Day in the Life:
Akeem Haynes just won the bronze in the Men’s 4x100m track & field relay in Rio, representing Team Canada.
Running with 3X Rio medalist Andre DeGrasse as anchor, Akeem and Team Canada finished less than half a second behind Usain Bolt and the Jamaicans and set a Canadian record at 37.64s. After being named to the Olympic Team as part of the same relay for London 2012 but unable to compete due to injuries, Akeem’s successful comeback was more than welcome.
When he’s not winning medals and setting records for Team Canada, Akeem is a voracious reader, writer and speaker. In 2014, he published a self-help book called Love, Life and Legacy about dealing with hardships.
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Favorite Exercise: Push-ups
Favorite Vegetable: Broccoli
Favorite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass, the best of both worlds.
Personal Motto: Success is what you make it. It’s never just one thing.
Akeem’s Day Plan:
- 6AM – Wake up
- 6-7AM – Read
- 7-720AM – Crossword Puzzle
- 720-750AM – Breakfast
- 750-1145AM – Training Session, Weights
- 12-1PM – Lunch
- 130-3PM – Home, Shower
- 3-6PM – Watch TV
- 6-7PM – Dinner
- 7-8PM – Read
- 8-930PM – Watch TV
- 930-1130PM – Ready for Bed, Sleep
What gets you out of bed every morning?
My family gets me out. I do what I do for them as well as myself.
What is the most important part of your daily routine?
Most important part of my day is the recovery and down time I get after a hard training session.
What’s your biggest wellness challenge? How do you address it?
My biggest challenge I’d say is making sure I get enough of the right foods in my system. I try and get in vegetables with every meal.
What is the best piece of health advice you’ve ever received?
Eat in moderation. You can eat anything within the limits.
Describe your sleep ritual.
Usually I fall asleep around 1130PM. Nothing special.
What is your favorite part about living a healthy lifestyle?
How you feel after you eat a good meal and how well your body recovers.
If you could give one piece of health advice to your future kids, what would it be?
Be careful as to what you put in your body. You can get away with it at an early age, but it will catch up to you if you don’t care about the things you fuel yourself with.
Akeem Haynes is an Olympic Bronze Medalist and member of the Canadian National Track & Field Team. For more inspiration from Akeem, follow him on Instagram and Twitter.
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