New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is on a mission: to reverse the childhood obesity trend in the United States. As an ambassador for the XBOX 360 Kinect, a program that markets itself as an indoor alternative to working out on cold, wintery days, and for the NFL Play 60 Program, which was designed to tackle childhood obesity, Brees hopes to encourage children to become more active and exercise at least 60 minutes per day.
When we had the opportunity to pick his brain on healthy living, we couldn't resist. Read on to find out the piece of fitness gear he swears by, what foods are always in his fridge, and more!
SHAPE: What motivates you to stay healthy?
Drew Brees (DB): Well, it's my job. But even if it wasn't, I want to stay fit so that I can be as healthy as I possibly can. Childhood obesity is a huge problem facing our country right now, so I really want to encourage kids to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
SHAPE: What's your go-to workout in the off-season?
DB: It depends on what stage in the off-season I'm in. At some point you have to relax and enjoy yourself, so right now I'm not doing a lot, but by the end of February, I'll probably be getting back in the weight room. I also do a lot of cross-training and paddle-boarding. I like to hike and bike a lot, and I run around after my kids.
SHAPE: What is the No. 1 piece of exercise equipment you swear by?
DB: TRX. It's so versatile—you just use the straps and your own bodyweight as resistance to tone and strenghten your entire body. And you can use it anywhere, even your hotel.
SHAPE: Let's move on to your typical diet. What foods are always in your fridge?
DB: I always have beef jerky, turkey jerky, yogurt, coconut milk, and fruit on hand. I'm not really a sweets person, but I love root beer. And chicken-fried steak—I know it's not healthy!
SHAPE: What's the best healthy living advice someone has ever given you?
DB: Train with a purpose. If you have a goal in mind that you're working toward, you'll look forward to working out. Ask yourself, "What's my goal? What am I working toward?" If you're working out just to work out, you'll start to dread it.
SHAPE: We're a women's magazine, so we have to ask: What's the one thing you wish women knew about men, either fitness-related or not?
DB: We try hard! We have the best of intentions, but things always seem to backfire for us. We always try to do or say something good, but it never seems to end up working out. Give us the benefit of the doubt once in a while.