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Peter Shapiro on Walking and Stem Cells

Manhattan native Peter Shapiro is a Filmmaker (U2 3-D), Producer (The Jammy's), and owner of the Brooklyn Bowl.

I walk everywhere. I’m walking right now. I like to walk. I talk on the phone when I walk. I text when I walk.  I write emails when I walk. Walking is my main exercise. That’s why I like living in New York City.

My body reacts differently to things than it used to when I was younger.  When I was a kid I could run faster and stay up later and not feel it as much. Now I have to be more careful. I’m more cognizant of what the word carbohydrate means. But I still like bread.

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Mishna Wolff on Competitive Swimming, Hot Dogs and Walking Around the Block

Mishna Wolff, former model and humorist, is author of the memoir I’m Down.

I go to the gym about twice a week. I do half an hour cardio on the elliptical. I don’t know if that qualifies me as active. But I walk a lot. I think health is overall well-being. Being able to get up and down a flight of stairs without panting. Having enough energy for your life. I used to do yoga at Jivamukti a lot. I got injured again though— I fell out of a headstand under the shoe rack and hurt my back. I stopped doing yoga and started running then.

When I was a kid, I swam competitively. It was grueling. I swam five hours a day. For seven years. From nine to sixteen. When you’re a kid, and you’re around a pool, there’s a lot of junk food. It’s chili dogs and hot dogs and chips. Your parents don’t let you have it until you’re done with your race. And you kind of need five to eight thousand calories a day.

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Ruby Reyner On Ruining Your Health, Recovery, and Organic Rice Crispies

Ruby Reyner, former Warholian actress and child of the 1970s, is the  subject of the now-running HBO documentary Finishing Heaven.

I used to go to the YMCA and do aerobic exercises and a little weight training. Then last year I fell ill and went to the hospital. I spent three months there. I had all my toes amputated. Until then I was pretty active. Now I have a physical therapist and we do exercises— walking, standing, sitting, standing—simple exercises. Mostly for strength and balance.

I stopped taking drugs in 1986. Since then I haven’t taken drugs except when prescribed to me by a doctor. I ruined my health from injecting speedballs. They’re a mixture of heroin and speed and cocaine. I have a mechanical heart implant because I had Endorcarditis in 1982. It’s an infection of the heart valve. I was a real mess before I got into AA. I’m not ashamed of my recovery — I’m proud of it.  It’s the best thing that ever happened to me. It’s a great way to live. It’s spiritual. Health to me is spiritual, emotional and physical. Not necessarily in that order. Without one you can't have the other. If your physical health is suffering your spiritual health is affected. I think they all work together.

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I love this interview!

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Michael Showalter, star of "Michael and Michael Have Issues," On Tennis, Cigarettes and Faith

I started playing tennis this summer. I try to play at least every other day. Sometimes I play every day. I play with my friends, and I take a lot of lessons. I play on the roof of my gym in Cobble Hill, or there are a couple tennis courts on the East River, between Houston and Delancey.  I like the feeling of hitting a ball, basically. I’m a fan of the sport as a spectator, and there’s something cathartic about hitting a ball. It’s a good workout. Now that I’ve started playing tennis, I feel like I can't live without it. It feels good to have a physical workout. It lifts your spirits. It’s a great way to blow off steam.

I think I eat better than I used to. There are certain food items that I don’t eat at all: Pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs. Junk food. I eat wheat, not white bread, and I don’t drink soda. I still have bad habits. I smoke at least a pack a day. But I don’t drink alcohol, that’s one bad habit I’ve kicked.

Health means feeling good. I equate not feeling healthy with feeling crappy. It means taking care of my body and my mind in such a way that I don’t feel like I’m ignoring it. I’m not the healthiest guy on the planet, that should be said. But I try to make an effort to take care of myself—to sleep and eat well, and to get exercise and be active, spiritually and physically. I try to adhere to a certain sense of doing what I believe is right by having faith. And by trying to be a generous person. But I smoke, that’s the elephant in the room.

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Neil LaBute Starts His Day with A Diet Pepsi

Unfortunately, what I do for exercise is more walking than anything else. But I walk actively as opposed to just going for a walk.

My health habits have changed over the years and not for the better. As your life expands you take less time for yourself. I reserve less time to exercise and eat right or prepare food. You spread yourself more thinly than when you were young. I thank myself for the good luck I’ve had. The only time I’ve been in the hospital is when I had my tonsils out when I was five. I don’t think actively about pursuing a healthy lifestyle. But I have relatively regular checkups. You have to have a physical every time you do a film.

My diet each day is enough to rival the Gross National Product of Haiti. I have cereal and eggs for breakfast. Sometimes I’ll be on the run and I’ll grab McDonalds. Lunch is usually pretty good—sandwich or soup. I have lunch every day with the people I’m working with in the editing room. Some of them are healthy. Some are not. Dinner depends. I’m pretty good at making something for myself.

