Dr. Jordan Metzl’s High-Intensity, Fitness-Focused Nutritious Life

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Dr. Jordan Metzl’s mom had a motto that clearly stuck with him: “Rest means rust!”

The esteemed sports medicine physician, popular fitness instructor, athlete, and best-selling author almost never stops moving, and his new book reflects that ethos. Dr. Jordan Metzl’s Workout Prescription: 10, 20 & 30-minute high intensity interval training workouts for every fitness level brings the science of high-intensity exercise to the busy masses, with workouts you can do quickly, wherever you are, no equipment required.

To celebrate the launch, we asked Dr. Metzl to share how he lives his own most Nutritious Life daily, and he dished out the details on how he swims, bikes, and runs all over the town, the foods he eats for fuel, and more fun facts.

How Does Dr. Jordan Metzl Live a Nutritious Life?

If you had to name your healthy diet, what would you call it? “Dr. Metzl’s A Little Bit of Everything Diet.” I’ve done 14 Ironman triathlons and 35 marathons, and food is fuel to me. I love all different kinds of food, and the more efficient I make my body, the more foods I can enjoy.

What’s the one food you always have in your fridge? Greek Yogurt. It’s simple, fast, and packed with protein.

The one food you’d never buy? Peanut butter. I hate it!

What do you eat before and after a workout? I like doing the “naked workout” once or twice a week—as in working out on an empty stomach. If I do eat before a workout, it’s usually some type of complex carbs like whole wheat bread with honey and coffee. Afterwards, if it’s been a serious training session, I usually go for the first thing I can get my hands on.

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Your favorite food indulgence? Ice cream.

Other than water, what do you sip regularly? Coffee.

How often do you exercise, and what’s your workout of choice? Every day. I try to never miss a day. I vary my workouts regularly. I run, swim, bike, and I’m obviously a huge fan of HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) that focuses on strength. My latest book is all about that.

Which workout would you NEVER do? There isn’t a workout I wouldn’t try at least once.

How do you stay active outside the gym? I’m hardly ever in the gym! I get around New York City on my bike. If I have a meeting or an event downtown, I’ll put clothes in my backpack and run to the closest Equinox. I keep it moving all the time. My mother always says, “rest means rust!”

What’s your go-to tool for managing stress? Exercise, 100 percent.

How do you express and spread love? I try and do it as much as I can. I smile and high-five every single patient I see and every person I interact with. I try to build that same idea within my IronStrength fitness community, too. We do a lot of partner workouts and supporting and cheering each other on.

Which healthy habit do you wish you had more time for? Sleep!

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Meditation or massage? Massage.
A hot shower or a soothing bath? Shower.
Almond butter or peanut butter? Neither!
Coffee or tea? Coffee.
A long run outside or a dark spin class? Run.

“How Do You Live a Nutritious Life?” is a recurring column. Featured guests complete a questionnaire and select answers are then chosen and edited to share, here. Are you a wellness pro interested in sharing how you live a Nutritious Life? Email lisa@nutritiouslife.com to be considered.

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