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The Best Exercise for Mental Toughness and Why You May Want to Rethink Burpees: Joovv AMA with Mark Divine

Mark Divine is a former Navy SEAL officer, entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, motivational speaker, and fitness enthusiast. He graduated as honor-man of his SEAL BUD/s class 170, served nine years on Active Duty and 11 years as a Reserve SEAL before retiring as Commander in 2011. His career as a business entrepreneur includes co-founding Coronado Brewing Company, launching the internationally known SEALFIT program that provides transformational personal and team training experiences, and the Unbeatable Mind, an integrated warrior development academy for the mind, body, and spirit. Mark is also a New York Times bestselling author of The Way of the SEAL: Think Like An Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed and hosts the very popular Unbeatable Mind podcast.

We were honored when Mark agreed to participate in a Joovv AMA.  So without further ado, here are his answers to your questions…

What is the one fitness activity you hate doing the most, but yields the best results?

Burpees.

You've had the opportunity to interview some amazing people for the Unbeatable Mind podcast.  Do you have 1 or 2 favorite guests?

I don't play favorites, but there are several individuals who have really inspired me. Joshua Manz, an Army Captain, who was killed in Afghanistan, but came back to life 15 minutes later.  Joshua now spends his time helping people overcome their dark emotions, so they can live life more fully.  Another aspect about Joshua that inspired me, was that he wrote a book about “living well” to honor his son's death. There are so many other guests that have inspired me.  People are truly amazing.

If you could teach a course on one topic (outside of your current areas of focus), what would it be?

I would like to teach teens how to think with a right mind. But I haven't figured out how to do this with my own son yet, so I guess I have some work to do before starting!

Have you ever used red light therapy (photobiomodulation)?  If so, what type of results did you experience?

Nope, sounds interesting though. I have used infrared saunas and found them to be very beneficial.

Your KOKORO Yoga training is very popular.  For those that aren't familiar with it, how is it different than other forms of yoga?  Can you provide an "elevator pitch"?

Kokoro Yoga, is an integrated developmental training, that uses a personal practice to unlock your potential and help develop your well-being. These tools combine traditional yoga poses, functional fitness, martial arts movements (that include breathing), concentration, visualization, and meditation. We have taken the "Fu" out of the Kung Fu.  Kokoro Yoga is taught as a western art, devoid of any Sanscrit language or Eastern culture. It is extremely effective, fun, and it’s used by many SEALs and leaders for daily training.

What is something you enjoy that most people would be surprised to learn?

Popcorn, lot's of it, with butter.

You're well-known for being mentally tough.  If someone wants to level-up their game when it comes to mental strength, what are 2-3 things they can start doing today?

First, start box breathing for a minimum of 5 minutes every morning when you wake up. This looks like meditation, but you are actually focusing on breathing in a 4-4-4-4 pattern, where you inhale to 4-count, hold 4, exhale 4, and hold 4. You are balancing your nervous system, calming your mind, and sharpening your concentration with this practice.  Next, I would have you recite a positive statement that is meaningful to you, because it helps tame errant thoughts and maintains a positive internal dialogue. Third, I would have you get a clear vision on what your goal is, and visualize achieving it every day.

What person(s) of influence are you closely following right now?

Peter Diamandis, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos.

If you could put a billboard anywhere, what would it say and where would you put it?

"Every Life Matters" in Times Square.

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Thanks again to Mark Divine for being a part of the Joovv AMA family!  Also, don't forget to check out his podcast when you get a chance.  It comes highly recommended!

If you missed the chance to submit your question for this AMA, stay tuned for the next one.  We'll let you know in advance on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.