When I mention that I wake up at 5:00am, some of my friends or colleagues are often shocked at the need or want to do such a thing. After all isn’t sleep most important to a healthy lifestyle?
Absolutely it is! That being said, waking up at 5:00am allows me to workout, eat a nutritious breakfast and have a tea with my Love all before having to take on the day. The results of this are:
After working out and exerting your muscles in the morning, At the end of the day your body feels fatigued and ready to fall into a deep sleep.
Happier & Less Stressed
With all of the endorphins released during and after a workout, I genuinely feel happier, even though I woke up before the sun. The time I get to spend enjoying and nurturing myself and my relationship makes me feel like I am on a cloud. It is so important to me. Exercise has been proven to reduce stress, so what are you waiting for?
More Productive, More Money
I think clearer after working out, it is one less thing I have to do that day and it leaves my mind focused to take on the day’s tasks. Plus, I have done this all before most people have even gotten out of bed, leaving me steps ahead. There is research that suggest people who workout regularly make more money than their lazier counterparts. Now that is motivating!
Look & Feel Amazing
For me, consistently working towards my fitness goals, helps me to look healthy and feel strong. I love being able to increase the weight I can lift or the distance I can run. Your body loves to push its limits and your heart will thank you!
This all sounds great, but how can you fit this into your busy life?
Just like you schedule time to get your haircut, set a time that works for you to move your body. Start small, perhaps once a week go for a 20 minute walk and slowly increase the amount of times you go per week and the intensity of the activity.
Stay up Late or Wake up Early
Okay, I know that we are not all morning people, so stay up late if that is the time of day that makes the most sense for your lifestyle. Perhaps sneaking a workout into your lunch break is the most convenient time. If it is important enough to you, you will find the time.
Use what you have
When traveling, YouTube a free yoga class or workout. There is so much content online that you can take advantage of. Body weight training is an effective way to get started.
Hire an Expert
If you don’t trust yourself to be accountable, hire a trainer. Or, find a gym buddy that you can count on. Make sure your workout buddy will actually keep you accountable and will not be easily convinced to go for a latte instead.
For me, fitness and being healthy is essential to building a happy and successful life and business. The pain of feeling sluggish and uncomfortable in my skin is greater than the pain of waking up at the crack of dawn. Figure out what pain is stronger for you and remember it when you want to spring out of bed to get your workout in.
If you want to learn more about a healthy mindset and incorporating fitness into your busy life give me a call.