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How many of you have started an evening workout routine and made promises to yourself about visiting the gym every evening only to watch them die a tragic death? By the end of a long workday we are typically mentally and physically exhausted, and the thought of exerting ourselves further is enough to make you want to crawl straight into bed. As mentioned, I started my early morning routine simply to get in a quick cardio workout since by the end of the day finding the time to do so can be a challenge. However, more and more gyms are offering their classes earlier in the mornings as well since the evenings are often filled with schoolwork and family, leaving little time for extras such as exercise. Starting your day with a workout doesn’t only cut your early evening fatigue out of the equation, it is also super healthy for you! It burns more calories, and continues to do so at a higher rate after you have finished, plus it helps you sleep better at night. Exercise releases endorphins too, which area feel good hormones: making you start your day out in a good mood as well.
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- Plan on a gradual approach to adjusting your schedule, or do it all at once. Depending on the type of person you either approach works. If you need to be gradual about it, be sure to get to sleep at the same time each night (somewhere between 7 and 9 hours before you want to wake) and adjust your alarm from 10 to 15 minutes earlier each morning. Or – if you want to rip off the proverbial band aid- get to bed set your alarm for your ideal early morning wake up call and just do it!
- Make yourself get up! Set your alarm on a shelf across the room, or use a tablet or phone with both sound and light to wake you more naturally. Once you are out of bed you are less likely to get back into it and jump into your morning routine.
- Go to bed earlier. If adults should shoot for 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, get to bed at least 8 hours before you plan on rising. Plus, get rid of all those nighttime distractions, like tablets, televisions, and phones. The blue light emitted from them can mess with your natural melatonin levels that help with your falling asleep.
- Be motivated to rise each morning. Whether you plan on using this time for personal peace and quiet, or a chance to catch up on work without interruption, have a goal in mind to help motivate you to rise- even when you don’t want to.
If you never had a good reason to rise early, hopefully you do now. The benefits of rising early are far more reaching than being a simple time to get in some time to catch up on work and answer emails. It also can begin to play an important role in your mental and physical health, and may result in a better, happier you! If you are an early bird, we would love to hear how rising each morning has benefitted your life. And if you are a night owl, what are you waiting for!? Jump on the band wagon and reap the benefits the sunrise can bring.