08/28/2013 02:24 pm ET Updated Aug 28, 2013

Sanjay Gupta Crushes Mornings With Workout And TWO Breakfasts Before 6 AM

Not a morning person? You could be missing out on an important opportunity to get things done, according to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta.

He says mornings are one of the most productive times of the day. "I’ve always been an early bird," Dr. Gupta told Business Insider. “I have a few priorities and I basically just make sure I’m hitting those priorities every single day,” he adds. This, he explains, is how he balances multiple careers and family time while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Gupta's morning routine includes waking up between 4:30 and 5:00 AM, eating a light breakfast, exercising for about an hour, scarfing down a second breakfast and arriving at the hospital around 6:00 AM. And he still manages to get to CNN's studios by 7:30 AM on days when he does morning shows.

Dr. Gupta also allocates time for family, making sure to save the weekends for time with his children.

Dr. Gupta isn't the only super-successful early bird. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is one of several successful executives who get to the office around 6:00 AM, according to Business Insider. Nor is Dr. Gupta the only one to highlight the importance of unplugging on weekends. Cable TV personality Rachel Maddow, for example, escapes to her country home on the weekends where she doesn't even have cable TV.

Watch the video above to hear more advice from Sanjay Gupta.



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