Friday, July 13, 2007

Become a Morning Person

Current Weight: 220 lbs.
Body Fat: 30.0 %
Change 20: Become a morning person

A recent study found that people who start their exercise routine in the morning are 90% more likely to keep to it than those who work out in the evening. Personally, I feel if you can manage to create a morning routine, it is easier to stick with it because your day is only beginning, as opposed to being worn out by the day's stresses.

Start each day deliberately, know what your goals are for the day, and work toward them from the moment you wake up. This will affect more than just your weight loss and exercise plans, but your entire life.

For many people, becoming a morning person is not easy, but I don't believe it is impossible either. Here are a few tips to help:

  1. Have a Schedule. Set a time to get up, and get up at that time. Have a routine of things to do and start right in on doing them. Go to bed when you are tired to ensure you get a good night's rest.
  2. Get moving. Working out first thing in the morning gets the blood flowing and oxygen traveling, clearing the cobwebs from your mind.
  3. Alternate shower. Shower as hot as you can stand it, then when you finish, go all cold for a minute.
  4. Avoid stimulants (e.g. caffeine) Stimulants give you a pick-me-up, but they always have a drop-you-down afterwards. Allow your body to regulate itself.
  5. Be aware. Observe the benefits of getting up early each morning.

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