I love getting up early in the morning because it’s peaceful and quiet. That wasn’t always true, though. As a teenager, I slept in late. However, when I started college, I began getting up early for work and to study. Rising early became a key part of my daily ritual.
After college, I continued getting up early. I didn’t have homework, but my work days were full and the mornings were the only time I could exercise. When we lived in Davis, California (2002-2008) I belonged to a swim team, and I attended the 6:00am practice. There is nothing like jumping into a heated outdoor pool to get your body moving.
Things changed when we moved to Sacramento, California. I didn’t have access to a pool, so I started running with my friend, Kai. We would meet at 5:30am two or three times a week and go for a run. With Kai’s encouragement, I completed a few half-marathons and even a full marathon! Sadly, I hurt my knee and had to find another activity to keep my body and mind happy; that’s when I discovered yoga and walking. I no longer practice yoga regularly. I still walk frequently, though.
My morning routine has changed over the years, and I’m sure it will continue to change in the future. For example, attending CrossFit classes is a big part of my morning routine. Here’s why:
In January 2016, it was hard for me to walk around the block because of back pain, and I was couch bound for a month. As a result, I reconsidered some of my habits. I found a great physical therapist in February 2016 and started swimming. In mid-September, I walked into CrossFit Northern Limits in Yreka, CA. When I began CrossFit, it was hard for me to do basic movements (like back-squatting with a 1lb PVC pipe)!
On July 8, 2017, I back-squatted 120lbs. Becoming strong didn’t happen overnight. It took over a year and a half of effort, moving my body every day, making diet changes, and asking for help. As I close out 2017 and move into 2018, I’m looking forward to becoming stronger and healthier.