Keep'er Fit

Gary Wallace

The miracle morning

Why not try 10 minutes of exercise before your day starts?

Reading was never something I could get into but thankfully I have a created a habit where I read a few pages of a book at least once a day.

The latest book that I read was called ‘The Miracle Morning’. It’s a practical self-development book that has the power to transforming your life never mind your morning.

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The author starts of by telling his story of how he was so successful in his business at the age of 24, but after a major car crash he was told he may never walk again. He was determined to prove them wrong and proceeded to rebuild his body and his business again.

Things seemed to be going well but slowly he started to feel the pressure of work and life struggles, he was still very successful in his business but it was taking its toll on other areas of his life like his health and relationships.

He felt himself falling into a deep depression and was advised by one of his friends to wake up each morning and go for a run. Reluctantly he took this advice and after the doubt, pain and fighting with himself most mornings to get up and run he found that his morning run had a positive effect on the way he felt each day.

The book goes on to say how we may not be reaching our full potential and gives us some guidance to help us be the best version of ourselves. He used an acronym called The Life S.A.V.E.R.S to show how his current morning routine helped him become so successful in business, run an ultra-marathon without previously running any events, build solid relationships but most importantly, finally enjoy and appreciate his life.

Before we look at each letter I will pre-warn you that this routine is best used before your ‘normal’ routine starts. That means getting out of bed that extra hour earlier to help set you up for the day.

Some people may stop reading here but I have been carrying out a similar routine for a number of weeks and have found myself rising at 5am at the latest, some days 4.30am and I’m ready to get up because I’m excited for what lies ahead.

Before this I was the person who hit the snooze button three, four times, waited until the last minute and rushed out the door feeling tired and exhausted even before my day started. Find ways to fit it into your lifestyle and start to make it a habit. Now let’s look at these letters:

S IS FOR SILENCE

Sorry but ‘S’ is not for sleep. When you wake up in the morning get out of bed, do a simple task that will distract you like brushing your teeth and splash cold water on your face. Keep out of your bedroom for the next part because you don’t want the temptation of crawling back into bed. Instead go to a living room or somewhere you can sit in silence.

Here you can take a moment to focus on your breathing, calm the body and mind and prepare it for the day ahead.

There is no right or wrong way to do this, you can pray, mediate, focus on what you are grateful for or even engage in deep thought. The choice is yours.

A IS FOR AFFIRMATION

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Write down something that you can repeat and focus on each morning. You can go into detail with this and be really specific with what you want to say for example you could say ‘I am 100 per-cent committed to training three days a week and eating five healthy meals per day’.

Repeat this, look at it and focus on why you are doing this. You can use more than one affirmation for different areas of your life.
‘V is for Visualise.

Visualise what you want to be and how you are going to get it. The best thing about this is that you can be anything you want and don’t be afraid to scare yourself.

Sometimes we hold back on what we think we can achieve. It reminds me of a quote from the movie Coach Carter; “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It’s is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us”. What a movie by the way.

E IS FOR EXERCISE

Add exercise into your morning routine, it doesn’t have to be your best workout, just move. I’ve starting doing yoga and follow ‘Yoga with Andrea’ on YouTube. I play it through my TV and she tells me what to do, it’s that simple.

You might want to go for a walk or do a small circuit of press-ups, squats and sit-ups, even grab a kettlebell and do a ten minute workout. The benefits from morning exercise are too many to ignore.

From waking you up and enhancing your focus for the day to increasing your energy levels ready to attack the day. Do what suits you or what you never have the energy to do in the evening.

R IS FOR READING

I love the quote. “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read”.

As I’ve mentioned I was never a big reader but now I love reading a good book.

The knowledge that I have learned has helped my own business, the people who benefit from my service and my own personal development. Reading a few pages from a self-help book or subject that could benefit your work each day will give you 365 ideas that you can implement in just one year.

Bit of advice – start with The Miracle Morning and take it from there.

S IS FOR SCRIBING

As the author says in the book it’s just another word for writing but he needed the ‘S’ for the end of Life S.A.V.E.R.S. I do it in the form of documenting my thoughts in a journal, which has really helped me through some tough times.

It’s also an opportunity to write down all those brilliant ideas you have in your head because the ink in your memory won’t last long. You can do this in a book, diary or even an app. Make sure you keep at it.

It is also great to read back and learn from where you were to where you are now.

WHEN AND HOW LONG?

The best time to do this is first thing in the morning and if you really can’t fit it into your morning routine, then try and get it into your schedule ASAP.

The next is how long to spend on it. The book recommends that you spend one hour ever morning – that’s ten minutes for each of the six habits – but if there are days when you need to get struck straight into a task then you can reduce each habit even down to one minute.

Keep at this for 30 days and all these exercises will become a habit that you can carry out with ease for the rest of your life.

This is only a snap shot of what the book covers so if you are interested in anything that you have read in my column I would encourage you to invest in this book.

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