​15 Reasons To Start Your Day Running

​15 Reasons To Start Your Day Running

Number eight can make your whole day.
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Exercising in the morning is one of those habits you wish you did but never do—like flossing between meals or cleaning out the shower drain. You resolve to do it before rolling into bed, but when the alarm rings, you worry you might kill somebody unless you hit snooze. Plus it takes so much mental effort to plan a workout, let alone execute it.

Those excuses work for many workouts, but not for running. You’ve got too many good reasons to roll out of bed and hit the ground running. Do it and you can change your whole daily outlook and make yourself a priority first thing in the morning. Read on for 15 mental, spiritual, and physical benefits of an early morning jumpstart:

  1. You’ll have more energy.
    1. By running in the morning, you’ll give your circulation a boost and your endorphins a kick, setting you up for a positive rest of the day.
  2. You’ll prepare ahead of time.
    1. If you wake up earlier than usual, you will want everything ready to go. The night before, lay out your running and work clothes; and the next day, you can imagine a kind stranger snuck in and did it for you. (It’s you!)
  3. You’ll eat a balanced breakfast.
    1. After running five miles, your body will be craving wholesome yogurt, not chocolate chip pancakes. (Chocolate milk is a delicious compromise.)
  4. You’ll save time driving to the gym.
    1. Why spend thirty minutes driving back and forth to the gym when you could spend that time running?
  5. You’ll spend much needed time outside.
    1. Rebel against your stuffy, windowless office space. It’s a small step, but every revolution starts somewhere.
  6. You’ll appreciate nature.
    1. Everything is just waking up, but you’re one step ahead. Revel firsthand in roads without cars, quietly chirping birds, and that cool morning air. And sunrises. Don’t forget sunrises.
  7. You’ll wake up to your favorite jams.
    1. Admit it: you hate your buzzer alarm. Remember you have the power to make your mornings as epic as possible.
  8. Or you’ll just zen out.
    1. Getting outside and just concentrating on that runner’s high gives you a focus and clarity of mind you can take with you the rest of the day. Try it and see how your day is different.
  9. You’ll limber up.
    1. Give yourself a nice stretch after your run and you’ll feel like you can conquer the world.
  10. You’ll be regular.
    1. Sometimes in the morning you sit on the toilet and nothing happens. Running will fix that.
  11. You’ll earn that nap.
    1. When you get home from work and ask yourself, “Do I really deserve it?” The answer is usually yes, but this will make you more confident.
  12. You’ll free up your afternoon.
    1. It’s after work and time for you to hit the gym—not. Remember this morning? You’re already covered.
  13. You’ll treat yourself guilt-free.
    1. So maybe not completely guilt-free, but hey! You earned it more than that other guy, right?
  14. You’ll know you can do it again.
    1. If you’ve done it before, you can do it again. Every good habit has to start somewhere, so why not when you get out of bed?
  15. You’ll feel awesome.
    1. Because you are. Because you did it.
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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Homesick

The yearning for a place and people beyond the reach of my fingertips.

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For those born and raised outside the borders of the United States, have you ever found yourself going about your daily life and thinking back to your home-county? With all of your favorite and most vivid memories rushing in without much warning, sending you on a rollercoaster of emotion. The ups, the downs, the everything in-between. The life you used to live is now playing itself back in front of your very eyes, and I can't help but feel homesick.

No matter how many years are now separating me from the time I lived in my home country, I will always feel saddened knowing I no longer live there. Yes, I have lived in the United States for more than half of my life, occasionally flying back home to visit family, and yet I always feel as if a small part of me remains on the other side of the world. That small part is what makes me yearn to fly back home-and stay there-, to be reunited with all of my family, and to be surrounded by the language of my people. I miss the way the food tastes; how tap water is better than any bottled water I've had in the states. How the mountains surrounding the city always make for a beautiful view no matter where I'm standing. I miss the guitar players and dancers who light up the city streets with culture and character. Most of all, I miss how much joy I find around me, and within me, when I am back home. There is something indescribable, almost magical, in the way my soul reacts when I step foot off that plane and back into my roots. It's as if the Earth itself grabs hold of me, and brings me close into a tight embrace. As if my home missed me just as much as I missed it. Whether I've been gone for eight years, or two, the unfamiliar quickly becomes familiar, and it feels like I never left. Like I can ask for a refund on my roundtrip flight because I have no desire to fly back to the states.

I feel homesick at the most random times. I could be out with my friends or buried deep in homework, but the memories of home will always find themselves back to me. I get sad for a little while, and it sucks that I cannot snap my fingers and find myself back home in an instant. Nevertheless, I reminisce on the good times and send a prayer up into the skies so I can go back home once more.

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