Something crazy happened.
Over the past few days, I’ve increased the number of times I go the gym from once a week to four times per week. This hasn’t required more energy, more discipline or waking up any earlier.
Instead of exercising at the end of my workday, I started training FIRST THING in the morning.
To be clear, I’m not waking up any earlier. I simply took a task that I was struggling with and swapped the order.
Why does this work?
Your willpower is at its peak in the morning. Your mind is fresh and there’s less decision fatigue. You’re also less likely to be swayed by excuses like being tired, stressed or busy.
Here are some benefits I found by frontloading my workouts:
- I get more done – Not only am I still being productive, I’m actually getting more done. Why? My mood is better and stress levels are down. This allows me to hit my high-impact tasks with greater effectiveness.
- I start my day with a BIG WIN – By the time I start my workday, I’ve already knocked out the most challenging task on my list (the workout). Everything else seems easier by comparison.
- I’m more effective – In the words of Tim Ferriss, “What you do is more important than how much you do.” While I’m still grinding (because I love it), I’m forced to tackle the most impactful tasks first.
I know that exercising in the morning doesn’t apply to everyone. Each lifestyle and schedule is different. However, the main takeaway is to prioritize what you really need to get done. If you need to get something accomplished, make it the first thing you do!