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How Kavin Bharti Mittal starts his day

September 14, 2016 09:35 IST

Exercise. Check e-mails. Wake up to a cup of tea. Find out how India's top entrepreneurs kickstart their mornings.

Some of us are early birds, others night owls, and some neither.

It is believed that the way you start your day can very well impact how your day actually goes.

The likes of Jack Ma, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, and Ratan Tata are all morning birds, so are most new-age Indian entrepreneurs.

Let's find out what they do first thing in the morning.

1. Shashank ND, co-founder and CEO Practo

Day begins: Between 6 am and 7 am
Aspires to get up at: 4 am
First thing done: Check e-mails and plan the day
Morning fix: Gym, running, squash or swimming
Reaches office: Between 9 am to 10 am

Shashank says: "For me hitting the gym is like medicine. I have to hit the gym for an hour in the morning.

"I try to do at least five to 10 km on the treadmill in the mornings.

"I also try getting a quick swim or a game of squash before hitting the gym, but both a gym and a swim or squash isn't easy."

Radhika2. Radhika Agarwal, co-founder and CEO Shopclues

Day begins: 6:15 am
First thing done: Spends 20 minutes catching up on reading and work
Morning fix: Stretches and a long morning walk
Reaches office: 9:15 am

Radhika says: "I have two boys, so I basically live dual worlds. From 6.40 am to 7.26 am is their time, and it is a dedicated morning time.

"After that I drink a cup of tea, catch up on work.

"It is those 40 minutes I get for myself, so I generally go for a long morning walk. It is my down time."

Naveen Tewari3. Naveen Tewari, co-Founder and CEO, InMobi

A father of two, Naveen Tewari begins his day early.

He sees off his daughter Niyati to school by 6.50 am.

Naveen says: "I usually run for five km or go to the gym.

"I then have chai, play cricket with my son Avin.

"I have the same breakfast I have been having for many years -- oats with fruits and dry fruits."

4. Ritesh Agarwal, founder and CEO, OYO Rooms

Day begins at: 7:00 am
First thing done: Checking e-mails and catching up on work
Morning fix: Long walks and runs
Reaches office: 10 am

Ritesh says: "I try to begin my days as early as possible, as it helps me plan my day and get most things done on time.

"I have started finding a lot of 'me time' and peace while running or taking a long walk in the mornings. It helps me rejuvenate and refresh myself."

Mukesh Bansal5. Mukesh Bansal, co-founder, CureFit

Bansal is known to be a fitness buff and enthusiast.

It, therefore, is of no surprise that Mukesh Bansal begins his day early.

He says: "I work out five to six times a week.

"I don't enjoy a traditional gym since I feel old-fashioned body building is more for aesthetics and less about holistic fitness and good health.

"I combine a lot of functional training, MMA (mixed martial arts), running and yoga and keep varying the formats."

Anu Acharya6. Anu Acharya, founder and CEO, Mapmygenome

Anu's day ends only at 2 am, so beginning early means 7 or 8 am.

First thing done: Spends 20 minutes catching up on reading and work
Morning fix: Running, cycling or swimming
Reaches office: 10:30 am to 11 am

Anu says: "Beginning the day early is difficult as my day ends late. But I definitely try running, cycling or swimming in the mornings after catching up on work.

"I find either one of these activities very relaxing and peaceful."

7. Kavin Bharti Mittal, founder and CEO, Hike Messenger

Unlike other entrepreneurs, Mittal begins his day slightly differently.

From a glass of water to meditation, Kavin Bharti Mittal starts by realigning and rejuvenating his mind.

Mittal says: "A glass of water as soon as I wake up. Then I meditate between 15 and 30 minutes followed by a quick shower.

"Breakfast is usually an apple, a banana, and some protein -- usually four to five eggs to get ready for the day."

Sindhu Kashyap with Vishal Krishna and Dipti Nair