Rise and shine! It is no secret that being an early riser has many benefits. Studies show that people who wake up early are more energized, organized and efficient. In fact, Harvard biologist Christoph Randler discovered in 2008 that early risers are more proactive. Of course getting out of bed early is no easy task when the snooze button is calling your name.
But after reading several articles and blogs about the benefits of waking up early, I decided to give it a try. This was hard for me considering I used to wake up minutes before I needed to leave for work. I would rush to get ready and run out the door just in time. My mornings were hectic. From the moment I got out of bed I was forced to be in hurry. This left me feeling anxious and on edge, even once I arrived at work. Then I would work all day and in the evening force myself to go to the gym or on a run, even though I was exhausted.
In making a change to my morning routine, I switch my runs to before work. I set my alarm for an hour earlier, before the sun was even up. At first this was a challenge. Hearing my alarm go off at 5a.m. was a struggle. However, once I hit the pavement, turned up my music and started feeling those endorphins, it became a lot more bearable.
Arriving to work having watching the sunrise on my run and feeling accomplished left me feeling energized. After a few weeks this became an engrained habit. Getting up at 5a.m became natural. Most nights I don’t even have to set an alarm. Getting some early morning vitamin D has change my routine.
So if you too are a night owl, I highly suggest shifting your routine to become an early riser.