Matt Howerton is an Award-winning and Emmy nominated Reporter for WFAA-TV; however, when he is not covering stories you may find him in the gym. This proud Texan does everything from Crossfit exercises to Olympic lifting. Fun fact: he even released an album with his high school band! Read more about how fitness and family have impacted Howerton’s life and given him the confidence and resilience for a successful career.
HFR: What is your daily exercise and nutrition routine?
Matt: My daily exercise routine consists of Crossfit exercises, mainly high-intensity interval training and Olympic lifts. Lots of barbell training. A ton of people hear Crossfit and think “oh you’re one of those people.” But honestly, I wish I had found it and my CF gym sooner. It’s made a world of difference.
HFR: What keeps you motivated to stay healthy?
Matt: My dad is honestly the one person who keeps me motivated to stay healthy. When I was a kid, he was gaining weight and started running every single morning. He trimmed down immensely, and when I started getting into my teens I tagged along at the gym and realized fitness really gives you a direct connection to a fulfilling life. It wasn’t easy to learn, but I’m naturally competitive and wanted to get better at it.
HFR: Do you believe that being fit and healthy has contributed to your successful career?
Matt: People say “look good feel good” all the time. It’s a shallow phrase, but being fit or being on a fitness journey, in general, provides confidence. I played football in high school and wasn’t a D1 athlete by any means, but I learned to compete against myself so I could compete well against others. That’s a great method to apply to your daily life, and if you work hard enough, that confidence will spill over into your career.
HFR: What inspires you, in general?
Matt: My main inspiration is honestly my family. They worked so hard in life to provide for me and to give me a chance at life–and honestly, I feel like if I don’t give it my all every day I’m letting them down.
HFR: What tips would you give your fans and our readers to staying healthy?
Matt: If you’re starting out–just keep coming back to the gym. Don’t stop no matter what. Once you get comfortable, you can start evolving your routines so you don’t feel like a hamster in a wheel all the time. Also, just cut out sugar and dairy from your diet. Eat well. No one likes wolfing down chicken and steamed broccoli every day–but if you’re really pushing yourself and eating right you will see results almost immediately.
HFR: Share something that most people don’t know about you!
Matt: I played in a garage band in high school! We released an album!