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YouTube has been my passion for the last 7 years. But with a couple of changes the last months, my YouTube career may have come at risk. In this blog post I try to share my thoughts and experiences with my audience. Besides that I’ll explain what’s happening to YouTube right now.

 

What went wrong?

You may have heard a thing or two about what is happening with YouTube right now. What I have read and heard from other YouTubers is that the number one subscribed YouTuber PewDiePie had a fit with some journalists from Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Basically it came down to mr. Pewds being racist according to the old media (a.k.a. liars) and a journalist from WSJ saw that as a way to fight the new media. WSJ is a typical example of the backwardness of old school media, whereas YouTube is part of the much more influential and growing new media. Anyways, then what happened was that the social justice warriors at WSJ thought it was a good idea to get big advertisers to pull their hands off of YouTube because it would show advertisements at ‘racist’ videos. The political correctness of modern day has gone too far already and this is a perfect example of that. So, to keep it simple, YouTube is losing some big advertisement deals, meaning there is less money from advertising. YouTubers make money from these advertisements and so they’ll see a big drop in advertisement revenue.

 

Hobby versus job

What does this mean for me and my channel? I started of YouTube making only a few bucks in the beginning. I remember making 25 dollars in my first month when I was a YouTube partner (at 1000 subscribers) and it took about 2.5 months to reach my payment threshold of 75 dollars. With that I bought a new camera to film my videos with, instead of using the cellphone I had back in the days. However, after a while I started to make a decent amount of money so that I did not need to get a job as a paperboy or something similar. I managed to easily combine making YouTube videos as a part time job with my studying. Now that I have my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and work as a nurse for about 32 hours a week, YouTube was a perfect supplementation to my income. I didn’t make that much and I would not have been able to live off of it, but still, the extra hours of work I had put in making videos paid off. Unfortunately I too notice a drop in my advertisement income and that works very demotivating if it comes to making videos.

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Obviously I do not make the videos just for the money. I have enjoyed being able to get such a big platform and share my videos and ideas with millions of people from literally all over the world. It is a way for me to express my creativity and to do well to the world we are living in. I like to share my knowledge and educate people even if it’s for free. Regardless, I do spend an extra 15-20 hours besides working some irregular hours as a nurse, which becomes quite demanding. Getting paid for my videos was the extra motivation I needed to keep on going and delivering a steady stream of videos. Lately I was able to upload 2-3 videos a week, which I wasn’t able to do before. But now it feels like I’m working those 15-20 hours for almost nothing. You can imagine how that feels. YouTube is not just a hobby for me. Most YouTubers would agree with me that it is hard work to make those videos and come up with new ideas every single week. So yes, YouTube is absolutely my biggest hobby, but it is also a job for me. And like any other person who does a job, I like to get paid for that. Not just with the respect and gratitude you would get from your viewers. That is more than enough if I make only one video a week, but when I had to make 2, 3 or even 4 or 5 a week it felt like working even though I liked it. That’s the honest truth.

 

Now what?

What does that mean for the future of my channel and online fitness career? I definitely do not want to quit making YouTube videos or videos in general. If you do something with a lot of joy for almost 8 years, you do not simply quit. Especially not if it’s your passion. Instead what I want to do is start up a Patreon page. By a simple donation starting at 1 dollar you can continue watching all of my videos. What do I mean by all of my videos? First of all, the videos I have created on YouTube so far will remain there. They still are available for free and I continue producing at least a video a week for my channel. I want to reach 20 million views and still do not feel I got everything out of YouTube. I want to reach my 10 year anniversary as well. Plus, you never know what the future brings for the platform. It’s still the greatest platform I’ve ever been on and I continue to support the brand. It is the journalists, political games and advertisers that got scared that caused this problem, not YouTube.

