This morning, I did NOT want to get out of bed. It was rainy and dark outside ... and my cozy bed felt wonderful.
Eventually I got up, drank a full glass of water, set a timer for 10 minutes and did a series of jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, lunges, planks and "mountain climbers."
Why would I ditch my cozy bed for a mini-bootcamp?
Well, first of all, I have a 2-year-old.
Second of all, I've been in a nutrition program for the last 10 months that focuses on total body wellness, which includes movement as a "primary food."
Third, I've been doing this for a while and it really does feel pretty awesome.
Fourth, moving in the morning has been shown to offer some serious benefits:
- A morning cardio routine gets your metabolism running (aka, your body will start burning fat earlier and will run more efficiently throughout the day)
- Exercise gives you more perk than caffeine
- Movement gives you a feel-good buzz that will last at least until lunch, if not all day
So, tomorrow, when you have a choice whether to stay under the covers or get moving, try thinking about what you really want from the day. If you want a faster metabolism and extra dose of "feel good," get up and get going!