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Elon Musk, 51, Has Healthy, Fit Habits You'll Want To Copy

Even Musk has to work hard at staying in great shape.

Even 51-year-old billionaire Elon Musk 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 shares on "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast (via CNBC). Sound familiar?

You've likely seen this celeb pop up in the news recently for a couple of reasons. For one, Reuters reports "the world's richest man" debuted a perfume called "Burnt Hair." Apparently, 10,000 bottles of the product were sold, raking in a million bucks in only a few short hours. Leave it to Elon Musk! The now "Perfume Salesman" tweeted, "With a name like mine, getting into the fragrance business was inevitable—why did I even fight it for so long!?" He also dubbed "Burnt Hair" to be "the finest fragrance on Earth!"

In other news, Musk has people curious about Wegovy, a diabetes injection that's used as a form of weight management for adults who struggle with obesity and Type 2 diabetes, according to the New York Post. Musk responded to a fan's tweet asking, "What's your secret? You look awesome, fit, ripped & healthy," with "Wegovy" and "Fasting."

Read on to learn all about Elon Musk's secrets to achieving stellar health and fitness habits.

He's performed a bit of karate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Taekwondo, and judo.


The CEO of Tesla reveals his fondness for eating "tasty food," along with being not so fond of exercise, and we totally understand that mindset. When this entrepreneur isn't busy working on getting the Starship rocket ready for its visit to the moon and Mars, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO works to stay healthy. He's performed a bit of karate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Taekwondo, and judo, according to CNBC.

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He spends time weightlifting and getting in some cardio on the treadmill.


Although Elon Musk is not a major fan of running or hitting up the treadmill, he admits that watching "a compelling show" on TV definitely makes treadmill sessions much more enjoyable. He also spends time lifting weights. Musk says with honesty, "To be totally frank, I wouldn't exercise at all if I could. I prefer not to exercise" (via CNBC).

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He realizes the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight.

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As far as Elon Musk's diet is concerned, he realizes the benefits of maintaining a good weight, and that includes a healthy immune system. He admits, "I'd rather eat tasty food and live a shorter life" (via CNBC).

In the AM, Musk carves out time to eat breakfast; he favors a cup of java and an omelet, according to Inc. Musk enjoys French and German cuisine; he also likes a tasty barbecue (via Mashed). His guilty pleasure? Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

He knows the importance of getting solid shuteye.

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This powerhouse reportedly gets 6 to 6.5 hours of shuteye each night, admitting, "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" (via Yahoo Philippines).

He tries not to eat or consume alcohol two to three hours before heading to sleep.

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There's one healthy habit this co-founder of PayPal enforces regularly. He doesn't eat or consume alcohol two to three hours prior to heading to sleep, pointing out on "The Joe Rogan Experience," "Eating before you go to bed is a real bad idea, and actually negatively affects your sleep." He adds, "Your quality of sleep will improve, and your general health will improve a lot. It's a big deal" (via CNBC).

He wants to quit the bad habit of checking his phone when he wakes up in the AM.

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There are two things Elon Musk does first thing every morning he feels negatively impact his overall wellness, and he'd like to cut both out. He reveals 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," according to CNBC Make It.

Bad (but oh-so-common) habit #2? Musk deals with emails for a half hour after waking up. He's ready to up his wellness game, saying on the Full Send Podcast, "I [need] to work out and be in better shape." He adds, "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."

The struggle is real, and changes can be tough to implement. Musk explains, "I run SpaceX and Tesla, so there's usually some sort of thing that's happened overnight." We totally hear what he's saying and always support improving and implementing healthy changes.

Alexa Mellardo
Alexa is the Mind + Body Deputy Editor of Eat This, Not That!, overseeing the M+B channel and delivering compelling fitness, wellness, and self-care topics to readers. Read more about Alexa