Benefits Of A Good Morning Exercise Routine
Having trouble getting starting on an exercise program? Many of you drink coffee or black tea to help you wake up and get going in the morning. However, none of you coffee drinkers would need to do that if you started your day with a good morning exercise routine.
The Benefit Of A Good Morning Exercise Routine
I start everyday with good morning exercise routine for two reasons:
If I don’t, I feel sluggish and mentally dull.
When you do a good morning exercise for 20 minutes first thing after waking on an empty stomach, it is comparable to exercising for 60 minutes later in the day in terms of an increase in metabolic rate. You get three times the benefit!
Your body was designed to move!
We all know exercise is important for health and well being. However only a small percentage of the population exercises enough to be in shape. Animals in the wild move about all day. They don’t sit behind desks. If you have a sedentary job sitting as a desk all day, it is doubly imperative that you get daily exercise.
If you’re not currently doing a morning exercise routine, it’s likely because you associate exercise with more pain than gain. Some people may recoil from the mere thought of having to take up jogging or some vigorous activity that is exhausting, difficult, time-consuming, painful, and embarrassing.
You don’t have to be a marathon runner to get in shape.The research shows that the effects of exercise are cumulative and that every little bit counts. A ten minute walk three times a day can be a great way to start off your exercise program for people who are not used to exercising.
In order for you to get excited about your morning exercise routine (you will eventually—just trust me on this one) focus on the tremendous gain you will receive when you do it. Physical activity helps keep you fit, the more fit you are, you’ll have increased energy and vitality to work, play, think, and even relax. Life is much more fulfilling and enjoyable.
Psychological benefits of exercise
- Diffusing negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, and depression
- Encouraging other positive lifestyle changes
- Enhancing your ability to deal with stress
- Improving your overall sense of well-being
- Increasing your self-esteem and self-confidence
- Stabilizing your moods
Action Step #1
In your journal, make a list of the reasons you don’t want to exercise and a list of why you do want to exercise.
You have to be willing to look at your resistance to exercise in order for it to disappear. What you resist persists. What you look at disappears. You need to replace the negatives with the positives.
I do NOT want to exercise because...
However I choose to exercise daily because...
Example: I will have twice the energy.
Example: My metabolism will be working twice as fast all day long.
Action Step #2
After you finish your lists, go for a 10-60 minute walk (or a cardio activity you enjoy). While you are exercising, repeat to yourself all the advantages of exercising. Tell yourself how energized you feel after moving your body.
Action Step #3
Make a plan to exercise 3-7 times in the next 7 days (preferably first thing in the morning on an empty stomach).
Write it down in your journal and in your calendar. If you need help motivating yourself to exercise, try using EFT. EFT is an energy psychology technique which can rapidly clear blockages in the body that are linked to negative emotions. If you would like to understand more about EFT, click here.
Before you know it, your morning exercise routine will become a habit and you will begin realizing all the powerful benefits from this healthy lifestyle.