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Schedule Your Day Around Your Health

If you're like most people, you'll get to the gym when you have the time. For example, you'll get up in the morning at say, 0600. You'll get ready for work, and off you go about your day. You'll squeeze in a quick workout between work and your evening meal, maybe it's not the best gym sesh in the world but hey, you got it in. Now you can go enjoy your evening as you please.

That's great. One problem though. You've set yourself up to fail. What if you have to stay at work late? What if you have to come home early to meet the mortgage advisor? There's a never-ending list of things that could come up, all of which will ruin your health and fitness goals.

So, what is the solution to this problem? Simple. Don't schedule your day around your workouts, schedule a time for your workout and plan the rest of your day around it. A great way to do this is by training in the morning, before everyone else gets out of bed. This may sound like a daunting task at first, but trust me, if you get into the habit of this routine, you will thank me. Not only will you be full of energy (once you've washed your face, hydrated your body and downed a coffee), you will be overcome by a great sense of achievement and it will set you up for the day ahead. You will be surprised at the amount of extra energy you have and you will have extra time in the day to get things done or spend more time with family and friends.

Now, I know what you're thinking... I can't get out of bed in the morning!!! Well, let me tell you this, you can. You must train yourself, it is not easy! Here are some tips to get you started;

  • Set yourself a bedtime and stick to it

  • Avoid caffeine late in the day

  • Discover how much sleep YOU really need. Everyone is different, some people are optimal with 8 hours, some with 6. 7 hours is the sweet spot for most

  • Set two alarms - and place them at the other side of the room, or better yet, in another room

  • Do not snooze

  • Do not alter your alarm time. You're better off getting up at the same time every day as this regulates the circadian rhythm

Try this for a month and see how it goes. A lot of people who think they're 'not a morning person' are surprised with how well this improves their lifestyle.

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