Why I Work Out in the Morning

It’s been said that a day that ends well is one that started with exercise. I couldn’t agree more.

Exercising regularly is something I’ve struggled with for YEARS. To be fair, I’ve been out of the routine for many more years that I was in the habit of it.

I started running my junior year of high school, but then stopped running as much in college. Then I joined Air Force ROTC and had to go twice a week, but that still wasn’t much.

I exercised regularly for the first year in the Air Force, but that’s it. Since then, it has all gone downhill. Since my diet went downhill as well, it has lead to poor health.

But that’s changing now. I’m eating better and more strategically (implementing intermittent fasting.) I’m exercising in the mornings, and even went at 9pm the other night. Twice in one day!

I want to start pushing myself more. Pushing myself to fail. Pushing myself to pursue bigger things. Pushing myself to become more than I am right now.

That will come from a few things:

  • Building a network of all stars
  • Learning new skills
  • Focusing on the most important things

That’s it. The problem is I have SOOOO many things I want to do right now. It’s tough for me to focus on what matters most.

  • Do I practice interviewing for a job, or try to find freelance clients?
  • Do I go work out to exercise my body, or read to exercise my mind?
  • Do I spend my free mornings meeting people for coffee? Or researching jobs?

All of us struggle with this. There’s an opportunity cost to everything we do, so we just have to keep that in mind as we go through our days.

For example, if I take an hour to go work out, the cost I pay is not doing other things like learning new skills or practicing for a job interview. But if my health is my number one priority, that’s a price I’d gladly pay.

Another example is with what I do in the car. I can listen to an audiobook to hear a great story, learn a language from a podcast, or call someone I haven’t talked to in a while. All of these are good things, but the one I choose to do right now depends on my current goals.

I usually listen to audiobooks, but the sad thing is I don’t take enough action to implement what I learn. Peter Voogd says it’s much better to master a few books in a year than to read 50. I’m finally starting to realize how true and important that is.

Anyways, I feel like this post is going off on a tangent. But here’s the bottom line – I work out in the morning because it works well for me. 

It helps me feel good physically.

It helps me feel accomplished by 6am.

It helps me get more fit and lose weight.

It helps me meet new people.

It aligns with one of my most important goals right now to lose weight.

It’s something I can almost ALWAYS do. If I put this off until any other time of the day, there’s a very good chance I’d get interrupted regularly by something. That’s just how life goes with 2 young kids.

What time of the day works best for you? When do you work out?

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