Harley Pasternak’s Top 3 Health Tips
I sat down with celebrity trainer and sports nutritionist Harley Pasternak at this year’s Propel Co:Labs Fitness Festival to chat about all things nutrition, fitness, and wellness. Read on for Pasternak’s three tips to instantly upgrade your health regimen. *This post is sponsored by Propel.
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The Propel Co:Labs Fitness Festival was back in Los Angeles this past weekend for the second year in a row and let me tell you — it was bigger and better than ever!
From workouts with the top fitness trainers coast to coast to live performances from headliners like Ludacris and Icona Pop, the weekend was packed with non-stop action.
As I am now 38 weeks pregnant, I took things a lot more slowly this year, opting for a massage, meditation, and sound bath in the “Wellness Zone” the first day.
The second day, I was feeling pretty energized from all of my restorative sessions and ended up participating in my friend Katie of Love Sweat Fitness’ dynamic stretching session, an incredible yoga flow led by my pal, Playlist’s Nicole Sciacca set to the crooning of Yuna, and an unbelievable dance workout with Nicole Winhoffer and Ludacris.
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I was a major Ludacris fan in high school and college so it was pretty surreal to get to dance and sweat it out just a few feet away from him.
After the workout, my husband and I got the chance to meet him and he praised my enthusiast albeit somewhat spastic pregnancy dance moves.
It was another incredibly fun weekend with my friends at Propel!
Prior to the actual festival each year, Propel also hosts an “Industry Day” for professionals in the health and fitness field with sessions geared at helping them build their business and work better with clients.
At the event, I had the opportunity to host a discussion with celebrity trainer and sports nutritionist Harley Pasternak (you know, the guy who trains Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, etc). We chatted about my favorite topic — bogus nutrition trends — and myth-busted many of them for the audience. Once we’d dispelled several myths about nutrition, we moved on to habits that contribute to good health that are actually research-based.
Harley shared three simple tips that he immediately implements with his clients — aside from exercise — to upgrade their wellness routine, and I wanted to share them with you!
Harley Pasternak’s 3 Simple Habits For Good Health
1. Eat breakfast.
Research shows that people who eat breakfast have lower rates of chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. I’m a major advocate for breaking your fast each day with a well-balanced meal, like my Tofu Turmeric Scramble or Super Seed Oatmeal.
2. Clock 10,000-12,000 steps per day.
It seems simple to get in your daily steps, but far too many of us spend the majority of our day sitting. Hey, I’m guilty too. Harley recommends using a Fitbit or other step tracker (FYI, the Health app on iPhone does it automatically) to make sure you’re continuously moving throughout the day.
3. Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
Again, it’s obvious that a good night’s rest is important for our health, but how many of us are actually getting in our Zzzz’s? Studies show poor sleep is associated with poor health and may contribute to weight gain and disease risk.
Make sure you’re doing everything you can to support a healthy sleeping regimen by keeping your bedroom free of both natural and artificial light, blocking out sound, and setting the air between 65-68 degrees.
A big thanks to Propel for inviting me to this amazing weekend of events!
Weigh in: What simple health habits do you swear by?
*This post is sponsored by Propel but all opinions are my own. I thank you for your support of Whitney E. RD-approved partnerships that make this website possible.