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Q&A: Shikhar Dhawan on lockdown fitness, zen, and Zero Risque masks

Our masks are undoubtedly our best line of defence against the perils out there. We had a quick chat with Shikhar Dhawan on why Zero Risque masks stand out and how he kept fit during this quarantine.

Apart from the practices of regular sanitisation, masks are the equivalent of face shields in this affair. An essential safety accessory, masks have been technologically evolved and designed to match our active urban lifestyles. The Zero Risque mask, made by Kamadgiri Fashion Ltd., is a homegrown solution striving to bridge the gap between comfort, tech, and style with their creation. With India’s ace left-handed batsmen Shikhar Dhawan on their cover, the brand crafts FDA-approved products that are dermatologically-tested and skin-friendly.

We recently caught up with Shikhar Dhawan to understand what makes Zero Risque a dynamic solution to face-masks and how he’s kept cool and fit during the lockdown.

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Tell us how your association with Zero Risque came about

Shikhar Dhawan: Masks today are not only quintessential figures of the ‘new normal’ but also essential lifestyle accessories. Given the current state of affairs, I find that Zero Risque meets every criterion for a great mask today – safety, style, and above all, comfort. It goes beyond what a contemporary mask would offer, which is why I made the decision to represent Zero Risque masks.

In terms of safety and style, what makes the Zero Risque mask stand out?

Shikhar Dhawan: First things first, safety. The masks pack an impressive Swiss technology called ‘Heiq Viroblock’. It’s also anti-viral and anti-bacterial. More so, it has two advantages: It can sling around your neck when not in use, and it can be adjusted. Which is great for athletes and those seeking flexibility with fitting and an extra dose of comfort. In terms of style, the packing and the anti-viral pouch certainly add a premium touch to it while the overall design is minimal and chic.

As a sportsman, while picking a mask to wear while playing, what would you look for?

SD: While being engaged in action, I would definitely prioritise breathability and comfort. However, wearing a mask in intense workouts isn’t a good idea as it affects our oxygen intake. The advantage that Zero Rique masks promise, in this matter, is that I can simply let it sling around my neck instead of taking it off or keeping it aside.

What do you think are the most essential things to keep in mind to be safe today?

SD: Since we can finally move about after a four-month lockdown, I think in a time like this, masks are our best bet at staying safe outdoors. It takes away 85% risk of catching the virus.

How have you stayed fit during this lockdown? And how has your fitness regime changed while staying indoors?

SD: I’ve kept up a regular regime for my workouts and continued to stay fit even at home. Even during this time, I did have the opportunity to work out outdoors as well. Having an active workout regime is crucial. I want to be ready when I get back to the game.

What advice would you give someone who’s looking to stay fit at home?

SD: It’s easy to stay unfit during a time like this. However, the key to doing this right is discipline. Be regular, choose a great workout at home, but more importantly, enjoy and love what you do.

What kind of diet have you kept up to stay fit?

SD: I’ve enjoyed some great food during the lockdown that I wouldn’t get the chance to otherwise. But to stay fit, I have kept an eye on my diet and consumed everything in appropriate proportions to maintain a healthy balance.

The one thing that has helped you keep you stay grounded / calm in this lockdown

SD: Apart from my fitness. I believe patience and serenity are important virtues, which is why I’ve actively practised yoga too.

How do you think cricket as a sport will change after the pandemic?

SD: I’m simply hoping for things to get back to normal as soon as possible so I can return to the pitch.

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All images: Courtesy brand, Shikhardofficial/Instagram and Getty Images

Mikhail Gomes
Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor - Augustman
A watch aficionado, Mikhail also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.