Zac Efron knows he’ll have a good day once he gets to the gym.
The actor has flaunted a gym-honed body in films including the 2017 movie adaptation of Baywatch, and enjoys putting in the training hours for both physical and mental benefits.
“(Exercise) has become synonymous for a good day for me,” he told reporters at Men’s Health. “It starts with that rush to the head and the body. Mental health is increasingly important for me as I get older, and one of my favorite ways to stay calm and motivated and peaceful is through training and working out.”
He admitted that his job means he has the “luxury” of time and resources when it comes to crafting a killer fitness regime and added that he treats each new role as “an opportunity” to boost his physical prowess. In fact, sometimes he’ll even squeeze in a quick workout moments before he goes on set.
“Sometimes the best time to train if you’re playing a part like I did in Baywatch is before a scene,” the 31-year-old shared. “I’ve seen pictures of Steve McQueen doing it, and there’s Arnold’s (Schwarzenegger) thing on pumping up. It’s a great time to work out.”
However, in a separate interview with People magazine, The Greatest Showman star warned that though his intense training regiment is rewarding, he would never want to commit indefinitely.
“It’s definitely fun because you get to put everything on the line in terms of your work ethic and seeing how far you can push it,” he considered. “It’s a finite period of time, but I would not consider that a healthy or normal way to live everyday life.”