Arnold Schwarzenegger regularly shares photos and videos of his Terminator-strength training sessions, pumping iron with the same passion and dedication in his seventies that made him a superstar of the bodybuilding world as a younger man, more than four decades ago. Even undergoing heart surgery last year didn’t keep him down for long.
The actor has just offered up some insight into the daily routine that helps him stay energized, in response to a question in his latest newsletter. The question came from a fan who is at the beginning of their fitness journey at the age of 52, and wants to know if Schwarzenegger has any tips on how to start their day so that they can find their energy.
“I find my energy by doing things I love and that bring me closer to my vision,” Schwarzenegger wrote. “I can be reading a script and I will fall asleep. But then I play a game of chess, which I love, and I’m wide awake and can finish the script. This morning, I woke up at 4:00 am to have a zoom with the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. That’s even early for me, but I was wide awake because I have a vision of making my environmental summit in Austria a huge success. So find your vision and you’ll find your energy.”
“As far as what I do to start my day, I don’t think. I just do,” he continued. “I get out of bed, have my coffee and read the newspaper, then I immediately go on a bike ride to Gold’s Gym, have my workout, and then ride my bike to get some breakfast. At that point, my mind is clear, the hard part is over, and I can focus on work for the rest of the day.”
Schwarzenegger has previously spoken about the importance of having a structured daily routine, as building consistent habits eventually becomes second nature, and he reiterates that in the newsletter. “What has kept me consistent is that I never have to think about this,” he said. “It’s a routine, so it is ingrained in me. There is no thinking, no ‘should I skip the gym today?’ I get out of bed at 5am and everything starts. The next three hours are automatic.”
“Motivation is important, but routine is what builds consistency. The first month of building a routine isn’t easy, so start small. Maybe the first thing you do when you get out of bed is some pushups and squats. Add something to your routine every week, and then eventually, you’ll have an hour or two hours every morning that are purely automatic and focused on improving yourself.”
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