OFFSTAGE: Kenny Chesney’s Body’s a Temple

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What? No greasy cheeseburgers and cheap cigarettes? I thought Kenny Chesney was just like me, treating his body like an old honky-tonk. But according to the cover story in the new issue of Men’s Health magazine, the lyrics in Chesney’s “Living in Fast Forward” are all wrong. His body is actually a temple. He eats very little dairy, hardly any bread and he apparently hasn’t had salt in 10 years. And no drugs, either. “I’ve never abused my body with drugs. I’ve never smoked,” Chesney says. He does admit to drinking. “You can’t spend 19 years on the road and not have a few drinks,” he says. When he is chilling with a couple of cold beers, he says he tries to relax and turn his brain off. “If I could find the light switch to turn that off … but I’m glad it’s not off. I wouldn’t know what to do,” Chesney says. “I’m like a shark. I’ve got to be constantly moving.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.