THE WELL Q&A: Eric Rakofsky

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

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What does wellness mean to you?

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

Three non-negotiables in your life?

Happiness. Training. Self-care.

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

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

On-the-go snack?

Après protein drink, any snacks from Hu Kitchen

Instagram account that gets the most likes?
Early bird or night owl?

Early bird

Top grooming secret?

Lots of sleep and clean water

What are your wellness travel essentials?

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

Key to a good night's sleep?

No screens one hour prior to sleep

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

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

Food philosophy?

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

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Morning and bedtime rituals?

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

Most used condiment?

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

How do you take your coffee?

Hazelnut coffee with oat milk

In your salad?

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

Hydration strategy?

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.

Go-to wellness gift?

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

Words to live by?

Movement is freedom. Food is medicine.

Preferred mode of movement?

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! 

When you feel a cold coming on, you ___?

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.

Weirdest wellness trend you’ve tried?

Booty bands class (just once!)

How do you reboot?

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

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