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What Does Elon Musk Do To Stay Fit & Healthy?

Elon Musk has been making headlines recently for his idiosyncratic Wednesday Addams-esque tech takeovers, his bizarre (albeit sold out) ‘burnt hair’ perfume and his noticeable weight loss and a fitter appearance at 51.

Even the billionaire has to work hard at staying in great shape. “The older I get, the harder [it is] to stay lean, that’s for sure,” he shared on ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast. So what has the Tesla founder exactly been up to these days?

You’ve likely seen this celebrity pop up in the news for a couple of reasons. For one, the aspiring Tony Stark debuted a perfume called ‘Burnt Hair,’ of which 10,000 bottles were sold, raking in a million bucks in only a few short hours. Leave it to Elon Musk! He tweeted, “With a name like mine, getting into the fragrance business was inevitable—why did I even fight it for so long!?”

In other news, Musk touched upon the topic of Wegovy, a diabetes injection that’s used as a form of weight management for adults who struggle with obesity and Type 2 diabetes. He responded to a fan’s tweet asking, “What’s your secret? You look awesome, fit, ripped & healthy,” with “Wegovy‘’ and ”Fasting.“

Barring questionable syringe-administered methods of keeping off the extra kilos, the SpaceX founder does have certain habits that keep him fit and healthy. Read on to learn all about his secrets.

He does weight lifting and some cardio on the treadmill

Although Elon Musk is not very fond of running or hitting the treadmill, he admits that watching “a compelling show” on TV definitely makes treadmill sessions much more enjoyable. He also spends time lifting weights to build his muscles. “To be totally frank, I wouldn’t exercise at all if I could. I prefer not to exercise,” he said.

He was a student of Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo, and Judo

The CEO of Tesla revealed his fondness for eating “tasty food,” without having to burn the calories off at the gym, and we totally feel that. When this entrepreneur isn’t busy working on getting the Starship rocket ready for its visit to the moon and Mars, he probably practises quite a few combat sports to stay healthy. Musk shared on Joe Rogan’s podcast that when he was a child, he trained in Kyokushin Karate, Taekwondo, Judo and “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu briefly.”

He even shut down sceptics by tweeting proof of his combatting skills in the form of a picture of him wrestling a Sumo fighter. The tech billionaire even challenged Vladimir Putin to a “single combat” fight on Twitter and declared that the winner would get Ukraine. His challenge—which came following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine—generated immense interest in the martial arts skills of the two men. Leave it to Musk to keep our news feeds interesting, right?

He works at maintaining a healthy weight

As far as Musk’s diet is concerned, he knows the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight, and that includes a healthy immune system. In the AM, Musk makes sure to eat a balanced breakfast which usually consists of a cup of java and an omelette. The business tycoon enjoys French and German cuisine and also favours a tasty barbecue meal. His guilty pleasure? Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

He prioritises getting a good night’s sleep

This powerhouse reportedly gets 6 to 6.5 hours of shuteye each night in order to avoid brain fog during the day. “Sleep is really great. I find if I don’t get enough sleep I’m quite grumpy. I could drop below a certain threshold of sleep, [even though] I could be awake more hours, I would get less done because my mental acuity would be affected,” he admitted.

He avoids late dinners and doesn’t consume alcohol 2-3 hours before going to bed

There’s one healthy habit the PayPal cofounder adheres to regularly. He doesn’t eat or consume alcohol 2-3 hours prior to hitting the sack, pointing out on ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’, “Eating before you go to bed is a really bad idea, and actually negatively affects your sleep.” He added, “Your quality of sleep will improve, and your general health will improve a lot. It’s a big deal,” he reveals.

He doesn’t check his phone first thing in the morning

Musk knows that there are two things that negatively impact one’s overall health and wellness, and he tries to cut both out. He revealed in an interview with the Full Send Podcast, “I have a bad habit—which I suspect a lot of people do—of immediately checking my phone [in the morning]. It’s a terrible habit, actually.”

Musk also tends to check his emails for a half hour after waking up and is actively trying to kick that habit. He is more than ready to up his wellness game, and said, “I [need] to work out and be in better shape. I’m going to switch from immediately looking at my phone as soon as I wake up to working out for at least 20 minutes—then I’ll look at my phone,” he pledged.

Musk explained, “I run SpaceX and Tesla, so there’s usually some sort of thing that’s happened overnight.” Although we are nowhere near becoming a billionaire tech extraordinaire heading multiple business conglomerates, the struggle is real when it comes to staying off the phone in the AM, we must say!