A Case For Mornings...

A Case For Mornings...

I’ve never been a morning person. I’m not one of those rise-and-shine-with-a-smile folks who thrives in the early hours. I have no idea how many of my clients perform so well so early.

In the past couple years, I’ve certainly improved my ability to function and finish tasks in these hours, and it’s because I’ve realized how precious this time is for accomplishing important things.

Lately, I’ve added workouts to this morning routine. If it doesn’t happen in the morning these days, it doesn’t happen at all. This might sound arduous, but it’s far from it. I don’t exercise because I want a six pack or sculpted arms. I exercise because it gives me energy, improves my functionality, and it reminds me of what my body is capable (if I can lift heavy weights over my head without killing myself, or run further today than yesterday, certainly I can handle my toddler’s screaming tantrum because he wanted the yellow one and not the green one, even though the green one was what he requested.)

When I’m stronger and more functional, my back doesn’t hurt from carrying my babies, and I don’t have to make two trips up the stairs with groceries. My workouts are important to my daily life – and I bet your days would improve dramatically if exercise was a staple.

If you’re finding day after day your good intentions for fitting in a workout aren’t enough, may I present a case for that dreaded early morning routine?

You won’t forget – ever have to pry yourself from beneath the sheets because you realized you forgot to do something important before climbing into bed? When was the last time a workout lured you back? That’s what I thought… Especially when it’s a new habit, starting fresh in the morning increases your likelihood of completing the task. When the alarm sounds, think of this:The sooner I make it a habit, the sooner I can move it to a more desirable time.”

You have more control: I now have two kids at home, which means my time is a little less predictable. I don’t know that it was very predictable before my daughter arrived, but at least I only had one nap to align or one tantrum to soothe. Kids, spouse, work demands and so forth tend to spring up uninvited and unannounced, meaning that your workouts can easily fall to the wayside if you have to fit them in around these variables. The simple solution is to rise before these time snatchers take control of your existence.

You’ll be more prepared: After a long, stressful day, there are few of us who want to strap on tennis shoes and hit the gym. Mentally, we’re checked out and would rather just slum it on the couch in front of the TV, sugar-laden snacks in hand. Exercising first thing ensures you’re not as weighed down by the stressors of your life. In fact, it will better prepare you to handle the stressors of your day!

Exercise is proven to improve your energy levels, balance your moods and improve your self confidence, and that’s in addition to the outward changes you can see if you’re doing the right kind of exercise for your body type and goals. (Here’s a hint: your workouts should be intense and lasting no more than 30 to 45 minutes. Want more help? Get in touch today and we can design a strength, cardio and nutrition program that will re-program your metabolism and help you reach your goals in record time.)

If you can’t get it in later in the day (a tell-tale sign is you haven’t done it yet) start setting that alarm a little earlier so you can reap the many benefits a consistent routine can provide. Here are three tips to make this a reality:

Set it back – Too tired in the morning to make it work? Start going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night until you wake up rested at workout time. Sure, this might cut into your lifestyle a bit, but that’s for the best – if you want to see changes in your body, getting more rest will help you shed fat and improve health in and of itself, not to mention the accelerated changes you’ll see with a proper workout routine!

Pregame – If you have just too much to do in the morning to workout, figure out what you can do ahead of time to arrange more room. Perhaps you can prepare breakfast ahead of time (click here for some great recipes!), pack a lunch the night before and get your clothes all ready. (Don’t forget to pack your gym bag!) Anything that doesn’t have to be done the morning of (like a shower) can be done early to clear room for your workout.

Team up – Trust me, it’s tempting to hit the snooze button or rationalize how “easily” you could get this workout done at a more Godly hour, but that’s not so easy to do when you know someone is waiting for you. Whether you get a friend, join a group or hire a trainer, having accountability will keep you on track and reaching your goals much faster than you could on your own. (Think about it – all professional athletes do this! Must be something to it…)

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