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Mark Wahlberg Explains Why Fitness Is Important to His Family: ‘You Have Nothing Without Your Health’ 

Mark Wahlberg goes shirtless in Barbados while on holiday with his family on January 1, 2018. SIX / BACKGRID

When the alarm goes off in the 3 a.m. hour, Mark Wahlberg is ready. “I love getting in a 4 a.m. workout to jump-start my day,” the actor says in the new issue of Us Weekly. “I feel like crap until I can get to the gym.”

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In fact, he and his wife, Rhea Wahlberg, are equally committed to fitness — although her routine is a little more reasonable. “Mine is working out with Gunnar Peterson and lots of water,” she shares.

Mark Wahlberg, Rhea Durham and children attend Safe Kids Day presented by Nationwide at The Lot on April 26, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. David Livingston/Getty Images

The parents of four — Ella, 14, Michael, 12, Brendan, 9, and Grace, 8 — credit working out and living well for their strong marriage. “You have nothing without your health. And happiness is limited if you don’t feel good about yourself,” says Mark, a cofounder of the supplement line Performance Inspired. As for Rhea, “When I’m feeling good,” she says, “it makes everything that comes with being a mother of four easier to deal with!”

Married since 2009, the couple work hard to keep their kids “normal” growing up in Hollywood, Rhea, 39, says in the new issue: “They see how hard their dad and I work and how busy we both are running the day-to-day life we lead. Mark travels a lot, so with four kids it’s a daily fight to keep everyone on track. The kids see both of us always working harder than anyone else they know. Instilling a strong work ethic is so important to us.”

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Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham attend Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Of course, the two Wahlberg boys and two girls are aware of how famous their 46-year-old dad is. Notes Rhea, “They know, but they are not impressed at all!” Except for one key time, counters Mark: “They only pull the ‘Dad’s famous’ card when they want to go to a concert or meet someone famous,” says Mark. But for the most part, he adds, “They see me as Dad and that’s all I want.”

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For more on Mark and Rhea’s secrets to a strong marriage — including his hilarious ideal date night — pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now.

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