Q&A with Bruce Bowen

1. Can you talk a little bit about what being a member of the NBA/WNBA FIT Team means to you? You have the opportunity to be the "voice" of direction to kids who look up to you. But more importantly, today we are faced with the challenge of stressing the importance of exercise and healthy living. So, it means the world to me to partner up with NBA FIT team to help our kids.

2. What is one cool fact fans would be interested to know about you? I love to cook.

3. During your time in the NBA, you were constantly staying active between practices and games. What did you do during the offseason to stay in shape and improve your skills for the next season? I felt it was easier to stay in shape than to get out of shape and try and get back into shape. Even if I didn't do court work, I'd do Bikram Yoga and do a lot of running. So I wouldn't get burned out from basketball stuff.

4. With such a busy travel and game schedule, how did you manage to eat healthy? What did your diet look like on a typical game day? Did you get enough sleep? I always made time for oatmeal in the mornings for breakfast, and made sure to have some type of veggies with lunch and dinner. It was the way for me to fuel my body, so I made eating and rest a priority. Game day started with oatmeal, then around 6-7 hours before tip off, I'd have pasta, beans, and steak at home. On the road it was either fries, hamburger, or pasta with chicken or steak. High carbs, and protein was necessary for all the energy I used as a player.

5. When you were growing up, how important was it for you to stay active and play sports? Aside from basketball, what other sports did you play? Sports was a great outlet as a kid. All my friends and I played outdoors all the time. Probably because video games weren't so prevelant. Baseball was my first love, I still enjoy the game today, but basketball chose me. If not for sports, I wouldn't have the discipline I have today.

6. What do you do now to stay in shape? Do you still play basketball? What do you do to keep your workouts from getting boring? I do a lot of running now, and yoga. I run about 15 miles a week. I also do basketball workouts on the court with a ball to keep from getting too bored with working out. I also understand that it's important to stay active if I'm trying to tell kids to lead a active lifestyle.

7. How important is it for children to be active? What messages do your share with them at the events you do about fitness and nutrition? Diabetes in kids is very high today, seems more kids are less motivated to do things that involve physical activities. I stress the importance of being outdoors and experiencing different things to kids. Adding more fruits and veggies to there diets. We want kids to be around to experience some of the things we were able to experience.

8. Staying active is a lot more fun when the whole family is involved. What types of activities did you do with your family to stay healthy? My kids and I play basketball, run, baseball, soccer, and golf. It's a great way to stay connected with kids, and find out whats going on in their world. Then afterwards you can reward them with a smoothie or something - it always works for me.

9. A healthy breakfast is a very important meal because it fuels your body with energy to help you focus and perform throughout the day. What do you eat for breakfast to get you going for the day? I blend a mixture of veggies, kale greens, collard greens, celery, carrots, cucumber, beets, green apples, gala apples, spinach, and a orange. Then I have a banana and nutrigrain bar. If I canít have that, oatmeal and toast.

10. Is there a fun or unique fitness routine or nutrition tip you can share? With fitness so many people try and lose the 30 pounds they've gained over the past 7 years in a 2 hour workout. And all they do is shock there body to the point they don't want to workout the next day because they're sore. So, consistency is what's important! One hour per day will allow you to get to your goal. Something steady is what people should be looking for.

11. Rapid fire questions:

a. Push-ups or sit-ups? 2 sets of 50 sit-ups
b. Fruits or vegetables? Both
c. Running or swimming? Running
d. How many times per day do you work out? 1
e. Favorite place to work out? Outdoors