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THE WELL Q&A: Eric Rakofsky

eric rakofsky

THE WELL Q&A: Eric Rakofsky

Wellness strategies and quick tips from THE WELL's private trainer

Q:

What does wellness mean to you?

A:

Wellness is a state of happiness while moving freely without pain.

Q:

Three non-negotiables in your life?

A:

Happiness. Training. Self-care.

Q:

The book you own that is the most dog-eared?

A:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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On-the-go snack?

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Instagram account that gets the most likes?

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Early bird or night owl?

A:

Early bird

Q:

Top grooming secret?

A:

Lots of sleep and clean water

Q:

What are your wellness travel essentials?

A:

Workout clothes, an eye mask, a phone charger and my Oura Ring, a "smart" ring that tracks body metrics.

Q:

Key to a good night's sleep?

A:

No screens one hour prior to sleep

Q:

When you really need to chill out, you...

A:

Limit screen time to no more than three hours per day and make time for exercise.

Q:

Food philosophy?

A:

Fasting, high fiber, healthy fats, limited protein and carbs.

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Q:

Morning and bedtime rituals?

A:

Expressing gratitude both morning and night, setting an intention and following up with hydration and movement sets me up for success throughout the day.

Q:

Most used condiment?

A:

Olive oil — and I put black pepper on just about everything.

Q:

How do you take your coffee?

A:

Hazelnut coffee with oat milk

Q:

In your salad?

A:

Mixed greens with avocado, mushrooms, strawberries, olive oil and black pepper.

Q:

Hydration strategy?

A:

I aim to drink one gallon of water per day. I try to drink at least 20 liters before leaving the house, and recently got a Berkey water filter so I always have easy access to filtered water.

Q:

Go-to wellness gift?

A:

Spa gift card, usually from my favorite place, Great Jones Spa

Q:

Words to live by?

A:

Movement is freedom. Food is medicine.

Q:

Preferred mode of movement?

A:

Boxing. I love the competitive aspect of the sport. It has always been something that allows me to have complete tunnel vision — I’m only focused on the opponent, bag or the training. Also, exercising hand-eye coordination is good for your brain!

Q:

When you feel a cold coming on, you ___?

A:

Drink a ton of water, get really good sleep, eat foods that are easy on my stomach and limit exercise to stretching and restorative movements.

Q:

Weirdest wellness trend you’ve tried?

A:

Booty bands class (just once!)

Q:

How do you reboot?

A:

Sleep, massage, stretching and quality time with the people I love