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Flay on healthy eating, fitness

Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay

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Updated: January 29, 2013 9:58AM

Even with a busy lifestyle as a celebrity chef, Bobby Flay manages to stay healthy and fit. Here’s what he does and eats to lead a healthy life:

Q. Do you prefer working out in the morning or evening?

A. Mornings, for sure. Right out of bed. I’m a morning person -- I’m one of those people that get up really early in the morning.

Q. Your workout of choice: running, lifting weights or biking?

A. Running, for sure. I’ve been running competitively since high school. It’s the most comfortable for me.

Q. During the winter, do you run inside or outside?

A. I like running outside in the cold, unless it’s brutal out, because I warm up very quickly. It’s nice — people running in the opposite direction will go, “Hey, Bobby!” People are so nice. It’s nice to run among other people who have the same goals you do.

Q. How often do you work out?

A. I’m disciplined. If my call time is 6 a.m., I’m up at 4:45 a.m. and in the gym or running in the streets. That’s because I need to work out to set myself up for a busy day. I’m just better at what I do for the rest of the day after I work out. When you decide to skip just to skip, you’re making a bad choice. I put my gym shorts on before I’m actually awake. You can lie in bed and come up with 400 excuses ... Think about it this way: For all that time spent lying in bed wondering what you should do, you could have been halfway done in the gym already.

Q. What do you eat during the day?

A. I eat Greek yogurt with berries and honey for breakfast, a salad or half a sandwich for lunch and for dinner, that depends — it could be anything from a 10-course restaurant dinner to a home-cooked meal of roast chicken. I tend to be stricter with my breakfast and lunch than with dinner.

Q. What’s the one food you couldn’t live without?

A. Ice cream.

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