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15 Little Tricks: More Willing To Workout In The Morning

15 Little Tricks: More Willing To Workout In The Morning

If you already have a daily workout habit, why not look into maximizing its benefit just by simply readjusting the order of your routine. Working out in the morning gives you the opportunity to breathe in the morning air as well as organize your thoughts to start a new day refreshed and energized.

1. Set several alarms 

The night before, make sure to set up at least 4 different alarms with a five minute gap in between.

2. Set the alarms on your phone with a motivational quote

Make sure to include a message with your set alarms. Remind yourself why it is important to get up early with an inspirational quote. Reading the wise and motivational quotes will trigger your subconscious and motivate you to get out of bed.

3. Eat dinner 2 hours before sleeping

Allow yourself at least 2 hours between the time you finish dinner and when you go to bed.

4. Avoid drinking alcohol at dinner

Do not go beyond a single glass of wine during dinner. Furthermore, avoid eating heavy food or lots of fat during dinner prior to an early workout.

5. Prepare your clothes the night before

Prepare what you will wear for your morning workout and everything that you will need to ensure a smooth transition leading up to the morning workout.

6. Plug in your power song as soon as you wake up.

Treat yourself! Motivate yourself! Make sure to put in some headphones as you get out of bed and listen to your power song to pump up your desire to workout.

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7. Visualize a better future

Visualize yourself enjoying the morning workout, before as you fall asleep. You will feel the immediate effects as you complete it and the long term benefits that visualization can contribute to your health and life.

8. Have a workout plan

Clearly define your morning routine. Plan out all the different exercises that you will be doing or the running routes that you will run, to minimize the amount of decisions that need to be made in the morning.

9. Set goals

Create a long-term plan to sustain the habit of getting up early. Read your goals out loud in the morning before leaving the house for the workout.

10. Make it a habit

Have a regular schedule. There is no better way to never miss a morning workout than to incorporate it into your daily routine. This might be hard for world travelers, but making it part of your routine can be one of the best ways to never again miss a morning workout.

11. Involve a partner

It is always more fun to do things with a partner. By convincing a friend, neighbor, or a family member to join you in your morning exercise will make it a more fruitful experience and will make you feel more responsible to not miss the morning workout.

12. Join a class

A morning class can make sports fun, as you wake up to different exercise and nice music. Also, making it a habit can bring you the necessary pressure in case you don’t have a partner to workout with.

13. Jog or ride a bike to your workout location 

Starting the day with a little movement before arriving to your gym or workout location can make the morning exercise less painful as your body slowly warms up and adjusts.

14. Cool down after your workout

Use the time after your workout when you feel relaxed and energized to stretch and cool down. As you relax, you foster positive vibes and create great synergy to sustain the rest of the day.

15. Run from your house

This is great for those who don’t want to miss their morning routine, but have a tight schedule. Create a running route from your house. You can easily enjoy a nice 30 minute morning jog with only waking up 35 minutes earlier than if you don’t do it.

Featured photo credit: Biker Sunrise/ Chris Martin via flickr.com

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Published on July 15, 2019

10 Simple Strategies to Make Your Life Better Starting Today

10 Simple Strategies to Make Your Life Better Starting Today

Habits are an important part of the direction you take your life, and — as I’ll share with you shortly — there are certain daily habits you can adopt right away that are guaranteed to improve your life.

Think back to when you were just six or seven years old…

At that age you probably didn’t have many habits. But, as the years went by, you picked up more and more good and bad habits.

You may not have thought about it before, but habit forming never really stops.

That’s why it’s never too late to change your habits and transform your life.

So, if you feel burdened by your bad habits, start kicking them into shape by replacing them with these 10 positive, life-changing strategies:

1. Go to Bed a Little Earlier and Wake up Earlier 

Starting tonight, get yourself to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual. And, then make sure you get up tomorrow morning 30 minutes earlier, too. This small change can have a BIG impact on your day. 

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Instead of furiously rushing in the morning to get ready for work, the extra time will give you a golden opportunity to start your day off on the right note. You can drink a smoothie while sitting on your porch, spend 10 minutes exercising and stretching, and still have time to read a few pages of an inspiring book.

2. Be Grateful for the Good Things in Your Life 

Setbacks and obstacles are inevitable in life. But, with a positive mindset, you’ll be able to overcome most of these. And, when you do, you’ll boost your self-confidence. 

This is something you can definitely be grateful for. 

However, if worst-case scenarios are playing out in your life, then sometimes, to stay strong, you’ll need to keep your mind on the good things that are happening to you. For example, your relationship with your partner might be crumbling, but your career is continuously getting stronger. It’d be easy to feel downtrodden and miserable about your relationship problems —  but, it would be much healthier to keep your mind and gratitude on these things that are going well, such as your career.

