The exercise thing, well, I, too, am not much of an exercise or sports person. We did all get tennis rackets for ourselves and as soon as the weather cooperates, we're planning to hit the courts a block from our house. But exercise is never going to happen in the mornings.
The thing is, I'm not really a morning person. Though I naturally get up between 7:30 and 8, during the week, I have to get up at 6:00 in order to get some writing in before I have to start getting kids up and ready for school and myself ready for work. I think people who make dictums like "Write First" don't have any other obligations first thing in the morning. Or they're the kind of crazy people who don't think 6 is that early. My mother is like that.
Though I missed the mark this morning, I'm going to do the write first for the rest of the week. I definitely like it, but it's not that easy to do. And if I wanted to exercise first thing too, I think I'd have to get up at 5. No way is that happening. I wonder if the people who say these things do so because writing or exercise is the most important thing in their lives. Does Emeril say "Cook First"?