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The Fitness Habits Arnold Schwarzenegger Lives by Still Work at 74

He'll never terminate his healthy habits.

Arnold Schwarzenegger lives an impressive, ultra-fit lifestyle, and we can all benefit by mirroring a few of his good habits. The former bodybuilder started following healthy habits at a young age. He began weight training at 15 years old and won the title of Mr. Universe at 20. Read on to learn more about the fitness habits that still work for Arnold Schwarzenegger at 74, and next up, don't miss The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.

Arnold Schwarzenegger gets started early in the a.m.

Arnold Schwarzenegger riding bike
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According to, Arnold Schwarzenegger rises at 5 a.m., enjoys a cup of joe, and is already pedaling his bike at 6 to head to the gym for his 60-minute workout. Now how's that for starting each day with fitness and motivation?

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Working out is part of his life—he's "addicted to training"

young Arnold Schwarzenegger
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In a conversation with social media personality and fighter Logan Paul, the 74-year-old reveals working out is essential to him, and that's never going to change. "Training is a part of my life. It's that simple," he says, adding, "Nothing will ever change; until I die, I will be working out, and I will be having a great time in the gym, and I will be getting the pump, and I want to feel good. It's tough enough as it is when you get older, but you have to hold on as much as you can."

Schwarzenegger says he's "addicted to training" and needs to kick off each day at the gym. "So today, even though my body won't react the way it did 50 years ago, I can maintain as much as I can and it brings me great joy… I've chosen to adapt to my age, make my workouts a little bit different and focused on staying lean, and avoiding injury."

The fitness icon posted a picture on Instagram pumping iron prior to attending the Austrian World Summit. It's clear fans and followers alike are still inspired by the celeb's invigorating drive, posting comments like, "I wish i'll have strength to work out when I'll at you age Arnold ! You are LEGEND," and, "Still got the best biceps 50 years later. Let's go Arnold!"

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He's a fan of the post-workout chocolate plant protein shake

chocolate plant protein shake

The Terminator doesn't end his healthy habits with fitness. To no surprise, he eats healthy, too. Having gone through emergency open-heart surgery four years ago to have a pulmonary valve replaced, the celeb modified his food and fitness routine. His breakfast consists of oatmeal, berries, and walnuts, in addition to a chocolate plant protein shake after working out.

The celeb previously said, "There's this misperception that [animal protein] is the only way you get big and strong," adding he "feels better on greens." Schwarzenegger consumes lots of greens, vegetables, and plant-based meat products. His guilty pleasure is his "secret protein drink" called Radler, which is a German drink that consists of lemonade and beer.

He keeps both his mind and body active

Schwarzenegger speaking on stage
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The former California governor/actor constantly keeps his mind and body active doing the things he loves. Not only has he brought us so much enjoyment starring in some of our favorite films, including The Terminator, Predator, Twins, Total Recall, Pumping Iron, Commando, and Kindergarten Cop, but he spreads so much goodness in his community, too.

Schwarzenegger shared an Instagram carousel several months back with his more than 22M followers. His caption reads, "Today, I celebrated Christmas early. The 25 homes I donated for homeless veterans were installed here in LA. It was fantastic to spend some time with our heroes and welcome them into their new homes. I want to thank @villageforvets for arranging the homes and being a fantastic partner, @secvetaffairs, @amvetshq and everyone who worked with us and made this possible. We proved that when we all work together, we can solve any problem." This generous act of kindness received more than 191K likes and many beautiful (and well-deserved) comments like, "a hero-on and off the screen (emojis)," and, "such a good heart."

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