by Kelsey Fields
So you took last month’s article to heart and decided to give yourself grace. You slept 8 magical hours each night (and so did your kids), skipped laundry and dishes duty for the month (and finally figured out why you bought your kids so many pairs of Spiderman underpants), didn’t take home any papers to grade (by a miracle from the lord above you squeezed in your grading during the school day) and binge watched three entire seasons of Gilmore Girls.
But it sounded nice, didn’t it?
Okay but seriously, I hope you managed to cut yourself some slack moving into the new school year and you’ve finally settled into a routine that works best for you and your family. Now that you’re getting into a groove, it’s time to put your physical health first. I know that sometimes hitting the gym seems like the last priority on a long list of to-dos, but I’m gonna make this real easy for you.
WAKE UP EARLY AND WORK OUT. Did I lose you? Do I need to repeat myself? No, I have not had any wine. Hear me out.
Every Tuesday and Thursday I wake up at 4:45 A.M. and hit the pavement for 4-5 miles with my girlfriends Kayla and Michelle. Okay, okay. I know most of you are really doubting my sanity right now, but it’s the best decision I’ve ever made (besides deciding to reproduce because let’s face it, the world needs more Kelsey DNA in it). Here’s why:
- I’m not sacrificing family time. I am up and out the door before 75% of Missouri is up, including my sweet boys. I can run 5 miles, shower, and get ready before my kids wake up at 6:30 A.M.
- You’re less likely to skip a workout. When you workout at the end of the day, distractions, fatigue, and loss of motivation can sabotage your workout. I wake up, roll out of bed, throw on some tennis shoes, and go. Some mornings I get really lucky and get through the first 3 miles without realizing I’m awake. Bonus.
- Working out in the morning will help to boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories for the rest of the day. That isn’t a pass to come home and eat five donuts, but it will really help your waistline.
- Brigham Young University found that people who work out in the morning end up being more active in general. Last Thursday I burned 1084 active calories on the day I ran 4.5 miles in the morning. The day before I did an evening cross training class and only burned 763 calories.
- I sleep so much better at night! When I workout in the evenings I’m too revved up to fall asleep. The National Sleep Foundation says while evening workouts can boost the body’s temperature and stimulate the body, which can make falling asleep more difficult, working out in the morning leads to deeper, longer, and higher-quality sleep when you finally hit the pillow 15 or so hours later.
- And the cherry on top, you’ll burn more fat! A 2013 British Journal of Nutrition study found exercising on an empty stomach can burn as much as 20 percent more fat than when a meal is eaten first.
Try it out, what have you got to lose? Set your alarm (on your phone and most importantly your Keurig), lay out your workout clothes, and commit to working out early two days a week. You can send your heartfelt thank-you notes to Kelsey Fields, Cassville, MO.
Their mission is to celebrate health and wellness, outdoor adventures and wildlife conservation in the beauty of the Ozarks. Programs are designed to include activities for people of all ages, backgrounds, fitness levels and areas of interest. CLICK HERE for more information or give them a call at 417.873.5214.
Kelsey is a stay-at-home mom and just recently completed her degree in elementary education. She is a Beachbody certified Insanity instructor, avid runner and yoga enthusiast.
When she is not working out, you will find her cheering on the Denver Broncos, substitute teaching and spending time with her family. She is wife to Blake and mom to busy 2 year-old son Max and soon to be one-year-old, Mick.