Each morning, I wake within five minutes of 4:30 a.m., including the weekends. It is not so much by choice, but my circadian rhythm is so consistent that my body is ready to start the day that early. Even as a kid, I rose with the sun, but for the last twenty years, 4:30 a.m. seems to be the sweet spot. I love the early stillness that grounds me and helps set my intentions for the day. Before I begin my meditation, I drink twenty ounces of warm water with a tablespoon of baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Besides how it strongly encourages my morning movement, we will get to that topic later, it alkalizes my body as I kick start my day.
After thirty minutes of meditation, I move on to warming up my brain with the app, Elevate, which fires up my mind and exercises it like a muscle. I have tried all sorts of applications and programs but Elevate is the only one that I have found helpful.
Once the inside work is done, I turn to some outdoor cardio to get my body moving with twenty minutes of high-intensity work. In the last five years, I focused on training in pools to get my heart rate cranked in the early morning, but beach and stair runs worked just as well over the years. The book Body for Life encourages completing morning cardio in a fasted state to get into the fat stores. It is proven to shed fat forty percent faster if performed as directed. It has always worked for me and is hands down the easiest path to shed a few pounds fast.
More on this topic and others in my forthcoming memoir, Aggressively Human, to be released on all platforms in November 2023.