4AM. 5AM. 6AM. What time do you wake up in the morning? Are you an early bird that gets the worm and seizes the day?
Towards the end of October, I had noticed that my days were feeling longer, I was more sluggish at work and had a lot less energy. Of course that didn’t make me happy and I had to take a look at my routine to see what was going on with me. I noticed that I was beginning to sleep later and later in the morning, often times causing myself to have to rush and get ready for work, not getting a chance to eat breakfast and ultimately increasing my stress level before I even got into the office.
NOT GOOD (to say the least)
The end of the day would finally come and even though I said I would hit the gym after work, it never happened. Why? I lacked energy and the desire to do anything more than to grab something quick to eat and lay down to rest.
So then I decided to challenge myself to do better. How? It’s been about a month since I had started making myself wake up in the mornings to exercise before work at least every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (yes, I missed a few–I am not perfect!), followed by a nice healthy breakfast. Since I have begun to hit the gym in the morning, I have certainly noticed an increase in my energy level. The sluggish feeling is gone and I feel as though I have more clarity in my thinking process throughout the day. Plus, no more end of the day ‘crashing.’
In fact, check out this ‘6 Benefits to Being a Morning Exerciser’ article from the U.S. News Health section.
Sometimes it puzzles me because I KNOW what it takes to be healthy, but that doesn’t always make it easy. Why is that we know we will feel healthier and have more energy if we start our day with a little exercise, yet we still don’t want to get out of bed in the morning? It’s definitely not a hard question to answer being that basically it’s just that many times I’d rather lay in the bed for an extra hour, going in and out of sleep knowing that soon enough I will actually have to get up and get ready for work. The very ugly truth.
Let’s embrace the fact that we know by starting out our day with exercise, we will live healthier and more productive lives with LESS STRESS.
So this is my challenge to YOU. Choose 2-3 days out of the week and set your alarm clock to RISE & GRIND! Start out small if you have been inactive for a while. Get up and take a 15-30 minute walk and/or if you don’t have a gym membership, grab a few workout DVDs from the store so that there is no excuse not to exercise (you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home!) Next, keep a journal of how your body is feeling. I guarantee you’ll start feeling the same way I did–fantastic!