There are two types of people in this world: morning people, and normal human beings. Getting up in the morning to be productive can be difficult for even the most influential gentleman, but I’m here to convince you that the benefits of getting up early and starting your day off on the right foot is worth the cost. Am I going to convince you to get up at 5 o’clock and run 5 miles or go to the gym for an hour? Absolutely not. What I am going to convince you is to add a quick morning routine that benefits your health and gives you a feeling of accomplishment as you move into the rest of your day.
The Power of A.M. Productivity
How you start your day has a real impact on the day’s outlook. This is no secret. Let’s look at two situations:
First, your alarm goes off at 8 o’clock on a Saturday. You’re annoyed because you accidentally set your weekday alarm on the weekend, so you naturally turn it off. Two hours later you wake up at 10 o’clock and groggily make your way downstairs to sit in front of the television for a few hours until you feel like enough of a person to go out and do those errands that you know need to be done. Eventually it’s noon before you decide to shower, eat, and head out, finishing your errands up by 2 or 3, and most of your day is gone.
Second, your alarm goes off at 8 o’clock on a Saturday. You acknowledge you accidentally set the alarm for your weekday schedule, but figure you’re up anyway so might as well get up and start the day. You have errands to accomplish so you head out right away. At 10 o’clock you get back to the house and throw some laundry in before cooking breakfast. Now, it’s 10:30 when you’re done what you had to accomplish today, and the whole day is ahead of you.
Do you see how a split-second decision can impact the rest of your day? Starting our mornings either lazily or productively set the tone for how day will progress. Starting it off right certainly has its benefit.
A.M. Health and Fitness
Exercising in general has a great power over our mentality. It is a stress reliever, promotes confidence, and obviously helps the body to feel better and have more energy. For me personally, it determines how the other parts of my life fall into line. If I’m consistent with my workouts, I’m consistent in my other responsibilities. If I’m getting stronger and healthier, I’m looking and feeling better, and this confidence leaks into other avenues of my life.
Now again, I’m not asking you to be up at the crack of dawn for a vigorous workout. I’m suggesting that you do something small and simple as soon as you wake up, so that you’re starting your day on a positive note. Whether you’re waking up at 7 before work on a weekday or at 9 on a weekend, whatever activity you choose will be how you start off your day.
Simple but Effective
So what are examples of what I’m looking for? We’re looking for things that are simple enough to complete consistently, and effective enough to feel a sense of accomplishment . This is different for every person. Personally, I’m not going to go for a 2 mile run to start off my day. I hate cardio and it is not simple enough that I will consistently complete it. I start my day with about 10 minutes of ab work. I hop out of bed, get on the ground, and get it done. It’s fairly intense but it’s quick enough that I will do it every day, and I always feel accomplished after and ready to move onto the next part of my morning.
Again, that may still not be simple enough for you, and that’s fine! Maybe for you a 10 minute walk around the neighborhood is an exercise more attuned to you. Maybe it’s 15 minutes of stretching, or foam rolling, or a couple sets of push-ups. Whatever the exercise, as long as it’s simple enough to complete each morning, and effective enough to feel productive moving forward, then you’re doing great!
Give it a Trial Run
You’ve made it to the last paragraph. That means you’re at least intrigued by the idea of a healthy morning routine. At this point I encourage you to try it out for let’s say 3 weeks. Only 21 days. I started my ab routine a couple months ago and now it’s a habit. I’ll bet if you can do it for 3 weeks straight you’ll turn it into a habit as well.
Remember, simple but effective. An exercise that you have no problem doing but gives you the boost to move into the next productive task and gets you firing on all cylinders moving forward into your day.
Wake up gentlemen, and start your mornings right.