How Legends Exercise

By Sukh Singh, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”

– John F. Kennedy

With the busy pace of life, fitting in exercise to look after our bodies can often seem like hard work. Yet, as these legends past and present prove, building exercise into our daily lives can have a great effect on our health, mental clarity, happiness and energy levels, which affect every other area of our lives, from work to family, to finances.

Nelson Mandela

While imprisoned in Robben Island, the revolutionary South African leader would get to work…

“On Monday through Thursday, I would do stationary running in my cell in the morning for up to forty-five minutes. I would also perform one hundred fingertip push-ups, two hundred sit-ups, fifty deep knee-bends, and various other calisthenics.”

Bill Gates

The former Microsoft CEO and now dedicated philanthropist spends an hour each morning running on the treadmill. He also uses the time to watch educational videos.

Anna Wintour

The Vogue magazine editor-in-chief gets up every morning at 5:45 for an hour of tennis before she goes to work."

Michelle Obama

The First Lady of the US recently shared her intense workout routine, definitely not for the feint-hearted.

The One Key Principle Legends Use to Stay Fit…

Each of us has an entirely different body. So while you may really admire Nelson Mandela, it doesn’t mean that you should start doing fingertip pushups!

The key with anything from getting fit to getting a new job, is consistency. You need to find the exercises that suit you; what you need to get fit, what you really enjoy doing, and you need to want to do it regularly and consistently...

Have you enjoyed this article? Check out the morning routines of some more legends here. Remember, exercise is only one side of the equation, we also need a balanced, healthy diet, which we’ll be sharing more on soon...

Learning From Legends...


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