There's been a lot of E4R chat this week about the key values of rugby and how it's important to embed them into the minds of budding rugby stars from as early an age as possible - I couldn't agree more. They offer a road to learning through fun and enjoyment and I believe this is the best way to adopt a positive state of mind.
So, this week I want to talk about how seizing the day early and exercising at a time that you may label 'the crack of dawn,' can actually be extremely beneficial to you and your psyche. Early bird catches the worm and all that!
Don’t you hate it when you get to work, turn on your computer and realise that the first thing you have done with your day is watch your inbox fill with emails you have been dreading. Well it doesn’t have to be that way.
The first thing you do with your day should be for you, not for your boss. And one of the best things you can do for yourself is to start training or working out before you start your working day. By doing this it means you start your day seeing friends, getting some fresh air and experiencing the amazing endorphins that exercise brings.
Don’t Hit Snooze
Many people are put off by early workouts but if I can do it then so can you. The first time I got up for a 6am workout was two years ago. My alarm went off at 5:20am and at first I thought about hitting snooze, rolling over and just going back to sleep; but I didn’t.
Instead, I got out of bed and put on my running gear. The rules with the workout I was attending stated, if the meeting point is under six miles away from your home you had to run, cycle or jog there. So I got Google maps out and started running.
The streets were empty and silent until I got closer to the location when suddenly there we lots of runners all going the same way. More and more people just kept coming, I couldn’t believe it and they were all so friendly and excited even though it was only 5:55am.
The workout consisted of sprinting, burpees, squats, push-ups and much more. I found it hard and was sweating buckets but I had a smile on my face the whole time. I felt so proud at the end of it. Then I looked at my watch and it was only 7:30am. I still had the whole day ahead of me.
I felt like the world was my oyster that morning. Surprisingly I wasn’t tired from the early start, instead I was energized and ready to face the day. Now I choose to train almost every morning and start my day the right way, my way.
A Feeling of Achievement
If I haven’t convinced you already then I want to tell you about a few of the feelings you will experience from starting your day with exercise:
- Awake – You will feel much more awake for the rest of the day as you have started your day on an endorphin high and your body will thank you. No more 3pm slump for you!
- Accomplished – One thing is off the to-do list before 8am, therefore the rest of the day is all yours. Plus you don’t need to fill guilty watching your favourite TV show all evening.
- Healthy – Starting your day on a healthy note really does help you to make healthier choices throughout the day. You will become much more aware of what you eat and the amount of movement you do in a day.
- Happy – I swear you will feel happier the rest of the day, the endorphins that you get from exercise will carry throughout. So spread the joy and make your colleagues day a little brighter too.
- Smug – You have already worked out when all your colleagues haven’t, meaning you are winning! Embrace the smugness as it might encourage your colleagues to start training in the morning too.
There you go, a host of benefits of training and working out in the morning. So why not give it a try yourself? Tonight, set your alarm just one hour earlier so you can get that workout in and see how you feel when you get to the office.