Happy Feeling Fit Friday everyone!

I am BEYOND excited to be featuring one of my favorite ladies, the fabulous Jill Conyers!

 Honestly, I can’t remember when I actually met Jill via the interwebs, because it feels like we’ve been blends all along. Jill is so inspiring, encouraging and just an all around awesome person!

Today, Jill is sharing some tips for becoming a morning person. A couple months ago, I decided to start waking up at 5:00am during the week…and around 6am or 7am on the weekends (I haven’t tried awaking up as early as Jill yet, though!). It was tough to start, but quickly became a routine. I love to work on my todo list, workout and just take the morning slow. And I often see tweets or comments from Jill in the wee morning hours, which I love – and which I saw this morning, of course!

If you’ve been in need of some motivation to start waking up early, this post is for you. Enjoy!

Morning Person

Are you an early riser or a night owl? If you’re not already, have you ever considered being a morning person?

I haven’t always a morning person. I started working out with a trainer and 5:00 a.m. was the only time we could meet. 5:00 a.m. workouts 3 days a week became routine and I never slept in again.

My favorite time of day is 4:00 a.m. I wake up feeling rested and I’m immediately ready to get out of bed. I haven’t hit snooze in years.

Sleeping in is 4:30 a.m.

Morning Person

I have time to enjoy my morning coffee and time to workout, journal, blog, email, or whatever I want or need to do.

8 Tips to Become a Morning Person

Know Your Why. Know why you’re going to wake up early. Come up with a meaningful goal you’ll be able to achieve by starting the day earlier, whether that’s a morning workout or checking off an item or 2 on your to-do list.

Prep the Night Before. Whatever you plan to accomplish do whatever you can the night before to prep. Maybe set out workout clothes or set the DVD ready to play.

Seize the Day. When you wake up start thinking about the things you’re looking forward to accomplishing with a little extra morning time.

Move the Clock. Move your alarm across the room so you have to get up to turn it off especially if you’re a frequent snooze button user. This might (will probably) be annoying at first but stick with it. Feeling annoyed will pass

Workout. Early morning has fewer interruptions and you’ll get an energy boost to start your day.

Up Early on Weekends Too. You have a new early morning schedule. Keep the same schedule even on weekends. You’ll have the bonus of extra me time and the consistency will make it easier throughout the week.

Adjust Your Bedtime. This will be a tough one for night owls. Adjust your bedtime so you’re not cutting back on the number of hours you sleep by waking up earlier. Cutting back will catch up with you physically and mentally.

Don’t expect to like it immediately. It’s going to be tough at first. Resist the urge to give up and sleep in. Stick with it. It gets easier and with a little time you might become a morning person too.

Is getting up early worth it?

Consider the benefits of a morning workout or run:

  • interruptions are rare because everyone is sleeping
  • energized for the day ahead of you
  • start the day with a clear mind and relaxed
  • exercising in the morning is more likely to stay consistent
  • a slow and unrushed start to the day
  • the coveted “me” time

Are you an early riser or night owl? What would you do with extra time in the morning?

Want to connect with Jill?
Blog: http://www.jillconyers.com
Facebook: Fitness, Health and Happiness
Twitter: @jillconyers
Instagram: jillconyers

– Jen.

Who is going to get up early next week?!

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