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While it might sound impossible to get up and enjoy a sweat session before 9am, starting your day with a workout has some serious advantages over leaving it to the end of the day.
If you hit the snooze button on the daily, here are a few benefits that will morph you into a morning exerciser!
Working out increases productivity and gives your endorphins a boost! It not only makes you feel better, but it also helps to keep you concentrated for those back-to-back meetings you’ll face once you head into the office.
In a study by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, researchers had participants use the treadmill for 30 minutes at three different times of the day: 7am, 1pm, and 7pm. The people who worked out in the morning had blood pressure 10% lower than those who didn’t, which continued all day and even decreased to 25% by the evening. Since most heart attacks can happen in the early morning, an a.m. workout may also serve as a preventative measure!
Have you ever finished your 8pm barre class and felt like your body was too hyped up to fall asleep at bedtime? It’s more common than you think. The National Sleep Foundation says that a night workout boosts the body’s temperature and stimulates the body, which makes falling asleep harder. Squeezing in a sweat sesh in the morning leads to deeper, longer sleep when you hit the pillow at the end of the day. So, think about switching up your sweat time to maximize those Z’s.
Health Psychology found that the most consistent exercisers are people who make it a regular part of their routine. It’s much easier for evening plans to get derailed than morning ones—think a friend invites you to happy hour or a late-night work emergency makes cancel your evening yoga sesh. Setting that morning alarm keeps you consistent, which means you can tap into all the health benefits of regular exercise, like increased immunity, stamina, and an all-around better mood.
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.