By Dan Jeffs
Personal Trainer/Accredited Exercise Physiologist/Exercise and Sport Science Australia full member
Morning miracles: 5:45 AM…
The alarm goes off and you drag yourself through a shower, make 4 lunches, tie 3 pony tails, drink 2 cups of coffee, and prepare for 1 hell of a ‘To do’ list. No wonder you aren’t a ‘morning person’!
While ‘being there’ for your kids and others can be so rewarding, let’s face it, sometimes it’s just downright exhausting and unrelenting! It’s okay to admit that some days it can be not so fun at all! Getting up, slogging through the mandatory jobs and tasks that fill your morning to the brim right before racing out the door to get kids to school, the dog clipped and that’s before even getting to work! I am here to promise you that it can be different.
I want to share with you how my life was changed (and yours can to) by implementing some simple strategies to become that ‘morning person’. Now before I lose you, I promise I don’t promise crystals and rainbows but a set of strategies and techniques that will make you more productive and healthier in less than 4 weeks. I have already applied these methods with my own clients (and friends) and the results have been incredible. More energy, more focus, better relationships AND improved workout frequency is only the start.
As a Personal Trainer and Exercise Physiologist my schedule can be hectic. Between gym clients, therapy patients, my wife and dog, time gets short and workouts get missed. Until I read this book. To keep a long story short (and not to give away too much) this book will teach you to wake up for you. Your health, your goals – YOU. I now wake up, exercise for 30 minutes, do one hour of paper work (including writing for FBM) and can still have a cup of tea ready for the wife by 6:00am!
How I became I ‘morning person’
So, how do I implement a bulletproof successful morning that sets my day up for success?
- I started getting up 30 minutes earlier each day.
Not 2 hours, not even one hour, 30 minutes. I use this time to get a few small things done, even if it’s to write that birthday card that I need for that day!
- I exercise early in the morning (see our great workout section for tips).
- I plan my day, and this involves writing it down!
- I meditate in the morning. Wow, it’s a lot done before my alarm would have gone off!
The point is that by waking 30 minutes earlier you are waking up for you! Not for the dog, the kids, the husband or work. For you, and for your needs.
Our Editor, Rose gives you some great tips in her new book ‘The Fit Busy Mum: Seven habits for success.’ These habits are simple, but she implements them every day, and with her busy l life with a husband, three kids, a dog and a business to run, she has some experience in this area! She definitely calls herself a ‘morning person’. Rose says, “It’s imperative that my day starts before the others in my home. This early morning start allows me to focus on my planning, my thoughts and my exercise. It’s a great start to the day and I highly recommend it!”
Now, what strategies are you going to implement to start your day for you, rather than others?