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But Patreon might become my new preferred platform. What I ask from you guys is to consider supporting me for a small amount of money. Like I said, it starts at 1 dollar for which you get access to my Patreon videos as well as downloads of my videos or images. This builds up to $30 for access to all my videos, a shoutout for your social media account, a personalized video and a personalized workout or nutrition program (with a value of $36). I do not have high demands in terms of how much I would need to earn per month to be able to continue making my videos. With just $250 a month I could continue making 3 videos a week (About 15 hours of work). But I probably would be fine even with $150 a month as a bare minimum. If by any chance you have the financial means to support me and value my work, please consider supporting me on this new platform (http://patreon.com/jeromefitness).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flexibility Training & Health: Five Reasons Why

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Five health reasons to do flexibility training

We all know that stretching can increase your flexibility. That is also the main reason why people do flexibility training: to be flexible and learn the split. There are more health benefits involved in doing flexibility training though! Here is a top 5 reasons why you should do flexibility training to improve your health.

1. Reduces stress levels
We tend to live an increasingly stressful life these days. Our jobs become more demanding, some of us have families they have to take care of or we have to study all day to get our University degrees. Flexibility training is your escape to this stressful life. Even if it is for just a couple of minutes, this already improves health. When you stretch you have to concentrate on the exercises. Combine it with proper breathing and the tingling feeling at the end of the workout really helps to reduce stress levels. Now stress has been linked to several diseases including heart disease. Despite the fact that nutrition is the number one method to avoid heart disease, reducing stress levels does a great deal too!

Besides that stress is linked to a decreased emotional and psychological well-being. Healthy mind, healthy body; a famous quote from a popular sports brand really is true. When you feel emotionally and psychologically stable and sane you’ll see direct results on your physical health too. This becomes most apparent when your psychological health is at risk by a disease like depression. People who are depressed become sick more easily and stop taking care of themselves properly.

2. Improves posture
Another common ‘health problem’ that comes with modern day is bad posture. Computers are great and internet is even more awesome, but it comes at a cost for our bodies. We tend to get into bad postures with heightened shoulders; head tilted forward, neck in a strain and hips in a sitting position all day. These are all signs of bad posture. For the active individuals who do not have a desk job this may not be of big concern. Except perhaps that most people are addicted to their phones nowadays. The same negative effects to your posture apply to using your phone on a regular basis.




Unfortunately we are not always able to get away from the computer or our phones. I tend to sit behind my laptop for hours which is not necessarily great for my posture. However, by stretching my muscles regularly I prevent most of the negative effects that impose on my posture. Stretching kind of untighten the muscles. When your chest muscles are very strong and tight, they pull your shoulders forward for example. By stretching your chest, you can really ‘open up’ those muscles, allowing your shoulders a more naturally and beneficial posture. Hip stretches are also crucial for those who sit on a chair all day long.

3. Improves breathing
One of the relatively few bad habits I had was my breathing technique. Sometimes I ‘forget’ to breath and go long time without properly breathing. I also don’t breathe in and out that often. Usually I breath in and out for about 6x a minute. Stretching, however, allows you to focus on your breathing. Much like with yoga, you have to breathe properly during your stretching poses. I know a lot of people and especially men don’t really like yoga that much because it’s all a bit too spiritual for them. Regardless, one of the most important things yoga can teach you is the breathing technique they use. It mostly comes down to calm deep breathing.

You may have picked up that breathing is rather important in some biology class. We can’t go without oxygen that long. But a wrong breathing technique also causes fatigue, dizziness, headaches, various sorts of pains and simply not feeling right. Try this: Breath in deeply for 5 seconds, hold your breath about 3 counts and then completely exhale. Repeat this for 2 minutes and you’ll feel so much more energized. This same effect can be found back in stretching. Stretching relaxes you enough so that you can also really focus on your breathing. There is actually a direct benefit to breathing properly for the stretching too. The better you breathe, the better and easier you can reach your maximum range of motion. So in simple terms: it helps you stretch deeper.




4. Reduces risk for injuries
I have warned my viewers on YouTube to not stretch BEFORE a workout. It doesn’t reduce the risk of getting injured in most cases. Unless you need flexibility for the activity you have planned though. Anyways, a greater range of motion can actually help decrease the risk of getting injured. Think of it this way. If you do the split, but cannot actually do a split in the first place, you WILL get injured. But with stretching you can get into that position without hurting yourself eventually.

There is a turning point however. Being flexible can be great, but being overly flexible increases the risk of getting injured. When your muscles and joints have a great mobility, they also become more instable. And instable joints could dislocate more easily for example. Most of us won’t have this problem, but it is worth mentioning as it is all about balance.

