Michael Strahan dishes on his summer health and fitness essentials

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Michael Strahan is one busy man, but that doesn't mean that he lets his health and fitness fall by the wayside. In fact, he does quite the opposite.

During the summer, Strahan allows himself to indulge in all of life's sweet temptations -- like ice cream and Peanut M&M's -- which actually helps to fuel his efforts during summer workouts. While he admits he doesn't change his regimen too much during beach season, he does point to post-dinner walks and pool time with his kids as welcome additional physical activity.

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We got a sneak peek at Strahan's summer fitness routine at the Gramercy Park Hotel in Manhattan this week alongside celebrity trainer Latreal Mitchell in honor of their partnership with Meta, introducing their newest product Meta Appetite Control.

After he kicked our butts, we chatted over delicious smoothies about his 80-20 approach to eating, how he stays on top of his health and fitness during the summer months, why he loves to eat at home so much and all of that pizza he ate when he was playing football.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Good Morning America host and former New York Giants Football player Michael Strahan attends an exclusive workout event with Meta at Gramercy Terrace at The Gramercy Park Hotel on June 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Michael Strahan as Luke Skywalker and Kelly Ripa as Princess Leia Organa attend the Hallowe'en photocall for Live! with Kelly and Michael on October 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: TV Personality Michael Strahan attends the Operation Smile's Smile Event at Cipriani Wall Street on May 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Good Morning America host and former New York Giants Football player Michael Strahan attends an exclusive workout event with Meta at Gramercy Terrace at The Gramercy Park Hotel on June 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Amy Robach, Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer, and Michael Strahan attend 'Good Morning America's' 40th Anniversary at GMA Studios on November 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: Michael Strahan and Amy Robach at ABC's Good Morning America in New York City on May 29, 2014. Credit: RW/MediaPunch/IPX
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Michael Strahan is seen on Good Morning America on December 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: TV personality Michael Strahan attends AOL BUILD Presents Michael Strahan at AOL Studios In New York on October 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Good Morning America host and former New York Giants Football player Michael Strahan attends an exclusive workout event with Meta at Gramercy Terrace at The Gramercy Park Hotel on June 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
FILE - This Oct. 28, 2013 file photo shows former professional football player Michael Strahan, co-host of "Live with Kelly and Michael," attending the 23rd Annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards in New York. Strahan is expected to soon join the cast of ABC's "Good Morning America," at least on a part-time basis. A person with knowledge of the negotiations who requested anonymity because the deal isn't done said Tuesday, April 1, 2014, that Strahan will work semi-regularly during the show's first hour. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Rapper 2 Chainz hosts the annual GMA Ugly Sweater Contest, on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 12/17/15, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN
Michael Strahan attends the opening night performance of "A Raisin in the Sun" on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0349 -- Pictured: (l-r) Football player Michael Strahan during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on October 13, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Michael Strahan arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Michael Strahan, right, and Maria Menounos arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Michael Strahan as Left Shark and Kelly Ripa as Katy Perry on the Super Bowl Halftime Show attend a photocall outside the Live! with Kelly and Michael Studios on October 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
Michael Strahan arrives at Fox Sports 1 Thursday Night Super Bash at Time Warner Cable Studios on Thursday, Jan. 30 2014, in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Olivia Wilde and Michael Strahan -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Teenage violinist Yuki Beppu appears on 'Open Mike' to talk about her impromptu concert of Lady Gaga's hit songs during lunch at her high school, on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 5/1/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. She was surprised by Michael Strahan who gave her tickets to a Lady Gaga concert. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: Michael Strahan and Wayne Brady as 'Lola' pose backstage at the hit musical 'Kinky Boots' on Broadway at The Al Hirshfeld Theatre on March 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Coverage of GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 3/2/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN, EMERIL LAGASSE
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Teenage violinist Yuki Beppu appears on 'Open Mike' to talk about her impromptu concert of Lady Gaga's hit songs during lunch at her high school, on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 5/1/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. She was surprised by Michael Strahan who gave her tickets to a Lady Gaga concert. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Good Morning America host and former New York Giants Football player Michael Strahan attends an exclusive workout event with Meta at Gramercy Terrace at The Gramercy Park Hotel on June 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: TV personality Michael Strahan and actress Gabrielle Union attend AOL BUILD Presents Gabrielle Union at AOL Studios In New York on October 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Michael Strahan on 'Good Morning America,' 6/24/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Michael Strahan on 'Good Morning America,' 10/28/15, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images)
LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL -8/5/13 - Good Morning America anchor ROBIN ROBERTS joins Michael as co-host today on 'LIVE with Kelly and Michael,' distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/Disney-ABC via Getty Images) ROBIN ROBERTS, MICHAEL STRAHAN
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Good Morning America host and former New York Giants Football player Michael Strahan attends an exclusive workout event with Meta at Gramercy Terrace at The Gramercy Park Hotel on June 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Michael Strahan surprises Robin Roberts with a Cake Boss cake in honor of her one year anniversary of her bone marrow transplant, on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 9/20/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) ROBIN ROBERTS, MICHAEL STRAHAN, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, SAM CHAMPION
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: TV Host and Actor Michael Strahan attends the exclusive gala event ÂFor the Love of Cinema during the Tribeca Film Festival hosted by luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IWC)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Michael Strahan attends Sports Illustrated's Fashionable 50 NYC Event at Vandal on April 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Steve Tisch and Michael Strahan attend the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF16/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 22: Michael Strahan attends Webster Hall on February 22, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber of 'Fuller House' are guests on 'Good Morning America,' 2/24/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) SAM CHAMPION, MICHAEL STRAHAN, ROBIN ROBERTS, GEORGE STEPHANOPULOS, LARA SPENCER
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - CJ, the German shorthaired pointer who won the 2016 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, gets brushed by Michael Strahan on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 2/17/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) Co-owner and breeder VALERIE NUNES-ATKINSON, CJ (DOG), MICHAEL STRAHAN
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Kevin Liles and Michael Strahan attend the Wiz Khalifa album listening event on February 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan on 'Good Morning America,' 1/13/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) ROBIN ROBERTS, MICHAEL STRAHAN
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: TV personality Michael Strahan attends Baby Buggy's 15 Year Celebration at The Beacon Hotel on November 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) Journalist George Stephanopoulos, Baby Buggy Founder Jessica Seinfeld, Former professional football player/television personality Michael Strahan, and actress Ali Wentworth attend as Baby Buggy celebrates 15 years with 'An Evening with Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer' presented by Bank of America - Inside at Beacon Theatre on November 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Baby Buggy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Former professional football player/television personality Michael Strahan signs copies of his new book, 'Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide To Transforming Your Life' at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on October 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: TV personality Michael Strahan attends AOL BUILD Presents Michael Strahan at AOL Studios In New York on October 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Michael Strahan appears to sign 'Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Accomplishing Your Goals' at Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on October 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/FilmMagic)
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Check out our full conversation with Michael Strahan below:

