|Dr. Levi Harrison (Supplied) |
Dr. Levi Harrison is under no illusions about his own mortality. He’s just not that interested in aging.
“I stopped aging at 28,” the 49-year-old orthopedic surgeon and fitness expert tells Sun Media in a phone interview from his office in Los Angeles. “I’m not participating. I’m not aging anymore. I’m done with that. I just want to feel good.”
To stave off the ravages of time and remain as youthful as humanly possible, Harrison relies on two old standbys: Regular exercise and good nutrition. Yup, no earth-shattering revelation there. But Harrison — a fit 160 pounds at five-foot-nine — is a stickler for sticking to his regimen.
Without a doubt, Harrison can be classified as an “exercise lover.” He works out every day. Every. Single. Day. On weekdays, he allots 60-90 minutes to sweat it out. On weekends, he shows his body even more love with workouts of up to two hours in length.
To keep his routine from getting old, Harrison does everything from CrossFit and swimming to jogging and hiking.
“I rotate my workouts,” he says. “I pride myself on allowing my body to do different things. I think it’s important to cross-train.” Along with regular exercise, good nutrition is also non-negotiable for Harrison.
“You can eat whatever you want, but you have to be consistent about not eating large quantities of food and not eating late at night,” he adds. “A lot of people eat because food is available. I remind folks that if you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it. … The ice cream, yogurt, chips, cakes, candies and fried foods just didn’t magically appear. They got there because they were bought.”
Harrison recommends organic fare — especially fresh fruits, nuts, vegetables and grains — for the biggest bang for the buck. “Half the plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables,” he notes, “the other half with your protein and your starches. It’s real easy.” For Harrison, host of an Internet-based radio show, it’s about “honouring the body.” That includes maintaining a positive mindset. “You are what you think,” he adds. “So you have to watch what you’re thinking.”
Harrison also honours his bod by not smoking, not drinking and not doing drugs. It’s all detailed in his book, The Art of Fitness: A Journey to Self Enhancement, which was published earlier this year.
“I’m the first othopedic surgeon and physician in America to ever write a (fitness) book and to do all the exercises in the book,” he notes. “It has never been done before. There have been a few people in medicine who’ve written books, but they don’t show how to do the exercises because they’re not really fit themselves. Often they’ll talk it, but they don’t live it. My book, The Art of Fitness, was really about letting people know that fitness is a lifestyle.”
Harrison, who released a workout DVD in August, strives to make fitness accessible and non-threatening to the masses. Getting fit doesn’t have to be difficult, says the good doc.
“There’s no stress about it. You just have to take the body that you have and do the best that you can with it,” he advises. “The goal here is to make small, sustainable steps so you can have long-term benefits.” Long-term benefits like, for example, aging gracefully.
“I don’t think we all have to get old and have pain and lose our vision and have arthritis …” says Harrison. “If we want to age gracefully, it’s all up to us.”
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