"Body Is Not Stiff": Saina Nehwal Aces Pilates, Inspires Her Fans On Insta
India's badminton star Saina Nehwal shared a video about her fitness and netizens were impressed
Saina Nehwal updates her Instagram family with her work-out videos
Nehwal failed to qualify for Tokyo Olympics
2012 Olympic medalist has 24 international titles
Saina Nehwal has been keeping her Instagram family updated about her fitness regime by posting regular photos and videos of herself doing Pilates. On Wednesday, the ace shuttler and Olympic bronze medallist once again flaunted her flexibility on Insta by sharing a workout video of herself with her 1.5 million followers. In the short clip, the former world number one was seen acing the straddle stretch exercise. The particular workout helps in adding elasticity and flexibility to the legs. “Body is not stiff,” Saina captioned the video. Within a couple of hours of being posted, the video got over 32,000 ‘likes'.
Last month, she had posted a photo of herself doing Pilates. “Fitness is connected to emotion,” she captioned the photo.
Saina was not able to book a quota in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics due to injury and inconsistency. With the last three Olympics qualifying events either being cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saina was unable to book a berth in the Tokyo Games.
The 31-year-old shuttler has clinched 24 international titles in her career, including 11 Superseries. She has also won silver and bronze medal at the World Championships.
However, her biggest achievement came when she won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Games and, in the process, became the first female shuttler from the country to win a medal in the Olympics.
Saina suffered a career-threatening knee injury and was forced to bow out of the second round of the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Two years later, however, she made a remarkable comeback by winning her second Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2018. Saina defeated PV Sindhu in the All India Open to take the trophy home.
At present, Saina is ranked 19th in the BWF Women's Singles World Rankings and 14th in World Tour Rankings. She recorded her highest rankings in April 2015 when she became the world number one. She has recorded 437 wins and 200 losses in her career.