Rise and Shine – Exercise Empowers You and Makes Your Morning Count…

rans2What sounds painful but feels so good? Rising early and exercising first thing.

Easier said than done right?

The reality is, getting up early and exercising first thing doesn’t initially appeal to many people…especially those who have developed the habit of “sleeping in.”

Whether it appeals to them or not, ongoing research proves that morning people are proactive and more productive and successful in their professional lives. Add exercise to the equation and you have a working formula for building a healthy body, a sharp mind and ultimately a successful life.

Exercising addresses not only your physical fitness but your emotional and your mental states as well. Let’s face it, it is much easier to make important business decisions and take action on those decisions throughout your day when your mind is clear and sharp and your body feels energized. That’s what exercise does for you. Why would you want to waste these attributes by waiting to exercise late in the day after you’ve made your decisions and taken your actions?

When you are internally and externally strong, your ability to achieve success and abundance is much greater.


Priorities are how you expend your daily energy consciously or subconsciously. Exercise must become a priority in your life and the best way to do that is to make it the first activity for the day before life’s many distractions and demands get in the way. You’ll not only get a super boost of energy, but you’ll enjoy and feel the benefits of the endorphin kick that exercise offers and feel good about yourself. When you feel empowered and good about yourself, you’ll be much more inclined to take the time to treat yourself to nutritious meals throughout your day adding another layer of health sort of like a domino effect.

Not a “morning person?” That may be true at the moment because it is the present perception you carry about your self, but perceptions can be changed by desire and will. Change your perceptions and your habits change.

What do you really want? If health and fitness are high on your priority list then becoming a “morning person” will be much easier.



Here’s some valuable tips to get you motivated and on track for your morning workout routine:

Prepare your Gear: If you prepare for your workout ahead of time, you’ll be much less likely to skip it. Set your workout clothes out the night before…socks, shoes and all. Get your sports bottle ready so when you wake in the morning all you’ll need to do is put on your workout gear and get going.

Pre-Program: Have your routine already in place in your mind before you retire the night before so there is no doubt about what you are to accomplish when you wake up.

Prepare the coffee: Have your coffee all set and ready for the “start” button the night before so you can focus on getting out the door as quickly as possible.

Alarm: Move your alarm away from your bedside so that when it goes off you have to get up out of bed to turn it off. You’ll be much less likely to hit the snooze button and sleep in. Some people even set multiple alarms. Turn the lights on and do what gets you moving.

Crash early: It’s much easier to rise in the morning and get moving when your body has gotten a complete night’s sleep. That means when you are scheduled for your morning workout, you retire a bit earlier rather than staying up to watch that late night movie. The movie will soon be forgotten but the benefits of getting a good night’s sleep and challenging workout in the next morning stay with you.

Pair with a partner: Especially helpful for those developing the habit of rising early and getting to the gym first thing but works for even the die-hard pro. Having someone to answer to is priceless. You’ll be less likely to skip your workout if someone is waiting for you.

Reward: Everyone loves a reward…it gives us something to look forward to. Your reward can be something you eat or something you do…whatever it is that might give you that boost of pleasure and motivate you to get your workout in will work. The sky is the limit.

Once you begin to feel the effects that your early morning exercise routine offers, it becomes easier and easier to motivate yourself to get it done. The bottom line is this:

“Just do it!”…

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