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Unexpected Benefits of Making Exercise a Priority

Saturday, August 15, 2015

I have read that people who exercise first thing in the morning are more likely to stick with it over time. I think I get it! Today is Week 1, Day 3 of the 5K program (aka Saturday) and due to a weekend chock full of HS Reunion activities, start of school preparation, and commitments at church I decided to "run" first thing this morning.

Historically, I have never been a morning person. That is slowly changing with age, but it is still not my best time of day. I was a little apprehensive going into it. Again, I was alone on the track. Alone as the sun is rising felt totally different than alone at dusk. (Safety-wise I am sure it is probably the same.) There was something motivating about feeling my body become more active as the fog was lifting from the athletic complex.

By about my third round of intervals the sky was clear and so was my mind. I realized that (at least for today) I had made exercise a priority. I put everything else aside and did what I needed to do for me first. Surprisingly, it wasn't a selfish feeling but rather one of peace and contentment. It felt good to say my health and my goals were the priority rather than all of the external pressures I feel to do for others before I serve myself.

I am not ready to be a morning "runner" everyday, but shifting my weekend workout to the am is certainly something that now works for me.

Looking forward to what Week 2 will bring. emoticon
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    I have the most energy in the morning but it's tough for me to get through my day. By 5 I am toast! i think that you will be successful at anything you do because you are willing to evolve!
    2128 days ago
    I am not a morning person either...wish I could make the switch. Sounds like you had a beautiful morning for a run. Great job!
    2128 days ago
    I appreciate everyone's comments about the benefits of am workouts - just wish I could shift my internal clock to make it work for me on a regular basis.

    @AZSGARDS best of luck adding morning workout to your weekend.
    2128 days ago
    I echo Urbana82 one hundred percent! Planning ahead for a busy day is key. Today, I have plans as well and have already put in my 10k steps to make sure it is done. emoticon
    2128 days ago
    I find for myself making morning exercise a priority is essential. Makes the rest of the day go by so much better!
    2128 days ago
    I am so not a morning person I love sleeping in but I think doing weekend mornings are a change I can do. Love this idea. I'm going to try it.
    2128 days ago
  • URBANA82
    I'm not a morning person either, but it's nice to at least get a start on my minutes of exercise right away. It's easier to meet my daily goals that way rather than doing it all at night. Just 15 minutes can make such a difference!
    2128 days ago
    best to you
    2128 days ago
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