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!
Three women going through life.