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Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to exercise for 15 minutes in the morning. When you get to work in the morning, do you feel like you ready to go? Is your brain functional yet? Are you in a good mood? If you're not a morning person, you probably answered "no" to some, if not all, of those questions. But instead of reaching for that second (or third) cup of coffee, try a different strategy: exercise. Even if you only exercise for 15 minutes each morning, you’ll get your blood moving, wake up your brain, and boost your mood before you even get to the office. How nice would it be to walk into the office and sit down at your desk, ready to take on the day? And wouldn't it feel GREAT to be in a good mood when you get to work? (Remember what Elle Woods says, "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.") Force yourself to roll out of bed, do a few jumping jacks, pushups, or squats. It will make you more awake, productive, and less irritated once you get to work. That sounds like a pretty good deal to me. This week, challenge yourself to exercise for 15 minutes each morning. Getting out of bed a little earlier might be hard at first, but you’ll notice that you’ll be awake and ready to go when you walk into the office. As a result, you’ll be more productive throughout the day. Plus, you'll find yourself feeling refreshed and ready to take on anything that hits you. How long do you exercise in the morning? What are your secrets to getting your workout done first thing each day? Tell us!

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Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to wake up 30 minutes earlier. Are you a morning person? If so, you have a gift. For many of us, getting up at the crack of dawn each morning is. a. struggle. There are so many benefits to waking up early in the morning. You have time to relax, read the paper, make breakfast, work out, and so on. It also allows you to shake off the rust before work so you can be as productive as possible. Unfortunately, for many of us, waking up early isn’t easy. In fact, it can seem downright impossible. It can be a struggle to force yourself into a new routine - especially when it's a new MORNING routine! If you take too big of a step, you’ll likely set yourself up to fail. However, if you take baby steps, you can slowly change your habits. So, instead of trying to get up at 4:30am when you typically wake up at 7am, set your alarm for 6:30am. Also, plan your morning so you can get excited about waking up earlier. Figure out WHY you want to get up earlier. It will make it that much easier to follow through if you have something to look forward to in the morning. Whether it's making gourmet waffles for breakfast or doing yoga at sunrise, find something that will get you excited to get out of bed, and do it! Tomorrow, make an effort to wake up 30 minutes earlier. In fact, try to do it each day this week! If you stick with it, it’ll be easier and easier to open your eyes when your alarm clock rings. What are your tips for getting up early? Why do you wake up 30 minutes earlier in the morning? Tell us!

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