Jimmy Fallon’s New Show and New Health Regimen


Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live alum and newly minted Late Night sensation, was once famed for something other than funny one-liners — at least among a group of New York City firefighters. “I was fish oil heart race, or body break into a cold sweat. The good news? There are methods you can learn to lessen these symptoms or even stop them altogether.

Before taking the stage: If you’re prone to contact lenses? “I’m way too neurotic. The thought of putting something onto my eyeball every day … ugh, I can just see myself crashing through something, doing a funny bit for a scene, and the lens breaking into a million trillion pieces into my retina,” he says. “No, no, noooo” — he’s mock hyperventilating now — “can’t do contact lenses.”

And yet the comedian was game for getting LASIK, a surgery where fully alert patients allow an opthalmologist to numb the eyeball and shoot a laser beam into the to reshape it for better vision.

He even asked his production team to videotape the entire procedure to post on his Late Night blog. There, online, in all its -opening detail, America’s favorite new host goes from being a nearsighted joker to a guy with near-perfect vision. As Fallon himself might say: “Cool.”

Terrified of contact lenses but fearless when placed in the good hands of his eye surgeon, he adds: “I trust science! I trust technology!” He cracks himself up, then grows reflective. “No, but seriously, [afterward] my vision was a little blurry. They prepared me for it, so I was expecting that, but it’s still nerve-wracking. … It took two and a half weeks, and then — wow! I could see.”

Jimmy Fallon’s workout plan

Named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful” early this year, Fallon is still not one to sweat a buff physique. If anything, he’s never met a piece of workout equipment he couldn’t quip about. “I own a treadmill,” he cheerfully tells WebMD the Magazine.

“I’ve gone so far as to plug it in. I’ve never actually been on the treadmill. I did try Wii Fit, though,” he adds, referring to the popular Nintendo video game where players practice yoga, strength training, and even skiing — virtually. “Is that exercise?”

Wii Fit may be better than nothing, but — much like Fallon’s dreaded green juice — it’s only a start, says Samantha Heller, MS, RD, and author of Get Smart: Samantha Heller’s Prescription for Boosting Brain Power and Optimizing Total Body Health, out in 2010 from Johns Hopkins University Press.

Heller says the comedian needs “regular exercise, plus a balanced diet, including many different fruits and vegetables, to boost stamina and keep his immune system strong. I hope he isn’t gulping down his green juice with a cheeseburger and fries!” She adds: “Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils have been shown to reduce inflammation from stress, and vegetable juices can add to overall nutrition — but these changes only help if he is adopting a healthy lifestyle overall.”

Jimmy Fallon on work-life balance

When that lifestyle includes the insane pace of doing live TV in the most driven, frenetic place on the planet — Manhattan — how does Fallon unwind? “The city has never burned me out,” says the Brooklyn native, who also spent time with his family in upstate New York as a child. “It charges me up. I love the energy, the people, the cars, the architecture, which is so old-fashioned in the greatest way. And I love how you can get anything you want — Eye of newt? No problem! — within five minutes of wanting it.”

But Fallon is not like some New Yorkers who think the world dead-ends at the last subway stop. “I need a balance of both — of the city and the beach, or maybe upstate New York.” Fallon also cites hanging out in Central Park, playing his beloved video games, and reading books on his Kindle as big de-stressors. Of course, since working up a sweat can raise endorphin levels and combat stress, there’s always that untouched treadmill just waiting for its famous owner to hit the “on” switch and go for a trot.

Whether he’s working out or working the crowds, staying positive is Fallon’s mantra. “I want to create a safe place for my guests so they can feel relaxed and be loose with me,” he says. “And I never forget that folks are tuning in at 12:30 a.m. and are falling asleep with me,” he adds. “So I’ll do all the heavy lifting. I don’t want you to have to think; I want you to laugh. I want to be the candy on your pillow.”