In my current season of life (new mom) I am no longer working out in the early morning, but once upon a time, I'd be up between 4:45 and 5am. It was not always easy (and sometimes it was very hard), but I was always happy my workout was done before the workday started. I feel like soon enough I'll be back on the morning workout grid because let's be honest, predicting how a baby will be during the day is tricky business [#impossible], so I might as well just avoid counting on a nap time workout.
Here are a few tips that helped me get up and get to it before the sun was up.
Set your alarm for 5 minutes before you have to actually get your feet on the ground, but DON’T press snooze. The snooze button is a death trap, but giving yourself 5 minutes before getting out of bed to scroll social media, meditate, or just give yourself a pep talk is extremely beneficial.
Make sure you prepare as much as possible the night before- pack your lunch, pick out your gym outfit/ work clothes, make sure your shaker bottle is clean…whatever you need to feel on top of your game, so you aren’t running around like a psycho at 5 am while your husband waits on you (just me?? okay…)
Reward yourself!! Think about the yummy protein shake that’s coming your way, the cute new lulu outfit you have to wear..whatever get’s you going. I personally love a fresh pair of nikes that match my gym outfit. You gotta do what you gotta do!
Accountability. If you have someone who is waiting on you, you are much more likely to get up! For me, my husband would be up with me, so if I know he’s ready to workout, I don’t want to hold him back. If there isn’t a workout bud that can go at 5 am, find an accountability partner you can check in with (or hire a health coach like me!).
Schedule Schedule Schedule. If it’s not realistic for you to get up early every day, then pick 3-4 days (or whatever your goal is) and stick to those days!! If at the beginning of the week, you just say “oh I’ll workout when I get the chance”…it is NOT going to happen. Make it a priority by putting it in your schedule, and sticking to those specific days.
Any tips you have to getting up at the crack of dawn??
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