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Easy ways to exercise in the morning, and why you should!

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By Jodi Gibson

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Exercising with the sunrise may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

morning yoga (2)Throw in early commutes to work, non-sleeping children and just plain tiredness and yes it can be hard to convince ourselves to crawl out from under the warm doona to greet the morning in runners and lycra. But the benefits really do outweigh the negatives in the long run.

I’ve been an early morning exercise convert since my late teens. I remember waking up at 6:30am to tune into Aerobics Oz Style with June, Wendi, Michelle and Effie for a half hour of routines to get my day started. Tragic but true!

I have mixed it up in years to follow with morning walks, an albeit unsuccessful stint of running, some yoga, a boot camp here and there and my latest fad DVD, ‘Jillian Michaels’30 day shred’. Even during my pregnancies I managed to get up and switch on my Preggi Bellies DVD, first thing in the morning.

Ali Cavill, Personal Trainer and owner of  Fit Fantastic agrees that mornings are a great time to commit to training.

“Early mornings are one of the most peaceful times to workout, without the pollution, crowd and hustle and bustle of peak times, and minus the fatigue of having put in a day’s work so people experience more energy and drive to complete the workout.”, says Ali.

And it is not only the physical benefits of working out that early morning workouts provide.

“Morning workouts ensure you feel fresh and energised to start your day and the boost of endorphins will increase the ability to deal with stressors that arise in everyday activity.”

Setting your clock to sync with the sunrise also ensures that your workout gets done. Often we find ourselves lost for time during the day and some things just have to give and often the workout is the first one.

So the big question…how do you motivate yourself to get out of bed?

Ali offers some great tips:

  • Set the goal of an activity and commit. Once you commit to the activity and show up you will naturally form a habit and feel a sense of achievement.
  • Set yourself a long term goal such as a ‘fun run’ to work towards.
  • Get a good night’s sleep so you feel rested. Not always possible, but a bonus if you can!
  • Get up at the same time each day. This creates a habit for your internal body clock.
  • Get up as soon as your alarm goes off. No more hitting that snooze button!
  • Choose an activity that you enjoy and mix it up so you don’t get bored.
  • Prepare the night before by organising your breakfast and laying out your exercise gear near your bed.

 And remember, it takes 30 days to form a habit. Make a commitment to yourself to exercise in the mornings for the next month and see what a difference it makes. Before long, you may even be hooked!

Are you a morning exercise devotee? How do you fit in working out in your busy life?

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Jodi Gibson - to view all of Jodi's blog post click here

Jodi Gibson, a.k.a. Lipgloss Mumma, is a freelance writer, blogger, self-published non-fiction author and aspiring fiction author. In her spare time she, usually unsuccessfully, juggles being a wife, mothering four girls and running two businesses. Jodi is a constant dreamer, chaser of wisdom and lover of music trivia and cycling.

Website: http://www.jfgibson.com.au

  • I have tried so many times to exercise in the morning but don’t seem to be able to do it. I wish I could though, it would be such a fantastic start to the day and like you say Jodi, has many benefits like actually doing it! I try to stay fit by doing outdoor group training twice a week. This is working for me so far. These days I’m totally over the gym.

    • It really is Jane, but if it’s not you; it’s not you! We all need to find the perfect time and activity that works for us. Outdoor group training is fantastic and being a group event you are making a commitment to others to be there. And I was never a gym person either!

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  • Sharon

    Great article! I always start the day with a walk to the beach, it really does leave you feeling energised for the day!

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