Kamala Harris is one of the most accomplished women in U.S. politics, but she still finds time to take care of herself.
Harris served as the district attorney of San Francisco before being named the state's attorney general in 2011. She was the first woman, first African-American and the first Asian-American to hold the job. Now, she's running for the U.S. Senate, when current California Senator Barbara Boxer steps down in 2016.
In a Friday interview with Lenny Letter, Lena Dunham's new email newsletter, Harris shared how she keeps balance in her life. It's very simple: eat good food and exercise every day, even when you are working around the clock.
In order to find balance, I feel very strongly about two things in particular in terms of routine. Work out, and eat well. I can’t say how many women I’ve mentored in college. I say, "Are you working out every morning?" No. Then I say, “You’ve got to work out.” It has nothing to do with your weight. It’s about your mind. I work out every morning. Only half an hour. I get on the treadmill. That’s it. Every morning, I don’t care what time. It gets your blood flowing. It gets your adrenaline flowing. I believe in eating well. It’s not fanatical. Eat good food. Make sure you’ve got good vegetables.
Harris's claims are backed up by the research. A 2012 study in the journal Population Health Management showed both unhealthy eating and a lack of exercise were linked to massive drops in workplace productivity.
Time to go jump on the treadmill!
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