No, not like Miley Cyrus type of getting your grind on, but more like getting your workout done before half of the world wakes up. THAT kind of grind. Ever since I started to amp up my fitness game when I was in college, I had no choice but to workout at night after work/class/internship whatever I had going on during the week. HOWEVER now…that is changing. This week I decided that I’ve had enough of working out after work because you know what happens? Excuses happen. “It’s been a long day, I have to meet up with this person, I have to work on this, I have to work on that” you get the idea. But you know what doesn’t happen at 4:30 a.m. each morning? All of those excuses. Because what the hell needs to be happening at 4:30 a.m. other than kicking my ass out of bed to get my fitness on? So this week I switched to this new morning routine and even though the getting up process is a little hard, once I’m at the gym…I’m LOVING it. My running/cross training game is totally going to reach peak levels. I can feel it. My hubs on the other hand thinks I’m 50 shades of cray, but I’m never turning back.
I was all, “Why in the HELL have I waited so long to do this?!”You like my Blue Steel look guys?
You might be wondering why I’m making such a huge deal about this. Well it’s not just because of the obvious reason of reaching fitness goals, but it just starts the day off in the best possible way. (Minus being a sweaty mess..make sure to shower)
I’ve read some pretty interesting articles/studies regarding the most successful people and everything they do even before they bite into a piece of toast that morning and exercising is one of them. Why? Well here are some benefits you can take away while counting those early morning reps instead of counting little sheep in bed.
- Helps reduce stress throughout the day
- Improves your sleep
- Lower blood pressure throughout the day (therefore improving sleep)
- Better sleep is believed to result in less stress…less stress may also positively affect your weight (helllooo stress eating anyone?)
- I personally felt more alert throughout the day and didn’t even need that second or even first cup of coffee. Had my protein shake and I was out the door and going to work!
According to Business Insider, In a poll of 20 executives cited by Vanderkam, 90% said they wake up before 6 a.m. on weekdays. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, for example, wakes at 4 a.m. and is in the office no later than 7 a.m. Meanwhile, Disney CEO Bob Iger gets up at 4:30 to read, and Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey is up at 5:30 to jog. So about those bananas?
If you’re not a morning person, don’t fret, it’s not everyone’s thing, it’s just worked wonders for me and if you’re into the idea of switching over to morning workouts too, I suggest trying it! As I always say, there’s never really a time where I regretted working out and I felt really shitty afterward. It’s a mood booster!
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