430am... my clock keeps blinking blue and that beeping is not stopping. I roll over groping my way around in the dark to try to shut it off before it wakes my roommate up. I got it.... five more minutes.... oh I can't the clock is ticking now. I have to get to the cardio gym before five or else I will never get a treadmill. I know what your thinking, why not just run outside... Well its 19 degrees out and I hate running in the cold, dusty and polluted desert air.

So here we go, I try to sit up and not make noise in my ten by twenty-foot metal can I live in. We are packed in here tight like tunafish but at least its dry and warm. I try to find my sneakers and then grab my other pair because you can't use the treadmill unless you bring an extra pair of clean shoes. I put on my sweats and hoodie hoping it will be warm enough to make it to the gym. Oh, there is my reflector belt because I wouldn't want to get hit by a car on the way to the gym. Ok, I think that's everything.... iPod, watch, ID, room key, extra shoes, glow belt, ok let's go clock is ticking.

445am.. I step out into the cold and it's still dark. Hard to believe I am in Afghanistan, it's like it hits me every morning I step outside. The cold frigid air freezes me and I know I have to move quickly. I run down the catwalk, down the stairs in hopes I can hit the bathroom before I make it to the gym. Ok I have two minutes....

450am... oh I got to hurry if I don't make it there it will be full and I need to be out of there by 535am... ok let's jog.... man it is still super cold out, I can't feel my hands. It's dark out, I look around to make sure nothing suspicious is going on. A few army guys are out doing crossfit, the sailors are running around trying to stay warm. Oh well I'm making good time now...

455am... I made it, now I have to sign in. I look around 30 treadmills are all purring quietly, insanity in the back corner, cycling on the wall, elliptical machines are always full, oh look jump rope time... ahhh there's one left. I change my shoes quickly, boot up my iPod and run over to the treadmill before anyone else tries to take it.... ok I only have 30 minutes before the gym police comes around and kicks you off ..

503am.. not too bad. now it's time to get busy...

Theres no better time than to do your cardio than first thing in the morning. Kick start your metabolism, burn some fat and give yourself some energy to start the day. You don't have to conquer mountains every time. Consistency here is what eventually will produce results. The fact that your up early doing cardio is a huge step into maintaining your healthy lifestyle.