Your morn­ing work­out puts health first

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - — Ms Chris McMil­lan CEO, Can­cer Coun­cil Qld

FOR many Queens­lan­ders, find­ing time to stay in good shape isn’t easy, al­though with a lit­tle bit of fore­thought, fitness is achiev­able for all of us.

A great work­out im­me­di­ately boosts your en­ergy and your mood, and also helps to set a healthy tone for how you ap­proach your day.

Be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive is vi­tal to op­ti­mal health and well be­ing. While the best time to ex­er­cise will largely de­pend on your life­style, most peo­ple pre­fer morn­ing work­outs.

Whether you’re go­ing to the gym, prep­ping for an out­door run or sim­ply headed to the next room for a work­out, th­ese tips should help you stay ac­tive all year round.

One, stop hit­ting snooze. When it’s cold and dark in the morn­ing, it can be easy to keep hit­ting the snooze but­ton. In­stead put your alarm clock at the other end of your bed­room, turn on the light switch (or let in some nat­u­ral light) and do a few quick stretches.

Two, cre­ate a morn­ing playlist. Shake off slug­gish­ness and get mo­ti­vated for the day ahead with en­er­gis­ing songs. Up­beat mu­sic may even make you push your­self harder when ex­er­cis­ing.

Three, sim­plify your morn­ing rou­tine. Make it eas­ier to get out the door each morn­ing by pre­par­ing what you can the night be­fore.

Pack ev­ery­thing you need for your work­out in a bag and or­gan­ise your meals. When the win­ter chill sets in, just add cosy out­er­wear and con­sider warm­ing your­self up af­ter­wards with a hot tea or hearty por­ridge.

Four, don’t get dis­tracted by tech­nol­ogy. Try put­ting your phone on aero­plane mode be­fore you go to sleep and don’t take it off un­til after your work­out.

Five, turn your com­mute into a work­out. Ride a bike, or leave home ear­lier to fit in a walk.

Good ex­er­cise habits take time to de­velop.

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