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5 Ways to Become a Morning Exerciser

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Let’s face it. No one likes an early wake up call. Even if your alarm is set for a flight to your vacation destination, the warm covers are still going to sound more appealing when you’re in that sleepy state. Most of the time, it’s not that you’re dreading the workout, you’re dreading getting out of bed!

Why should you exercise in the morning? Well, first off, it jump starts your metabolism for the day. You’ll continue to burn calories for the remainder of the day. Plus you’re more likely to be consistent with exercising. You may have a hectic schedule one day and not be able to fit in that evening workout. If you completed it in the morning, it’s already over!

You’ll probably never love it (or who knows, maybe you will), but these simple steps will make it a little bit easier to get out of bed and break a sweat. It may seem hard at first, but your body will eventually adjust to it.

1. Prepare the Night Before
Set your clothes out so that you can change as soon as you wake up. Fill your water bottle; lay out your mp3 player, towel, and whatever else you might take to the gym. That way, you can be out the door quickly. If you’re working out at home, set up your mat and props.

2. Let Yourself Wake-Up Slowly
Snooze if you have to. Sometimes your body just needs to acclimate itself instead of hopping right out of bed. Enjoy a cup of coffee or read for 10 minutes. If you feel forced to wake up immediately, you’re going to resent it even more. Your body will let you know when it’s ready to get moving!

3. Get Outside
Go for a walk or run outdoors for a change. Knowing that you’ll get some fresh air and different scenery should help motivate you to wake up. Plus, if you typically go outside, you’ll want to wake up earlier to beat the summer heat!

4. Try Something Different
Find a new workout or a new playlist. Buy a new workout top. Sometimes all you need is a change of pace to jumpstart your excitement.

5. Think About the Alternative
You may want to become a morning exerciser because you can’t fathom the thought of working out after a long day at the office. When your alarm goes off in the morning, think about how good you’ll feel all day knowing that your exercise for the day is already complete! Think about how great you’ll feel when you can go straight home after work.

As mentioned above, it’s really all in the mind. On enough sleep, your body can exercise in the morning. You just need to tell yourself that once you are up and moving, you’ll feel awake and rejuvenated. Maybe you don’t always need to exercise in the morning, but you can switch it up daily based on how you feel.

To Happy, Healthy Living!
InCharge Fitness Team

Source: www.fitday.com

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Coconut Chicken Salad with Warm Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

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Warm oven-fried coconut chicken over a bed of baby greens, cucumber, tomato, shredded carrots topped with a hot honey mustard vinaigrette. It’s the perfect mix of salty and sweet, warm and cold.

This salad has plenty of protein to keep you satisfied. Serve this for lunch or dinner; use any combination of salad fixins’ and dig in!

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 (about 12 oz) chicken tenderloins
  • 6 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs
  • 2 tbsp crushed cornflake crumbs
  • 1/3 cup egg substitute or egg whites
  • pinch salt
  • olive oil spray
  • 6 cups mixed baby greens
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced

Vinaigrette

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar (balsamic would work too)
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard

Directions:
Whisk all vinaigrette ingredients; set aside. Preheat oven to 375°. Combine coconut flakes, panko, cornflake crumbs and salt in a bowl. Put egg whites or egg beaters in another bowl.

Lightly season chicken with salt. Dip the chicken in the egg, then in the coconut crumb mixture. Place chicken on a cookie sheet lined with parchment for easy cleanup. Lightly spray with olive oil spray and bake for 30 minutes turning halfway, or until chicken is cooked through.

Place 2 cups baby greens on each plate. Divide carrots, cucumber, tomato evenly between each plate. When chicken is ready slice on the diagonal and place on top of greens. Heat dressing in the microwave a few seconds and divide equally between each salad; a little over 1 tbsp each. Enjoy!

Servings: 3 • Serving Size: salad with 2 chicken tenders
Points: 8 pts • Points+: 8 pts Calories: 397.6 • Fat: 11.0 g • Protein: 26.8 g • Carb: 32.5 g • Fiber: 4.4 g Sugar: 10

Source: www.skinnytaste.com

 

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