By G. A. FINCH
About 14 months ago, my wife and I began running or doing weight machines every day, rain or shine. We exercise every single day. Sometimes together and sometimes separately depending on our schedules. I do more running outside than doing machines at the gym. My wife prefers the gym. I do mine religiously at 5:15 a.m. I try to run at least four miles or at least for an hour. I know that if I do not get the exercise done in the morning, it will not get done as work demands, kids’ activities and life get in the way. I am not a natural fan of running and I am a sleepy-head. When the alarm goes off, I do not allow myself to think I have the choice to stay in bed and I “just do it” as the Nike slogan says.
Importantly, the early morning start prepares me mentally and physically for the rest of the day.
I found the following benefits from this exercise regimen:
- I am more mentally alert throughout the day.
- I have much more stamina for a long day.
- I have a higher tolerance for stressful stimuli.
- I have a greater disposition for feeling cheerful.
- My capacity to maintain my calm and tranquility is greatly enhanced.
- My sundry aches and pains have disappeared.
- I get more tasks and events accomplished.
I certainly have not discovered anything new in terms of what contributes to a more efficient, productive, and enjoyable day. If you survey the literature on the attributes of modern, high achieving executives and leaders, you will see that a high percentage of them exercise frequently.
Give yourself a lift, start exercising every day. Oh and did I mention that you will probably lose weight and firm up your body in the process? Hard work, but lots of payoffs.