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Friday, September 1, 2017

I used to envy the people who could get up and accomplish over half of their to-do list before my alarm had even gone off in the morning. I would visualize myself getting up early, drinking a cup of coffee in the quiet of my home, and being productive. I used to want the life of a morning person. Now, I have it.

We’ve all heard the expression “the early bird gets the worm,” but is it actually true? Are early risers more productive than those who sleep in? The answer is yes; early risers really are more productive than night owls because they tend to be more proactive, research says. According to a 2008 Harvard study, those who woke up earlier were more likely to value actions such as spending more time creating goals and taking charge of their lives2. Research has also shown that waking up early helps you maintain a healthier diet and exercise routine, improves your quality of sleep, and can result in an overall increase in mood1.

However, even with the promise of increased productivity and improved general wellness, the problem for most is in the actual act of transitioning to become a morning person.

I began my transition to become a morning person with the help of the book “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod. Elrod explains how it helped him personally have the best year of his life.

Here are a few of the most successful tips I have gained over the last two years of finding my “miracle morning”:

  1. Just get up – instead of pressing snooze, or reading email in my bed, as soon as my alarm goes off I stand up, brush my teeth, and drink a glass of water.
  2. Exercise – I have found that if I exercise in the morning, not only do I start my day with a new level of energy, but I can’t let my end-of-the-day excuses hold me back from my fitness routine if I’ve already gotten my 30 minutes in for the day.
  3. Fall in love with breakfast – I can’t tell you how many times I have to bribe myself to get out of bed for that hot cup of coffee and a delicious morning meal.
  4. Start small – instead of trying to get up an entire hour earlier and then crashing the next day/failing on the first try, start by getting up in ten-minute increments. Rise earlier and earlier each day until you reach the goal time you wish to wake up each morning. This will help your mind and body adjust to the earlier start time. Remember, the earlier you rise, the earlier you should head to bed to ensure you get enough sleep to rest and refuel your body!

Need some morning motivation? Check out Hoo’s Well’s schedule for early morning classes and programs that you can attend! Put your “extra” minutes toward the Fall Fitness Challenge. Earn up to $500 for completing three steps toward your good health. Details available at www.hooswell.com