Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg recently revealed a daily regimen he underwent for a movie, highlighting how the 47-year-old star was an early riser. The actor believes that his “rise early” mantra is what helps him schedule his daily activities in a better way, ensuring that he is able to balance both his personal and professional life.
The Wahlberg schedule
Wahlberg wakes up at 2:30 a.m. And the first thing he does is pray, an activity for which he allots half an hour. The rest of the day is filled with carefully scheduled workout slots and meetings. He also makes time for picking up his kids from school and spending time with family on a daily basis.
“Most of the time I get to work out and do all my stuff while my family’s asleep — especially on the weekends. By the time I’ve gotten up, worked out, done all my stuff, played golf, the kids are just waking up and my wife’s sleeping in, so it works out good — but that’s one of the big advantages of getting up early,” BBC quotes Wahlberg.
He also complements his strictly scheduled life with a healthy diet. Right from his early morning breakfast all the way to dinner, Wahlberg’s diet is comprised of the right mix of veggies and meat. The actor mostly avoids fatty, sweetened, processed foods according to the diet plan.
In addition to rising early, Wahlberg also goes to sleep pretty early — at 7:30 p.m. For most of us, who tend to remain awake very late at night, this might seem a bit too early for sleep. But for Wahlberg, rising early is what contributes to a good quality of life.
Benefits of rising early
It has been observed that some of the most successful people in the world tend to be early risers. While CEO of Apple Tim Cook is known to wake up at 3:45 a.m., the founder of Virgin Group Richard Branson wakes up at 5 a.m. Early risers can also enjoy a few health benefits.
For one, waking up early in the morning can help in muscle development. Why? Because your body is in its best condition for movement. “Your body produces more testosterone in the morning and these elevated levels can help support muscle repair and growth,” Men’s Health quotes wellness coach Robert S. Herbert.
And from a psychological perspective, early risers also tend to be much happier than those who have a habit of burning the midnight oil. In fact, research suggests that people who stay up late on a regular basis tend to get affected by depression the most when compared to people who wake early. Late sleepers are likely to suffer from sleep deprivation, which results in depression and more sleep deprivation, forming a vicious cycle that destroys the quality of their life.
So, it is recommended that you try to wake up as early as possible. Not only will you be able to get many things done in the quiet atmosphere of the early morning, but your body will also work at its most optimal condition. Just make sure that you do get your 7 hours of daily sleep. Make enough right choices and success becomes, simply, an obvious result. And then, maybe you too can build a net worth of more than US$200 million starring in hit blockbusters.