Fitness Interview With WFAA’S Jonah Javad


Jonah Javad is a sports anchor with WFAA in Dallas, Texas. On camera he focuses on sports news and off camera he tries to stay just as active as the pros- he is passionate about a healthy lifestyle and it shows! He recognizes the long term benefits of fitness and makes sure to form healthy habits. Whether he’s focusing on healthy eating or taking trips to exotic locations to unwind, he takes staying fit and healthy seriously. Keep reading for our exclusive interview…

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HFR: What is your daily exercise and nutrition routine? 

Jonah: Nutrition is paramount to me. Iced coffee and almond milk in the morning. Water and green tea throughout the day. A little red wine (or hard seltzer lol) at night. Eating wise, I focus on lots of fruits & vegetables, smoothies, quinoa, eggs, sardines, peppers and hummus, shrimp/chicken/fish/pork/steak. My favorite dessert is plain greek yogurt with mixed berries, almonds, and ground flaxseed.

Of course, I’ll indulge from time to time with pizza or fried chicken, but 90% of my diet is “healthy.” As for exercise, routine is everything. If I fall out of routine, it’s difficult for me to get back into it, so I prefer to stay on a strict schedule of working out 5 times a week. After a torn labrum and herniated disc, I avoid heavy weightlifting and stick to weight & cable circuits/supersets that still provide results but with less risk of injury. I don’t remember the last time I “went for a run.” My cardio comes from pick-up basketball, swimming laps and bike riding.

HFR: What keeps you motivated to stay healthy? 

Jonah: Like everyone else, I want to live a long, healthy life. Exercise and eating right improves my chances of that. Some people stay in shape for vanity reasons. They want to look good for other people. For the ‘Gram. To show off. I get that. There’s a layer of psychology to it. For me, confidence and self-esteem play an important role. I like feeling strong and fit. I like feeling hydrated and healthy. I care about my physical well-being because it directly correlates to a positive mind and attitude.

HFR: Do you believe that being fit and healthy has contributed to your successful career? 

Being fit and healthy has contributed to a successful life. A healthy lifestyle has helped give me the mental and emotional tools to succeed personally and professionally.

Granted, there is a certain level of vanity involved with television because you’re on public display. And that’s certainly motivation to stay in shape and look good, too.

HFR: What inspires you, in general? 

Jonah: People making the world a better place. Our faith in humanity gets tested daily, so I prefer to focus on those trying to restore and improve it. Hold the door for others. I mean that literally and figuratively. We all play a role in making this an inclusive world for everyone to live together, not simply co-exist.

HFR: What tips would you give your fans and our readers to staying healthy? 

Jonah: Quit your diet. Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Diets are temporary and rarely provide the long-term benefits you’re searching for. Instead, choose a fitness and nutrition plan which you can live by, not just stick to for a few days, weeks or months. Health is a lifelong pursuit. 

HFR: Share something that most people don’t know about you!

Jonah: I was my fraternity’s dance director at the University of Missouri. Not to say I could backup J-Lo, but I could hold my own on the dancefloor. Good times…

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