Several years ago, I HATED waking up early to work out. Why would I possibly work out in the morning when I could SLEEP? Wasnâ€™t that too hard logistically, having a dog? When would I walk him? Wouldnâ€™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 neededÂ to work out in the morning, or I wouldnâ€™t work out at all.
#FlashBackFriday or what?!
So, if youâ€™ve been struggling to get your workout in before work, hereâ€™s whatâ€™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.Â 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.Â For me, thatâ€™s also been through classes, where Iâ€™m mostly being accountable to my wallet if I donâ€™t show. Who wants to lose $35?!
3. Go to sleep earlier.Â No, Iâ€™m probably not going to make a 6am workout if I go to sleep at midnight.
4. Be realistic.Â But be realistic. The nights Iâ€™m super ambitious and think â€œoh, I can definitely run 8 miles before work tomorrowâ€ (if Iâ€™m not training for something) are the ones I usually bail on, because Iâ€™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, thatâ€™s an extra 30 minutes in the morning that I didnâ€™t need. I joined NYHRC for a while (but quit recently because I just wasnâ€™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, thatâ€™s what works with balancing walking my dog in the morning, too.
5. Pick something FUN!Â If itâ€™s something youâ€™re forcing yourself to do, youâ€™ll be a whole lot less likely to actually get out of bed.
How do you motivate yourself to work out in the morning?