April 2016 Expert Answers

By Mike Plunkett |

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A | As a D.C.-based personal trainer, Erika Elko has gotten good at inspiring busy political and corporate clients to work out at the crack of dawn — which is about the only time they can squeeze it in. She says becoming a morning exerciser boils down to two key things: removing obstacles and inserting positive triggers. With that in mind, she offers the following tips:

  1. Signing up for a morning group fitness class or scheduling a workout with a friend can give you some additional compulsion to show up.

Even with these supports, adjusting to morning workouts may take some effort, but Elko says it’s worth it: “That morning kick-start sets you up for better energy and a better daily routine. Once you start feeling the difference it makes in your life, you’re going to want to make it a priority.”

This article originally appeared as “Expert Answers” in the April 2016 issue, with two another piece on following dietary regimens and “cheat days”. To read the full article, .

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