Not noted in the article was the results of a study done years ago that discovered that early morning exercisers tend to be more consistent and get more workouts in per week than those who did it any time later in the day.
Another point not in the article is the freedom from interruptions. There are no "urgent" messages, phone calls, no meeting, lunches with ladies or social gatherings at 5 AM.
Thirty-five years ago I began the conversion from late morning to early morning riser. I made the adjustment slowly using all techniques the author of the article indicated. It worked, but it took a long time until I woke at 5 AM without prompting.
I also noticed that when I have to rise at 4-5 AM for public transportation for travel (boats and planes), it is easier for me to do it than my peers. I am awake and alert all day, and my travel companions look like they want to be asleep.
Also not noted is that in general, after 9 PM, with the exception of those who work late, the night hours are not productive time. Most people (not all!) sit in front of the television until they are ready to sleep. This is one of the most unproductive habits of all, since you are sitting and not moving, and the TV actually stimulates instead of winding one down for sleep.It is different for those who are reading late at night.
The morning time is my most productive time of the day because it is quiet and I can think. No one cares what I do before around 7:30 AM.
I greatly cherish the time between 5-7 AM. The glorious sunsets the author mentioned are worth the rising early. They are spectacular and most people miss them.
Another benefit of early rising is that during the first 15 years of our marriage when my husband disagreed with my early exercise habit, he fought about it and insisted I get chores done with that time. He said it was selfish to go "play" in sports rather than go to work. I noted that it was selfish for him to spend 25 hours in front of the TV each week instead of working or exercising. He knew that about me before we married, so why would he think I would quit working out every day? So, I would be back from my run or other workout before he awoke and arose, and he would not have even known that I was gone!!! I snuck in my exercising during "my" time and for ten years he didn't know about it. We agreed we each had our own way to function to get the most out of our day. He is a 60 -pound overweight couch potato, and I am the same size I was in high school. I wish he would join me, but we all make our own choices and live with the consequences.
There really is a lot to be said for getting that early start on your day. This is enough of my reasons for now, but there actually are more!
I hope the article and my post encourage someone out there to consider early morning options. It is well worth the effort to make the change.
| current weight: 109.2