I’m not a morning person. I don’t hate mornings but I don’t spring out of bed every day like a bright eyed Disney princess. I get on with it, but it doesn’t happen accidentally.
Reason why I exercise in the morning –
1. I’ve forgotten I’ve even done it by the end of the day. I exercise most days and I have zero recollection of most of my workouts.
2. It gives me awesome energy for the day. Days when I don’t exercise are painful and I’m just grumpier when I miss my morning workout.
3. I hate exercising in the afternoon because I’m tired and I’ve finished work and I just want to lie on the couch and watch Forensic Files okay?
4. I don’t have time to talk myself out of doing it in the morning. I just get up and do it and it’s over before I’ve even thought about it.
If you struggle to exercise in the morning, here are a few tips to help you out.
1. Be prepared
You need to have everything in a little pile all ready for when you wake up. I’m talking socks, shoes, keys, towel, water bottle – everything. Don’t let a lost sock or not being able to find your bra ruin your morning. My work desk is covered in my gym gear every night before I go to bed. That way when I wake up, I just get dressed, grab my bag and I’m good to go. I also make sure I charge my phone and headphones every night so they’re all good to go in the morning. Not having a podcast to listen to on my walk to the gym irritates me immensely. If you’re worried about forgetting something, keep a checklist on your phone.
2. Don’t do it every day
There’s no rule saying you can’t exercise a few mornings a few mornings and then exercise a few afternoons. I mostly exercise in the morning but if something comes up, I’ll just switch to the afternoon. Easy. Aim for two to three morning sessions per week that way if you flake in the afternoon, you’re still sorted.
3. Poor sleep isn’t an excuse
Sorry, but it’s just not. Exercise is one of the greatest things you can do when you haven’t slept well. It will make what could have been an awful day into an amazing one. If I’ve tossed and turned all night and make the decision to not go to the gym, it’s a very bad life choice. If I drag my sleepy butt out of bed and get to the gym the sweat and endorphins kick in and it changes the whole course of my day. Try it – be tough on yourself when you’ve not had a lot of sleep. I don’t recommend this as an ongoing tactic but for every now and then, just be a grown up and get on with it.
4. Pay for non-refundable classes
There’s nothing like money as a motivator. If you pre-pay for a specialty class or a bootcamp there’s far more incentive to get out of bed, particularly if it’s a bit on the expensive side. If I book into an F45 class and I skip it at the last minute they charge me a $20 fee. That’s on top of what I paid for the class. Not happening my friend, I’m far too much of a tight ass for that. I’d have to be on death’s door before I skipped a class and got charged for it.
5. Get good sleep
Count backwards from when you need to get up and go to bed 8 hours before that time. I have to get up at 7.30 to make my 8am gym class so I’m in bed by 11.30pm every night. I may not necessarily be asleep but I’m in bed. I know I said bad sleep isn’t an excuse (it’s not!) but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to get good sleep.