We all know that sleeping well, exercising regularly, eating a sensible diet, limiting stress, and not smoking are good for our health - but nearly all of us struggle to keep up the balancing act. The Globe asked prominent Bostonians to reveal a few of their personal health tricks. Their answers range from dog-walking to breakfasting on cucumbers. None admitted to smoking. Governor Deval Patrick’s secret is healthy cooking. “I’m a foodie. I love to cook,’’ he said via e-mail. “We try to use fresh, local ingredients and lots of fruits and vegetables.’’ Here is a range of suggestions from health officials, politicians, arts leaders, scientists, and others.
On exercising Robert Langer, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and well-known inventor, exercises two to three hours a day, working while he rides a recumbent bike, or uses an elliptical trainer or treadmill (at a low speed and very high incline). “I also get on the scale each day and if my weight goes up, I try to eat less that day.’’