Morning workouts...ugh! I cannot do it. I'm not a morning person. I'd rather work out at night and sleep in. This is what I told myself for YEARS! The problem with this is that something always comes up at night that makes it tough to get those workouts in. Inevitably, I'd be too tired, too busy or too lazy. So many excuses!
Not that I never got an evening workout in. In fact, I did pretty good but it always seemed to be an inconvenience. Something that prevented me from doing something else. And, with a family, it just gets harder.
Don't get me wrong, when I committed to a workout program, I did the whole thing but it felt like a burden trying to fit it in. And, when I knew I had evening plans, I'd do my workout in the morning and it was TORTURE. I'd do a program, get through it, feel worn out from trying to fit it all in and quit. Then, I'd have to start all over again the next time.
Then, I decided to commit to a lifestyle change, and not a short term workout program. One result of that desire was to become a Beachbody coach. I wanted accountability and I knew that would give it to me. I knew that the only way to make that happen effectively was to start working out in the mornings. There's no excuses when it's the first thing you do every day. I saw so many people succeed and they all did their workouts in the morning.
So....is it still torture? Nope. I actually look forward to it. How did I do it? I'm so glad you asked.
First, I examined why I didn't like working out in the morning.
1) I hate getting up any earlier than I need to.
2) I felt like I wasn't getting a good workout in because I was half asleep.
3) I just felt tired and sluggish.
Then, I thought about ways I could feel better about it.
1) Well, I could go to bed just a little earlier.
2) I could give myself time to wake up instead of immediately heading to the workout.
3) Coffee first. That would wake me up.
In full disclosure, I had the luxury of starting this when I wasn't working for a couple of weeks so I started slow. Instead of needing to wake up at 6am, I could wait up at 8am and gradually work on getting up earlier.
I also knew that a core area of my life was missing as I wasn't making time for prayer/devotion most days. So, what better way to wake up than to have my coffee, some breakfast and devotional time for the first 30 minutes of my day. Let's kill two birds with one stone here!
I did that routine for a week or so and I found that I liked it. My workouts felt better and more energetic. I had some peace because I had my morning time with God and I was able to wake up more slowly. I didn't really tell anyone I was attempting this because, well, what if it didn't work?
I've been doing it now for about two months and I LOVE it! I've stopped dreading my workouts and actually look forward to them. Do I always jump out of bed in the morning, HECK NO! But knowing that the most effort I have to do is get dressed in my workout clothes, heat up some breakfast and make a cup of coffee, isn't nearly as daunting as the thought of get up and get busy!
My morning routine has become this:
- Alarm goes off at 6am
- Roll out of bed, brush teeth, get dressed, drink some water
- Drink a cup of coffee and have breakfast while I have prayer time. My go-to is prepped ahead of time. I make mini egg frittatas that I freeze. Pop them in the microwave in the morning, add some fruit to my plate and I'm done!
- Workout for 20-40 minutes depending on which workout I'm doing.
- Shower, dress, drive to work.
I am lucky that I don't have to be at work super early or my day might have to start earlier (say 5am) and I'm sure I'll have days when I need to be somewhere that it will happen that way. But, I can say this has now become a habit and my day feels incomplete with out that morning workout. I'm currently doing a program that gives you a rest day on Thursday BUT instead of taking that and allowing myself to sleep in, I don't want to break my new habits so I take my rest day on the weekend. That way I keep my routine all week and then no excuses when the weekend gets busy or we're out of town.
I don't know if this will work for you but it's definitely working for me. Honestly, when I workout in the morning, I feel great ALL day. It helps me stay on track with eating because I know I've started the day out right and I want to continue the trend. By the end of the day, I've totally forgotten about my morning workout. Some days I contemplate doing a second workout. Ok, I don't usually do it but I COULD!
Try it. Let me know if it works for you.
Read more about what I've been doing to make huge changes in my life over the past few months here: http://janetmsmithbeachbody.over-blog.com/2016/07/10-tips-for-success-how-am-i-getting-results.html
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Update: I wrote this last week. Then, today I forgot to reset my alarm and woke up late, with no time to get my workout in. Wow, do I feel OFF today. This proves that I really have turned into a morning workout person. It just sets the tone for my whole day. Now, I'm going to think about and dread that workout all day rather than feeling good knowing that it's already done. Seriously, if I can become this person, so can you!