What I Love (and Hate) About Early Morning Workouts

I am a night owl and hate waking up early for anything, however, I know that I am so much more productive when I have an early morning workout so I force myself out of bed and get ready to hit the gym. That can be easier said than done, especially in harsh Chicago winters. Lucky for me I have a short walk to the gym. I tend to have a nice flow state when I workout resulting in great thoughts and ideas. I had a good workout today and thought about what I love (and hate) about my morning workouts.

  1. I am always tired when it’s time to get out of bed. Always. Yet I remind myself that my health is a priority, shut off my snooze, and begin my morning routine.
  2. I feel better when I start moving around and splash cold water on my face. I hate the process of pushing off my super warm blanket and physically getting out of bed. Once I’m actually out of bed and shake off my sleepy brain I feel a lot better. Cold water on my face increases my alertness and gives me the motivation to get dressed and head to the gym.
  3. I feel a sense of accomplishment and it’s only 5:30am and I haven’t even started my workout yet. Really. The fact that I was able to wake up so early and actually get to the gym feels great. I’d much rather spend winter mornings snuggled up in my blankie, but it feels wonderful that I acheived the first goal of the day (getting to the gym) before my day has really even begun. What is really cool about today is that I had a successful workout and wrote an article because I had so much energy (and it’s not even 8:00AM!).
  4. I feel great during my workout and have a mind clearing experience that gets me ready for the day. Beginning a workout is hard. My mind is ready but my body is still half asleep — I hate that. I slowly but steadily begin the workout for the day (today it was treadmill intervals and light lifting) and soon enough find myself reaching a state of flow and my mind becomes totally distant from what seemed to be a tough decision to get out of bed for an early morning workout. I feel great, my mind is clear, and I finish my worout ready to get on with my day.
  5. I always come up with ideas when I work out. Always. Every time I workout I come up with some kind of really cool idea. Not all of the ideas are doable, but they are pretty cool nonetheless. Today’s idea was thinking about how I hate my early alarm and how I love my workouts (hence, this Medium post). I feel like my creative flow is heightened during workouts which is an even more compelling reason for me to stick with early morning exercise. I reach a flow state when I write, and considering I have multiple pieces in prgress at the time, I will accept all of the flow that comes my way.
  6. I’ve never regretted getting up early for a workout. Never. When I hesitate about getting out of bed for my early morning workout I have a pep talk with myself about how awesome I feel during and post-workout. This is enough for me to shut off my snooze and begin my morning routine. I always feel good after a workout — even workouts that are not as strong as I am capable of completing. The success, in my opinion, is that I try, day after day, to live a healthy lifestyle and that I commit to my lifestyle. My workouts fluctuate in level of difficulty, duration, and effort, yet I continue to pursue health so that I may continue to help others acheive their own goals and dreams. I’ve never regretted getting up early for a workout. Never.

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