How to wake up early in the morning?

Benjamin Franklin had famously said, "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." While you may or may not agree with his statement, but you will undoubtedly admit that waking up early has its benefits.

how to wake up early

➤ Many scientific studies suggest the health benefits of the morning sun by associating it with boosting the mood. As a result, early risers feel calm and focused throughout the day. I have been waking up at 5.30 a.m for a month now and feel like I've accomplished something!

➤ Early morning exercise on empty stomach is advocated by fitness experts to burn fat faster. Therefore, one can go out for a walk, run or even cycle, and keep themselves in shape. I usually start walking at around 5.45 a.m and end it by 6.30 and believe me, the changes are positive!

➤ If you rise early, you will be joining the ranks of successful people such as Howard Shultz of Starbucks, Richard Branson of the Virgin Group, Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo and Tim Cook of Apple. There is of course more time to plan the day but also regular healthy sleep pattern is maintained in the night.

Since there are genuine benefits to getting up early, all of us have at least tried to make it our habit. But because there are so many distractions in life such as social media and video streaming for example, we tend to lose our routine and become lazy.

We remain awake browsing, texting or watching our favorite tv shows and then late night snacking also follows. But the body is more likely to store those calories as fat and gain weight rather than burn it as energy. Hence, welcome obesity!

On top of that, we begin to live in denial: that everything's fine, oh I love me for me, body positivity, fat acceptance and what not. But if we're truly being honest with ourselves, how's it even remotely healthy when there are at least 10 problems in life linked directly to obesity?

how to wake up early

Coming back to the topic of the post: one bad habit leads to another. The combined effect of all the bad is never positive however it is marketed. Also, on the other hand, one good habit is the beginning of more good practices and therefore more satisfaction in life generally. What then can be done to bring about the change?

The solution has two steps: first, a good brisk walk after dinner. Most households in the world consume dinner at around 9 p.m. and if you don't, make it so. Then, let's suppose you finish eating by 9.20 p.m. it's recommended to walk for at least 30 minutes after it. Why? Because it's healthy and also tires you out. You can listen to music as you walk to make it more fun.

Note: this post is especially aimed towards young adults. Most of them don't watch TV these days so it's likely they're going to switch to their smartphones or laptops. After walking for 30 minutes, it's about 10 p.m. in the night. From then onwards, you may chit-chat with friends, watch an episode or two and so on.

Second and final step: whatever the distraction in life, force it stop at 11 p.m. and that's all there's to it really! If you were engaged in long conversations on the phone, wish them good night. If you were re-watching f.r.i.e.n.d.s or hooked on some new web series, wait until tomorrow. If you were writing assignments or coding, remember that thinking better be done in the day.

Make it important to sleep at 11 in the night. It is good habit to sleep even earlier than this but since you're customarily a night owl you cannot give it up that easily now can you? Set the alarm for 6 in the morning, choose the most rocking (earth-shattering) song for it. I recommend 'morning glory' by oasis.

After getting up, walk (or run) for at least 30 minutes in the morning. A visit to nearby park or simply walking on the terrace. You may again tune in to your favorite music while doing so. The sun rises at around 6.15 a.m. and innumerable birds fill up the sky. You'll enjoy the sights from day one, guaranteed!

But I must mention, that waking up early may be strenuous on day one, on day two and probably on day three also. My suggestion: take a cup of black coffee, as you walk. It will give your morning a further boost. And you will sooner or later get more comfortable rising up early.

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