How To Be A Morning Exercise Person… For Real

How To Be A Morning Exercise Person… For Real
Carly Jacobs

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.

Morning Exercise

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.

Morning Exercise

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.

Morning Exercise

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.

Do you struggle to exercise in the morning? How do you get up and do it?

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  1. Missy D 9 months ago

    I definitely do struggle, but I’m in the office by 7.30/8am. 😉 I just literally do not have time in the morning. In my old job on days I worked from home or was on holidays it was easier, but when you have to deal with make-up, hair and commuting to the office it’s just one more thing I find difficult to fit in. I’m also prone to red face after exercise so takes time to cool down enough to get ready. I also find most morning classes start way too late for me to make it to work on time.

    When I was a regular runner I’d go about 6pm each night, found it a good way to get my stresses from the day out of my system.

    • Sammy 9 months ago

      Agree, Missy! I have a 1hr 30 commute to (and from) work, and have to arrive by 8am. That’s a 6.30am leaving time, so effectively I would need a 4.45am 1hr class to make it work with enough time to get home/cool down/shower/wash hair ?

      • Missy D 9 months ago

        Haha, I hear you. I know everyone says ‘9-5’ for typical workplaces, but let’s be honest, most workplaces kick off at 8/8.30am. Doesn’t leave much fat in the morning schedule.

    • carlyjacobs 9 months ago

      That’s so true – I issued to start work in an office at 8pm and I’d do bootcamp from 6am to 7 and then shower at work. It was the only way to do it but then I’d have to get up at 5.30

  2. Virginia 9 months ago

    Great post! And yes, I lay everything out the night before and even set up the proper DVDs or website and make sure the floor is clean of clutter and ready to go (I workout on my living room as my husband works shifts and my daughter is young).

    • carlyjacobs 9 months ago

      I’ve tried to use DVDs in the past but I’m just not motivated enough. I need have my money or my reputation threatened. 🙂

  3. Carolin 9 months ago

    The hardest part of the 0600am gym session is just throwing that doona off and making it to the bathroom to turn off the alarm. Ive learnt to keep the phone alarm in the bathroom so that I have to get to the bathroom to turn it off. By that time I am well awake, had a wee and figure i may as well thrown on the gym gear and get going.

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      Carly Jacobs-Smaggle 9 months ago

      I keep my alarm out in the lounge room too. It’s honestly the only way to do it.

  4. Michaela 9 months ago

    I don’t exercise in the morning, I actually prefer to do my walk/run in the afternoon – after work so I can de-stress. There’s a nice park right down the street from my house with amazing trails and a giant staircase, so I don’t even need a gym membership. Woot!

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      Carly Jacobs-Smaggle 9 months ago

      Oh that sounds lovely! I walk a lot as well. I’ll pretty much always get my 10,000 steps in as well as a gym session every day.

  5. Emma J. 9 months ago

    I love this! I am not a morning person, at all. However, I struggle to get my workouts done in the afternoon, just because life happens or I’m too tired. I think that the morning is a better time for me to workout, so I just need to get into the habit of it. I’ve calculated how much my gym membership costs me per day I should workout, so I know that if I skip a day, I’m wasting that much money. I’m going to incorporate the rest of these tips! Thank you!

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      Carly Jacobs-Smaggle 9 months ago

      You’re welcome! Morning exercise is straight up the way to go. My favourite thing is that you can meet someone for a drink after work spontaneously and not ruin your workout schedule. So good.

  6. raquelxmoss 9 months ago

    I make sure I prepare everything I need the evening before — an audiobook, gym gear, towel, clothes for work, make up, etc. I make sure I have my workout prepared as well. I usually get up in the morning at about 6:45am, and I’m in the office by 7:40am. On days I work out in the morning, I get up at about 6:30am, and get to the office by 8:10am or so. I’m lucky in that I don’t have a specific start time for work, just whenever I get in.

    My favourite thing about a morning workout is that, like you, by afternoon I’ve totally forgotten about it! Mint! I do usually use poor sleep as an excuse not to go though, so next time I’ll definitely have to try going anyway.

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      Carly Jacobs-Smaggle 9 months ago

      Oh yes! I need something to listen to. I don’t do that anymore with F45 – I find I work out better if I concentrate but if I’m going for a walk or run on the treadmill, I must have something happening in my ears. Otherwise it’s just painful.

  7. Reannon 9 months ago

    I cannot exercise any other time but the morning. I set my alarm for 5am & aim to be on the treadmill by 530am. If I leave it any later chances are one of my kids will need me before my half hour is up. I find that early morning run/walk sets me up for a much better day. And I just use that thing you & Kelly spoke about in a S&C ep, I tell myself ” I get up at 5 every morning to exercise ” & that’s it, it’s a done deal.

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      Carly Jacobs 9 months ago

      It really is about creating that narrative in your head of ‘Yes this is a thing I do!’ I skipped my workout this morning because I wasn’t feeling well but I’ll definitely go this afternoon!

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