Actor and comedian Steve Harvey appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday morning to tell us about his unique fitness plan for the new year.
“This is what I’ve got to do. I’ve got to really encourage people about their fitness,” said Harvey. We always make these resolutions at the beginning of the year. And so I was trying to encourage my listeners to get fit so I said ‘well first you’ve got to lead by example.’”
In an effort to lose 25 pounds Harvey plans to ride a stationary bike during his 4 hour radio show every day for the next 3 months.
This is not Harvey’s first foray into the fitness world.
Just after turning 50 he teamed up with former Mr. Olympia Lee Haney to launch is “50 and Fly” campaign. Steve told Men’s Fitness about his plans for a DVD, book and website detailing his transformation using Haney’s diet and workout plan, and “encouraging men ages 40 and older to tone up, slim down, eat right, and, most importantly, stop using age as an excuse to let themselves go.”
Haney put Harvey through a circuit training program using functional movements (exercises that simulate real-life movement) and followed 2 main directives:
1. “Eat for what you’re about to do, not what you’ve done.” (Translation: if you’re about to work out, eat carbs; if you’re about to go to sit on your butt, eat a small meat-and-vegetables-only meal.)
2. “Stimulate, Don’t Annihilate.” (Translation: You don’t have to tear up your muscles to see results.)
We like Haney’s program much better than Steve’s current bike riding binge. Studies have shown that circuit training or high intensity interval training (HIIT) is a quicker way to burn fat and increase health then steady-state cardio.
However, we certainly won’t discourage anyone from being active and we fully support Harvey in his efforts to get people motivated to be fit.