One of the first things that many people do the moment they get up is to check their mobile phones.
This can actually drain your store of willpower (which is strongest in the morning), especially if you receive a message from your workplace or personal life that can “disturb” your state of mind, so early in the morning.
In order to prepare for the world, prepare the mind and body first, so you’re ready to take on whatever comes your way.
It means putting “you” first, so you can attend to everyone around you.
In order to gain that extra little moment of inner peace and clarity, which is priceless in today’s fast-paced world, it takes some discipline to really ensure that you’ve put yourself first, at the start of your day.
Waking up earlier would give you a clear headstart without any distractions, so you’re not anxious or rushed when you rise.
An exercise or meditation regimen in the morning could be the key to starting the day right and getting into a productive, yet calmer frame of mind.
Another thing to ride off is the fact that Cortisol (a hormone associated with being awake and alert) typically tends to peak in the mornings.
Mornings are a good time make use of this boost of energy available to you, to channel out any stress or tension by working out.
Just get your running shoes on, or roll out your yoga mat to move your body or lift some weights if this is your usual regimen.
However, if you don’t have access to any weights or a gym or studio at the crack of dawn, there’s literally countless exercises you can do at home without requiring any equipment at all.
This is one of the major advantages of yoga and equipment-free exercises.
You can do them anywhere.
For instance, if you are trying to build core strength, you could try getting into a simple plank position and see how many counts you can stay in plank for.
It is very rewarding to observe how much stronger the body will become, as time goes by. With a tiny bit of consistent effort, you can really start seeing results.
It’s the same with the “boat pose” in yoga, which can really target the abs and strengthen your core. It takes only a moment from a seated position to get into it and then it’s a matter of how long you can hold the pose.
The great thing about doing any form of exercise is that it doesn’t just affect the body. It affects your mindset too. The natural high we can gain from any workout is amazing. It will raise your metabolic rate and increase overall energy levels throughout the day.
For every other person waking up on the wrong side of the bed and stumbling through their morning in an incessant rush, you would be the complete opposite. You would have time on your hands, a clearer head and more energy to get everything done.
In a 2019 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, it found that morning exercise improves attention, visual learning, and decision-making.
It helps to be consistent and for only a short amount of time spent on exercise or a morning meditation, it can really affect your motivation levels for the rest of the day.
The person who can conquer the morning, also conquers the day. The mental battle is always with one’s self but with a fresh morning start and a consistent regimen, it’s amazing how this can begin to transform your life.
Jojo Struys is a regional TV host, speaker and wellness personality. She is also the founder of OhanaJo Studio, Malaysia’s largest yoga and sound healing space.