I am NOT a morning person. I repeat, I am NOT a morning person.
But since my goals and my values have changed in these last few months, I've grown to become one.
Change is hard. Change is scary. Change is uncomfortable.
Just about every morning that I get up early to workout, I have a mental self-talk battle,
"It's so dark. I'm cold. I can fit it in later. Oliver (my 15 month old son) isn't even up yet. JUST 5 MORE MINUTES."
But I slug myself out of bed and after my workout, I ALWAYS feel better.
Working out in the morning has numerous health benefits.
1. Our productivity levels increase with the sudden boost of dopamine, which are those feel good factors in your brain. We get a pep in our step, we accomplish more in our day, and research has shown that people who exercise in the morning sleep better at night. Double win!
2. We stay consistent. Unless we BOOK that time IN for ourselves, something will take its place. When we are trying to reach our goals, it's the little consistent choices and actions that we make that either take us one step closer to our goals, or those choices pull us one step farther away.
If you had a work meeting that you knew was going to give you a big bonus at the end or a sizable recognition, you wouldn't miss it for the world. So why skimp out on your workout? It's going to do the same!
Get it in before the rest of the world needs you!
3. We make better choices throughout the day. Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand. Once I've completed my workout for the day, I'm much more mindful of the choices I make. It's easier to say no to the doughnuts in the break room and the birthday cake that gets passed around.
Also, if you work hard and push yourself during your workout, you will zap into those fat burning zones. A little bit of hard work in the morning, allows you to sit back and enjoy the fat burning process ALL. DAY. LONG.
Take that fat. I'm smarter than you!
Just 30 minutes a day, before the rest of the house gets up, before the emails start piling in; Focus on you!
You can beat the snooze button. I promise, you'll feel better in the end!