Rise & Grind
Date Posted: January 12, 2016
Rise and Grind
By Christina Hunter
The early bird really does catch the worm. Rising early each morning has been correlated with success, good health, and even less stress. I have seen this evidence in my own life. Some of my best papers back in college and work completion now in my adult life has been completed before the sun rises. On days I get in a workout or fasted cardio before work sets a positive and accomplished tone, allowing me to feel at ease throughout the day. Getting up early also eliminates the obvious hustle and bustle to get out the door and diminishes the anxiety of running late. I have found rising early feels so good that I do it even when I don’t have to. On days I over sleep I physically and mentally feel the difference and it isn’t great. Take into consideration aiming to wake up a bit earlier each day this new year to see a change in your own life!
Waking up early can be linked to making better food choices. Breakfast is by far the most important meal of the day. Those who wake up late may grab what is easy despite nutritional value or skip breakfast completely. Having some extra time in the morning will allow you to put thought into what you are having and cook it. Still finding yourself pressed for time? Prepare a nutritious breakfast the night before such as overnight oats, grab it and go!
Early rising can help you be more productive. Upon waking, your brain has had a full nights rest and is at its best functionally to make decisions and accomplish tasks. During the morning there are less distractions, helping you scratch off items from your “to do” list. This extra time allows you to set goals and plan ahead.
Stress relief is probably the most valuable perk to waking up early. It simply avoids the anxiety of rushing which in turn starts your day off positively. Early morning is a great time to diminish stress in the gym. Hitting the gym before work eliminates the possibility of skipping at the end of the day due to being tired or any obligations that come up. Exercising early can also help you transition to becoming a morning person!