Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.
Here we go again another week and another start as we continue to live the rest of our lives. I am off to my daily exercise in a few hours and am finding that I keep getting my stamina back and that is a good feeling. I am sure that my nearly ten pond weight loss over the last few weeks has helped as well. I wish I had done a better job earlier in my life of managing my health but fortunately it is never too late to start.
I was like to old joke advised, I went to the YMCA each morning before 5 AM so my body could start before my mind realized what I was doing. Lately I have been so happy with the benefits that unless I have an early meeting I often go later in the day maybe even 6:30 AM. If you are like I was but would really like to bring some healthy habits into your life you may find these tips that I picked up from MY Fitness Pal helpful.
So You Want to Start…Working Out in the Morning
- Ease into it. If you’ve never exercised in the morning before, don’t sign up for 6AM personal training sessions five days in a row. To start, schedule one morning workout per week. Try choosing a day you have something fun planned for that night. Knowing you can’t put your workout off might give you more incentive to get out of bed and exercise that morning. When you start to feel okay with one day per week, bump it up to 2. Gradually your body (and brain) will get used to sweating before 7 o’clock.
- Write a workout schedule for the week. This is helpful no matter what time of day you prefer to exercise, but building your day around a morning workout really does give you fewer excuses to skip it. When writing your workout schedule, also consider things like work deadlines, events and travel plans, so you can let your really busy days be rest days!
- Enlist a morning workout buddy. It’s a lot harder to skip a morning sweat session if you have someone counting on you to show up. No one wants to be that person who bails!
- Before you go to bed, decide exactly what morning workout you will do. For example, instead of saying, “I will exercise before work tomorrow,” say “I will jog 2 miles and do 30 pushups before work tomorrow.” Workout agendas maximize efficiency by eliminating wasted minutes spent debating which piece of cardio equipment to hop on or which strength move to do next.
- Lay out your exercise clothes the night before. This gesture alone is a sign you’re committed to getting out of bed for exercise in the morning. It takes the guesswork out of dressing for the weather, which can be overly complicated if you’re groggy from a good night’s sleep. Your still-sleeping significant other will appreciate not hearing you fumble around in the dark as you look for your favorite pair of socks.
- Pack your gym bag before you go to bed if you plan on showering elsewhere.
- Get a good night’s sleep. There are few things that can get in the way of you and your morning workout, but sleep deprivation is one of them. It’ll get the best of you almost every time.
- Think positive thoughts. When your alarm goes off, don’t dwell on how much you’d rather fall back asleep or how tired you are. Instead, focus on what you’re excited to do with your free time after school or work, or how great you’ll feel the rest of the day for sticking to your goal.
Working out in the morning isn’t for everyone, but if you want to start then it’s entirely possible to make it a healthy habit with enough planning, preparation and positive thinking. I’m proof—and I hope these little tricks will help you too!
Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year.
Franklin Pierce Adams
A man goes to Africa on a safari. While there, he comes upon an elephant, in great pain, with a giant thorn in its foot. The man very carefully approaches the elephant, and gingerly removes the thorn from its foot. The elephant begins to walk away, then turns and stares at the man for a full minute, locking eyes with him. The elephant then continues on its way. “I wonder if I ever see that elephant again if it will remember me?” the man muses to himself.
It is a few years later, and the man is at a circus back in the States. He notices that one of the elephants keeps looking at him, almost like it KNOWS him. The man wonders, “Could this be that elephant I helped so long ago?” He decides to get a closer look. With the elephant still giving him the staredown, the man moves in closer, getting right up in front of the elephant. They lock eyes. A knowing look seems to cross the elephant’s face. It reaches down… picks the man up carefully with its trunk… lifts him high in the air… THROWS HIM CRASHING TO THE GROUND AND STOMPS HIM TO DEATH! Turns out it wasn’t THAT elephant.
After you’ve heard two eyewitness accounts of an automobile accident, you begin to worry about history.
She said: When I went to the doctor for my yearly physical, my blood pressure was high, my cholesterol was high, I’d gained some weight and I didn’t feel so hot. My doctor said that eating right doesn’t have to be complicated and it would solve my physical problems. He said, “Just think in colors. Fill your plate with bright colors of greens, yellows, reds, etc.”
So, I went right home and emptied an entire bag of M&Ms onto a plate, ate them and sure enough, I felt better!
“We turn, not older with years, but newer every day.”
Signs Of The Times:
On a church door: THIS IS THE GATE OF HEAVEN. ENTER YE ALL BY THIS DOOR. THIS DOOR IS KEPT LOCKED BECAUSE OF THE DRAFT. (PLEASE USE SIDE DOOR.)
Outside a secondhand shop: WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING – BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?
Notice in health food shop window: CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS
Seen during a conference: FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN’T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE FIRST FLOOR
Message on a leaflet: IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET LESSONS
“All the Constitution guarantees is the pursuit of happiness. You have to catch up with it by yourself.”
In the historic first manned mission to Mars, two Astronauts were charting the Martian surface. “Look at that,” said one to the other, “how beautiful this alien landscape is, untouched by man.” At that point, he was cut off, as he found his radio communications knocked out by unknown interference. Using an emissions detector, they followed the source of the interference until they reached the rim of a crater. “Do you see what the source of that noise is?” asked the first astronaut.
“I don’t know,” said the second, “but it might be coming from that Starbucks behind you.”
The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.
I was taking the train to go visit a personal injury lawyer. I called and asked, “Can you give me directions from the train station to your office?”
“When you get to the station, just walk outside, lie down on the sidewalk and start yelling. Someone from our office will be along shortly.”
Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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