From Men’s Health
Growing up in a family of famous reggae artists, Ziggy Marley knows a lot about staying creative and mixing things up every single day. While the fact that he applies that philosophy to his musical career is obvious, the zen lifestyle is also part of his everyday routine.
For the latest installment of Gym & Fridge, the famed musician takes Men’s Health into his Los Angeles home, where he’s set up a gym in his backyard. While he does have traditional gym equipment laying around, along with a rowing machine and Peloton bike, he also sometimes feels the pull toward mixing up his routine (he particularly loves jiu-jitsu) as a way to continue being motivated to keep his exercise routine up to par.
Although most celebrities’ fitness goals and inspirations tend to be focused on looking good for the camera, Marley isn’t about that. His goal is all about making sure he feels good while simultaneously keeping the most vital organ in the body going to the best of its ability: his heart.
“The most important muscle is the heart muscle,” he explains. “You can have bigger biceps, chest and legs. But if the heart ain’t strong, none of those muscles matter.”
But the musician’s simple workout routine isn’t the only thing that’s relatively relaxed. He carries this approach for how he eats as well. As he opens his fridge to the camera, he explains how he doesn’t believe in the concept of a “diet,” and would rather call it something much more zen-friendly.
“We don’t call it a diet—we call it a ‘live-it,’” he says with a laugh. “[Food]’s supposed to give you life. It doesn’t work for me, so I say my live-it.”
As part of his “live-it,” Marley prefers to keep things relatively clean. He’s eliminated sugar, bread and processed foods, and keeps staples like eggs, boiled ginger water, raw garlic and kombucha ready at all times. And when he’s looking for some comfort food, Marley might reach for something sweet, like cinnamon rolls or cupcakes. But that’s when he’s not abiding by his relatively simple snack strategy: going for something healthy he can munch on, like nuts.
There is one golden rule he’s adamant on when it comes to what he eats: how his body reacts to everything. “We just try to change my live-it as we grow more knowledge of what’s good for us,” he says about his overall approach. “We listen to our bodies because your body speaks to you.”
Some final quick tidbits: he’s all about running outdoors when he can, and he loves being called “cut” or “ripped.” Oh, and when he’s not rocking out to Rage Against the Machine, he takes a cue to work out with music from a very special person to him: his father, Bob Marley.
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