Why a lie-in might be stressing you out.

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Therefore, exercising in the morning can be viewed as a preventive antidote against the very hormone that make us feel stressed.

But there’s a way to slowly adapt to exercising in the morning and turning it into a stable, nurturing — and pleasant — habit!

  1. Robin Sharma argues that high-intensity exercise is most effective in preventing stress, but the prospect of a 20-minute sprint or HIIT class first thing in the morning might seem daunting at first. I suggest starting easy, with a short yoga practice (which can be practiced at home, following one of the million YouTube videos available on-line), an energetic walk, or a series or stretches. With time when your body adapts to waking up early and kick-starting the day with movement, incorporating more vigorous exercise into your morning routine will become much more feasible. For some inspiration, you can check out TeamGB youtube Workout Wednesday’s free 20-min HIIT or 20-min yoga sessions.
  2. If the idea of exercising in the morning completely does not appeal to you, try to incorporate movement on your way to work, university etc.. Instead of getting on the bus or train at the nearest stop, walk for half an hour, or get off a few stops before your final destination. You could also cycle to work/uni or even jog.
  3. Lastly, shape your lifestyle and environment in a way that supports you in your endeavour, rather than derails you from it. Going to bed a little bit earlier than usually, avoiding alcohol or heavy food just before bed, and turning off electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime will improve your sleep. As a result, you’re bound to wake up fresher and more motivated in the morning. Keep yourself accountable by signing up to gym classes a few days before or, better still, by doing so with a friend. I find that it always gives me that extra push to lift myself out of bed! Preparing your gym gear the night before and putting it right next to your bed can also help with overriding the inner morning sloth (a friend of mine goes as far as sleeping in his jogging gear…).



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Agnieszka Zbieranska

Business Psychologist, Life Coach & NLP Practitioner, 200hr Yoga Teacher. A firm believer that we can all be better than ‘ok’, in every area of our lives.