Benefits of Rising Early

Before I moved to Dubai, I never put an alarm. Even if I was already awake, I just stayed in bed and just get up whenever I wanted to. Sometimes I get up, eat something and if it was too early to start the day I normally go back to sleep. I had no plans in the morning not until my first training session at11 AM up until my coaching timings at 5 PM. So way back then, I really had no reason to wake up early. Now that I’m already in Dubai, with InnerFight, most days I wake up around 5 AM depending on what work I have in the morning, but that’s not later than 6:30 AM. One thing that I’ve noticed since I started being up early is that my headaches/ Migraine has gone completely. Even on weekends, when I stay a bit longer in bed since there's nothing really to rush for, my head feels heavy and sometimes results to headache. So I really try to avoid just laying in bed doing nothing. Moreover, I’d like to share 5 things that I or even you win by waking up early:
  1. Sunrise Sighting. It’s such a peaceful moment to see the sun rise in which you can see the dark blue sky turn into a spectrum of colors by the sun that is popping up from the horizon and turning dimness into brightness. Nothing is more beautiful than this moment giving you so much positive energy to start the day.
  2. Breakfast. You can take time to make a nice breakfast without rushing. Now, this has been one of my favorite reasons to wake up early. I love breakfast and the extra time you have in the morning makes it even better to enjoy the food.
  3. Early morning Cardio. That makes me feel good for the rest of the day. Think about it, if you workout in the morning before going to work, no matter what happens that day you still get your exercise done, before most people even woke up.
  4. Productivity. When you get up early, you start doing the things that are lined up on your To-do-list early, or even do more as you will be able to plan things for the week if you have ample of available time. Accomplishing so many things before the day ends is the most satisfying feeling ever. Agree? Definitely.
  5. Avoid early traffic jams. If you wake up early, you will be able to avoid the annoying traffic jams. Nothing feels better than driving so free in a wide and spacious road. The 30-minute drive to work at rush hours is lessened to 10 minutes only. So no stress of being late at work at all.
Now, let's talk about how to become an early bird:
  1. Go to bed early. Waking up early doesn't mean you have to deprive yourself from sleep. Waking up early also means sleeping early the night before so you still get your at least 8 hours of sleep. If you’re not used to an early sleeping time, start getting used to it and eventually you will get used to it.
  2.  Stop snoozing! We often times do this. We feel like getting 5 or 10 minutes more of not sleeping, but just closing our eyes, just to set ourselves that we are already awake. But sometimes we fall back to sleep and end up waking up late. The best way to avoid this is to put your phone/alarm as far away from your bed as possible so when it alarms, you really need to get up just to turn it off. But PLEASE, don't crawl back under those sheets! Just DON'T!
  3. Have a reason to wake up. Be excited about something that is going to happen in every single new day. For me, it's my training the next day that makes me get up early. I just get excited waking up everyday knowing that I get to train with a new routine, with my favorite training squad, in my happy place – the gym. It’s really one of the most important things in life, to have something that drives you to start a new day!
  4. Have a morning ritual. It can be as simple as going to the toilet first thing when you wake up. Or just anything that makes you leave your bedroom and it's less likely to crawl back into your bed.
  Give it a go and see how you feel.   By: Carmen Bosmans, InnerFight Performance Coach