Several years ago, I HATED waking up early to work out. Why would I possibly work out in the morning when I could SLEEP? Wasn’t that too hard logistically, having a dog? When would I walk him? Wouldn’t that mess with his schedule? How would I ever get to work on time? When would I shower?
Then Ashley and I went to Vegas, and I realized how early she got to work, and that she still worked out before work. Fine, if she could do it, so could I. Plus, I was starting to have busier nights and needed to work out in the morning, or I wouldn’t work out at all.
#FlashBackFriday or what?!
So, if you’ve been struggling to get your workout in before work, here’s what’s helped me, a former snooze button worshipper. (OK, who am I kidding? I still worship the snooze button, I just hit it earlier now.)
1. Meet someone. Once I started committing to Ashley or other friends to meet for a workout before work, I was far less likely to bail.
2. Be accountable. For me, that’s also been through classes, where I’m mostly being accountable to my wallet if I don’t show. Who wants to lose $35?!
3. Go to sleep earlier. No, I’m probably not going to make a 6am workout if I go to sleep at midnight.
4. Be realistic. But be realistic. The nights I’m super ambitious and think “oh, I can definitely run 8 miles before work tomorrow” (if I’m not training for something) are the ones I usually bail on, because I’m not setting a realistic goal for myself for the day. I used to belong to an Equinox that was about a 10-minute walk from me. Not bad, but when you consider 10 minutes each way, plus a few extra minutes in the locker room on both ends, that’s an extra 30 minutes in the morning that I didn’t need. I joined NYHRC for a while (but quit recently because I just wasn’t using it) because it was really close to me, and most of the other classes that I go to are generally within a 5-minute walk. For me, that’s what works with balancing walking my dog in the morning, too.
5. Pick something FUN! If it’s something you’re forcing yourself to do, you’ll be a whole lot less likely to actually get out of bed.
How do you motivate yourself to work out in the morning?