As superhero movies continue to blow up box-office sales across the country each year, more and more fans find themselves following the lives of movie stars off the big screen through social media. Many celebrities post short videos of their workouts. Moreover, press coverage around new movies prompts interviews and profiles from major publications and outlets. When the character boasts a chiseled physique, as is often the case with heroes and heroines in fantasy films, the reporter often asks what is required to maintain such an appearance.

One of the most anticipated films in the last year was Aquaman, starring Jason Mamoa, also known for his roles in Game of Thrones and Conan. In an story this week for Men’s Health, Mamoa shared some secrets that might inspire readers to ease up on the subsequent guilt trip after a night out. Story author Paul Wilson elaborates on the lifestyle differences between Momoa and the stereotypical Hollywood heartthrob, writing:

Momoa likes a drink and likes to tell you he likes a drink, especially if it’s a Guinness. And talking to him, you get the impression that you would like to have a drink with him. (MH bought out a liquor store’s entire supply of canned Guinness halfway through the photoshoot.) You might not be so chummy, however, when he flips your mattress over at the crack of dawn to drag you up a mountain. “I get up at 5am and I train hard. I’ve got two young children, so I have to get up early. But I like it. Morning is when I do all my best work. Whenever I wake up, I’m up, I don’t lie there like an idiot. I get up, run up a hill, get some exercise and have some time with my thoughts.” …

The king of Atlantis, of course, has a swimmer’s physique and Momoa’s vitals – 6ft 4in, 108kg, a 50-inch chest and 19-inch biceps – are not necessarily those of a man who can swim with and talk to the fishes. And, he says, “swimming can be boring. To me, it’s like going on a treadmill.” He prefers to get his exercise from outdoor pursuits and sports, rather than
 a repetitive regime in the gym. Indeed, he says he’d never lifted weights before 2010, when he trained to play the title role in the film that was meant to make him, the reboot of Conan the Barbarian. “It’s very hard sometimes to just work out. It’s monotonous and you can get stuck in a rut. I get bored, so I do a lot more boxing, surfing, climbing – I do the things I love to do when I’m not training for a role. When I have to change my body type, then we just switch it up. Doing a lot more weights for size; a lot more cardio for definition.

It is refreshing to hear the transparency of someone who looks good by presumably living healthy and staying fit, yet enjoys indulging in moderate consumption of food and beverages that don’t make the cut for most popular diet plans. After all, part of staying healthy is making time for leisure and fun to balance out hard work and restraint.

To read Wilson’s full writeup, click here.