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Are you an early riser? If you answered yes, there's a good chance you're a productive and successful person. If you answered no, then you might consider becoming one. The great philosopher, Aristotle, once said "It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth and wisdom." I find this quote amazing when you consider that Aristotle lived over 300 years before Jesus walked the earth, and yet his words of wisdom still hold true today.

There's a mountain of research that shows the benefits of waking early each day. Early risers have quiet time to themselves to pray, meditate, read their Bible, exercise, and get mentally prepared for the upcoming day. A 2008 Texas University study found college students who identified themselves as early risers had GPA's a full point higher than those who were night owls (3.5 vs. 2.5).

Early risers use their morning quiet time for organization, goal planning; and are more likely to anticipate and be proactive in addressing problems. Studies have shown that morning people are more likely to be conscientious, agreeable and exude optimism. Morning people recognize the importance of having their "me" time to start each day. This time for yourself allows you to better focus, think, plan and prepare for each day. Many early risers exercise to start their days. I personally believe exercise, prayer and meditation are a great combination to start your day. This gives you the energy and positive focus required to perform at your best.

Waking early allows you to make the most of  each day. You'll feel better, have more energy and be more productive. Be sure to get in bed early enough to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night to reap all the benefits.  

Peace, health and happiness,



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    Rob Killen is the Church Fitness Department Editor for Faith & Fitness Magazine, and a 27 year fitness industry veteran. Rob received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Wayland Baptist University, and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from George Mason University. Rob regularly consults with health clubs, and has a passion for helping churches looking to develop fitness ministries. For any assistance in planning or growing your church fitness ministry, Rob can be reached directly through .

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