After 16 seasons on the Emmy award-winning, globe-trotting reality series The Amazing Race, Phil Keoghan has logged more miles and visited more countries (about 70) than, well, just about anybody. Now the 43-year-old has a new autobiography, a new energy bar, and several films and TV shows in the works. Fortunately, we got the on-the-go host to hold still for a few scant minutes.
Any secrets for staying fit on the road?
I travel about 400,000 miles a year. When I'm on The Race, I don't get much time to work out, so in airports I'll lift luggage, or if I'm standing in line I'll do calf raises. I do 100 pushups a day. I started doing that when I turned 40, and I haven't missed a day since. I also always take a resistance band and a jump rope with me—10 minutes of skipping is like 30 minutes of running. And I try to stretch as much as I can.
Is there anything you haven't done yet that you want to?
I had a near-death diving experience when I was 19. After that, I created a life list of things I wanted to accomplish. I swam from Asia to Europe across the Bosporus Strait. I got my reindeer-racing license in Finland. I went to a nudist resort for three days—my "nude awakening." I've dived the world's longest underwater caves. But you never want to complete everything on the list so you're excited about something in your life every day up to the very end.
What's your best accomplishment?
I rode a bicycle from Los Angeles to New York and raised half a million dollars for the MS Society. I rode 100 miles a day for like 40 days. It was the toughest thing I've ever done, but knowing that we did a lot of good was a tremendously satisfying feeling.
Any words of wisdom for our readers?
Don't look at everything as either success or failure. That's a big problem. Instead, try to learn the steps that are necessary to achieve success. I've failed more times than I have succeeded in life, but every time I've failed, I feel as though I've also learned what I needed to know in order to make something work.