Week Two’s Mini Challenge

Your mini-challenge for week two is to add daily exercise to your morning routine.

First things first, you need to work on mindset. If you decide you’re going to exercise every day, as long as you aren’t too tired, or as long as it’s convenient, then it’s not going to happen. You need to decide that you are worth it, and that this is simply something that you do each and every day. I’m not saying you need to put in a full hour intense workout every day, but do get at least 15 minutes of some kind of movement each day. Even 15 minutes of walking or yoga will make a huge difference in your health, and should be as natural and non-negotiable to you as brushing your teeth.

“But wait Emily, what if I don’t have time for exercise in my morning routine?”

I highly recommend morning workouts if at all possible. If you exercise first thing in the morning, then it is done and nothing later on in the day can take it away. There have also been studies that show that exercising first thing in the morning before breakfast, a “fasted” workout, will force your body to use its glycogen stores for energy, which means you are more efficient at burning fat. And who doesn’t want to burn fat?

So can you wake up earlier? Have a spouse or significant other get the kids ready so you have some time to yourself? One reason I love workouts that I can do at home is that I don’t have commute time to a gym, making it easier to fit into my morning. Honestly take a good look at your morning and see if there is any way you can fit it in.

Sometimes, though, it just can’t happen. If this is you, I recommend instead using just a few minutes of your morning routine to schedule in and plan your workout. Do everything you can to prepare for it, whether that is to pack your gym back and put it in the car for after work, or setting up babysitters for an evening exercise class, get it written in your calendar and do whatever prep work needs to be done in order for it to happen.

Now tell me about your exercise program. When do you have it scheduled on your calendar? What do you do each morning to ensure that it gets done? What is your favorite exercise to do?

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