Do you ever wake up in the morning feeling great and ready to start a day of healthy eating and exercising with the best of intentions? Then unfortunately as the day goes on life happens and those good intentions go out the window? Then you are like most of us who have encountered this at one time or another. It can be a serious struggle at times.


 What you need to do is put some firm habits in action. Start yourself on a regular routine of getting up just a little bit earlier each day and working out first thing in the morning. It’s the perfect time of day to complete your workout before anything else can get in the way of your good intentions. Meetings can run late, your kids need picked up from school, the ironing is calling you, your neighbor drops by for a long chat. Whatever it is, it’s probably legitimate, but your workout just keeps getting pushed aside. If you have already done your workout first thing in the morning it doesn’t matter as much when these things pop up because you have already done what you need to for yourself for the day.


Getting up early to workout is one of the best ways to begin your day. Exercise gives you an energy boost, and those feel-good endorphins will leave you in a happy state of mind. If you are not normally a morning person, start with just trying to do your 20 minute aerobics solution in the morning, and on your weight training days, do your weight training workouts later in the day. Getting up an extra 20 minutes early most likely won’t effect how you feel the rest of the day except in a positive way. 


Another benefit is if you wake up and work out you are going to be less likely to eat unauthorized foods the rest of the day. You will feel good because you’ve already done something positive for your body, before most people are out of bed. So you will not want to ‘wreck’ your progress by eating junk food later in the day. When you get to the end of the day, you’ve made healthy choices, and you feel positive about what you’ve done (rather than feeling ‘bad’ all day). That’s fantastic for your self-confidence and belief in your ability to complete your 12 week program. This could potentially boost your confidence and your belief in your ability to complete the 12 week program.