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
- It’s done for the day – you don’t have to think about, dread, or plan your workout anymore.
- Social flexibility – if someone calls to invite you to dinner, you don’t have to ditch dinner or your workout
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
- Lay out your clothes the night before – it’s one less thing to do in the morning when you first wake up.
- 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.
- 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 🙂 .
- 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!