My Healthy: DJ Brendan Fallis
The jet-setting DJ on the habits that keep him whole.
Health advice from a DJ may seem like an oxymoron, given their reputation for booze and black-out shades, but that's only because you haven't met Brendan Fallis. The cool-defining DJ to Theophilis London and Vogue is both the fashion world's go-to guy and a serious health and fitness junkie. "If I'm home [in New York], each morning starts with a workout and a smoothie, followed by work and meetings," he says, "On most days, I'll also DJ an event at night."
But Fallis is never in one place for long. He flies at least once a week, which means he's a pro at finding creative ways to be healthy on the go. He packs a jump rope and running shoes in his suitcase, and makes a point to find the best fresh juices and coconut water in every city. "I really try and keep a balanced diet, which, along with exercising frequently and staying positive is the thing that helps me most," says Fallis, who cut out red meat five years ago. "I try to have a lot of color on my plate so I know [that what I'm eating is] rich in vitamins, and that I'm keeping the carbs down — except for French bread and good pasta in Italy."
Here, the Toronto-born Fallis shares his best-kept secrets for countering those late nights and changing time zones:
Waiola coconut water
"Keeps me hydrated beyond belief with less sugar than any other coconut water. And you can't beat the taste! I don't really know a morning without this anymore."
"Some of the most comfortable shoes I've ever worked out in. They're so light and breathable."
Sennheiser IE 80 headphones
"No workout is complete without a great playlist and some great quality sound in my ears. From the airplane to the gym, these are the best fitting buds I've found so far."
"I recently became addicted to this band, which tracks daily activity, sleep, and if you're really trying to get serious, it will track your food intake as well. One of the better fitness add-ons I've found lately."
"Was definitely a weird moment when I thought of getting into these, but with all the pylometrics I've been doing lately, it's a great way for my leg muscles to take less time to warm up and less time to recover. Wearing 'tights' seemed a little too out there until I realized I could walk much easier the next day. And yes, I wear shorts over them!"
"Need to have the best of the best under your shoes. These socks make it look like you have nothing on, but the're there and working full time. Love me some Stance."
The Dempster Clinic in Toronto
"Dr. John knows exactly what your body needs to feel 200 percent everyday. Not sure how I could keep up with my schedule without the Dempster Clinic."