Fact: I wasn’t always a morning person
Now I LOVE getting things (especially workouts) done and checked off my list, more than I HATE waking up early!
When I was younger, mostly through high school and college, I was able to schedule my workouts around my classes and day to day activities. I didn’t have to wake up early to fit in my exercise, because my schedule was flexible enough for me to decide whenever I wanted to get my sweat on.
I played a lot of tennis from the ages of 8-18, which was not only a great workout in itself, it also meant that I had pre-scheduled workouts with my team and coach already scheduled on a weekly basis! I got to workout and have fun, at a set time everyday, with people that I enjoyed being around! Easy peasy right?!
I grew up I graduated from school, and I had to find time to exercise on my own, by myself (or at least not with a whole team of people), and in between my 9-5 full-time job (blah!).
At first, I tried working out after work. I would pack my clothes in my car, and drive directly to the gym so I wouldn’t be distracted by going home first. It worked a few times, but even though I sat at a desk for the majority of those 9 hours at my job, I was still SO exhausted by the time 6pm rolled around. I found myself pathetically jogging on the treadmill, while thinking about what I was going to have for dinner. It was not productive, and made me feel grumpy, not happy!
After I figured out that exercising after work just wasn’t for me, I joined a local gym near my job. I decided to try to exercise during my lunch hour, since I was allowed to eat lunch at my desk at anytime. It sounds like a great idea, right? I got to break up my day and finished my workout before 2p.m, yay! Well, this worked out for a little while, but I always felt rushed when I worked out during lunch. I had to drive to gym, change into my clothes, choose a workout, take a quick shower (maybe?), change back into work clothes, and drive back to work all in 1 hour! I know that my motto is “anything > nothing“ when it comes to exercise, but this was honestly more stressful than anything else. I was always rushed, and felt like my workout wasn’t substantial enough to actually be “worth it”, if you know what I mean.
So I guess there is only one obvious option left right? I had to try to workout in the morning BEFORE my day even began! THE HORROR I toggled with this idea several times in the past, but could not fathom waking up early to go to the gym. C’mon people, I need my beauty rest ! Finally, I just decided to suck it up and do it!
I told myself that I would try waking up at 6:30 a.m 3 days a week for a few weeks, and see how it went. I’m not going to lie and tell you that it was easy, but I got through it, and now it is the ONLY time I choose to workout (unless I am doing some sort of sport or social exercise activity).
At first, I used classes to motivate me, so that I felt like I had a scheduled time that I had to be at the gym by. I honestly still take early morning classes because I love them(especially spinning). I feel like the motivation of the instructor and being around a group of other people, helps me enjoy my workout, even if it is early in the morning!
At first I guess you could say that I started to exercise in the morning for selfish reasons (and because option 1: after work and option 2: during lunch, were epic failures.) I wanted to get it out of the way so I wouldn’t have to think about it all day long. Checking my workout off my list, before my day has even begun gave me a grand sense of accomplishment, that I still feel each time I complete a successful morning workout session!
As time went on, waking up early really wasn’t all that bad! Sure, I still hate the sound of my alarm, but I just tell myself to Get up, Get dressed and Get out! This is my health I’m talking about here, and I shouldn’t let the fact that I don’t particularly love waking up early, get in the way of that! Plus, the more I did it, the more I LOVED the way it made me feel!
Exercising Early in the Morning:
- Energizes me for the rest of my day.
- Makes me happy because I feel that I have accomplished something disciplined and good for me.
- Helps me sleep better at night.
- Helps me make healthier decisions throughout the whole day.
- Regulates my appetite (sometimes).
- Indefinitely makes me more productive throughout the day.