5. Improves sleep
Last but not least, it improves sleep. We all know how important sleeping is to your health and well-being. This becomes clear when we have had a bad night of rest. Our entire focus and drive diminishes after sleeping badly for just a few hours. Many people have difficulty sleeping because they are preoccupied too much. They are constantly thinking about their busy schedules or overthink the day, making them fall asleep too late. Not to forget the usage of cellphones, television or computers with their bright light can keep us from sleeping properly.




Instead of checking the phone before bedtime, take 15-20 minutes to do some stretching. Not only does this take your mind off things, it helps you to relax entirely and it empties your head. Another very beneficial effect of this is that if you step into bed after a routine, you’re more flexible. This flexibility helps you get into the sleeping position that is most comfortable to you.

So there you have it, 5 main health reasons why you should pick up flexibility training. Check out my other blog articles on flexibility, health, fitness and nutrition and check out my YouTube channel as well!

Vegan Pantry Essentials

veganThe following blog post was written by Remy Bernard

As a professional chef with an interest in fitness, experimenting with healthy vegan dishes has become a bit of an obsession of mine. And if you’ve ever worked in the restaurant industry, you’ll know that there are certain items that are critical to always have stocked in order to run an effective kitchen. Well, that same concept applies to your home pantry, especially if you cook many of your own meals, which a lot of us tend to do on our fitness journey.

Whether you have been a vegan for years, or are simply transitioning to eating less meat, there are a few staples that every vegetarian or vegan should have on hand in their pantry. Aside from a well-stocked pantry being just plain old convenient, everything on this list is ideal for adding extra protein, flavor, texture and most importantly vital nutrition to whatever dishes you might be cooking. Just like have the right cookware for the job is critical, having just a few essentials can really open up your cooking to new levels of flavor.




Beans

Lately, I have been experimenting a lot with different varieties of both dried and canned beans in my cooking as nowadays it’s super easy to find high quality, organic canned beans at the supermarket. But, there are two types I always make sure to have on hand no matter what: chickpeas and lentils. I love lentils because unlike other varieties, they cook up super fast and are an awesome addition to soups and salads. They are also an excellent source of protein, fiber, calcium, folate, iron, zinc and potassium.

I usually also buy my chickpeas canned and toss them into stews, pasta dishes and soups for added flavor, calories and nutrition. In addition to being having a good amount of protein, chickpeas are rich in molybdenum and manganese.

Ground Flax Seeds

Flax seeds are incredibly nutritious and are also packed with fiber and awesome Omege-3 fatty acids. These seeds are so versatile and come with a perfectly mild, earthy flavor. I always add them to my oatmeal in the morning and have been known to mix them into smoothies and baked muffins and breads. I also recently learned that when you combine ground flax with a bit of water, it makes an excellent egg substitute.

Grains

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t know where to start when buying and using grains. Using a variety of grains in your cooking will lend not only nutrition to your dishes, but also texture, flavor and an overall more interesting end result. My pantry always has plenty of brown and white rice, millet, bulgur, quinoa, spelt and faro. All grains are an important source of dietary fiber, several B vitamins like thiamin and niacin, and well as minerals such as iron and magnesium.




Nutritional Yeast

This one is a bit newer to me personally, but I am coming to really love it. Lately, I have been experimenting with adding it into sauces, but a light dusting can be also used to quickly spice up tofu, nuts, potatoes and popcorn. Best of all, nutritional yeast is a source of complete protein and vitamins, in particular B-complex.

Tempeh

At first I was a little skeptical of tempeh, but like many sources of vegan protein, once you know how to prepare it, it quickly becomes one of your staple sources. With tempeh, I usually buy more than I need at once as it freezes well and can be used months later. Tempeh is a potent source of manganese, copper, fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B2 and magnesium.

Miso

I tend to keep both a light and dark miso paste on hand in my fridge depending on what level of savoriness I am going for, but if you were to choose just once, I would go for the light yellow variety as it’s the most mellow and has the most versatility. Not only is it great for making tasty miso soup, but it’s also perfect for making your own dressings that can be added to salads, tofu and any vegetable you might be cooking. Miso is a nice source of protein, manganese, copper, zinc and phosphorus.

