Morning Movement

I woke up this morning half awake, half zombied, with my body wanting to go the opposite direction as my feet. I had been up until almost midnight working on projects that demand hours of attention, and when I finally fell asleep, the only thing I wanted to do was get myself in motion to start the day in a better mindset than I had yesterday. I guess you could say that I had a war within my body. It’s a strange feeling when the body wants to do the opposite of what your brain tells you. Many people go straight for the coffee. Since I am not a coffee drinker, I head straight for the orange juice.  

Isn’t that the way things go? We try to acclimate ourselves to the dawning of a new day and sometimes have to fight the urge to crawl right back under our warm covers where our bodies merge with the mattress and pillow. I can turn on music to get me motivated for the day or even listen to podcasts that interest me—unfortunately, my mornings fill up with hectic schedules and lots of planning.   

Here are a few things that I found help me get into a better mindset in the morning. 

  1.  Exercise. Sometimes getting into an exercise routine first thing in the morning can help get the body ready for whatever the day provides. You can change up your exercise routines to keep things interesting. The main thing is to get moving.  
  2. Don’t snooze. It’s so easy to hit that snooze button. Sometimes it’s too easy. Remember, if you hit the snooze, you are making it ten times more challenging to get your body going.  
  3. Set the alarm to something you enjoy. If you set the alarm to something that makes you bored or less enthused, you will have difficulty getting your body to cooperate to get moving. Everything starts the minute our minds are awake. If we condition our minds to come to life, it’s a lot easier to convince the body to do the same.  
  4. Turn your light on straight away. Waking up in the dark makes it more difficult to want to get moving. Turn the light on so you don’t kill your feet and knees getting out of bed.  
  5. Dress in something that makes you feel good. I wouldn’t say I like having to put my uniform on in the morning. But, when I dress in my exercise gear, I challenge myself for more. It’s after I exercise that I don’t mind the uniform shirt as much.   
  6. Have a good breakfast. The body needs fuel. Think of yourself as a car. If a vehicle doesn’t have energy (fuel) or electricity, it won’t run. Be willing to keep yourself full with the right kinds of grains and proteins. If you eat lots of junk, you will begin to feel like a clunker. Your body will tell you it can’t go far on the wrong kinds of food.  
  7. Music. What’s your jam? I love every kind of music, but to get me motivated in the morning, I’ve got to have some classic rock. Led Zeppelin, 38 Special, Kansas, REO Speedwagon, Eddie Money, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard – all those bands get me in a great mood.  
  8. Drink water. Water is one of the best things we can put in our bodies. It keeps us hydrated and running.  

No matter what it takes for you to get moving in the morning, please know that I feel your struggles. Not everyone is energetic when they first wake up. It takes re-programming your mindset to get into a stable routine. My hope for each of you is that since this is the middle of the week, we all find ways to get moving and stay motivated. Maybe you need your coffee, perhaps something or someone to help motivate you, or even push yourself to fulfill your ultimate goal or ambition. Whatever you need to get you moving, remember that you’ve got this. Have a great day, everyone.  

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