Alrighty, I’m back with a reader request…”How do I become a person who LOVES to work out in the morning?”
I have the answer and it’s simple, really.
One word: PREPARATION.
I know it seems daunting getting up at 4:45am, 5:00, 5:30am to work out before work, but I’m telling you: YOU CAN DO IT. If this is something you desire, I promise you that we can make it happen. A ton of people tell me there is no way they could get their act together to work out at 6am. I have a few simple tips that can ensure morning success.
Schedule Your Workouts
Whatever day it is during your week that you “get stuff done” (laundry, groceries, cleaning, etc), use that day to sit down for 10 minutes and schedule your workouts. When I worked in the corporate world, I would use Sunday afternoon as my rest day from working out and with a refreshed mind: schedule my work outs. This started my mindset and week on the right start. Somehow knowing there is a plan makes us stick to it more!
Get Your Clothes Out the Night Before
Now, this is a big one and super important! Lay your clothes out the night before in your bathroom, closet or wherever you get ready in the morning. I’m talking EVERYTHING from hair band to undies to leggings. Lay them out so all you have to do is get up, brush those teeth and put your clothes on. You don’t want to think about wardrobe at 5am. Trust me! And this is coming from a girl who loves clothes…even I don’t want to think about it. This will save you 5 minutes, easily!
Prepare Your Snack the Night Before
Some of you do not like to eat first thing and it effects your workout in the wrong way. You do you! For me, I have to eat a little something before I work out. My go-to snack is a spoonful of peanut butter. It has protein and the healthy fats I need. So, I literally put the peanut butter and spoon on the counter the night before so I can swing downstairs and eat it real quick on the way out.
Set 2 Alarms
I set 2 alarms the night before I have to wake up early. I set one 10 minutes before I need to get up and then one for when I actually need to wake up. This way I feel like I’m sleeping in a little by sleeping those extra 10 minutes. For example, when I teach my 5:45am PiYo, I set alarms at 4:50am and 5:00am, getting up at 5am and out the door by 5:15!
Just Do It
Just try it out for 2 weeks. Please don’t try it once and think “no way, Jose, am I ever doing that again.” The first morning will be rough but your body will start to get used to that time in the morning and it’ll get easier and easier. Two weeks is a good amount of time to give it a go!
Give Yourself Grace
Not everyone is wired to work out in the morning, give it a try and if it’s something that’s not for you, don’t be hard on yourself. Work out in the afternoon or evening…the key is finding the right time for you, your schedule and your family. You know YOU better than anyone else. 🙂
Please share with us, when do you work out? Comment below!