3. Drink Water All Day Every Day 

I’m sure you’ve heard the advice of drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, but are you following that advice? If not, you’re robbing your body and mind of essential hydration. 

With the right amount of water intake a day, you’ll be amazed how good you feel — and how good you look!

4. Take 15 Minutes to Set Goals for the Day, and Then Tackle Them One by One 

This strategy will put your life into a new stratosphere! And, it’s very simple to do. 

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Simply spend 15 minutes in the morning (either at home or at work) planning what you need and want to achieve during the rest of the day. Once you’ve listed your tasks, the next step is to put them into order of priority. 

For instance, you have three things to do: catch up with your emails, write a project update, and prepare a briefing for your CEO. It’s best if you put these in order of importance. In this example, your emails can probably wait until you’ve created your CEO brief and updated your project documentation.

5. Turn Off Your Cell Phone (or Put it on Airplane Mode) When You’re Focusing 

A 2012 study found that even looking at a cell phone or feeling it vibrate in your pocket can significantly distract focus and reduce your ability to complete complex tasks.[1]

It’s no surprise really, as our thoughts are subconsciously drawn towards checking our phones when they’re switched on. It’s a bad habit — but one that most of us have. However, when you need 100% focus (like I do when writing my articles), then switching your phone off, or at least putting it into airplane mode, will free your mind and supercharge your focus. Try it and see!

6. Walk as Much as You Can 

Have you noticed that most people’s lives are sedentary? They drive to work, sit in front of a screen all day, then drive home and binge on the latest Netflix series. It’s no wonder there’s a growing epidemic of obesity and mental health issues. 

Our bodies are made to move — so we should move them! This can be as simple as walking up the stairs to your office instead of taking the elevator, and going out for a walk around the block at lunchtime. In the evening, instead of arriving home and crashing on the sofa; spend 20 to 30 minutes walking around your block.

When you make these things a habit, you’ll be amazed by how much better you feel. You’ll have less stress — and more energy.

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7. Be Mindful of Your Surroundings

How often do you stop, think and appreciate the “here and now”? I’m guessing not very often. But, I understand why. Modern life is demanding and fast-paced. There’s precious little time to appreciate the small things. 

But, if you want to live a healthy and happy life, you must break out of this trap. You can do this by allocating 15 to 30 minutes each day for mindful meditation. This could be in a park, in your garden, or even in your lounge. The trick is to focus 100% on your surroundings. 

For example, if you’re outside, watch how the leaves on the trees blow around in the wind. By keeping your focus on this movement, you’ll clear your mind from your usual stresses and strains. This will give you brain a much-needed break. And, as well as improving your mental health; you’ll find your creativity gets a boost, too.

8. Ask for Help When You Need It 

No one can know or do everything. Which is why you shouldn’t be embarrassed to delegate tasks to others when needed, ask questions when you don’t have the answers, and work with partners and colleagues to clarify intentions. 

When I first set up Lifehack, I tried to do everything myself: blog writing, website creation, marketing, financial planning, etc. However, I quickly learned that it was much better to hire some help. Not only did this inject some fresh ideas and inspiration into Lifehack — it also made the whole operation way more enjoyable!

9. Practice Self Care 

Are you looking after yourself as well as you should? If not, then take steps to improve your diet, exercise more, and to speak to yourself with encouraging words and thoughts. 

The latter suggestion is often overlooked. But how you speak to yourself determines how you feel, what you believe, and what you achieve.

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10. Embrace Learning 

You cannot transform your life without learning something new. That’s because the process of change forces you to adapt. But, many people stop learning as they get older, as they find the learning process boring and bothersome. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. It can be fun and rewarding. 

Whether you decide to learn to play guitar or study the basics of accounting — embrace learning, and begin changing your world for the better.

I’m sure you’ll agree that these 10 strategies are simple enough for you to start putting them into action in your life. (I suggest you begin today!) 

Nevertheless, you’ll probably need to use some extra willpower for the first 30 days or so, as this is the typical length of time it takes to create a new habit. After that, these strategies will be part of your day-to-day life, and you won’t need to think about having to do them. In other words, they’ll have become habitual actions.

If you need any further encouragement to get started with the 10 strategies, then consider this:

Even just adopting one of the strategies can turn the tide in your favor. But, when you implement all 10, you’ll create an unstoppable trend towards success, health and happiness.

So start making your life better — today!

Featured photo credit: Javier Garcia via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] Deborah R. Tindell and Robert W. Bohlander, Wilkes University: The Use and Abuse of Cell Phones and Text Messaging in the Classroom: A Survey of College Students

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