I once had a streak of over 700 days getting some form of exercise every day, and making a point of waking early and getting my workout in was a major contributor to that streak.
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Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.
~ Wu-men ~