With school starting back, and with our family homeschooling our schedules have to make some changes. While homeschooling gives us a good bit of flexibility, this season has a lot more going on than the summer so we have to make the most of our days by really staying in a good rhythm so we can thrive not survive. I have found for both my kids and myself that we all do better with routine and daily habits.
Waking up early for morning workouts may not be everyone's cup of tea, and I was no exception. However, I soon realized the numerous benefits that awaited me with this simple change in routine. The key was to start small and gradually build up the habit. Setting my alarm just fifteen minutes earlier each week allowed my body to adjust without feeling overwhelmed. I always feel better knowing I’ve already got my workout in for the day and don’t have to worry about missing or being stressed if last-minute things come up in the afternoon. Plus, it gives me much more time to get work or extra play time in with the kids.
I'm trying to get back in the habit of running in the morning, even though I prefer afternoon or evening runs most. adidas running shoes and split running shorts have been my new go-to for fitness. I had no idea fun colors would boost my mood so drastically while working out.
Consistency is not about making drastic changes overnight; it's about making small, sustainable adjustments. By taking disciplined baby steps towards waking up early and sticking to my morning workouts, I found myself more focused, energetic, and positive throughout the day. Remember, slow and steady progress is more sustainable and rewarding than attempting radical changes that lead to burnout.
As creatures of habit, our brains thrive on routine. Studies have shown that following a structured daily schedule enhances cognitive function, reduces stress, and promotes overall well-being. So even though the schedules can sometimes seem daunting, I try to remember how much more beneficial it is to our overall healthy to stay consistent.