“Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day.” – George Allen Sr.
I haven’t always been a morning person. Over the years, I’ve had to make myself one. Now, my days just aren’t the same without starting with a good workout. Seriously.
More often than not, we push our workouts to later in the day. “I’ll do it tonight,” you tell yourself. Then, after a full day of responsibilities and tasks, you are worn out. You may still go to the gym – but your workout just isn’t reaching it’s full potential. Plus, evenings tend to be “peak hours,” what, with the, “Can I work in?” Yeah, no. After a long day of the struggle being real, sometimes the last thing I want to do is share my bench press. Just saying. The early bird gets the worm.
“Set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed every morning”
Early Morning Benefits
Every morning workouts have several advantages.
Keep it Quick There is no need to “kill it” every session. Unless you’re going for your IFBB Pro-Card, save the intense workouts for the weekend or your day off. Moderate exercise for 40 – 55 minutes three times a week is recommended. Stretching, a little cardio, free weights, mix it up.
Metabolism Boost Our metabolisms begin kicking into high gear when rising and peak around high noon. According to Metabolicclock.com “Think of your metabolism like a miniature sun. At sunrise it’s waking up, it gathers momentum and is at it’s peak at midday. Then it glides gently into sunset slowing down and resting.” The coffee memes are funny and all, but nothing beats a great session.
Accountability There is no, “I’m to busy” first thing in the morning. Once you make a personal goal and keep it – it feels good. Start small. I tell clients all the time, “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour.” Work your way up to Rock star. Instead of “shoulda, coulda, woulda,” say, “I am.”
Accomplishment The rush from endorphin’s and dopa-mine leaves us with a sense of well being. A quick shower and change of clothes and you’ll be boardroom confident. People will love to hate you because you have so much energy, smile all the time, and walk around with your shoulders back. Own it.
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