Early morning exercise puts him in the best thinking space.
“My life is an open book; I’m on social media more than anyone else,” says actor and comedian Kevin Hart, who documents everything from morning workouts (including lunges with his son) to engagements for his New York Times best-seller,I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons. Passionate about wellness and physical activity, Hart has partnered with Rally Health on Healthfest, free public events across the country that feature fitness boot camps, spin classes, massage, and more. In advance of the next one (that will be held in New York City’s Battery Park on July 29), Hart shares his best life advice.
1. Wake up and move.
"I start my day with some type of exercise because that’s what makes me feel good and puts me in the best thinking space. It gives me more energy to focus on my career and enjoy time with my family.”
2. Get into a routine.
"I’m systematic, I love a schedule. Putting yourself in a routine means that every day you’re putting some work into your craft, you’re not cheating yourself, which is very easy to do. It’s very easy to get comfortable, to get relaxed and to not want to put the best foot forward every day. I don’t want to give myself the chance to do that. I’m up at 5:00 a.m. and either in the gym or outside on a run a half hour later. I love the way that I feel and the results.”
3. Set a new goal as soon as you accomplish an old one.
“The hard part is staying consistent and true to the goals I’ve set, which isn’t unique to myself. Every time you do achieve a goal that’s the perfect time to set a new one. You’re not going to do it all in one day but, as with anything in life, when you put effort behind it and see positive results it makes you want to do more of it.”
4. Give 100 percent even if it's uncomfortable.
"I don't know how to do anything halfway. If I'm going to partake in something it's either all or nothing and I'm giving it my all. It's good to sometimes do things you may not be comfortable with because that's what pushes you to see positive results."
5. Visualize the long game.
"One of the best and easiest things you can do is to be healthy and to learn to understand your body. The heart is a serious machine and you can help it by simply eating right, exercising regularly, and being conscious of your choices. At the end of the day, I'm setting myself up for longevity. I don't want to work so hard, putting so much time, blood, sweat, and tears into this career to not be here because of unhealthy choices."