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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 December 9, 2019

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

            Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

            Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

            1. Get Rationally Optimistic

            Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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            This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

            In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

            The result: no more mental stress.

            2. Unplug

            Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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            How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

            It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

            Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

            3. Easy on the Caffeine

            Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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            Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

            4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

            That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

            How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

            • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
            • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
            • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

            While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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            5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

            This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

            The result: mental stress will be gone!

            So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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