There is a saying that “The early bird catches the worm!” Well, scientific studies confirm it in the best possible way, claiming that taking advantage of morning hours before work could just be the key to a successful and healthy lifestyle.
According to a study made in 2010 by the Harvard biologist Christoph Randler, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive, because they have the ability to anticipate problems and minimize them effectively, which leads to greater success in the business world. In fact, Forbes magazine notes that early rising is a “must” for most of the influential and successful people in the world.
In addition, the health benefits for those with a life before work go on and on. Researchers at the Roehampton University in England concluded that morning exercise makes the body healthier, creates a pleasant mood and gives the person the ideal body mass index. The latter is probably due to the fact that those who wake up early, have enough time to enjoy their breakfast at their convenience, thus having a controlled and appropriate consumption.
As lead researcher Dr. Joerg Huber said at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society, the differences that were identified in the survey which was conducted in 1.068 adults, are probably due to the fact that anyone who sleeps as the human body is programmed, that is all night and with an early morning rising, sleeps better and tends to be healthier and happier.
Let’s explore the 5 steps that are on successful people’s morning routine before work, i.e. while they are still practically sleeping :
1) Exercise. Whether it’s a morning yoga session, or fast strokes in our Piscines Ideales or Swim Spa (a bit of promotion never harmed anyone J), or workout in the gym, exercising before work gives us a boost of energy for the day and that deserved sense of accomplishment and well being. No pile of paperwork can intimidate us after some strokes in the pool. Try waking up 30 minutes earlier and make exercise part of your daily routine. It’ll help wake up your body, prepare you for your day and eliminate the possibility of flaking out on your exercise after a long day at work.
2) Map out your daily agenda. Maximize your potential by mapping out the goals and the requirements of the day. Morning hours, when your mind is clear, is a good time to prioritize your activities without interruption, as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day.
3) First thing first: The difficult ones. We all have that one item on our “to do” list, that haunts us until we finally decide to do it after countless postponements. To save yourself from this stress, do that least desirable task on your list first and get it out of the way. The morning is the time when we are generally more well rested and our energy level is up. Therefore, we are better equipped to handle more difficult projects. Surely, the rest of the day will seem a piece of cake, while we’re winding down with easier tasks and heading into the afternoon more relaxed and ready to really enjoy our leisure time.
4) Eat a healthy breakfast. Most of us rush out for work with a cup of coffee and an empty stomach feeling. Once we sit down at our desk, and we’re already thinking what to order for lunch and how fast the delivery will come. That doesn’t sound so reasonable, does it? Take some time in the morning to fuel your body for the tasks ahead of you. It will help you focus on what you should do and not on your growling stomach. Not only is breakfast good for our physical health, it is also a chance to spend quality time with our family. Even five minutes of talking with our mate and our kids while eating a bowl of cereal, can significantly boost our mood for the whole day.
5) Visualize. The morning is the perfect time to spend some quiet time with ourselves, meditating or visualizing. Take a moment to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on what you wish to accomplish in the course of it. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help you improve your mood and perspectives for the tough day that awaits you.
Resist the urge to press snooze and get up early out of bed …it’s good for you!