Hollywood stars don’t get enough credit for their ongoing commitment and work ethic outside of work. Take ‘Spider-Man’ star J.K. Simmons, the actor is in his late 60s, yet he is still in remarkable shape. The same goes for Sandra Bullock, who continues to grind hard during her workouts, despite the fact that she’s inching towards her 60s as well.
Sure, Jerry Seinfeld can be unlikeable at times, but there really is no denying his incredible work ethic and hustle behind the scenes.
Not only is Jerry Seinfeld staying in shape during his 60s by working out, but he’s also constantly working on improving his mental health with a form of meditation, used by the likes of Lady Gaga and Oprah.
We’ll dissect exactly what he does to not only stay in shape but stay sharp in his everyday life.
Working Out Three-Times A Week Helps Keep Jerry Seinfeld Funny
For Jerry Seinfeld, the gym is basically used as an escape, especially when things get hard creatively. As the comedian revealed alongside Men’s Health, working out is seen as a refresher, for both his body and brain.
“I can tell you, my entire life is concentration fatigue. Whether it’s writing or performing, my brain and my body, which is the same thing, are constantly hitting the wall. And if you have that in your hip pocket, you’re Columbus with a compass.”
In terms of workout routine, Jerry hits the gym three times a week. His routine consists of weight lifting and cardiovascular activity.
Of course, like everyone else, Jerry has those days where he’s not feeling entirely motivated but nonetheless, he knows it’ll make him feel better by the end of it.
“There are a lot of days where I want to cry instead of do it because it really physically hurts,” he said. “A lot of my life is — I don’t like getting depressed. I get depressed a lot. I hate the feeling, and these routines, these very difficult routines, whether it’s exercise or writing, both of them are things where it’s brutal.”
As Jerry would also reveal, working out is half the battle to feeling good. He also partakes in a mental health strategy, one also used by the likes of Lady Gaga and Oprah.
Transcendental Meditation 20-Minutes A Day
Transcendental Meditation is another key practice, Jerry Seinfeld, not only uses on a regular basis, but it is something he is also an advocate for. According to CNBC, the meditation format requires the person to repeat a mantra for 20 minutes in the morning. This, in turn, will set the stage for the rest of the day.
According to the ‘Seinfeld’ star, this practice alongside working out is a huge part of feeling good and an absolute must.
“I don’t care what you do, with weight training and transcendental meditation, I think your body needs that stress, that stressor. And I think it builds the resilience of the nervous system, and I think transcendental meditation is the absolutely ultimate work tool.”
It is all about a routine for Jerry and these practices help him get through his long and stressful days. However, the comedian would also reveal that timing is also a big part of it.
Given his hectic days, Jerry doesn’t necessarily have the time for an hour-long workout.
Workouts With A Trainer Must Be To The Point For Jerry Seinfeld
Given his lifestyle, it only makes sense that training sessions need to be to the point. Seinfeld revealed that if he hires a trainer, the workout session needs to have a time limit or a certain time frame, if not, he’s looking elsewhere for help.
The ideal training time for the comedian is 30-minutes and to the point.
“It’s like you’re going to hire a trainer to get in shape, and he comes over, and you go, ‘How long is the session?’ And he goes, ‘It’s open-ended.’ Forget it. I’m not doing it. It’s over right there,” he said. “You’ve got to control what your brain can take. OK? So if you’re going to exercise, God bless you, and that’s the best thing in the world you can do, but you got to know when is it going to end. ‘When is the workout over?’ ‘It’s going to be an hour.’ ‘OK.’ Or ‘You can’t take that? Let’s do 30 minutes.’ ‘OK, great.’ Now we’re getting somewhere. I can do 30.”
For Seinfeld, staying in shape starts in the mind before anything else.