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A Day in the Life of Get-Fit Guy

Get-Fit Guy walks you through a typical day in his life, showing you how he incorporates fitness and health lessons from his show into a busy day of work and family. (Surprise: He doesn't spend hours at the gym!)

By
Ben Greenfield,
May 12, 2014
Episode #185

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For nearly 4 years, I’ve been churning out Quick and Dirty Tips to help you burn fat, build muscle, and enhance your athletic performance. You can find the full archive of my episodes at quickanddirtytips.com/get-fit-guy. I've also written more than 200 jam-packed newsletters full of cutting-edge fitness advice based on the latest scientific research.

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But sometimes it can be hard to distill all this fitness information into a practical day of living that still allows you to work, have a social life, take care of a family, and enjoy other hobbies – all while burning fat and building muscle!

So in this special episode, I’m going to walk you through a day of my life so that you can see how I practically incorporate the fitness tips I’ve shared with you over the years into my busy everyday life:

Wake Up

In the episode How Sleep Makes You Fit, you learned the importance of sleep when it comes to appetite and weight control. I generally sleep an average of about 8 hours each night, and I make sure to prioritize my sleep by sleeping in a completely dark room – even going so far as to use earplugs and a sleep mask! Sometime between 6am and 7am, I wake and embark upon my daily routine.

Morning Routine

Multiple studies have shown the importance of a daily morning routine in simplifying your life, reducing stress, and making you more productive the rest of the day. So I personally begin each day by measuring my heart rate and quietly journaling with something called a 5-Minute Journal. Then I get out of bed and do about 10 minutes of yoga, followed by a nice, fat-burning cold shower!

I don't do any hard workouts like weight training or cardio intervals in the morning. Instead, I save them for later in the day, when I know that the human body’s temperature, reaction time, and capability for cardiovascular and muscle intensity is optimal.

Breakfast

After yoga and my cold shower, I have nearly the same thing for breakfast every morning - a spinach or kale smoothie with half an avocado, about 4 ounces of coconut milk, cinnamon, sea salt, a handful of almonds, a few brazil nuts, a chunk of dark chocolate, and a few tablespoons of whey protein powder.

Studies have shown that it's important to eat the same general stable of foods while you’re trying to burn fat, so I’m fine with eating the same thing for breakfast every day! Finally, based on the concept of intermittent fasting being useful for longevity and fat loss, I usually wait to eat breakfast until about 9am or 10am.

As far as supplements are concerned, I typically take fish oil, creatinine, and colostrum with breakfast.

Work

After breakfast and some family time with my wife and twin boys, I work for several hours until lunchtime, usually while sipping on tea, kombucha, or soda water.

While working at my computer, I use a standing workstation, wear compression socks, and take frequent breaks to “grease the groove,” primarily with pull-ups and jumping jacks.

For every 25 minutes I spend writing articles, working on books, recording podcasts, or talking to my clients on the phone or via email, I stop for 5 minutes to exercise, move, or simply go outside and get some fresh air. This is called the Pomodoro Technique and is extremely useful for increasing productivity and keeping your body physically active all day long.

Lunch

At about 1pm or 2pm I eat lunch – which is typically also the same thing every day – a huge salad!

Isimply take a pile of dark leafy greens and add lots of healthy fats, like olive oil, fish, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and avocado – then season to taste with healthy, anti-inflammatory herbs like turmeric, ginger, garlic, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and sea salt. Then it’s back to more work, with the exception that if I have had less than 8 hours of sleep the night before, I take a quick nap.

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