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Arnold Schwarzenegger tells Hong Kong about his 5am gym routine

The former bodybuilding champion spoke about the importance of balancing the mind and the body at the Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival. Photograph: (Getty)

AFP Hong Kong, China Aug 19, 2016, 10.08 AM (IST)
Hollywood action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger launched a new sports festival in Hong Kong today, telling the stressed-out city to remember to balance the mind and body.

The Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival weekend includes demonstrations and competitions including arm-wrestling, body-building, skateboarding and cerebral pastimes such as chess and Rubik's Cube.

Hong Kong is the first city in Asia to host the event, which is already held in other continents.

Asked how parents in the hothouse city should encourage their children to do sports as well as study, Schwarzenegger said, "Until you're six feet under, you have to work on your body. But you also have to work on your mind. If you look in the mirror at night you should be able to say 'Today I learned a whole bunch of new things'."

The former bodybuilding champion and governor of California told reporters he still gets up at 5:00 am everyday to go to the gym and workout.

"You have a choice to live or to just exist," he said.

Schwarzenegger, 69, will take over from US presidential candidate Donald Trump as host of the new US "Celebrity Apprentice" television series, set to be broadcast early next year.

A long-time Republican, he backed Trump's rival John Kasich in California's Republican primary earlier this year, which Trump won. He is yet to say whether he will endorse Trump for the presidency.

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