Q&A with a fitness freak

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Q&A with a fitness freak

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published: April 22, 2016

Randy Behr has spent more than 25 years in the sports and fitness industry, serving at times as a strength and conditioning coach, health educator and sports information director. He’s also worked as a fitness director with USA Track and Field, Arena football League and the Olympic Training Center.

When you talk to the man, his love and passion for health and fitness is quite evident. And he wants others to feel the same. For the past few months, Randy’s “Healthy Matters” column has provided our readers with great insight into what it takes to live healthy and happy lives.

So what makes this guy tick? Stripes Korea sat down with him recently to ask just that.

Q. Let’s just call you a physical fitness freak. When did this passion first begin?
A. As a very young child when I was active in physical fitness, multiple sports and being outdoors from the time I was old enough to walk and continued through high school and college as an athlete to the present day.  My parents are very active and athletic so I know it was a natural occurrence and transition.   

Q. You’ve been working with individuals and groups for years, and have also written columns for several organizations. Why is it important to you to spread the word?
A. It is important because it is a “passion” of mine and so important for everyone to get science-based information as well as practical tools, tips, strategies and advice. Specifically, on how this translates to the “average person.”  After all, the “information highway” has given us too many options and it can be overwhelming for most, especially if one doesn’t have a background in Sports Science.   

Q. How do you personally incorporate health and fitness into your daily routine?
A. I personally incorporate Health and Fitness into my life by taking care of myself physically, mentally, socially and emotionally as best I can.   Health is more than going to the gym and eating well, but I try to take a comprehensive approach.   

Q. What’s the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
A. The key is comprehensive in terms of getting 7-8 hours of sleep, drink plenty of water, reduce stress as much as possible, be active almost every day, do many different things walk, run, hiking, swim, bike, lift, etc.  Eat as well as you can and frequent small meals.   

Q. What’s the biggest obstacle and how do you avoid it?
A. I’m not sure if one obstacle is necessarily larger than other. For one person eating healthy may be an obstacle or for another getting enough sleep could be challenging. It all depends upon the individual.  I think being aware of your weaknesses and or challenges is important and then once this is established then you can establish a “plan” so to speak. Overall, it is very important to do a Health Questionnaire/Survey of some sort (there are many different ones out there) to establish family history, risk factors, your perceptions, current behaviors, tendencies, etc.  For example, most people probably don’t even realize certain demographics or even culture can predispose you to certain illnesses, diseases or ailments.  
 
Q. Randy, it’s been great having you share your wisdom with our readers. What’s your connection with the military community?   
A. As a 3rd generation veteran - my grandfather from WW II, my father a Marine in Vietnam and myself - I feel compelled to give back to others. Specifically, veteran’s as they have given us so much without asking for anything back.   In addition, I have also worked with the Military Dept. of Defense-FMWR Navy and Army for close to 7 years in the past. Lastly, I have been involved with other programs involving the military over the years as well. It has been my pleasure to give back to the military community to include family, retirees and civilians about a topic that I am very passionate about.

Q. Anything else you’d like to add?
A. Let me help you think about Health/Fitness/Wellness in another way that may not be as “daunting.” Just move and think in terms of having more “good days” than “bad days,” and literally take in one day at a time. Stack these days on top of each other so when you look back to the week, month, year you can say I had more “good days” than “bad days.”  Also, make sure to schedule these things in your day and elicit as many like-minded individuals in your quest for health and happiness!