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We all lead busy lives and may understand the importance and benefits of exercise, but sometimes just getting our feet out the door feels like the biggest challenge of all, especially if it’s early in the morning. Here are my top 3 tips and strategies to wake up and thrive on your way to your morning workout.
1. Morning Music
Music is a huge motivator for me. The night before my workout I change my morning ringtone to one of my favorite songs of the moment. I choose something upbeat, that makes me feel good. This way, when it goes off in the morning, I can’t feel cranky or angry, instead, I feel excited to wake up and hear my favorite song and sometimes I may even dance my way out of bed. Once I make my way out of bed and take a few deep belly breaths and have a good stretch, I walk into my living room and open up my laptop...not to look at e-mails or work (yet), but to play some music. I created a playlist on iTunes for my workouts, with all my favorite pump up songs—ones that motivate me, push me, and encourage me. These are often songs that bring back memories of special times or people in my life. While listening to my music, I then begin my morning routine.
2. Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer
While listening to my early morning jams, I head into the kitchen and begin my pre-workout routine. Luckily my gym is a 10-15 minute car ride from where I live, so while I get ready I mix up my healthy morning elixir. These days I love Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer. I don’t have a huge appetite in the morning so drinking my calories works well for me. I add in a tablespoon of MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil to my drink for extra energy and healthy functional fats. I love adding a big ice cube to my elixir and sipping on it while I decide which funky leggings and baseball hat to put on.
3. Positive Mindset
Throughout my morning routine, I always think about the why behind it all. What makes me wake up and do this every morning? What drives me? Isn’t it much easier to just lie in bed and sip on a cup of coffee? My motivation is maintaining my health, managing my diabetes and wanting to inspire others to be healthy. I believe in practicing what you preach, and for me, working in the health field allows me to connect and inspire others to be the best versions of themselves. Personally, I feel that I cannot help others if I haven’t helped myself first, so I make it a priority to maintain optimal health year-round. I encourage you to start thinking the same way: what or who inspires you? Is it family? Friends? Your own desire to feel amazing and look great too? Our mindset plays a big role in making decisions every day, if you can train your mind to think positively, you will feel more motivated to take care of yourself and make health your number one priority.