I wake up at about 5:15am on weekdays to get my butt to the gym before work. I’ve noticed lately when I tell people this, the reaction is often the same. The response is usually something along the lines of “teach me your ways!!!” or “how do you do that?!”. While I like to think I have some super power force inside of me that allows this, unfortunately I don’t. I’m a normal girl in her 20’s who loves to sleep as much as everyone else. What it comes down to is I work 12 hour days, and I know there is no way I would go to the gym when I get home at night (I want nothing but a bubble bath and my bed please). So if I really wanted to get that workout in, I had to make myself a morning person. I’m sharing with you some of the “tricks” that helped get me there.
1. Don’t make it an option
I know what you’re thinking….. duh. But let me explain the mental breakdown of this one. When I first started setting that early alarm, it would go off in the morning and the same thought would immediately pop into my head every.single.time.
Maybe i’ll get to the gym after work. I was up kind of late to I’m sure my body needs the rest. Is my throat a little scratchy? I better sleep in.
Now, when your alarm goes off for work, or that important morning meeting, or coffee with a friend, do we have those thoughts? No. Because in our mind it’s not an option. We can’t just show up to work whenever we want. We have to get up when that alarm goes off. This is the same mindset I learned was needed for getting up to workout. Think of it as a big important meeting with yourself, because really that’s what it is! Don’t give yourself the option to go back to sleep.
Prepare for that important meeting with yourself. Have your workout already planned out. Lay out your gym clothes, or even sleep in them! Have a yummy pre workout meal prepped. Whatever gets you excited/motivated to get up.
3. Workout Partner
This one is no secret but if you can find someone to get up in the morning, then this will be a huge help!! You don’t want to be that friend that cancels on someone 😉 . Have a friend you plan on getting that workout done with. Feeling accountable for that will give you the push to get out of your bed!
4. Create a morning you enjoy
When I first started working out in the mornings I would wake up with just enough time to get the workout in, and then get ready for work. After a while, I started waking up earlier and earlier because I wanted that extra “me time” and I started to really enjoy my mornings. After your workout, enjoy a cup of coffee or yummy breakfast. Read some of a personal development book to help start your day off right. Give yourself extra time to get ready for the day. Who doesn’t love a good jam session to music while doing their hair and makeup?!
I hope some of these tips help you like they helped me!!