08 Dec Become An Early Riser in 5 Easy Steps

Are you an early riser or a “sleep in” kind of person?  I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “the early bird catches the worm.”  Is it true?

“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.” ~Richard Whatlety

I’ve discovered that becoming an early riser is one of the keys to being healthier, happier, and more productive.  It seems to me that as I think of many successful people, just about ALL of them are early risers.  Now, could there be a small, select group that becoming an “early riser” may not benefit or not be appropriate for?  Yes.  But, the majority of people that are early risers or become early risers will be more productive, more creative, have more energy, and potentially live healthier.

The reason I am writing about this is because of the challenges people have with exercise and nutrition.  By getting up earlier and starting your day out with exercise and proper nutrition, wouldn’t you agree you’re setting the stage up for the entire day?  In my experience, when my morning starts off with the proper fuel (a nutritional breakfast), the proper physical activity, and the proper mindset (reading, writing, thinking), the rest of the day remains in that ‘flow’ and I seem to have a more productive, energetic day ahead.

Most people I’ve talked to about this agree.  Becoming an early riser and taking that time to exercise, for example, does wonders for your productivity, energy, health, and mental outlook.  Again, there are going to be some people that are “night owls” and may actually have these benefits work for them, even at night, as opposed to the morning, but most of us will benefit from an early morning routine or “positive energy ritual” as Tony Schwartz calls it from his great book, “The Power of Full Engagement.”

So, with all the time challenges of working out OR eating good, doesn’t it make sense to get up a little earlier and become an early riser so that you can get your workouts in and begin your day by eating a nutrient dense breakfast to start things off right and get you in the physical condition you deserve to be in?  If you’re interested in getting up earlier and you’re ready to take action on this, then here’s 5 simple steps to help get you there to become healthier, more fit and energetic, and more productive with your day to day lifestyle.

  1. Take a look at why you may not be an early riser. Are you staying up too late? Are you not motivated to get up earlier? Do you have a reason to get up earlier? Is the reward great enough for you to do this? What will you gain? How will you feel? Can you commit to just 1 week of getting up earlier?
  2. Go to sleep earlier. An obvious step, but it has to be mentioned.  Maybe it’s as simple getting to bed just a little earlier each night.
  3. If you eat before bed, make sure it’s the right foods. Don’t eat a large meal before bed.  Don’t eat a big carbohydrate meal prior to bed.  Nuts, vegetables, lean protein, or small glass of milk are all great options.  You want your hormones to be stable and allow your body to optimally recover during sleep.  So, don’t gorge before retiring, but feed it with the right nutrients for muscle growth and repair.
  4. Sleep well. Make sure it’s dark in your room to elevate the levels of melatonin in your body.  Melatonin is elevated at night when it becomes dark and by keeping things dark in your room will help to produce more melatonin – “nature’s sleep regulator.”  Less light equals more melatonin.
  5. Start getting up earlier…slowly. What I mean here is to start to set your alarm a few minutes earlier each day, maybe just 5 or 10 minutes earlier until you get up at your desired time.  So, if you typically get up at 7:30 and you want to get up and 6:30 to eat an excellent breakfast, workout, and spend more time reading or writing or planning, then you start by getting up just a little earlier each day, until you are where you need to be.  You do this after you have planned out exactly what you are going to do with the “extra” time you now have to be productive in the morning. Remember the quote at the top?  Don’t lose that hour.

Getting up earlier will most likely do you a world of good and will likely change your life significantly.  I love the idea of establishing a clear morning ritual that sets up your day. Again, the benefits are enormous in terms of being more productive, energetic, healthy, and fit.  if you’re challenged by not having the time to workout or workout the way you want to, try these simple 5 steps and become an early riser.  I’m virtually certain you will be glad you did.

Well, that’s all for Day 8 of 31 Days of “Smart” Fitness.

Be back tomorrow for more!  This is a cool experience.

Talk soon~Scott

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