Not because you want to or because of some fitness expert advice but because it triggers a pavlovian instinct in you.
Something that was drilled down into you at basic training. The smell of fresh cut grass, the early morning rising, the strenuous effort, brings back your youth and vigor.
Exercise by itself has many health benefits but that’s not the focus. Rather the early morning riser combined with physical exercise ends up being more than what Benjamin Franklin said:
“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man, healthy happy and wise”
If you were to argue that you’re night owl and it really doesn’t matter when you wake up, we would argue that this advice would fall into the category of those who have received training to accomplish most of their tasks before 12 o’clock in the afternoon.
In fact this blog being written at 5 AM (After a morning run).
You might argue that you don’t have anyone to run, then go see RWB teams like that organize group events if you need that.
If you just need to get up and find a motivation to do some form of physical exercise like a deployment don’t think about getting through two weeks from now or months from now or hours from now or how it wonderful it’s get home.
Think about the next minute and if you get that far then the next half hour...
Cutting down large and difficult tasks into chunks size moments make them more palatable and achievable. Often what holds us back is our own fears which turns out is usually wrong.
We fear what we should not fear and do not fear what we should.
So get out of the boat today, take a step out on the water and find the purpose for which you were here for.
Or at the very least get some exercise in.