Just came back from my morning run through the pine forest around Cap Ferret, South-West France…aaah… what a lovely place! There is no better feeling than being outside at daybreak, hearing the birds sing and seeing the sun rise. Ok, I admit, they’re no Foo Fighters but still massively enjoyable especially after my recent 4 days @Rock Werchter and enduring Rammstein!!
Even on holiday I try to maintain my morning routine of getting up (relatively!) early to go for a run. Why? Because it gives me loads of energy and sets me up for the day. Of course hearing the alarm go off at 6am, getting up and tying up my running shoes doesn’t happen without the obligatory cursing but once outside, I am quickly filled with joy. It’s a cliché that the simple things in life give the most pleasure, but today (as on most days) it is absolutely true…
During my run, I reflect on the day ahead, how to tackle challenges that were worrying me the day before or just enjoy life…by the time I get into the shower, I’ve usually thought of a couple of ways to solve specific conundrums and have made up my “to do list” for the day. And all of that without a smart phone in sight or accessing 1 single work email!
This routine is my way to be fully energised, to feel fit and strong and to tackle the day ahead. It’s so precious to me that I used to ask my PA to make sure that she guarded the morning diary slot to avoid too many calls or meetings being scheduled before 9.30am highjacking my “me-time”.
Selfish? Presumptuous? Lazy?
I don’t think so! Even if I get to the office a bit later than most people, I am so stoked, full of energy, that I am convinced I am at my most productive after my morning work-out. The fact I walk in with a huge grin on my face is hopefully seen by my colleagues as an added bonus! (Feedback gratefully received!)
Much to the delight of my partner,Tim, my morning routine is now so much part of my wellbeing that I get twitchy and grumpy if I have a lie-in beyond 8 am.
I can already hear the arguments you are coming up with when reading this as to why this wouldn’t work for you: “too busy, I need to be at the office by 8am at the very latest, school run, need more sleep….”. All true…and still…you too can make this work.
During weekdays, I glamorously (!) prepare for bed by 9.00pm, read a bit (to feed another addiction of mine!) before switching off the light by 9.30pm, all in order to make sure I have had enough sleep to get up at 6am ready to work out. Boooring!! I know! Trust me, I do have the occasional late night…champagne fuelled…no comment!!
At the end of the day, it’s all about making the time and setting your own boundaries for the things that are important to you, the things that make you feel at your best. Once you have figured out what works best for you, it really comes down to planning. If an evening work-out suits you better, why not leave the office a bit earlier to go to the gym?
Why don’t you give it a try? Come on !! You never know, you might turn in to an energetic smiling morning person!
PS – I have to be honest and admit that I owe my morning routine to my personal trainer of 12 years, Mr Paul Hunt, who, many years ago, forced me to start training early mornings. Thank you Paul for turning me into a fitter (!) morning person!