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Get Your Morning Workout Done With These 10 Habits

Get Your Morning Workout Done With These 10 Habits

Benjamin Franklin said it like this “Early to bed, early to rise, will make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”  Why did he say this some 200 + years ago?  Because he knew from his own experiences and watching others, that the ones who got up early, were healthier and more successful.

1. First and foremost you have to remember why you want to get up early and workout.

It starts here.  If you don’t set a goal and establish your reasons for accomplishing a health and fitness goal, then you definitely won’t get up early.  Early is hard.  If it was easy everyone would do it, right?  Your goal for your health and fitness must be so strong and the WHY behind it must be so powerful that nothing will stop you from accomplishing that goal.

2. Go to bed early.

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    No brainer right?  I have a lot of friends, that deal with insomnia, but really what happens is they have a lot on their mind.  We have all been here before.  As an early riser, I don’t have problems falling asleep, ever.  My only problem is falling asleep too early and getting up too early.  To ensure you get that workout in make sure you are in bed early.

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    3. Make a commitment.

    This sounds weird, but it works.  I sometimes tell my Facebook community, which consists of several people who work out and we all keep each other motivated by posting our runs, our workouts, etc.  What I like to do is post that I can’t wait until the morning to knock out 5K or 10 miles, or what I will accomplish in the gym.  Once I make that statement, I must complete the task because someone will ask me about it and I refuse to say, “Oh, I didn’t get up and get it done.”  Make your commitments out loud, especially if you have accountability partners, which we all should.

    4. Friends/Partners

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      Without a doubt the best workouts I have had in my life have happened when I had a partner to workout with.  Now, I work out too early in the morning to find a partner. If you can find a partner that is motivated like you are and you can hold each other accountable daily to working out, then you will accomplish your fitness goals.

      Texting each other the night before with a simple statement is best. Don’t ask: “Are we still working out in the morning?” The brain is weird, if you were thinking or they were thinking about not working out, you just gave them an opt out.  Make a statement.  “Can’t wait to see you in the morning”.  This implies that they will be there.  I am telling you have seen it enough, always make the statement and assume you will be working out in the morning, never ask.  If you ask it gives you both an option to opt out.  The guilt of trying to bail out on the workout is too overwhelming for the mind.

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      5. Treat.

      Treats are nice.  We all have to treat ourselves every now and then.  I have found that when I think about the next day, and what I will do, I will include whether or not I will be eating out.  I will actually think about the potential calories I may take in either through going out to eat or by treating myself after a nice workout in the morning.  The bottom line is that when you burn enough calories through a workout, you can have some wiggle room in your diet.

      6. Change your mindset. 

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        I am not a morning person.  I have heard this at least a thousand times.  None of us our morning people until we become morning people, and shift our mindset.  Say “I am becoming a morning person”, and then become one.

        7. Think about your current day.

        Think about how busy you were that day and how you wouldn’t have been able to get a workout in that day, if you wouldn’t have done it in the morning.  You have to make time for it, if not the day will be gone before you know it.

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        8.  How good does it feel.

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          How does it feel knowing that your workout is in the books and when you get off work, and you can go and have a few drinks with colleagues or dinner with a spouse, or spend some quality time with kids.  I live in an area where there are a lot of runners.  When I am heading home in the evening or sitting out on the patio at one of my favorite restaurants and I see the runners go by, it makes me feel so accomplished that I got mine in that morning and I can enjoy the evening.  It feels great!

          9.  Set your workout clothes out. 

          Setting out your workout clothes the night before makes it impossible for you to start to run late because you couldn’t find something. Also, let’s face it, before bed we are likely to be a lot more gung ho about our morning workout than we are first thing in the morning.

          10.  Set multiple alarms. 

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            My friend Paul says he sets multiple alarms.  First call is at a certain time and then a last call is about an half hour later.  I have found this works for me as well.  The best thing to do is to bounce up before the alarm goes off and after a certain period of time I am sure this will happen as long as you make it a routine and a habit.

            About three years ago I went from being the person that says I will never be an early riser to a person that is now to the opposite extreme in that I want to see how I early I can get up and still get what I need to do throughout the day accomplished.  I accomplish more between 4 and 10 in the morning than I ever did between 4 and 10 in the evening.  There are no distractions in the morning.

            Take some of the actions above and see if you can become a morning workout person.

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            Last Updated on July 8, 2020

            18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

            18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

            The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

            1. Understand Yourself Better

            Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

            Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

            2. Keep Track of Small Changes

            I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

            Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

            3. Become Aware of What Matters

            As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

            You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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            4. Boost Creativity

            The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

            When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

            You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

            5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

            A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

            Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

            6. Process Life Experiences

            When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

            Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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            7. Stress Relief

            In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

            Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

            8. Provide Direction

            Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

            One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

            9. Solve Problems

            Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

            Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

            When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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            10. Find Relief From Fighting

            Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

            Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

            11. Find Meaning in Life

            Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

            12. Allow Yourself to Focus

            Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

            13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

            When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

            14. Let the Past Go

            I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

            15. Allow Freedom

            Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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            16. Enhance Your Career

            Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

            Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

            17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

            All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

            18. Catalog Your Life for Others

            No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

            We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

            Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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