He is the captain of the national basketball team and Espoir hoops club. The 25-year-old is a fourth year finance student at the Independent Institutes of Kigali (Inilak). In most cases, people say sportspersons are always fit and healthy but Aristide says it takes a lot of work to keep a healthy body. Irene Nayebare sought to dig out his bag of secrets.
You look fit, what’s your trick?
I am a basketball player so to keep fit I have to keep playing hoops as much as I can and I also do some jogging every morning. I watch what I eat to avoid unnecessary oils in my body.
How is your workout schedule considering you are a full-time student?
Everyone is busy these days so to cope up with the first growing world, I wake up early every morning at around 5am and I go jogging for one hour before I get ready for work and after work before going to bed, I do some sit-ups to keep my stomach in shape.
Have you ever been overweight or had a lifestyle disease?
I was overweight in my childhood; it caused me to have low self-esteem. I was overweight until I started playing basketball. Back then I did it for fun but with the exercises, I managed to shed off a lot of weight.
What exercises helped you lose weight?
I undertook intense running exercises both on the treadmill and by jogging and it truly worked for me. I was dedicated to getting rid of the fats. I am now confident with my body. I also had to stay away from junk food and became mindful of what I ate.
Would you even need any more exercise?
Although it seems unbelievable since I spend lots of time on the pitch, I wish I would work out more. I wish I would have more time to go jogging or I work out in the gym more often but my schedule doesn’t allow.
As sportsman who has to make those dunks, you have to be eating energy giving foods, huh?
To keep healthy, I avoid fats because they do not add any value on my health, if anything; they only undo what I have been trying to build over time. I think it is funny how we spend time and money to burn fats and end up taking them again. When I lost weight I vowed never to go back. I rarely eat fast-foods; I prefer foods rich in carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins like fruits and vegetables. For energy, I take lots of proteins. I go slow on sugars because they can easily make me overweight.
Do you drink?
Honestly, I rarely take alcohol even if I am with my boys, just few times and I little bit of it and I understand it’s not bad to take just some quantity but not over dose. I am not motivated to even drink because most of the friends I hang out with don’t drink.
What you do is very demanding, school and the two teams and at times emergencies; do you by any chance rely on stimulants?
Personally, I don’t take in anything stimulant unless I am sick and it’s recommended by the doctor. I wouldn’t want to risk my health with stimulants. I expect people to know the dangers that come with taking in stimulants they cause dependency and the side effects having lasting impacts.