Who in their right mind would GET UP EARLY to work out in the morning? Seriously, what is wrong with these people? I am NOT a morning person, and I hate getting up earlier than I have to. I am the person that will sleep until the last possible moment and then have to run around the house to get out the door on time. I do NOT like getting up. Have I painted a clear enough picture for you? With that being said, I MUST be going crazy because I think I might be converting to this morning workout thing…
I used to be pretty good about working out immediately after work, but there are so many things that get in the way! Some things are responsibilities like chores and grocery shopping, but sometimes I also want to be able to have fun time with my hubby or other friends and family. By the time I workout and have dinner, it could be 7 or 7:30 already! Plus I don’t want to get all sweaty and then have to shower and get ready again in order to do something. There’s just not enough time for that in the evenings during the week. So, that got me thinking that working out in the morning would be a good fit for my schedule, but just the thought of getting up an hour early made me cringe. Did I mention I HATE waking up?
Then I noticed my sister-in-law had started running in the morning. I was really proud of her and also really envious. Why couldn’t I do that too? I mean, a grown woman should have enough discipline to get up when the alarm goes off, right? I think it all goes back to priorities. I was re-reading some of my old blog posts and remembered how great I felt with I first started the C25K plan. I was doing those workouts in the morning, with no exceptions. I even ran in the pouring rain a few times and felt totally fierce. I was hard-core and proud of it. There’s something so empowering about doing something most people wouldn’t do. So why couldn’t I do that again? Yeah, darn it, why not?!
My biggest issue is not getting enough sleep. If I don’t go to bed early enough the night before, the excuse of being tired may actually be valid. I don’t want to be exhausted at work all day, right? 😉 So I just made the decision one day that I was sick of being a baby about getting up early. I told my husband and my friend Laurie that I wanted to try the morning workout thing which would mean I would have to go to bed at a reasonable hour the night before. By telling them my plan, I was less likely to back out. I also put my bedtime on the calendar. It sounds silly, but it was a great reminder. My phone even alerted me 10 minutes before my bedtime to reinforce my plans.
Last week I managed to drag myself out of bed at 5:30am TWICE in order to workout before work. I did it Tuesday and Thursday. I also had my alarm set on Wednesday. I got out of bed to use the bathroom, turned the alarm off, and went back to bed. 🙁 I was mad at myself but also had to remind myself that even getting up once or twice was a huge accomplishment. I hadn’t done that in years!!
The important thing is how I felt those days. The two days I worked out, I felt fantastic. Mentally, I was feeling good because I was proud of myself and knew I had taken a step towards my goal before other people were even out of bed. (The hard-core feeling was there a little bit!) I felt more confident in my clothes and felt like I looked thinner, even though logically I know I didn’t. I was more alert when I got to work and felt much more productive throughout the day. Was I tired? Yep, I was….but no more so than another other day!! I was in the bad habit of staying up too late, so I was never getting enough sleep. Knowing that I had to get up to work out made me more motivated to get to sleep, so I got a good 7 hours both nights. It was important for me to recognize that working out was NOT making me more tired. Even though I got up earlier, I actually felt BETTER.
I shared at my WW meeting that I was successful in getting up early twice, and my leader suggested that perhaps this week I could be successful three times. Well, Annie, I DID IT! I got up early Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for a workout!!! It’s such a great feeling to be proud of myself for something. I’m not saying that to brag, but to let you know how simple it is to feel better about yourself. Any small goal that you set and achieve will make you feel amazing and successful which only motivates you to do more good things for yourself.
There’s another side benefit of getting up early to workout. I’m also getting more chores done! Every morning before my workout, I start a load of laundry. When I finish my workout, the clothes are ready for the dryer. When I get home from work at night, all I have to do is put the clothes away. By doing it this way, laundry has not felt like a huge project or chore that I have to devote hours to. My husband even commented at how nice it was to have things clean that he just wore last week. That doesn’t usually happen around my house. 🙂
I know this will be a hard habit to establish. Even knowing all the things I know, I still don’t like getting up. I just have to keep reminding myself of all the positive things that come out of it and how awesome it feels to accomplish something. I love getting the fist bump from my husband every day after he sees my workout post.
Are you a morning exerciser? How do you stay motivated to do it? Why do you love it or hate it? Please share ANY tips you have to keep us all going!