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I used to be one of those people who would hear a friend say that they go to the gym before work and promptly laugh and think, “uhh, nope! No way in hell!”
I love sleeping. Who doesn’t? But these days I am the one hitting the gym before the sun comes up and you can do it too! I won’t lie and say it’s easy because it isn’t. There are still days that I want to hit the snooze button and stay in my big comfy bed – but I know that getting out of bed, even though it’s hard, is totally worth it.
So here’s how you do it: Step One: Mentally prepare!
Tell yourself the night before that you are going to get up early and workout. Don’t’ laugh; this is where the habit starts! Your mind is focused on one thing in the wee hours of the morning– more sleep! You have to commit when you are 100% awake.
Step Two: Make it as easy as possible to get going in the morning by prepping the night before! Get your workout clothes and sneakers together and ready, put a bottle of water in the fridge and put your keys by the door. This way, as you’re trying to decide if you should get out of bed or not, you know that, all you’ll have to do, is get dressed and go!
Step Three: Find motivation! The alarm that I set on my phone for early workouts goes off at 5:45am, and when I look at my phone to shut it off, I can see the name of the alarm and it says, “You are worth it.” Do whatever you can, to remind yourself that living a healthy lifestyle is important to you, so you can use that motivation to pull yourself away from your pillow.
Step Four: Bring a friend! On days when I REALLY don’t want to get up, when I don’t care about motivation or my favorite pair of jeans – I have my trusty gym buddy who I know is going to be waiting for me at the gym. I know that she is counting on me being there, just like I am counting on her.
Step Five: Start slow. If you have the luxury of sleeping until 10am every day – don’t get crazy and try getting up at 5am for a workout. Like all new habits, baby steps are where it’s at! Start by getting up a half hour earlier than you usually do. Then bump your alarm a little earlier each day until you have enough time to fit your favorite workout in and still make it to work on time.
Forming a new habit takes time, and even after doing this for several months there are still mornings where I just don’t want to get up – but I do, because these steps keep me motivated. Give it a whirl; I know you can do it!