Dried Sea Vegetables

Everyone knows about nori which is used to wrap rice up for sushi, but lesser know seaweeds like kobmu which can add great flavor to any broth or hijiki which can be used in salads and veggie dishes have stolen the show in my kitchen. Seaweed is about as nutrient dense as it gets, and has plenty of iodine, calcium, B-12, A vitamins and fiber.

Tofu

Like the tempeh listed earlier, tofu isn’t really something you’d store in your pantry per se, but is an essential for vegans nonetheless. I keep a block of firm tofu handy for frying and baking, and also use dried tofu for my soups and stir-fry dishes. Tofu is very well known for its nutrient profile and for good reason. It’s loaded with calcium, manganese, copper, selenium, protein and phosphorus, Omega-3s, iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B1.

Nuts

Nuts are an excellent addition to many recipes but also as a stand-alone snack. I always have a bag of cashews and almonds around the house, as well as pistachios and more often than not pine nuts. Chopped up nuts are wonderful in salads and grain recipes, and ground nuts help add body and flavor to paste dishes like lasagna. You can crush them by hand, or use a good blender to create and nice even grind. Depending on the nut, they offer a wide range of essential nutrients, including many B-group vitamins, vitamin E, and a host of other minerals.

Remy Bernard – Owner and Editor at Miss Mamie’s Cupcakes. A baker, chef and writer, Remy started Miss Mamie’s Cupcakes as a way to deepen and spread her passion for making delicious food. Since starting the blog, her focus has shifted more and more to vegan/vegetarian focus.

She can also be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Healthy or nutritious?

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Healthy food

We are all taught what healthy food is, when we were kids. But where those teachings correct? We automatically assume that something that is nutritious is also healthy. That is not the case though. In this blog post I explain to you why this is an incorrect way of thinking.

What does ‘being healthy’ mean?

First of all you have to know what is meant by ‘healthy’. Usually what is meant by health comes down to the absence of disease or illnesses. So if you do not have diseases like diabetes, cancer or a heart disease you could be considered healthy. However, there are some more delicate issues that matter here. For example, health can also mean how well a person feels. So depression and other mental problems can diminish your health.

Your attitude towards your situation therefore matters too. Someone who has had a stroke, but is feeling happy and does not feel disabled, might feel healthy. Whereas a person who has got only nine fingers could be clinically healthy, but feel disabled and sick because of a missing digit.

Healthy foods

Speaking in terms of nutrition, healthy foods are usually full of nutrients (nutritious) and have more benefits than downsides. Personally I believe a healthy food should not only consist of a lot of nutrients. It should improve the way you feel. Foods that cause an upset stomach, overweight, diabetes, irritated bowel or gastric reflux, are not healthy.

In fact healthy food should not only cause no disease, it should prevent it. There are thousands if not millions of studies that prove certain foods can prevent a wide variety of diseases. A plant based diet is known to reverse heart disease risks and can prevent diabetes. Many fruits and vegetable have anticancer properties and certain foods have been known to elevate your mood, preventing depression.

There are no fruits and vegetables that make you sick. Beans and whole grains are both nutritious and have protective properties as well. Choose foods low in calories, but high in vitamins and minerals. Apart from vitamins and minerals, many plant foods also contain antioxidants, phytochemicals and enzymes aiding your body to stay healthy. To summarize, foods that are considered healthy, should both nourish your body and prevent disease. Luckily there are a lot of those foods.




Nutritious foods

Saying a food is healthy, just because it contains lots of calcium or omega 3 is not correct. For example king mackerel is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which have been said to be good for your health. The big downside though, is that this is also a fish that has very high mercury levels. If you eat fish high on the food chain, you get in a lot of mercury. You may not know it, but mercury is one of the most dangerous toxins that cause a variety of health hazards. So even though a food contains certain nutrients we need for our health, some may have costs that outweigh the benefits.

