Dan is certainly not a “typical” keynote speaker. In fact, he stands apart from others because his motivational programs not only teach principles for performance excellence. Dan demonstrates his points with feats of physical daring – acrobatics, balance stunts, and juggling. Dan literally “walks his talk,” on and off the stage, by backing up his words with action.
With that in mind, people often wonder about Dan’s approach to fitness and health and how he maintains his energy and capability, even as a “40 something” athlete. It’s not what you might think. Dan doesn’t have a gym membership or a strictly regimented diet and exercise program. The key to maintaining and growing improving your health and skills, Dan believes, lies in two important keys:
- Leading an active lifestyle.
- Using and improving skills on a regular (daily) basis.
- Staying flexible – longevity comes from flexibility more than strength.
This video entitled “1000 Catches” shows some of what Dan does to stay tuned up and in shape. The key principle is that short, consistent “workouts” or training sessions on a daily basis have a huge impact over time. This clip showcases Dan’s commitment to do AT LEAST one thousands catches (while juggling five balls) on a daily basis and challenges the viewer to define and observe similar “daily disciplines” to become (and stay) successful. In addition, Dan regularly does handstand pushups, regular pushups, situps, walks on a” slack rope” (for balance training) and rides unicycles to maintain and improve his fitness and skills.
You don’t have to do one specific workout or routine to stay healthy. In fact, Dan believes that a variety of activities is far more beneficial, providing you maintain a regular commitment to do “something” to stay active, have fun, and keep your body strong.
For example, Dan frequently walks (quickly), through airports, up escalators, on golf courses, and wherever he is going. Additionally, he enjoys “mountain unicycling” a fun activity that combines his passion for balance with an incredible, challenging workout. This video shows Dan and his friend Bobby Coggins participating in the “Muddy Buddy Bike and Run.” They were the only team in the entire race who rode unicycles, meaning that they WON their category.
Dan likes to eat, and eats well (both quality and quantity). But he also consumes (for the most part) a healthy diet: lots of fruits and vegetables, and typically fresh (not processed) foods. Dan drinks lots of water and no alcohol, although he does like coffee and chocolate. Dan loves to make fresh fruit and vegetable juices and even forces his kids to drink them. The truth is, they enjoy them and appreciate (or will when they are older) the thought and effort.