Culture God & Workouts: How to Work Out & Pray Every Morning
Rise, Shine, and Grind What do you mean you don’t like mornings? While waking up an hour early May not sound like a great idea, it’s actually when you should be the most productive.
Two things to make your morning better:
- Work out
I’ll give you my mornings as an example. I have classes at 8AM and do my best to pray, work out, and eat beforehand. The alarm clock goes off at 6:00AM. I find it best to praise God first thing after I wake up. 1 Chronicles 23:30 “And to stand morning by morning to thank and praise Jehovah, and likewise in the evening;”
Get An App And Lay In Bed For 7 Minutes
Firstly He’s a priority, and secondly I can do it from the comfort of my bed. If you know exactly what you want to say in your prayer then go ahead and say what’s on your heart. But if you’re like me and you sometimes struggle with prayer, I have found it WONDERFUL to open up an app called 7 Minutes with the Lord. It has to be one of the greatest additions to my morning. It takes you through different prayer suggestions, such as praying through scripture, praising the Lord’s name, or repenting. And it only takes SEVEN MINUTES. I can personally attest to the difference spending time with the Lord every morning can make. I feel happier and more aware of the choices I make. I dare you to give it a try! After these seven minutes, I get ready for the day and head off to the gym.
Do Like Bruce Lee And Never Plateau
You can start with whatever you’re comfortable with, whether that be walking, biking, or weighted movements. 1 Corinthians 9:26-27
“So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
Just remember that if you never change up your exercises or amp up the intensity, you’re likely to plateau with your results. Working out in the morning may seem impossible, but I promise after a few days your internal clock will become used to it and you’ll actually enjoy it. If you make healthy living a lifestyle your body will eventually crave it. Plus, after you finish your workout you have the whole rest of the day to yourself.
Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
If you miss a day, don’t be too hard on yourself, there’s always ways to work around it. If I wake up too late to pray before I get ready, then I open my app as I’m walking to the gym. And if you just can’t get to the gym that day, make it up with high intensity another day. My Thursdays are very hectic so I keep it as a rest day, but since I do one to two workouts most other days, I don’t worry about the one missed day. Just remember that the greatest thing you can work on is yourself! So keep rising, shining, and grinding and pushing for the best you that you can be!
Nicole is a college freshman, fitness blogger, follower of Jesus and collector of root beer bottles. Read more by Nicole at lifechristexercise.wordpress.com