It’s no secret that exercise is good for your physical and mental health. But, did you know that exercise increases productivity? Many people don’t look at it like that, mainly because it’s squeezed in where you can fit it, but it’s true. If you want to be more productive, exercise first!
How Exercise Increases Productivity
If you’ve ever exercised in your life, you know that it increases your energy and boosts your mood. Well, both of those correspond to your productivity. When your energy is high and your mood is good, you’re much more likely to get more done.
I know you’ve heard the saying, “a body in motion stays in motion”, right? Of course you have! When you exercise in the morning, you’re much more likely to stay in motion during the day. While your colleagues are struggling to get started in the morning, you’ve hit the ground running.
Exercise also increases your capacity for getting things done. If you need to work late, want to play with the kids, or need more time to focus on your business, exercise will help you get it all done.
This one is my absolute favorite – exercise inspires creativity. It’s true! Why do I like this one so much? Well, my brain is often overloaded with different things for work and home, not unlike the rest of you. I find myself thinking about things too long and getting nowhere. I go on a 2-mile walk every morning and I’ve noticed that my overthinking has decreased. Why? Because I’m able to work through these thoughts and come up with better ideas while I’m exercising.
By now you should be convinced that morning exercise increases productivity. You probably want to know how to become the person who exercises in the morning, right? Yeah you do!
How Can I Start Exercising in the Morning?
I’m not going to sugarcoat it – you’re changing a habit and that’s hard. You need to make sure you’re able to fully commit to this change or you won’t be able to stick with it. I’m not a morning person, never have been, but I always exercise in the morning because it’s important to me. So, even if you’re like me, you can become someone who exercises in the morning fairly easily. Here’s how!
1. Change your bedtime – go to bed earlier because you’ll be getting up earlier. There are times when I have to take melatonin to help me get to sleep so I can wake up without feeling groggy.
2. Be realistic – don’t set your sights on getting up at 4 am to workout at 5 am. That’s biting off way more than you can chew. Set realistic goals for yourself.
3. Get ready to be disappointed – yep, that’s right. You’re going to be disappointed because life happens but it’s ok. If you were planning to walk/run outdoors and woke up to rain, what are you going to do? You can’t control Mother Nature.
4. Let’s make a deal – I make deals with myself all the time; I can watch this show on the DVR when that is done. These days, I don’t drink a Dunkin’ coffee unless I’ve walked first. If you’re a coffee addict like me, that can be your deal. If you’re not a coffee junkie, replace coffee with whatever gets you going.
5. Crank it up – nothing is more motivating to me than music so make sure you’ve got a badass playlist ready to go.
So now you know that morning exercises increases productivity and you’re armed with 5 tips on how to workout in the morning. What more do you need to get started? Let’s do this!