With only 79 days left in the year, and Christmas decorations now taking over the shops, I think it’s time for a little bit of reflection. And you all know how much I like to reflect!
This year, my ‘fearless‘ year, has been a good one. I can look back on the year so far and nod my head, ‘Yeah. I did okay.‘ I’ve had a lot of wins, not everyone of them huge and obvious to the outside world, but wins just the same. So I thought I’d spend the next few weeks reflecting on my lessons from 2015, starting with…
Start the day on the right foot
One of my focus points for this year was to ‘Exercise even when it sounds like a bad idea.’ And being the type of person who won’t exercise if it’s not done first thing, I made the decision to start each day with 20-30 minutes of exercise.
6am is the time the alarm goes off, and although it was hard during those cold winter mornings to pry the doona out of my hands, I did it. Not every single day, but on average 5-6 days of the week, which is a win in my book.
The key for me was varying what exercise I did. Earlier in the year during the summer months, I’d start with an early morning jog. As the weather detoriated I’d, chop and change between weights and ab training, a Jillian Michael’s workout DVD, a spin bike routine or a HIIT circuit workout. All from the comfort of my bedroom (except the jog).
Yes, there were some days where it was the last thing I felt like doing, but I pushed through. And the days I thought it was a better idea to stay in bed, I really noticed how lethargic I felt for the rest of the day.
I found that not only has my physical health benefited; my bad back is in better condition and I now have biceps, but my mental health has too. By the time I’m finished exercising, I’m ready for the day ahead. I’m warmed up, motivated and I feel like one of those annoyingly happy TV informercial presenters! Well, at the very least I feel like I’ve started my day off on the right foot.
I’ve now moved from this being a focus for me, into a habit. This is something that I plan to continue indefinitely. I’ll continue to find new apps and workouts to change it up so I don’t get bored and every time I cringe as the alarm goes off, I’ll remind myself what my day feels like when I choose to sleep in. That’s motivation enough to get me up and going.
Are you an early morning exercise person?
What starts your day on the right foot?