Published: 13th February 2018
Taskeen Fatima's YouTube channel The Urban Fight arms you with tips to be healthier
Hyderabadi girl and ACE-certified trainer Taskeen Fatima's videos are helping us fight the good fight
In life, we’re all fighting our own wars, but the one war that we are unanimously fighting is the one against our urban lifestyle. The late nights, early mornings, untimely and inappropriate eating, and don't get me started about the stress! Ugh! But TaskeenFatima has been fighting the good fight for a healthier lifestyle for a while now and since 2016, she's been sharing battle secrets through her YouTube channel — The Urban Fight. "The idea was to make small changes in life, so that being fit is easier," says the 29-year-old.
Fatima has several different categories on her YouTube channel, one of which is Fitness Entertainment, where she put out videos like ‘Why software engineers cannot be like Baahubali’
Being an ACE-certified trainer, a lot of girls would approach Fatima at the gym and ask for her assistance in training and she was only too glad to assist others. Then this slowly scaled up to her very own YouTube channel. While she puts out a video every Thursday, every Tuesday at 8 pm is reserved for a live video session, where she tackles fads like detox and keto diets and busts several myths like 'should women workout during their period' and 'exercise tired you out'. "Spending 40 minutes exercising can give you enough energy for two hours. I personally automatically feel more active, productive and creative," says Fatima, whose is a robotic system architect for Infosys — something she does when she's not fighting the urban war.
The urban fight is against our current lifestyle; a fight to be fit
Taskeen Fatima, founder, The Urban Fight
Unlike most YouTubers, Fatima is a one-woman army with her own camera and tripod to shoot her videos. But that doesn't mean she lacks support. If there is an outdoor shoot, her husband, Sugandh Rakha pitches in. And for all those who think that fitness is about bulky biceps and flat abs, Fatima is here to tell you otherwise. "Fitness is all about heart, flexibility and endurance," says the Hyderabadi, who initially started the channel to put up 15-minutes exercise videos. But she has now diversified into Zumba, partner exercises, tips and more.
As part of The Urban Fight, she even conducts workouts in parks or on streets, where on Saturday mornings she encourages people to join in for a 15-minute workout session
Recently, she even collaborated with Dr Lahari Surapaneni, who has a PhD in Nutrition, where they spoke about what constitutes a healthy lifestyle for Indian kids. In the future, she plans to do more such videos involving doctors and with this, The Urban Fight will venture into the lifestyle segment. In fact, her next video will be about PCOD, the lifestyle disease that affects many young girls and women. "I strive to make everyone understand why it's important to stay fit before telling them which exercise routines to follow," she says. It's no wonder that the channel has nearly 12,000 subscribers.
In English: Posters of one of Fatima's videos 'Silly questions about weight loss'
It is not just YouTube that Fatima leverages, she also uploads her videos on her Facebook page, makes a one minute cut of the video for Instagram and a 13-second Instagram story too, to make sure that her war cry is heard loud and clear.
Check her work at facebook.com/TheUrbanFight/