Life is moving at a crazy, fast pace lately (how I wish I could say the same for my running lol.) I’ve found myself juggling corporate work, race organizing, blogging, and motherhood along with Osaka Marathon training. It’s definitely a challenge, but, like anything in life, if you want something bad enough, you’ll try to make it work. And, with proper time management and commitment to the tasks at hand, I’ll tell you that it’s quite manageable…even fun if you’re cray like me! Should you find yourself in the same predicament in the future (or now!), here are my top 5 tips for training for a marathon while you’re busy with the rest of your life: (more…)
It’s been several months back when I tried my first Body Pump class at Fitness First. Before then, I would watch other members wait patiently for the previous class to end and, when the door to the studio would open, they would rush into the room, reserve their spot, and methodically prepare their bar, dumbells, weights, and mat on their space. It got me curious. So, one day, I decided to try it. (more…)
I read an article on Time.com last week on the “12 Things Extremely Successful People Do Before Breakfast.” It was interesting to note that, among work-related matters such as prioritizing a top business item or having a passion project and family matters such as spending time with family and bonding with the partner, No. 2 on the list was exercise. Successful people, no matter how busy their lives are, exercise in the morning before it falls off their to-do list.
The writer elaborated that these successful people made the time to exercise because it reduced stress, helped manage the effects of a bad diet, and provided better sleep at night. As I read this, I said: Yes, yes, and yes!
Now, I’m not even half as successful as these guys. But, at least I can say I have one thing in common with them: I also workout first thing in the morning! Here are more reasons why you should too (if you don’t yet):
1+ Gives you more focus later in the day. Life isn’t about working out. After a morning workout, you are more alert and you have more focus for the important stuff, such as school, work, or family.
2+ No room for excuses. If you plan to workout later in the day, there’s a greater chance that you’ll come up with an excuse such as traffic, a deadline, or even an officemate’s birthday party later that evening. Don’t even give yourself a chance to flake on your gym instructor. Just go out and do it upon waking.
3+ Speed up your metabolism throughout the day. We all know that exercises boosts our metabolism. By exercising in the morning, your metabolism starts working early in the day allowing you to burn more calories later.
4+ Helps you make better food choices. When you exercise in the morning, you feel better about your body throughout the day and you become more conscious of how you care for it. You tend to lean more towards healthy foods that provide fuel and nourishment for your body. On a lighter note, you also don’t want to waste all the calories you burned at the gym by downing a donut.
5+ You feel better about yourself. Working out doesn’t only make you look better, it also makes you feel better. Breaking a sweat in the gym or working out outdoors releases endorphins that just make you feel good throughout the day. Now, can you imagine how much better (or more successful!) this world would be if we all just woke up early to exercise?!
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