Last time we talked at SoHo House a few months ago, you told me that your biggest vice is vanilla ice cream. How do you resist such temptations, especially during the summer when ice cream is essentially unavoidable?

I do indulge every once in a while, but you're not supposed to deny yourself enjoyment! It's a matter of eating 80-20 -- that's the way I look at it. 80% of the time I try to eat clean and make sure I am where I need to be, but 20% of the time I let myself indulge, and I let myself have my Peanut M&Ms, stuff like that. What's the purpose of working out and doing all of these things if you can't have a reward at the end of the day? It's about a lifestyle, and I think that my lifestyle allows me to do that. I don't look at it as a diet of any sort, it's just the way I live.

When is it hardest for you to stay on top of your fitness and diet regimen?

Traveling. I used to travel and never go to the hotel gym -- I just felt like I couldn't get a good workout there -- but now I've really committed myself to it. I think lack of commitment was really the root of my excuses. But, now, I workout in the hotel gym, and I probably pack more workout clothes than I do regular clothes.

I make sure that I eat as healthy as I can eat when I'm on the road, as well. It's very easy when you're on the road to just go, you know, "Give me this burger!" Or lather butter on the bread that's on the table at a restaurant and eat that. You just have to guard against those things, and realize that you can indulge yourself 20% of the time, but that other 80% you have to stay on top of whatever your plan is and not set yourself back.

What was your eating schedule like when you were playing football? Did you eat a ton of food every day?

The funny thing about football is that they tell you to gain weight, but they don't tell you what to do to gain it, so you just eat. You eat a lot of fast food and sweets and everything. I was bigger back then, but I was also very lethargic and didn't have the energy I needed to compete at that level. I had to completely change the way that I eat. Back then it was a lot of pizza -- imagine eating whatever you want and then blaming it on your job. [Laughs] That's what it was!

How do your fitness routine and diet change during the summer?

My diet and the way that I eat are pretty much consistent throughout the year, but there are times during the summer, when I'm going on vacation, and there's a beach involved and the shirt probably has to come off, where I may put a few extra core exercises in there to make sure I look a little better. During the summer I probably give it a little more attention than I would during the winter time.

What are your favorite summer workouts? Do you ever workout in the pool?

Yeah, I love working out in the pool. Even when I was a player, we got in the pool because it takes so much pressure off of your joints. I also love getting in the pool with the kids, too. One of my favorite things - which I look at as almost like shoulder presses - is throwing the kids up into the pool. For them, it's fun and, for me, it's a workout. It allows me to get a workout in but also have time with the girls. I am a big proponent for summer workouts, and another good thing about the summer is just being outside, you know? Here in New York, it's about getting to the park.

Do you run a lot?

I'm not a big runner, but even just using those pull-up bars in the park and trails help. Sometimes at night after I have dinner, I just walk for an hour. I find that I sleep better [when I do that]. It's not just eating and then going to bed, it's being more active during the summer outside.

What do you like to cook in the summer? Are you into grilling at all?

I love to grill, and I cook a lot. I try to eat at home at leave five days a week, almost like I'm a kid and my mom's at home cooking. I think that also helps in trying to maintain healthy eating, because you have a little bit more of a hand in preparing it. I love that, and I'm a big grill-aholic.

I love a good chicken, but on the weekends I'll throw some burgers on there and, you know, a little steak here and there never hurt nobody. [Laughs]

Do your kids like to help you grill or cook, too?

The kids love to help me cook! They were just here a few weeks ago, and they always cook dinner once a week and help me in the kitchen. It's fun, though! It's great to have kids that are really into that, and it's fun to have time with them in that way. I would love if one day, when the girls graduate from high school and college, that they could go spend six months or a year learning how to cook in France or Italy. That would be awesome.

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