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Master Your Morning

Using the early hours in the morning is super beneficial not just for your health but for a successful lifestyle. Rising early is a common trait among some of the most successful people in the world. Morning people are known to be more proactive and productive.

Exercise benefits are huge. Majority of people who workout consistently are the ones who workout in the mornings. It not only gives you a boost of energy but also a strong sense of accomplishment. There’s a range of workouts to choose from – hit the gym, try a fun zumba or cardio kickboxing session, cycle, run or walk, yoga an tai-chi are great, or do martial arts training. Here are some benefits besides the usual health gains:

• You kick start your metabolism and keep it elevated for hours by working out in the morning. That means you are burning more calories all day long.

• You feel energized throughout the day

• Your appetite is regulated and you will find yourself making conscious decisions to wards healthy food choices.

• Exercise increases mental acuity.

• You have a higher quality of sleep and will feel more relaxed and able to deal with stressful situations.

• Mornings a great time of the day to think clearly, meditate, pray, plan the day and relax mentally even when you workout.

• It’s your ME time – just something you do for your mind, body and soul.

I hear a lot of my clients say that they struggle to wake up in the morning. “I am not a morning person, I feel tired if I wake up early, I need to go back and sleep after a bout of exercise in the morning”… are some of the statements I get a lot. But here are some things to consider:

Majority of people who workout consistently are the ones who workout in the mornings. It not only gives you a boost of energy but also a strong sense of accomplishment.

• You will struggle if you do not get adequate or good quality sleep. 7-9 hours of a good night’s sleep is a must for most people.

• Sleep early. Rather than watch TV late into the night, it’s wiser to just not have a TV set in the bedroom. You may find it difficult in the beginning, but once you have made up your mind and stick to a fixed time, it’ll become routine.

• Don’t extend your sleeping hour. Even if it’s cold or you are just plain lazy. Just 10 more minutes usually turns into an hour. Extending your sleeping hours only leads to procrastination and tiredness. Jump out of bed and get those legs moving.

• Keep your alarm out of reach if you have the habit of hitting the stop button and going back to sleep.

• Establish a routine – attend to important tasks first and get to the others as the day progresses to avoid feeling rushed or stressed. Develop a get to attitude – be excited about doing and getting things done. Be accountable for how you spend your time.

• Eat healthy – breakfast is the most important meal of the day and dinner must be kept light and had at least 2-3 hours before you go to bed,

• Wake up at the same time every day.

Master your morning, get more out of your day, remember this quote: Somewhere, right now, someone is training while you are not, when you race him, he will win!

Sandesh Palungwa Limbu, Certified professional fitness instructor, founder of RAGE Fitness, and specialises in mixed martial arts.

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