My career takes a toll on my body. I travel and work somewhere north of 12 to 14 hours a day: I'm onstage for an hour and 20 minutes, doing two shows a night, and I always give 110 percent because my fans expect and demand it. I realized I couldn’t expect results from my body if I wasn't taking care of it. And the best way to build endurance and stamina is running.
I'm a crack-of-dawn person. I love to wake up at 5 a.m. and get to the gym by 5:30. I have showered, dressed and conquered the world by 7:15. I take my day seriously. I'm serious about my job, being a father, my movie career and building a brand and a company. My morning workout helps me approach every day with the best attitude possible and puts me in a place to accomplish so much in my life.
As a stand-up comedian, my mind is constantly racing. Running, I can block out everything else. It’s really relaxing, but it didn't start off like that. I don’t think anybody loves running instantly. As you do it, you understand it — you get why people are successful [at it]. I’m not talking about athletes; I’m talking about daily runners. You see people of different sizes and structures running and you understand it’s mental.
In the beginning, I just tried to keep up with people but it's not about racing. It's about settling into a pace where you're comfortable and then pushing yourself to new levels. When you find that, running is like fast yoga. When I run, I've got music on but I'm also envisioning my [upcoming show]. I'm envisioning the level of laughter I'm going to get in return.
"My biggest motivation is my kids — they make me want to be great."
The beauty of whatever run you take is you clear your head space, you build a community, you do it with friends, you do it with your animal, you can do it with your kids.
My biggest motivation is my kids — they make me want to be great. I want to feel good and be active with them when they’re in their twenties. I want to be able to do things with my grandkids when they come. I don't want to be the guy who has a bad back, who's in the chair and has to watch everything from the porch.
"This will be a global movement."
I wanted to connect with my fans in different cities so I started putting together these spontaneous 5Ks. It’s not about coaching people, it's about inspiring them. I love that when I ask: "Who’s running for the first time?" The majority of the crowd raises their hands. And when they're done, they're motivated and excited and they say, “You know what? I'm not going to let today be my last day.” The reason why [the runs are] 5K is because everybody can run/walk/run/walk and finish, and I’m there at the finish line, high-fiving my people and saying, “Welcome to the movement.” I travel the world so this will be a global movement.
It’s not just about fitness. I'm not just kick-starting your healthier lifestyle; I'm kick-starting your successful mindset. It’s hard to achieve if you don’t feel good about yourself. And one thing that makes you feel good about yourself is physical fitness. Achieving your fitness goals and seeing improvement in your body makes you feel good. At the end of the day if you look good, you feel good – and if you feel good, you're going to do good.