I’m launching a new blog series titled “52 Things”. Each week I’m going to dive deep into one item from the 52 Things list that I shared last month.
Wake up early and workout before you have time to talk yourself out of it.
Studies show that a.m. exercisers are more consistent with their exercise habit than non- a.m. folk. And it makes sense, if you work out in the morning, you are getting it off your plate before life gets in the way.
We’ve all been there. You plan to swing by the gym on your way home from the office or after you get the kiddos off to school. Then you have to work late, run to the grocery store to pick up something for dinner or you get a call that your kiddo is sick and you have to pick them up.
Life. Happens. And when it does, the first thing that gets the heave-ho is your workout.
Not a fan of dark o’clock? Here are a few tips to help you get out of bed.
- Identify what your exercise session will be and pull out all of the gear and clothes you’ll need (pants, top, sports bra, socks, shoes, outerwear, iPhone, armband, watch, hat and/or glove and jacket) and make a pile. On the closet floor, stacked on the bathroom counter, near the coffee pot. Figuring out what to wear when you really don’t want to wear anything but your footy pajamas is a futile exercise.
- Make your workout plan ahead of time. Know what you’ll do, where you’ll do it and how you’ll get it done. You can piss away your 30 minutes scrolling on Pinterest for a workout or checking out the Daily Burn content.
- The snooze button is the Devil. Don’t. Do. It. When the alarm goes off, get up.
- If you really are struggling with dong the a.m. thing, try going to bed 15 minutes earlier and getting up 15 minutes earlier and do something gentle like yoga 3 days a week. After one or even two weeks, go to bed 30 minutes earlier and get up 30 minutes earlier, again only 3 days a week. It gets easier but it may take some time.
- If, after trying for a month or two and you are not able to make the switch, you are free to stick with your regular exercise time. Just make sure that you have some non-negotiables in place.
- You don’t cancel your workout plans for a last minute dinner date or drinks with the girls.
- You take care of the fitness, then have the fun.
- You always have a Plan B in place in the event that you can’t hit the gym or the trail.
Exercising early can be one of the best health decisions you make this year. So give it a try and remember, don’t think about it, just roll out of bed and get it done.
Now go run!