Let me make one thing abundantly clear: I am not a morning person. When my alarm goes off, I lie there silently begging for a few more minutes of sleep before reluctantly dragging myself out of bed and beginning my day. But even so, I find exercising in the morning to be the absolute best way to start my day. Yes, you read that right – I actually choose to give up my precious sleeping time in exchange for a good sweat session.
And here’s why:
- It sets the tone for the rest of the day. The release of endorphins during exercise lifts your mood and you just generally have a better day.
- You eat better because you’ve already done this wonderful thing for your body so you feel motivated and inspired to make better choices with your diet.
- You feel less stressed out when you to work, and we could all do with a little less stress.
- You have more energy for your workout in the morning – and I know there are a lot of people that will argue with me about this (and I feel ya!) but once you’re up and out of bed, you’re definitely in a better position to exercise than someone who has spent eight hours working!
- You feel more accomplished. Like, even if you literally achieve nothing else that day, at least you hit the gym. And sometimes that is an accomplishment in itself.
- If something happens during the day, it’s not gonna interrupt your training. Say you bump into an old friend and they invite you to hang out after work – do you think you’d say “no, sorry, I have to go to the gym” or do you think you’d go hang out with them? This way, you don’t have to choose.
But I do have a few little tips to make it a bit easier:
- Lay out your gym clothes the night before. Seriously. It’s so much easier than fumbling around trying to find socks and a sports bra when you’re half asleep. It also stops you from automatically dressing for work and forgetting why you got up this early.
- Set up an awesome playlist that makes you feel motivated and excited to hit the gym. Listen to it as you get dressed, listen to it in the car… by the time you reach the gym you’ll be fizzing to go.
- Put your alarm clock (read: phone, it’s 2016) on the other side of the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Then stop yourself from climbing back into bed. Pretend it’s full of sharks, or something.
- Another cup of coffee.
- Have a gym buddy or a trainer meet you there. This way, you’re being held accountable by another person who might be a little pissed if you just don’t show up.
- Go to bed a little earlier. This one is kind of a no brainer.
I hope that this helps you guys! But remember that morning work outs aren’t for everyone, if you feel like training in the morning is torture then find a time when you feel the strongest and the most energised and do it then. The important thing is just that you get it done!