How do you stay healthy?
I’m super passionate about health and wellness. I think the most important thing I do is I surround myself with really smart people who keep me accountable physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. I try to pay equal attention to each one, but the spiritual and emotional ones are the hardest for me.
I love reading articles, listening to podcasts and diving into different topics.
I have a lot of habits that have built up over time, that now seem like second nature. I eat whole foods, cook at home and minimize processed food as much as possible. If I travel somewhere where this is less accessible, then I pack food that I know will fuel me and keep me healthy.
Staying hydrated is overlooked sometimes. Stretching, rolling, breathing--making sure your body gets back to a parasympathetic state is important.
I do all the typical recovery type stuff: ice, heat exposure, red light. I have this giant red/near-infrared light panel by Joovv on the back of my bedroom door, that I use every day for 20 minutes when I’m not on the road. I’ve been using a class four laser on my knee which has been awesome.
And I think the most impactful thing I do is the work I do at Apiros gym, with two amazing movement coaches, Austin Einhorn and Aaron Quinn. Aaron does this method, called Anat Baniel, that’s all about moving really, really slow and creating, or recreating, awareness in your body so you move efficiently. You’ll relax things in your body that you didn’t realize were tense. It connects your brain to your body--it’s the coolest thing ever. And Austin does some stuff that I don’t even know how to describe – the way he sees movement and the way he uses the environment to teach your body that it can move in a more optimal way is really cutting edge. I’m so lucky to get to work with these two amazing people.
Also, not to be overlooked are connecting socially with family and friends. Finding a feeling of purpose in the world and pursuing that. And having downtime to mentally shut off the noise.
At the beginning of the interview, we talked about your morning routine so now I want to ask: what helps you fall asleep and wind down at the end of the day?
I don’t usually have trouble sleeping. I usually can close my eyes and fall asleep quickly, but when I do have trouble I like to think about relaxing each body part: I’ll start at my toes and then my ankles and work my way up my body. Then I’ll go through my day in my head in a fast forward motion for about a minute. And then I’ll just focus on my breath after that. And if I still can’t fall asleep then, I’ll just lay there and relax and rest, knowing that I’m still getting the benefits of rest. I try not to worry about it.