Arnold Schwarzenegger, the iconic actor, and former bodybuilding champion, has revealed his secret to kickstarting the day with enthusiasm and success. Speaking at the 10th anniversary of the Town & Country Philanthropy Summit, the 76-year-old star emphasized the importance of physical activity as the first thing he does in the morning.
During a panel discussion at the event, Arnold Schwarzenegger shared, “I feel good in the morning. I get up and feed my animals, Lulu and Whiskey, and my little pig, Schnelly. I feed the dogs, then I go to the gym.” He described the journey to the gym as resembling a “black-and-white movie” and mentioned that the ride back home feels like a “colored movie” due to the invigorating workout.
The actor highlighted the significance of taking immediate physical action upon waking. He stressed, “Don’t think when you get up because stupid stuff comes into your mind and negative stuff. Just roll out of bed, get on your bike, start riding, work out, and do something physical. Afterward, you will feel much better about yourself and the way you look at the world.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger believes that this dedicated morning routine has played a pivotal role in his success, both in his career and as a father to his children. He has daughters Katherine and Christina, as well as sons Patrick and Christopher. “These are the rules that I used to be successful and to give something back,” he added.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Philanthropist
Regarding philanthropy, the Terminator actor spoke about the motivation behind his charitable endeavors. He emphasized the importance of recognizing the help received from others in one’s journey to success. “When we recognize that we are not self-made and that we are creations of a lot of people helping you, that’s when you then realize, ‘Wait a minute, maybe it’s time for me also to help other people now in return because I’m a creation of a lot of help,'” Arnold Schwarzenegger said.
He recounted the impact of training participants in the Special Olympics in the ’70s, describing how it made him feel fulfilled and inspired to give back. Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed his commitment to continuing to work with the Special Olympics and supporting afterschool programs promoting fitness.
Arnold Schwarzenegger shared his life’s transformation: “[The] first half of my life was all about me. And the second half of my life is all about making the world a better place. It’s all about just making the world a better place and giving something back.” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s morning routine serves as a powerful reminder of the positive impact physical activity can have on our lives, not only for personal well-being but also for the betterment of society.