 

Milk is often considered a healthy food. First of all it is high in calcium. Besides that it contains a good amount of vitamins such as vitamin A and some B vitamins. Then there are also some other important minerals. Looking strictly at the micronutrients, one could consider milk healthy. But here is the downside, making milk nutritious but NOT healthy. It is high in animal fats which are known to cause a variety of diseases including cancer. It contains cholesterol, which is a dubious nutrient as we do not need to get cholesterol from our diet. There is still some debate going on whether cholesterol from foods raises your blood cholesterol. My stance on this is that it doesn’t add any health benefits, so it should to the very least not be considered healthy.

Last but not least, dairy cows these days get a lot of antibiotics added to their diets. They are often given hormones and indirectly get in a lot pesticides. None of these components are healthy. So yes, foods like fat fish (especially those high on the food chain), milk and hamburgers contain a lot of important nutrients. But the negatives often outweigh the positives. The unhealthy components at the very best even out the health benefits that consuming their nutrients gives you. So why not rather concentrate on eating healthy foods without such downsides.

Correlation and causation

I would like to finish this statement with the difference between correlation and causation. Whether they use it in their advantage or simply do not understand the concept, this is an essential part of science not everyone grasps.

Being healthy usually is connected to longevity. So the older you can become, the healthier people assume you are. Besides, only healthy people become old, right? That’s not necessarily true, but it comes close. We all know this old man or woman in the age category north of 90 years that smoke. You do not need to be explained that smoking is unhealthy. Yet this person managed to become this old even while they have smoked their whole life. The correlation here is that a person smokes and still becomes 90+ years old. You could incorrectly conclude that smoking improves your longevity. We all know this is not the case of course. The person became old DESPITE smoking, not BECAUSE (causation) of smoking.




The same is true for eating red, processed meat to give you an example. Many of us assume that because their grandparents ate that food their entire lives, it must be healthy. And that is where the mistakes are made in the reasoning process. It is the difference between correlation and causation.

So causation means that A is the cause of B, whereas correlation only means that A and B are found together in this particular situation. Smoking does cause weight loss, so weight loss and smoking are not only correlated to each other, the latter is also the cause of the first component of this comparison.

Practical applications

For those struggling to put this theory of healthy eating in practice, here are some guidelines I would like to give you.

  • Limit your intake of processed foods, high sugar products and saturated (animal) fats.
  • Aim for eating at least 200-300 grams of vegetables per day. More is usually better when it comes to vegetables. I usually eat at least 600 grams of vegetables per day, with some days topping 1000 grams of them.
  • Eat at least 3-4 pieces of fruit (300 grams or more).
  • Do not consume alcohol or limit your alcohol intake. Wine is NOT healthy. Alcohol is literally poisonous to your body, I am not exaggerating.
  • Do not eat fish that is high on the food chain, or do not eat fish at all. Omega 3 has yet to be studied more thoroughly if you ask me.
  • Eat 80% of what you need to fill yourself. Eating too many calories is unhealthy, whether you are overweight or not.
  • Eat a minimum of 30 grams of fiber, but preferably more than that.
  • Get in plenty of legumes and lentils in your diet due to their high nutritional profile and many health benefits.
  • Do not shy away from whole grains. The low carb craze is nonsense. Carbohydrates are not the enemy. Whole grain foods are high in nutrients, phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber, all which are known to increase longevity and health.

Time to end this post with one of my favorite quotes by Hippocrates:

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”.

About my absence

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It has been almost 6 months ago since my last blog post on my website. There has happened a lot over the past months. I figured I should share this with you guys and make a new start. I want to pick up writing as a hobby again and what better way to do that than creating blog posts for you guys. But before going into further detail on what I am planning to do in the future, here is an update of the reasons behind my absence.

School, work and moving out

In February the last 6 months of my Bachelor of Science in Nursing started and I had little energy or interest to keep up with my YouTube channel. Let alone with my blog and website. I did manage to upload roughly 1 video a week during that period with some exceptions, that is. However, concentrating on writing a decent paragraph for my blog, which is not even my main focus in my online career, was too much for me. Besides that I had to write my thesis, so I did enough writing already I guess. I did a qualitative study on how clinical reasoning played a role in nursing care for geriatric patients. I won’t bother you with what that means, but just understand that it took its toll on my creativity and motivation to write.

