As a former NFL player, Oprah Radio host Rodney Peete was always at the top of his game when it came to fitness. Bob talks to Rodney about how he adjusted his workout and eating habits after his retirement to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Rodney says his 16 years in the NFL helped keep his body in tip-top shape. "As an athlete, you tend to take for granted how your body responds to natural activities," he says. "Your body responds to the training schedule. When you get off that schedule, your mind still thinks that your body is going to respond, and it doesn't." After his retirement, Rodney says he put on about 30 pounds.
Today, Rodney focuses more on cardio than heavy weight lifting. He has also adjusted his diet to match his new lifestyle and, so far, has lost over half the weight he originally gained. "I don't eat fast food or red meat," he says. "I've started to really concentrate on what is going inside my body as opposed to thinking that I can go work out for two hours and it will all come off."
Rodney says he has learned it is more about internal health—not how your body looks outside. "That's what I had to come to grips with," he says. "Sometimes, as an athlete, you get caught up in what the exterior looks like, and if the exterior looks good, you are healthy. But that's not what it's always about."
Published on January 01, 2008