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The Gold Standard of Catwomen, Julie Newmar

I’m reasonably active. I have a morning routine: Forty five minutes, five times a week, I’ll do ten minutes on the floor, fifteen minutes of ballet exercises at the barre, and the last part I’ll be on a stationary bike listening to French TV. I love the French language and everything French. Rather than getting stirred up about politics, it’s so soothing to listen to French. I think they’re so sanguine.  Their approach to living and the way they treat each other. I think beauty personifies the French.

My health habits have not changed over the years. Not at all. I have a golden rule. You eat that which perishes fastest. I think that’s well said.

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Legs Mcneil on Boobs, Beer and Health

What the fuck do I know about health and fitness? I get up in the morning. I put my pants on around 2:00.

I used to go snake hunting and turtle hunting for exercise. It is extremely active. It’s a jungle situation, you know. You’re waste deep in the muck and you’ve got to be really quiet. Or I come to New York for exercise and run around to 800 different meetings or dinners.

I quit drinking in 1988. I was a junkie. I was either always too hung over or too drunk. There was no more middle ground. And I didn’t stop once I started and I mostly drank beer. Now when I smell beer on peoples’ breath it's really gross.

Health means staying well enough so you can fuck a lot and stay up late and meet your deadlines and have a lot of fun. I smoke 2 packs of cigarettes a day.

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David Carr On Drinking and Bananas

David Carr writes a column for the Monday Business section of the New York Times that focuses on media issues including print, digital, film, radio and television. He also works as a reporter in the Culture section of The New York Times covering all aspects of popular culture. His memoir The Night Of The Gun details his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction.

I starting riding a bike in ‘95. I used to live in D.C., which is a wonderful biking town. I began commuting to work on a bicycle there — there are so many beautiful ways to ride there. This past summer I rode in Columbia and Stockholm. I met friends in Columbia and rode bikes in the Andes for eight days, and in Stockholm I rode by myself. In Montclair, where I live, I ride with my twelve-year-old or my wife or by myself. I like biking because it’s the same thing an eight-year old does. I like being on something where no one can tell you where to go and what to do. It's humankind's most glorious creation.

The thing about biking is if you’re a person who bounces between fit and not fit the bike will accommodate that and still deliver joy. You can treat a bike as something that will get you aerobic and keep you there. Or you can approach it as kind of a wheelchair. I’ve had periods of epic fitness followed by periods of epic sloviness. [Yes it's a word. We checked. -The Eds.] It’s because I go on and off cigarettes. Like, in the last year, I’ve probably gone on and off cigarettes three times. I’m quitting Monday. Whenever I travel, I smoke. I’m an addict.

When I’m not smoking, I’m active. I ski double blacks. I play baseball. I play football poorly. I still enjoy golf. My health habits go up and down. I've weighed 280 pounds before, and I’ve weighed 180. Now I weigh 200. I like to put things in my mouth. Almost anything. Cigarettes, Ding Dongs… I grew up as part of the generation where you did something good, and you were rewarded with something bad. [Um, like drugs. -The Eds.]

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erikka said "

Oh David, I can relate....sort of.

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No Impact Woman Michelle Conlin on Waking up

I decided to do No Impact after I saw “An Inconvenient Truth.” And Colin was excited about writing the book and I was excited for him. It was a wifely supportive move. I honestly didn’t think through what it would mean. The first phase of No Impact was to figure out a way to create no waste. We bought only local non-packaged food and we composted it. We wanted to see what would happen if we dropped off the grid. What would emerge from letting go of everything. We ate no meat. We didn’t use electricity. No shopping, no air conditioning, no elevator.

There’s a line in the book where Colin says, “If I was a student I would march against myself.” I thought so, too. As this entitled, first world plutocrat, I wasn’t taking a stand.

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superkk said "

inspiring, I'm going to take the challenge!

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Kelly Morris on Drugs, Yoga, George Soros, and Long Term Happiness

Kelly Morris, one of the only five Senior Jivamukti teachers in the world, has a devoted following of hungry yogis eager to hear her urban-Buddhist-badass take on the world. In the middle of a calling out a pose, she’ll suddenly scream wildly about self-obsession and pimples and Facebook and meditation—all without blinking an eye. A former Sarah Lawrence gal turned spiritual warrior, she’s a blonde bombshell with a gravely baritone who swears and eats bacon and has a tattoo behind her left ear. Sort of like Buddha Barbie meets G.I. Jane.... 

A long time ago I was dating a hedge fund guy in L.A. who invited me to come to his yoga class. I kept resisting, but finally I went and loved it. I said, that’s what I’m going to do, and I came back to NY and went to Jivamukti, and within two minutes of walking in I knew that’s where I needed to be. I was in graduate school for sculpture, but I applied for teacher training, and then I dropped out of grad school. I was excommunicated from my family. My dad came over and thought I was in a cult. There were sculptures everywhere —Shiva and Ganesh — and paintings and incense and candles, and Krishna Das was playing. I was probably wearing a bindi. My family was concerned! I had been through so many transformations, and they were gearing up for another one. I was all over the place, and I didn’t know what I wanted to do. They were worried about me. I was 27 or 28.

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