With that I did an internship at a hospital at a geriatric ward (old sick people with both physical, mental and social problems). I can honestly say that this was one of the hardest internships of my study. The job was both physically and mentally demanding. Combined with trying to train a couple of times a week, travelling back and forth to the internship and trying to eat healthy it was simply a pretty hard time for me. After taking and coding 7 interviews, writing the thesis and presenting it, I was rewarded with a 8,6 out of 10 (not my best, but I shouldn’t complain) and I passed my internship. I was now officially a bachelor of science in nursing. Even before getting my degree I went on a job interview and was hired for my first real job as a nurse. So as per August 2016 I worked in a nursing home as a nurse coaching co-workers, taking care of clients and improving the quality of the health care over there.




After a month I also tried to find a place for myself to live. I was living with my parents since I first wanted to finish University and get a job before moving out. The first apartment I went to see was also the one I got immediately. Roughly a month ago I got the keys to the apartment and 2 weeks ago everything was set and I was ready to live there. I build an entirely new studio/gym. Whenever I feel like it, I can now walk down one flight of stairs and start recording. Everything is set up already, in contrary to the studio in my parents’ shed. My dad and I also build a desk where I can make all my videos, record audio and now also write my blog posts on. And finally I have a spacious kitchen where I can film my own cooking show. Something I have wanted to do for quite a while now and finally have time and space for.

My future aspirations

Writing has always been something I liked doing. That’s why I thought it was a shame to give it up. Given the fact that I was getting bored during a few days off, I thought I had to do some more work. However, only focusing on making videos is too boring if you ask me. I literally did a Google search for ‘money making hobbies’ and one of the first things that was listed was blogging. Why didn’t I think of that? Apparently I forgot I had my own blog. So that is why I want to start this blog again. Why waste your valuable time on watching TV or doing other stuff that doesn’t bring you further in life? My life motto is ‘let this day count’ and you can do so by learning, by helping others, by improving yourself and by making a living with what you enjoy doing.




Nowadays we have the great opportunity to make a living with whatever we like to do. Whether you like gaming, play with Lego, cook, do make-up videos or workout, you can all make money with it. There is nothing wrong with wanting to earn money, especially not if it’s with something you enjoy doing. So to everyone who is reading this I encourage you to find out what you enjoy doing and think of a way you can make it even more fun by making it into a lucrative activity.

There is no telling in how many posts I’ll manage between making at least 3 videos a week, working 32 hours a week and keeping myself busy with household activities. But at least now I have the mental energy left to actually do some writing. Let’s make this happen!

Developing a Morning Exercise Routine

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Life keeps all of us busy. We have bills to pay, jobs to complete, spouses to create a life with, families to assist, and so many other tasks to complete each day, and somewhere amidst all of that, it really behooves us to take care of ourselves – physically and mentally – because if our health breaks down, suddenly satisfactorily completing all our other duties and obligations becomes extremely challenging, if not altogether impossible. I know so many people who swear that if they just had “one more hour” in each day that they could develop and maintain an exercise routine – and therefore, take better care of their health – but that’s not how it works. We’re all given 24 hours to use in each day. How we spend our time is up to us to decide.
Like many people, I haven’t always been super-committed to my exercise routine. I’ve been training for and running long-distance races, such as half marathons, marathons, and ultramarathons, for the past decade, and all those years of experiences finally taught me that if I don’t complete my exercise in the morning, it’s quite unlikely that it’ll happen later in the day. In other words: if I don’t work out first thing in the morning, then I’m not going to exercise that day.
I’ve read studies that maintain that people’s willpower is highest in the morning, and I think that’s an excellent catalyst to keep in your pocket as you work to develop a morning exercise routine. Starting your day off on a positive note, such as giving yourself a solid 20 minutes (or more) to sweat, can leave you feeling invigorated and ready to take on the world. You’ll incur so many benefits by exercising on a regular basis, including (among other things) doing a host of things for your health.
If you haven’t routinely worked-out in the morning before, or if you’re new to exercising altogether, it can be intimidated to get started or seemingly impossible to know where to begin. I’m sharing some of my best practices and tips here today to help you develop a morning exercise routine, based on my own experiences and trials and errors.
With some commitment, planning, and patience, you’ll soon be on your way to being a regular morning exerciser.
Getting started: the night before


