WHAT DOES WELLNESS MEAN TO YOU AND HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE IT INTO YOUR EVERY DAY?
Wellness to me is a combination between movement, nutrition, and regeneration. It’s a balance between working out, eating a healthy diet, and taking care of my body so it can endure the miles that I want to put on it. I train and live for longevity, I used to strictly focus on a bodybuilding lifestyle but I realized that wasn’t 100% conducive to my lifestyle I wanted to lead. After years of 4am wake up calls and late nights, I took control of my life and started to prioritize my sleep. I started implementing stretching, meditation, and massage to allow my body better time to recover. I also started eating more greens and veggies to help balance my diet. Its about keeping your mind and body right, if one piece is lacking, the whole system will suffer. You have to learn to listen to your body and know when to put the pedal to the metal or when to pump the breaks, when I’m beaten down and tried that’s my body telling me something. The harder you train, the harder you have to recover!
AS A FITNESS AND NUTRITION EXPERT, HOW HAS YOUR WELLNESS JOURNEY EVOLVED OVER THE YEARS? & DURING THE PANDEMIC?
I’ve learned over the years that wellness to me continues to change as the needs and wants of my body evolve. I truly believe that moderation is key across the board. It doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing principle like I used to once think, and protein isn’t the only macronutrient needed for a healthy lifestyle! Compared to when I was training to compete on stage, my training routine and diet has shifted drastically to meet the demands of my life. I used to lift heavy all the time, but my body can’t take the abuse anymore plus I need to be mobile to still play football, softball, and basketball. I use more bodyweight and mobility driven workout styles mixed with heavy lifts to keep it balanced.