7 TIPS TO KILL THAT MORNING WORKOUT
Hey guys, I’m back. I took a break for the winter, because let’s be honest, no one wants to write over the holidays. Plus clients, you know?
If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried that whole working out after work thing, only to find that the end of the day comes and the gym is the last thing on your mind. Don’t worry, there’s a solution. Working out before work is pure perfection.
The benefits of working out before work are amazing (#JeremyIsBiased). Working out in the morning can help wake you up and has been proven to make you feel totally good before you hit the day. It’s that smug feeling you get knowing that you didn’t just wake up a half hour ago when you’re sitting at your desk. If you love science, they’ve got some reasons too: (look science: link).
But how do you become an early workout kind of person? How do you conquer the gym before your first client meeting? Check out this helpful guide.
TIP ONE: TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR CURRENT SCHEDULE
The early morning workout club (just like the mile high club) is not for everyone. Look at your work or class schedule and see if you can afford to hit the gym in advance. For me, there’s a gym right next to my office and another 20 mins from my house. If your gym is far away consider waking up early instead for an at home workout (Insanity and Daily Burn are two of my favorites).
TIP TWO: TIME FOR BED TIMMY
Just like ending your smoking habit, waking up an hour earlier tomorrow might not be the best way to establish killer habits. When I spoke to my friends, one mentioned that she added fifteen mins for a week to get used to it. The flip side is that staying up till midnight might not be an option anymore. If your friends complain, just remember, your health (and dream body) is totally worth it
TIP THREE: FIND SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS AS CRAZY AS YOU
Finding someone else to commit with you can be a make it or break it tactic. Personally, when I knew that my boot camp buddies would give me hell for not showing up, I made sure my ass was at the gym every morning… on time. If we were late, Jason made us do pushups (and like the school yard) they never let it go. Plus if you skip out on your friend for that morning run, you owe the team breakfast. You can even send me a text and I’ll text you until you text me back. Or Tweet Me, I can be annoying.
TIP FOUR: CALM DOWN, YOU ONLY OVERSLEPT
It happens. You’re all ready to workout the next morning and you wake up noticing that you have thirty mins to get to work. It happens, we all make mistakes. Don’t beat yourself over it. Whenever I oversleep and throw off my workout schedule, I learn from my mistake. It’s why I have an old fashioned alarm clock on the other side of the room. I have to get out of bed to turn that thing off. It’s like nails on a chalkboard. Ugh.
TIP FIVE: PREPARE IN ADVANCE
Put your workout gear in your bag or near your bed. I like to put my tennis shoes and training shoes in the bag ahead of time, because it means I can leave a lot quicker. Knowing I don’t have to putter around he house searching for my heart rate monitor, means that I can focus on getting to the gym and getting back home. It works, just like meal prep.
TIP SIX: REMEMBER HOW THIS FEELS
After your workout, write into your phone how you are feeling. 10 bucks says that you’re gonna feel pretty good afterwards. You’ll be left grinning, exhausted, but fired up for the day. Put that selfie on Instagram. Every time you don’t want to workout, remember that moment. What’s even better is if you can see those progress pictures. Knowing that this takes time and work can help motivate you to move forward
TIP SEVEN: TREAT YO SELF
Take advice from my friends on Parks and Rec. Treat yo self. I know that I love a good burger and fries. If I make all my workouts in a week, I know I can have that deliciousness during the weekend. That includes a yummy pickle.
Follow these tips and you’ll make progress in notime :)