When I first started dating my husband, my friends warned him about my morning attitude. One friend even advised him to not speak to me before 10:00 am. The others just told him to steer clear until I had been awake for at least an hour. I’ve been that way my entire life. When I was about 12 or 13 years old, my mom bought me a pair of pajamas that said, “Morning Grouch”. I rolled my eyes at anyone who said they jumped out of bed happy and got a little crabby on a family vacation when someone tried to wake me up at 6:00 am. I may or may not have yelled, “I’m not a dairy farmer! I’m not getting up this early.!” (Sidenote: My uncle and cousins are dairy farmers. They really do get up at 3:00 am!)
Once in awhile, I’d join a friend for a morning workout and notice I felt much better during the day. But then I’d go back to sleeping in and working out at night. When I started my new job, I was tired after commuting and didn’t feel like working out. I just wanted to eat and relax. I decided I had to get my booty up and get it done in the morning. So I did it. And then I made it a habit to wake up before 5:00 am. No one is more shocked than me. Except maybe my mom, who had the task of waking me up in the morning when I lived at home. Here’s some tips for getting that workout in first thing in the morning.
- Prep the night before: Lay out your workout clothes. Shoes, socks, sports, bra, everything. I lay mine in our walk in closet and go in there immediately when I get up. Plan your workout the night before. Put the DVD in or lay out your keys to go to the gym. Anything you need to do to make it less stressful is good!
- Create a morning ritual: Some people like to read before they work out. I get up, change my clothes, drink some water, have some coffee and maybe scroll through social media to wake up. I have to wake up a little before I can move. If I’m going to the gym for a class, I listen to loud music on my drive there. Lately, I’ve been listening to Imagine Dragons, Motley Crue, and Cardi B. (Yes, that last one is shameful…)
- Find an accountability partner: I sign up for 5:00 am classes at my gym. If I don’t show up, people know it. And I hate not keeping my word. Yesterday, I had signed up for a class and woke up at 3:45 am with a sinus headache knew that a hard workout class wasn’t going to happen. I still took the dog on a walk but hated missing my class!
- Pay attention: Force yourself to get up and get some sort of movement in early in the morning. Then write down how it made you feel. Did you have more energy throughout the day? Were you less anxious or did you feel less rushed? Did you feel more motivated to eat healthier? Try it for a week and make some notes every day.
- Go to bed! This seem so simple, but you have to go to bed early so that you can get up early. I know it seems boring and trust me, if this former night owl can crawl into bed early, you can do it too. Instead of sitting on the couch and watching TV until midnight, crawl in bed with a book and try to get to sleep.
I’m sure all of those seem so simple, but they really work. I have friends that tell me they can’t believe I get up early to work out. I’ve gotten so much into the routine that I’m hitting the gym at 7:00 am tomorrow for RIPPED class. It feels good to get my workout done so I can enjoy the rest of my day. When I worked out at night, I was constantly thinking of what workout I would do that night and how much time I had to complete it before doing all the other stuff I had to do. If we had something going on that night, it meant I missed my workout. That would put me in a bad mood and the cycle would start over. Now I don’t feel right unless I’ve gotten some sort of movement in before my day really starts. And somedays, it’s just a walk with the dog! With the heat and humidity, I’ve started walking him in the mornings. Since our neighborhood has a lot of hills, it’s more of a workout than just walking! I’ve even started jogging a little during my walks and I am NOT a runner!
Besides feeling more energetic and less rushed throughout the day, I’ve had experienced so many other benefits. I feel more relaxed when I come home because I’m not rushing to workout out before we eat. I have more time to spend with my husband and I’m not trying to do ten things at once every night. I have more time to get household chores done and prep for the next day.
I’m challenging you- just try it for a week! Set yourself up with a goal and a reward. Go buy some new workout clothes if you get up and get moving 5 days in a row. New clothes usually motivate me to do anything! Have a good night- I’m headed to bed so I can make that 7:00 am class tomorrow!
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