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

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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.”

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.

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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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