Yep! It’s hard work getting out of bed. As a former personal fitness instructor getting clients up at 4:30am for a morning workout, before they head to their day job, was pretty hard work in itself.
When it’s still dark and cold outside it’s hard to believe that there are added benefits to not hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock. However daily workouts in the morning may be more effective than at any other time of the day.
Read my blog on “Why Successful Small Business Owners Need to Exercise Everyday” to see how exercise can boost the your performance at work.
But if you’re ready to ramp up your fitness regime below are some rapid-fire “whys’ and “hows” for working out in the morning. So in my best Boot Camp Master voice “Suck it up cupcake! Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!”
- Why #1: You’ll miss fewer workouts. Exercise before the excuses start – emails, projects, meetings and social invitations. You need to work out consistently to maintain the benefits.
- Why #2: You’ll have better quality sleep. People who exercise regularly tend to sleep better compared to those who are sedentary. According to a Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research study people who exercise at 7 a.m. spend 75 percent more time in the deepest stages of sleep than those who exercise in the afternoon or evening.
- Why #3: You’ll feel more awake and alert. Exercise increases circulation and endorphins that will help you get going in the morning. But it can’t replace a good night’s sleep
- How #1: Book a meeting. Make it a priority appointment in your calendar. You wouldn’t miss a meeting with an important client, so respect your workouts the same way.
- How #2: Eliminate barriers. I pack my workout clothes and sneakers the night before. I have my breakfast and snacks all pre-planned and pre-packed. Make it all grab-and-go. Cycle or run to work if you can. If you prefer to go to a gym, find one that’s on the way to work.
- How #3: Make it a routine. After your workout treat yourself to a fresh-pressed juice or quality (make mine a Campos) espresso. Even taking a 5 minute timeout on a park bench to relax, meditate or pray in the cool quietness of the morning can help cement your new morning routine.
Remember, good comes to those who wait, better things come to those who work(out) for it.
by TuiSiong Hie
Digital Media Strategist & Founder at Cross+word
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