Early Bird Workouts

I’ve been working out before dawn out for about four years now.  It all started when I had a summer internship that required me to work 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  This was way different from my flexible college schedule, so I wasn’t able to roll into the gym in the middle of the day between classes.  I tried working out after work was over, but something always got in the way.  Either I was too tired and just wanted to lay around or their was some sort of social event that kept me from hitting the gym like I had planned.  I felt like those were excuses getting in the way and needed a change so that my workouts were guaranteed to happen as planned.

Thus, I joined the 5:00 a.m. crew!  Although I would consider myself a morning person, even if you aren’t I know you can still see the benefits of getting your workout done and dusted early in the morning.

Top 5 Reasons to Work Out Early

  1. It’s done for the day – you don’t have to think about, dread, or plan your workout anymore.
  2. Social flexibility – if someone calls to invite you to dinner, you don’t have to ditch dinner or your workout
  3. Wind down time – even if you would rather be alone and do nothing at night but watch TV and pet your dog (my ideal weekday night!), your nights are now free
  4. What you’re giving up – if you didn’t work out in the morning, you would be sleeping instead.  By working out in the morning, you are only giving up sleep (I know, I know, sleep is important, but you can make it up by going to bed just a little bit earlier).  If you left it until the evening, you’re giving up all kinds of activities.
  5. Less crowded gym – as you can imagine, less people are at the gym early in the morning which means easier access to machines, weights, showers, etc.

Top 5 Tips for Becoming an Early Bird

  1. Don’t ask “should I?” – don’t fall in the trap of asking if you should workout the next morning.  Treat it as an appointment and don’t let yourself cancel, just do it!
  2. Lay out your clothes the night before – it’s one less thing to do in the morning when you first wake up.
  3. Plan the workout – I put my workouts in my calendar (and follow pretty much the same routine each week, you can see it here) so I know exactly what I am doing when I hit the gym each day and don’t have to think of a workout on the spot.
  4. Go to bed early – Your body needs at least 7 hours of rest, so plan accordingly.  I go to bed at 9:30 p.m. so I can wake up refreshed at 5:00 a.m.  Try putting down your phone an hour before your bedtime and you will be surprised how much time you save in the evenings by not roaming all over social media 🙂 .
  5. Consistency – this early schedule will be hard to adopt at first, but if you stick with it for a few weeks your body will adjust!

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