What type of sports did you play as a child?
I played all the usual; sandlot baseball, pee wee hockey, etc. Later in high school I did a little track and field, was on the basketball team and then tried out for the football team, which I would have made had I not blown out my knee (Osgood Schlatter disease) the day they put the roster together. So much for professional football! But I suppose my decision to pursue an alternative career (music) worked out in the end!
When did you start working out?
I remember first getting into an actual routine when I lived in the Bahamas for a year and a half. I was about 26 when I joined my first gym at that time but, I wouldn’t say that I adhered to a very rigid schedule at first. But I do remember being conscious of looking after myself even back then.
What does a typical day look like in terms of what you eat?
Rule #1: Organic when I can. It’s not always easy to find, especially when on tour as you can well imagine. The key is to just be aware of what you’re putting into your body and try to make sure you include all the food groups. I also take supplements such as Omega 3, Vitamin D3, Spirulina, etc., to make up for any nutritional items lacking in my diet on any given day.
How many days a week do you exercise and what are some of your preferred exercises?
Usually 4 times a week, but it’s not a strict regimen. I’ll do chin-ups, pull-ups, push-ups and curls with moderate weights (20 lbs.). As far as cardio is concerned, I just try to walk whenever I can, take the stairs instead of the elevator, that kind of thing.
How do you motivate yourself to stay active?
Between performing onstage and spending time with my son, I have just about all the motivation I need. But at the end of the day it’s all about having a mindset to live as healthy a lifestyle as possible, and that includes being as active as you can, whenever you can.
What is your #1 fitness tip?
It’s simple…stay active, exercise (at your own particular comfort level) and be careful what you eat!