Recently, I’ve gotten back to working out first thing in the morning. Its been a few years since I’ve practiced this, but as many successful people will tell you: working out before 8am can change the trajectory of your day. I went through a period of time where I felt like my life was out of order. Not having a consistent daily exercise schedule was taking a toll on both my mental and physical health. I decided that it was time to shake things up a little. Most of my friends gasp when I tell them that I try to get to the gym before 6:30 am; either concerned with the amount of sleep I’m getting or flabbergasted as to how I’m able to walk to the gym in the cold. I laugh and usually respond that you have to challenge yourself to just get up and go. Here are my tips to becoming a person that works out in the morning.
Figure out your WHY
Why are you working out in the first place, and why do you want to workout first thing in the morning? Once you have figured out why you want to do this, the WHAT and HOW become easier to manage and complete.
Come to terms with the fact that it’s probably going to suck getting to the gym most mornings
Acknowledge that getting up first thing in the morning and going to the gym is not going to be your favorite thing to do at first. Some mornings it’ll be exceptionally hard-especially during the brutally cold winter days. However, once you’ve called this reality out, it becomes harder to use as an excuse.
Go to sleep earlier depending on what time you need to wake up
In order to have a good workout, stay energized, and motivated during the day, you have to start winding down a little earlier. This will make waking up at 5 or 6 in the morning a little easier.
Set out your workout clothes & pack your bag the night before
This is very important. SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS, it’s already hard enough to pull yourself from your cocoon of a bed in the wee hours of the morning. There’s a slim chance you will make it to the gym if you have to rip yourself from the warmth and THEN stumble around to find workout clothes, matching socks, and your gym bag. So, either sleep in your gym clothes or lay them out and make it easy for yourself.
Plan your time accordingly, in order to you give yourself time to get ready and get to work/class on time
I used to tell myself (at night) I was going to workout that next moring, only to then get up and tell myself I wouldn’t have time to get ready for work by the time I got there and got back. First of all, I was lying to myself. Secondly, even a 20 minute workout is better than none at all. Figure out what time frame works best for you. Whether you shower at the gym and head straight to work, or leave earlier so you still have time to make it home and shower is up to you.
Set your alarm
I think this one speaks for itself, but until your internal clock gets used to your morning workouts and wakes you up naturally... set your alarm (as many times as you need to) so you get your behind out of bed and onto the pavement.
Say your WHY this is your goal and visualize your workout before going to sleep
This is an important one for me, when I lay my head to rest, I say and visualize what I want for myself, and my goals so that its on my mind all night and the first thing I think of in the morning. It can be as simple as, “Tomorrow morning I will get up and go to the gym the minute I wake up.”
Say your WHY and visualize your workout right when you wake up
Similar to number 7, by declaring your goals for the day you are making a promise to yourself to be 1% better than you were yesterday.
These are the steps I have implemented in my life to get up and get going. Have any steps of your own? Share them in the comments!
Yes ladies, I know your biological clock is ticking and you are hella tired of dating phuck boys . Ain’t nothing wrong with simply being ready for Mr. Right to come into your life and seal the deal. But before you get swept off your feet by your knight in shining armor, here are 5 questions in no particular order that you need to ask before you consider entering marital bliss.
1.How do you resolve conflict? – It’s an important question to ask before you say, “I do”. Seriously, the methods that you each use to resolve issues when you both disagree on something says a lot about how healthy your relationship is and how well you communicate with each other. I mean if your partner loves to play the blame game during every argument and “resolves” issues with a screaming match, then that's a red flag, and you might want to talk about this … or run for the hills.
2.How are your finances? we deem this question a vital one to ask before you make a leap into marriage. It’s important to know how to manage your finances. You need to know which one of you is the big spender and which is the saver. How good are you both when it comes budgeting? Should you two have a joint bank account? Will you two split your bills equally between each other? Differences in how finances are handled have ended many marriages, and in order to avoid the “D” word in your marriage, please make sure to discuss your finances in advance.
3.What are your expectations from each other? Yes, y’all please layout what your expectations are, you know, what you require from your partner and vice versa before stepping into a marriage. You need to know what you can tolerate and what you cannot, what you will compromise on and what you will not. And what the deal breakers are for each of you. This is extremely important because what you require and accept is what you will get from your partner. And you will end up being really disappointed thinking someone will do for you as you do for them if you do not verbalize your needs and expectations.
4.Do you share the same faith and beliefs? Religion and spiritual connections can make or break your marriage. It’s so important to know and understand where you two stand on this topic. The stronger you are in your faith or religious beliefs, the more difficult it is to compromise on this, especially if you decide to have children. So please iron this out before thinking you can get into a marriage and change someone to believe in what you believe.
5.Do you understand each other’s love languages?- We wrote a whole post on this topic. In a relationship and especially in marriage, it is so important for you to know how your partner responds to feeling love and/or appreciated. Knowing your partner's love language can help you overcome those moments of frustration when your partner may feel underappreciated or unloved. .. To learn more about love languages, check out our post.
Are you ready to say I do? Were these questions helpful? What other questions would you recommend for our readers?
Three women going through life.