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My goal

"Overall health and wellbeing is my goal now. I've been very weight-focused in the past, and that has caused me to yo-yo quite a bit over the years. From now on, it's about feeling better, period. I've tried many fad diets from Atkins to Paleo [the Paleolithic diet] Atkins worked great for me, but I don't believe it's a sustainable lifestyle. I've recently tried a very radical new approach to weight and diet: I'm eating less and exercising more. Imagine that - it's working."

My workout

Five to six times a week:

30 minutes of cardio. "I switch up the cardio between a treadmill - which I do on a level 15 hill program at about 6 miles per hour - and an elliptical machine - the armless kind [because]I hate those arms - which I do on an interval mode with medium resistance. ...

"I've also switched up my cardio routine in the last two weeks, to an intense interval program. ... I do a three-minute warmup at 4.5 mph on an incline of 3, then I do five cycles of 12 mph for one minute followed by a two-minute 2.5 mph rest period - all at the same incline of 3. It's a very compact way to do a very effective cardio workout."

20 minutes of strength training, alternating between a machine circuit and a mixed cardio/plyometrics-type workout that includes push-ups, sit-ups, step-ups, supermans, crunches, jumping jacks, dips and V leg raises. "It's a nine-exercise circuit that is repeated three times through and timed. ... I probably focus too much on upper body and ignore my legs, which are quite hairy, by the way."

My lifestyle

"I have always let my strange schedule be my excuse for not working out. It's tough to be consistent with diet, exercise and sleep when you're travelling to a different city every day. At some point, though, I just had to make it a priority. The bottom line is, I feel better when it's a priority for me. I have more energy to perform when I make the time to work out."

My motivation

"I've been trying to let the way I feel when I'm healthy be my major motivator lately, but it doesn't hurt to look at the Pinch Me video where I'm 10 or 15 pounds heavier. I'm about 6 foot 1 and I tend to feel pretty good around 190 pounds. I'm currently sitting just above that at 192 pounds. When I've been over 200 pounds in the past, I've felt pretty lethargic."

My workout anthem

"When I listen to music, it's all over the map: Foo Fighters, Fountains of Wayne, Randy Newman, Lyle Lovett, Luke Doucet, Jurassic 5. My iPod Nano is on shuffle most of the time. I hate mindless thumping dance music - that stuff has an adverse effect for me, actually. The music just needs to be interesting, it doesn't have to be high-energy. I've been listening to audiobooks while working out lately, and I find my cardio is flying by."

My challenges

"My only challenge moving forward is keeping my personal health at the top of my priority list. If it remains high on my priority list, then I'll make time for it."

The critique

Mr. Robertson's tandem of cardio and strength training is a potent one-two combination for burning fat and building muscle, says Corey Andryechen, a personal trainer at Extreme Fitness in Thornhill, Ont. But for an even stronger workout, he suggests incorporating both sets of limbs into both rounds of the routine.

"If Ed involved his arms while doing the elliptical machine, he could increase the amount of calories burned and tone his arms as well," he says.

Hirsuteness aside, Mr. Robertson's legs also need to see some action during strength training: "Adding some leg exercises will definitely benefit Ed. Squats and leg presses are very efficient ways of working most of the leg muscles."

To help Mr. Robertson keep fit when he travels, Mr. Andreychen recommends a few simple exercises that require no gym equipment. "Take the stairs in the hotel two at a time. This will get his heart pumping and tone his leg muscles," he says, adding that push-ups promote similar results for the upper body. Mr. Robertson can also take a 20-minute swim in the hotel pool to keep up his cardiovascular conditioning.

Mr. Andreychen applauds the TV host and musician for finding the only true route to weight loss. "If he exercises regularly and eats healthy, his weight will stay in a healthy range."

Special to The Globe and Mail