Apr 17, 2024 - Culture

How I Wake Up: Guy Raz

Photo illustration of Guy Raz inside a red alarm clock.

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Guy Raz has interviewed countless entrepreneurs, inventors and creatives as host of the "How I Built This" podcast — exactly the sort of people who obsess over their morning routines.

  • We caught up with how their habits have rubbed off on Raz, who lives in Marin County with his wife and two children. He's now helping release a STEM-themed toy line born out of co-hosting the kids podcast "Wow in the World."

⏰ Wake-up time: 5:45am, no alarm needed.

💊 First thing he does: Drink a glass of water and take a combo of multivitamins, vitamins E and D, and fish oil.

  • "It's probably just making my urine more expensive, but I take it anyway."

☕ Must-have: Espresso.

🧘 Must-do: An hour of exercise that mixes up mobility, strength and cardio, keeping heart rate between 130 and 160.

  • "I find that routine is really helpful in keeping me disciplined — in keeping me physically and mentally fit."

🥛 Breakfast: Post-workout protein shake with Om's mushroom-based powder.

  • He's on a keto diet, so he also goes for a full-fat Greek yogurt. "And then have more water. I use either Liquid IV or LMNT powders."

💡 Morning wisdom: Be forgiving.

  • It's fine if your morning is upended. "I reset and I start again the next day. I've learned from a lot of entrepreneurs that you can't be so hard on yourself."

🏁 Commute: Off to the studio, after connecting as a family and seeing kids off to school.

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