This particular Rockstar Dieting Tip might elicit a number of groans or eye rolls. But I assure you it’s an essential strategy when wanting to win the battle of the bulge.

Rockstar Dieting Tip #5 — Workout first thing in the morning!
When you start your day with a workout, you’re assured not only that you’re going to get your workout in (and that nothing later in the day will get in its way), but you also get the added bonus of starting your work day with a huge sense of accomplishment — as well as the benefit of experiencing all the resulting endorphins that will ensure your mood is happy (perhaps even before that first cup of coffee). Yes, it can suck when the alarm rings at such an early hour. But the temporary (and momentary) “pain” is worth it when you consider the perks that come along with being among the first people at your gym (easier parking, no waiting for certain exercise-related equipment, etc.). You really do have nothing to lose from working out early — other than a few unwanted pounds or those love handles. So why not make the first part of your day one of the best parts of your day and workout before the sun rises?

Twenty minutes after my alarm rings (at 4:30am!), I am at the gym — every morning. I find that saving workouts for lunchtime or after work comes with too many interruptions and/or excuses as to why it can’t be done “that day.” By doing it first thing, it starts my day in a great way, gives mr a sense of accomplishment and reminds mr of the goals I’ve committed to.

If you need some tips on how to successfully wake up early, click here.

Getting up early might take some getting used to, but it will be worth the effort and you will feel a positive difference in your day (thanks to elevated mood and better fitting clothes) in a short time. The trick is to commit to getting up early and working out consistently. Once you get into the routine, you’ll wonder why you put off trying it for so long. And yes, I know there are some of you reading this who think I need to be locked up for suggesting such a thing. But this is one of the key components I use to keep those excess pounds off (over 250 excess pounds in my case).

So rise… And shine. Or, at least, rise! Your waistline (and mood) will thank you for it.

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2 Responses to “Rockstar Dieting Tip #5”

  1. Eve says:

    I usually wake up at 4:30, too. Then, I try desperately to sleep until 5, but more often than not, I wake compulsively every ten minutes, worried I will oversleep. At 5, I finally get up, and am waling out the door by 5:25. It takes me about 35 minutes in good weather to get to work (up to an hour or more in bad). Then, I have a solid hour to myself to work, unless a colleague stops to chat and eats into my time, before the kids start showing up. Then, until classes start at 8:15, I tutor, answer homework questions, and try to make copies. School ends at 3:10, but then I have club activities. Not normally every day, but this week, yes. I fight rush hour traffic on the way back home, so that 35 minute trip now takes a full hour. Twice last year, during blizzards, it took three and a half. Hours. Bottom line, I get home 12-13 hours after I left. Let’s say 12. This gives me about three and a half hours to grade papers, log the grades, design worksheets, quizzes, and tests, and write detailed lesson plans. I need a solid 8 hours of sleep a night, or I’m dead on my feet. All this is not to justify my lack of exercise, it is to honestly ask for advice on where to squeeze it in.

  2. Gregg says:

    I — and I’m sure many others — can relate to your predicament, Eve. Unfortunately, a scenario like this one often comes down to “Robbing Peter to pay Paul” (or whatever that old saying is). My day is full and limiting, too — which is why I’m up at 4:30am every morning. Yes, that means less sleep for me, but I’m willing to make that sacrifice in order to get the exercise in. I know it’s essential not only to my physical health, but also my mental health. Even if you could get a 30 minute walk in before work, that would be brilliant. Or maybe three 15 minute walks during the week and then longer exercise sessions on the weekends. Maybe? (Thanks — as always — for your posts and sharing your insights!)

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