How do you stay fit and healthy? Why is it important to you?
I love health, nutrition, and fitness! I am a Professor of Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Endocrinology at Florida State University, so staying fit is basically part of the job description. I have been an athlete my entire life and after my collegiate Ice Hockey career, I continued to train 6 days per week with weights, intervals, trail runs, road cycling, swimming, and yoga. Last year I completed my first 70.3 Ironman triathlon. Fitness serves to motivate my students, inspire those around me, and makes me happy. My family has taught me that without health, you don’t have anything.
How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle? How has that lifestyle helped you overcome challenges in your life?
To maintain a healthy lifestyle, it needs to be easy. I keep workout clothes nearby at all times, schedule my workout into my calendar, workout with partners, and prepare healthy food for each day. My wife also leads the same lifestyle so if one of us is being lazy, the other one takes the lead. Work and family demands are hectic and my lifestyle helps me to be efficient and effective in all areas of work and play. It is amazing what problems you can think through during a workout.
How do you give back to your community/friends/family?
In my line of work, not a day goes by without someone emailing, calling, texting, tweeting, instagramming, or facebooking me with a nutrition, health, or fitness question. I also really enjoy volunteering with local triathlon clubs, high school athletes and parents, college groups, and aging professionals to talk about the latest findings in the science of nutrition and training. I work my City Weight Loss Challenge group and numerous organizations on campus to try and foster a community of wellness and performance. Ultimately, I am fortunate to be in a position that can motivate and empower others.
How do you measure success? Have you achieved it?
We can’t really deny that money helps out in many ways. However, some people with the most money can’t keep their family together, don’t make time to be fit, don’t have friends, or are just unhealthy. To me, balance in my work-life-play trio is success. Achieving this will always be a challenge but that is just the way I like it. In the end, if I can wake up happy and ready to take on a new day, that is a great start.