too. Abhinav is a great mentor and uses his own experiences to improve the lives of others.
One of the most influential fitness professionals from across the globe. Other than being a health and fitness YouTuber, he is also a fitness entrepreneur and has founded his own brand, the ‘Himalayan Stallion’. His mission, ‘Drug Free India’ is to raise awareness regarding health and fitness and work against the use of drugs in sports. His popularity comes from not only his intense workouts, but his knowledge and personality as well. He is well respected with his 1.8 million subscribers for his motivational approach to everything. He says that he can't guarantee that you develop muscles like him, but guarantees that he can improve your life and make you healthier.
The holistic nutritionist practices in the field of Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine, and is also a motivational speaker. He co-authored the globally acclaimed book ‘The Great Indian Diet’ with Shilpa Shetty. Luke is working on bringing out the best results in cancer patients from across the world using ‘integrative healing’ methods. According to him, “Being healthy isn’t a goal, it’s a way of living. If only we preach this, half the health problems we face will be resolved without needing doctors, treatments and medication.” Luke is currently seeking to advance the art of self-healing.
Dr. Aashish Contractor
Dr. Aashish Contractor is a consultant in the field of rehabilitation and sports medicine, and is famously known as the pioneer of cardiac rehabilitation in India. As an avid sportsman he has run several marathons, and even completed a non-stop Mumbai-Pune cycle ride, which raised around 1.2 crore rupees for children with cancer. His recent achievements include starting the Mumbai chapter of an innovative international programme, in which he arranges regular walks with patients who have suffered from cardiac, or other debilitating diseases.
The chef always has cooking tricks and tips up his sleeves. He has sold around 10 million cookbooks, has around 25 million monthly hits on his website, and has his own 24-hour TV channel. As a chef, Sanjeev travels a lot, and has a knowledge of food and nutrition from around the world. He is extremely cautious about what to eat, when to eat it, and how much to eat. Chef Kapoor is usually very focused and meditates often. He also does pranayama daily, and climbs stairs to keep himself fit. Recently, Sanjeev took part in cooking demonstrations in an attempt to raise awareness on clean-cooking and creating a healthy, sustainable environment.
The captain of India’s women cricket team is a huge inspiration to not only her teammates, but a whole generation of women that aspire to be cricketers. “The key to becoming an excellent cricketer is fitness,'' said Mithali in an interview. Her fitness routine has changed with age. As a young kid, she was always into running. After a while, she started doing strength training. Her secret? “It's all about maintaining good fitness levels with proper recovery and rest periods.” Her inspiration has always been her mother, who kept Mithali on track by lifting little weights, cycling and even doing yoga along with her. Mithali’s advice for people starting fitness training is to start slow but stay consistent. The captain’s ultimate goal is to revolutionize women’s cricket, which many people believe that she has achieved already.
He is the Chairman of the board of Tata Sons. He joined the board in October 2016 and was appointed Chairman in January 2017. However, Natarajan is not all about work. He is also an avid photographer and a passionate runner of long-distance marathons. He ran the London Marathon in April 2017, thus completing the World Marathon Majors. These include the marathons in New York, Boston, Chicago, Berlin, Tokyo and London. He completed his first 30 km Lidingöloppet run, which takes place on the Lidingö Island, in October 2017. The run is claimed to be the world’s largest cross-country run.
The actress was instrumental in getting women interested in cricket, when she first hosted the IPL. When Mandira was unable to lose 22 kgs after giving birth to her son, she turned to fitness and within 6 months lost all that weight. She indulges in functional training by doing a mix of cardio, weights, and core training about five times a week. She works out six days a week as it is a great stress buster for her. If not at the gym, she does squats and lunges at home. Bedi eats simple home-cooked food but also confessed that on weekends, her diet goes for a toss. However, she makes up for it with her diet and fitness routines.She shares tips to her fans online such as “Give yourself small goals. Don’t think about losing 20kg at once. Focus on losing a kilo every week.” With the recent release of her movie ‘The Tashkent files’, Mandira worked extremely hard in maintaining her fitness levels which helped her performance.
Mary Kom is a popular name in Women’s Boxing. Her wide range of achievements have come from years of dedicated training and discipline. Functional training and sparring are a part of her daily routine. The secret of her fitness levels even at the age of 36 is simple - “Regular practice!” She trains regularly and never misses her training. Fun trivia - in September 2018, she avoided being disqualified in a tournament by shedding 2 kilos in 4 hours using just a skipping rope. She maintains a healthy, balanced diet and is extremely punctual about her meal timings. The boxer has set her eyes on the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and aims to win a gold for her country. Let us remind you, she is a mother of three!
After close to 12 hours of gruelling climbing, a software engineer named Kuntal Joisher became the first complete vegan to stand on top of Mt. Everest for the second time. He did not experience any altitude sickness, and was fit throughout the 60 day journey. In doing so, he proved to the world that mountaineering can be successfully done even on a vegan diet. Joisher was initially a vegetarian born into a Gujarati family. He then converted to a complete vegan in 2002 when he moved to LA to study and work. To him, becoming vegan is taking a stand for animal rights. Now, being vegan is a way of life for him. He said, “It was important for me to send a message across the world that vegans can do it.” Kuntal very recently climbed Mount Everest for the second time, but this time he climbed it from the north side.
The 41 year old’s sight was claimed by Glaucoma when he was only 19 but that did not stop him from living his life to its fullest potential. His life is as normal as it can get for any able-bodied person. Infact, the Clinical Psychologist is actually an adventure enthusiast and loves outdoor activities from scuba diving to trekking to tandem cycling to paragliding. His Paragliding and Tandem cycling achievements have furthermore proven that if you have the right approach towards viewing challenges in life, nothing can stop you. Currently, Divyanshu is working on his social enterprise ‘Adventure Beyond Barriers’, which promotes adventure sports among people with disabilities. In September 2018, Divyanshu and 12 other people, including 2 other visually impaired individuals, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro together. This activity has encouraged several other people with disabilities to step out of their comfort zone and try such activities.
Dr. Naresh Trehan
The cardiovascular surgeon is famous for taking the field of medicine to the next level. He has received multiple prestigious awards for his level of excellence such as the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri. His aim is to create the highest standards of medical care along with education, training, and clinical research in India. The doctor starts his day with 30 minutes of cardio and yoga each, which gives him his very much needed stamina for the day. He eats small meals every 3 hours.These meals include fruits, salads, and nuts. His stress-busters are spending time with friends and family and listening to music.
The doctor also spoke about how artificial intelligence can help transform Indian healthcare in May 2018, tapping into the possible future of healthcare.