For most Mondays to Fridays, I wake up at 5:30 am to attend a 7:30am F45 Class
and on Saturdays I'm awake by 7am to get to a 9am Class.
This is what I've been doing since September this year and what I plan to continue doing for the next year (and maybe even further). It's enjoyable, it keeps my mood up, it makes me feel healthy, like I am all set for the day and I don't see why I would want to stop it.
But for many, this is absolutely crazy.
Working out is great for your health, and getting it done in the morning, before work or uni or anything else that's going to take up time is a fantastic idea (and in fact something many recommend). You get it out of the way and the rest of your day is ahead of you, this is especially great if you don't look forward to working out and feel like you still "have" to do it. I know what it's like to work out during any part of the day and this is definitely the easiest and most beneficial (at least to be) by a long way.
But just talking about isn't the same as doing it - trust me i know. But I've been doing it now for nearly 3 months and I love it. So if you need some help getting your bum out of bed when the alarm right, maybe this will help.
1. Prepare Everything The Night Before
I don't care if your workout session is scheduled for 5am or 10am. If you have anything in the morning and it is making you want to stay in bed longer, then make sure you can. Pack your gym bag the night before, lay out what to wear out the house, have your shoes and socks at the door, prep breakfast or make sure you have something easy to eat in the morning.
I do this every night before and it gives me easily an extra 45 minutes in bed. Easy and quick - i'm awake, change, brush my teeth and out of the door with my toast all in 20 minutes.
2. Schedule a Class
This may be an obvious one, but planning to go to the gym at 5am is a lot tougher than going for a scheduled class or PT session at 5am. Why? Because you're committed.
I can't count the number of times I've said i'd go for a run at 6am and just didn't. But i only skip my classes when i haven't slept enough or I feel sick.
No one likes to let people down, and you know your trainer or workout buddies will have a few versions of "what happened?" "Did you oversleep?" "Everyone was waiting for you to start!"
Don't try to be a superstar right away. Make a commitment with other people first and you will be more likely to get that bum out of bed and out the door.
3. Only Do Classes You Love
This might not always work out the way you want it to but picking to class you enjoy the most (or the one you hate the least) will go a long way. You are more likely to follow through with classes you like - no matter how hard they may be - and keep that routine going.
What you don't want is to be lying in bed at 5am wondering why you're getting up for a class you don't like doing. You should hear that alarm (maybe press snooze once or twice) and then feel ready to conquer that workout and start your day on the right foot!
4. Know Why
I've noticed many people who get into fitness then drop right out of it again had no real idea of why they started it or why they wanted to do it. You "wanna get fit" "wanna lose weight" "change myself" but why. But this time you need to know why you truly want to do this workout AND why you want to do it at this time of the day. Why not after work? Why not during lunch? Know why this works for you and you will not be unhappy with the decision.
This means so many things. Once you know why you're doing these morning workouts it's easier to prioritise it. But also know that when you need to, prioritise sleep or a rest day or just not working out today for the shit of it. Because forcing yourself to do things when you body is not ready or not healthy enough to do it will ruin your mood, your health and you will not want to keep doing these workouts in the morning.
Now that you have my little tips - which have definitely gotten me on the right track to working out - how are you going plan your workout schedule? Still gonna sleep in or are you gotta get your bum out of bed at 5am (or 6 or 7 - whatever works!) and get yourself to that workout class and absolutely smash it!?
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