One of my favorite times of day to exercise is in the morning...IF I can pull myself out of bed! There are SO many great things about working out in the morning- a few things I notice about the days I do workout in the morning: I drink less coffee in the morning, I FEEL better in the morning, I am more productive throughout the entire day, I have more energy, and when I workout in the morning LIFE doesn't get in the way of my workout.
While the benefits of exercising in the morning are great, it is HARD some days to get out of bed, so my goal is always to make my mornings as easy as possible- this means I get as much of my stuff ready the night before as possible to help my mornings go smoothly.
Exercise has been a part of my morning off and on for YEARS and it is still hard on some days for me to get out of bed, however I ALWAYS am grateful on the days I do my workout early. I also do allow myself to sleep in when I feel I need extra rest!
If you have not been a morning exerciser and want to become one, don't worry...you absolutely CAN become a morning exerciser! Remember to start with SMALL achievable morning exercise goals. Start with 10-20 minutes in the morning and when you are consistently able to achieve that amount of time, then work on adding 5-10 more minutes to your morning workout.
I would love to hear what your morning exercise tips are :)
Happy (morning) exercising!
We all know that life is BUSY... so I aim to save time any way that I can. Every time I cook chicken I buy A LOT of it, cook it, freeze it and then I have it available for times I need a quick meal- it is a great addition to salads, wraps or sandwiches, or can be used in casseroles, soups, or stir fry. I also started using it recently when I make breakfast sandwiches!
Getting in water is a struggle for most of us...some days I do a great job getting mine in, and others I struggle with it too. When I'm at work I find it is actually easier to get my water in, because I'm often at my computer and have my water sitting right at my desk. However when I'm at home I'm running around doing things... and don't always bring my water bottle with me everywhere I go. I've made it a habit to grab a water bottle when I walk out the door and almost ALWAYS have it with me when I'm on the go...if I don't have it I feel lost!!! A few of my favorite bottles to use are camelback and contigo because I can easily find 32oz bottles in these brands. The fewer times I have to fill my bottle the more successful I am at getting my water in through the day. I encourage you to try to work at always carrying a water bottle with you, if you keep taking it everywhere you're bound to start increasing your water intake!
If we don't pay attention to our bodies we can get our signals crossed...sometimes we think we're hungry, but really might just be thirsty, or maybe we're feeling something else. When you feel hungry ask yourself, when was the last time I ate? If it was within an hour or 2, chances are you're not actually hungry...you could be bored, anxious, stressed, or thirsty. If you determine that you're not hungry, ask yourself next "how much water have I had to drink today?" A large part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is checking in with yourself regularly...multiple times a day, to determine what your body (and mind) needs. We get so wrapped up in "all the things" that we forget to assess what our bodies actually need to function well.
Take time to listen to the signals your body provides :)