The obvious: set alarms… and for the right time. When you’re beginning a morning exercise routine, if you think you won’t be able to awaken earlier than normal without the help of an alarm, don’t hesitate to set some bells (or several) so you can get to work on time after you complete your morning sweat session. Be sure to set the alarm for the correct time – A.M. instead of P.M.! – A mistake I’ve unfortunately made before. Set a few alarms if you think they’ll help you.
Make your morning as seamless as possible. Before you go to bed, be sure to lay out everything you’ll need for your morning workout. Get your shoes, workout clothes, any music you’ll bring with you, any food you want to eat before you begin – basically, everything you think you’ll need or be using – ready so you don’t waste precious minutes in the morning. If you think it’ll help you, consider even sleeping in your workout gear! I know people who also set their coffeemakers early in the morning so that when they’re waking up, they’ll have their fresh cup of Joe ready to go, too.




More than anything, you’ll just want to prepare everything the night before so that you can get up and get moving as quickly as possible.
Sleep. No, really. Just go to sleep. If you’re going to develop a morning exercise routine, you absolutely have to get enough sleep each night. It’s so easy to waste time on the internet at night, but I implore you: abstain! In addition, if you find that you’re waking up thirty minutes earlier each morning to exercise, do everything you can to get thirty extra minutes of sleep the night before. In time, your body will adjust, and you’ll likely find that you’re disinterested in staying up all night on the internet.
The Morning
It might be rough initially, but that’s ok! Accept it, and move on. If you’ve never exercised before, or if you’ve never been a morning exerciser, expect that you’ll have a learning curve initially. It may stink to wake-up earlier than usual, and you may feel groggy and question why you’re doing this, but remember: it’s for your health! It’ll make you feel better; it’ll make you healthier; and if nothing else, it’ll make you start your day off really positively. If you feel like you’re about to hit the snooze button when you alarm sounds, literally get moving – stand up, and get out of bed – so you can nix the temptation to stay in bed. Also, don’t think that you’re destined to fail if the first few times you try to exercise in the morning it doesn’t come to fruition. Give yourself permission to fail, but more importantly, give yourself the opportunity to at least try. The first few times we do something, it’s usually pretty awkward and uncomfortable until we figure things out; so, too, does it hold true for becoming a morning exerciser.

Don’t waste time on social media pre-workout. One of your biggest goals in becoming a morning exerciser should be to minimize the timesuck – the amount of time, the number of minutes that your workout loses because you’re doing other things. Social media is an enormous timesuck, so realistically, I’d encourage you to not check it before doing your workout, especially if you feel like you’re easily tempted to fall down the rabbit hole of “just checking” all your accounts. If you’re not careful, “just checking” things can eat up your entire workout time allocation! (It’s happened to me before)! If anything, check the weather if you’re working-out outdoors; otherwise, doesn’t bother. It can wait.




It’s funner with another! While our friends are great because they’re our friends and we love them, our friends can also be great for accountability when we’re developing a morning exercise routine. You probably wouldn’t want to make your friend mad by making her wait for you (or worse yet, you blowing her off) for a workout, would you? Plus, exercising with another person, especially if you’re going outdoors, can help give you a better sense of safety, too. You may soon find that a sweat session with a friend is even more enjoyable than a traditional happy hour, and we all know that it’s much better for your health!
It’s so critical that we all take care of ourselves because realistically, if we don’t, then who will? We all have the same number of hours in each day, and it’s up to us to decide how we spend our time. When you’re becoming a morning exerciser for the first time ever or for the first time in a while, it can be natural to feel frustrated when things don’t come together as easily as we envisioned. Don’t lose hope! Remember, with a little practice, patience, planning, and flexibility, you’ll figure out a way to efficiently get your morning sweat session in each day, and you’ll be comforted to know how much good a regular exercise routine will do for your health.

 

Writer Bio

Dan Chabert
Writing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Dan is an entrepreneur, husband and ultramarathon distance runner. He spends most of his time on runnerclick.com, monicashealthmag.com & nicershoes.com and he has been featured on runner blogs all over the world.

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